Ringing in Chinese New Year

Ringing in Chinese New Year

Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay celebrated the Chinese New Year on Jan. 27. Students learned about the differences and similarities in the cultures and created dragons, lanterns and zodiac signs.



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Structural Designs Hold Strong Against Big Bad Wolf

Structural Designs Hold Strong Against Big Bad Wolf

First-graders in Mr. Galletta’s class at South Bay were challenged with designing and creating a structure that could withstand the wrath of the Big Bad Wolf.

Students were tasked with creating structures out of toothpicks and marshmallows, strong enough to withstand the huff and puff of the Big Bad Wolf. They worked in teams and collaborated on how to design and build their structures.

J.F.K. 5th grade students got to use their interviewing skills when meeting famous celebrities on the Red Carpet at a Sports Illustrated Event

Celebrating 100 Days

J.F.K. Student Council currently collecting board games for students to use during indoor recess

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J.F.K. Kindergartners celebrate the 100th day of school in fun ways

J.F.K. Third graders investigate the food chain by dissecting owl pellets

Track Stars Advance to States

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Select members of the girls varsity track team competed in the Section XI New York State Championship Qualifier at Suffolk Community College West on Feb. 13.

The athletes who qualified to participate in this meet were Paige Keefer for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Brittany Korsah for the 300m and the 4x400m relay, Dana Beggins for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Nadja Ashley for the 4x400m relay and Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller for the 4x800m relay.

Brittany Korsah (county champion) won the 300m dash and advanced to states in a time of 39.89. Paige Keefer (county champion) won the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:34.85. Dana Beggins placed second to Paige in the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:36.36.
    
The 4x400m team of Korsah, Ashley, Beggins, P. Keefer. placed first and advanced to states in a time of 3:59.38 beating the next team by 12 seconds.
The 4x800 team consisting of Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller exceeded their pre-race ranking and set a new school record of 9:44.67 placing fourth overall.
    
The athletes will compete at the Long Island Elite meet at St. Anthony’s on Feb. 25, the New York State Championships at Ocean Breeze Track Facility in Staten Island on March 4, and the New Balance National Games at the Armory in New York City on March 12.


Forest Avenue Celebrates Chinese New Year

Forest Avenue Celebrates Chinese New Year
Students at Forest Avenue welcomed the Year of the Rooster for the Chinese New Year on Jan. 27. Using Chinese folktale and artifacts, Forest Avenue librarian Andrea Francisco shared the Asian culture to help her students better understand the culturally-diverse community.

Honoring Service

Thomas Duffy, South Bay head custodian, was selected as a recipient of SCOPE’s Support Staff Service Award. Individuals receiving this award were nominated by their school district for having provided outstanding service to the district. Mr. Duffy will be honored at SCOPE's 16th annual School District Awards Dinner on March 20.

Boys Bowling Named League I Champs

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The varsity boys and varsity girls bowling teams qualified for the Suffolk County Bowling Championship on Feb. 4. The varsity boys bowling team won the League I championship for the second time in the past three years. The team had a 13-1 overall record.

The boys team had four bowlers named All-League: Danny Feehan (208.5 average); Peter Ramos (227.4 average); Vincent DeLucia (208.6 average); and Nichols Giovanniello ( 212.4 average). Giovanniello also two 300 perfect games this year and was featured in Newsday as the “Athlete of the Week.”

Ramos was one of six bowlers named to the All-County team and will represent Section 11 in the state tournament in March. He has the third-highest average in Suffolk County with a 227.4.

Nonfiction Writers Showcase Their Work

Nonfiction Writers Showcase Their Work

Second-graders at South Bay recently concluded their nonfiction writing unit with a celebration of their learning. Students from different classes joined together to share, comment on and learn from each other’s work. The writing assignments included a wide range of topics from dinosaurs to fire engines to penguins.

The second-grade students utilized the document camera and interactive whiteboard to showcase nonfiction text features in their writing, such as bold words, diagrams and glossaries.

Writers on Display

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The writing of 58 South Bay fifth-graders on the topic of Westward Expansion is currently on display at the West Babylon Public Library.

Connecting Lessons with Cultural Activities

Connecting Lessons with Cultural Activities

Tying into the third-grade social studies curriculum on China and in celebration of the upcoming Chinese New Year, students at South Bay tried their hands in Chinese writing and crafts on Jan. 26.

Maggie Chen from the Little Chinese Dragon School visited South Bay and taught students about the origin of Chinese writing and its characters. Ms. Chen spoke with students about the similarities and differences between Chinese and American culture. One difference is how characters (not letters) are used to represent a word or idea.

Using their brushes and inkpads, students learned to artfully write their good wishes for the New Year using Chinese calligraphy and completed a paper cutting activity which the Chinese hang outside for New Year blessings.

Artists on Display

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The Junior High School Studio Art students have their second student exhibition at the West Babylon Public Library this year. The focus of the project was to abstractly represent the Principles of Art in an creative way.The exhibit will be on display through the end of February.

Forest Avenue Second Graders' "How To" Book Celebration

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Our fabulous Forest Avenue second graders shared their "How To" books with their fellow classmates, teachers, support staff members and administrators. This was the culminating celebratory event for their "How To" Literacy unit where students proudly presented their books. It was wonderful reading and listening to students share their amazing "How To" books.

Spreading Messages of Positivity

Spreading Messages of Positivity

In recognition of No Name Calling Week from Jan. 16-20, members of student council at South Bay spearheaded an initiative to spread positive messages throughout the building. The students created and displayed inspirational messages around the school to remind everyone about the importance of using kind words, and the damage that can be done to a person’s feelings when words are used carelessly.





Challenged to Learn

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Fifth-graders in Kelly DeCarlo’s class at South Bay recently had to use their social studies knowledge to solve a break out challenge on Jan. 23.  
As part of their social studies curriculum on westward expansion, the students used facts they learned in class to unlock the breakout gaming box.
Working in groups, the students used critical thinking, collaboration and creativity to try to solve the clues and unlock the box. In a breakout, students must decipher clues to discover how to open locks, and use hidden contraptions, timers, keys and other “diversion hardware” to solve the challenge.

Celebrating Literacy

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Throughout the district, students are engaging in many different types of literacy initiatives. Click here to watch the video.

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Relay for Life Kickoff

Relay for Life Kickoff

The Senior High School will be hosting a Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  During the kickoff event on Jan. 19, the 12 student chairs of Relay for Life recruited 150 students and 25 teams.

The Relay for Life fundraiser will be on June 3 and 4, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the West Babylon Junior High School track. For more information, visit www.RelayforLife.org/WestBabylonNY or contact Amy Zipkas at azipkas@ewbschools.org.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!

Forest Avenue students welcomed the Year of the Rooster for the Chinese New Year. Using Chinese folktale and artifacts, School Librarian Mrs. Francisco shared the Asian culture to help her students better understand our culturally-diverse community.

Forest Students Dress to Impress for Dress for Success Day

Encouraged to dress to impress for Dress for Success Day, Forest Avenue students dazzled us with their style.



Fourth-grade students were immersed in Native American culture and traditions as they participated in a full-day program called “Journey into the Eastern Woodlands.”

Mrs. DeCarlo's Class Aztec and Mayan Reports

Mrs. DeCarlo's fifth grade class at South Bay School presenting their reports about Aztec and Mayan Civilizations.

Art Students Share Talent with the Community

Art Students Share Talent with the Community
The Junior High School art department, along with the eighth-grade Studio in Art class, participated in community service at Villa Rosa Pizzeria in West Babylon on Jan. 10. Under the direction of Junior High School art teachers Jennifer Tomeo and Caitlin Alfano, students spent the morning painting wintry scenes for the community’s enjoyment.

Basketball Player Scores 1,000th Point

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Varsity basketball player Shannon McGuire reached a basketball milestone on Jan. 12. While playing at Hauppauge, she hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter to score her 1,000th career point.

McGuire has been playing on the West Babylon varsity basketball team since eighth grade. She has been the leading scorer for the Eagles since her sophomore year. Last year, McGuire was an All-League and All-County selection. Next year, she will continue her basketball career at SUNY Cortland.

League Champs

Congratulations to the girls winter track team for being named League champions for the first time in school history.The team is working to prepare for the county championship on Feb. 5 at Suffolk Community College West.

Students qualify for DECA states

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Forty-five students from the Senior High School competed in the annual Suffolk County DECA Regional Conference at Suffolk County Community College on Jan. 4.   

Twelve Senior High School students qualified for the New York State competition in Rochester, New York, in March by placing in the top 10 of their respective events. The following students qualified for the state competition:
•    Miranda Billeri, Travel and Tourism
•    Cezar Camilo-Eloufir, Principles of Marketing
•    Irwin Chugh, Personal Financial Literacy
•    Eric Donohue, Restaurant and Food Service Management
•    Rachel Le, Travel and Tourism
•    Kevin Leeb, Principles of Marketing
•    Louis Mazza, Job Interview
•    Michael McAlvin, Job Interview
•    Adrianna Moran, Marketing Management
•    Nitin Punn, Human Resources
•    Emerson Schaefer, Marketing Management
•    Kyle Sparks, Principles of Marketing

A great time was had by all at the J.F.K. Spaghetti Dinner 2017

NASA Spinoffs

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Junior High School students in Greg Hartranft’s technology classes incorporated English language arts with technology to research and present NASA spinoffs. NASA spin-off technologies are commercial products and services developed with the help of NASA.

Using Google Slides, students discussed who, what, where, when, why and how the original product was developed. They described how that product was "spun-off" to be used by the general public. Products such as cordless tools, MRI machines, firefighting equipment, smoke detectors, virtual reality, water filtration, invisible braces, freeze drying, memory (Tempur) foam, child car seats, and infrared ear thermometers were some the topics researched and presented.

In seventh-grade technology, students learn the basics of how computers work and how to access and utilize their Google drive accounts. Students also learn how to create and share Google Docs, spreadsheets and presentation slides.




Writing Workshop

On Jan. 5, three sixth-grade teachers, Lisa Granieri, the new Junior High School ELA chair, and Jennifer Hoffman, curriculum specialist, visited a fifth-grade classroom at Santapogue to see a writing lesson. The sixth-grade teachers started a writing workshop this year and Ms. Hoffman, Ms. Granieri and the sixth-grade teachers coordinated the visit to provide some vertical articulation.

No Name-Calling Week at Forest Avenue

From January 16th - 20th, it was No Name-calling week at Forest Avenue School. We participated in an activity each day of the week to remind ourselves of how our words and actions can make a big difference. When given the choice, being an upstander is far more difficult than being a bystander. Be brave and stand up, it’s the right thing to do!

Relay for Life Kickoff Event

The Senior High School will be hosting a Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The school will have a kickoff event all day in the library on Jan. 19.

The Relay for Life fundraiser will be on June 3 and 4, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the West Babylon Junior High School track. For more information, visit www.RelayforLife.org/WestBabylonNY or contact Amy Zipkas at azipkas@ewbschools.org.

Successful Student Council Collection

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In the spirit of the holiday season, the Senior High School’s Student Council collected 341 toys and raised $1,444 to be donated to the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. The student council members also decorated 65 doors throughout the school to keep up the holiday spirit.

Pair Selected for LIFSA

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Santapogue student Sarah Dolan and South Bay student Sonja Wildermuth –have been selected to participate in the Long Island String Festival Association’s festival. The two students were chosen based on their music teacher’s recommendation to perform with their Suffolk Elementary ensemble this year.  

The concert will be held at Smithtown High School West on Jan. 14 at 2 p.m.

J.F.K. celebrates Fitness Friday

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Every Friday our wonderful physical education teachers, Mr. Haug and Mrs. Carcone, begin the school day instructing students with an exercise routine.

Track & Field Highlights

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West Babylon’s track and field team capped off its busiest week of the season by competing in the Molloy Stanner Games at the Armory Track in New York City. Here are some of the highlights:

* Paige Keefer ran a 1:32.64 in the 600m run, breaking the Suffolk County record and placing her first in New York and the United States. She also qualified for the national games.
* Brittany Korsah ran a 39.71 in the 300m dash and finished second against 2016 Rio Olympian Syndey McLaughlin. Brittany also qualified for the national games and is ranked ranked fourth in New York and 19th in the U.S.
* Tara Hauff broke the school record in the girls 1000m with a time of 3:06.46.
* Jamie Cozzi (freshmen) broke the school record in the 55 high hurdles with a time of 9.95 seconds.
* The boys 4x200 relay team (Marc Fabien, Frankie Volz, Frank Pisano and Arthur Woloszyn) broke the school record in a time of 1:35.82.
* The girls 4x400m relay team of Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, and Keefer continued their winning ways by running a time of 3:57.19 after a full workload during the day. They are still ranked first in New York and fifth in the U.S. They also have qualified for the national games and are poised to bring big things at the Millrose Games on Feb. 11.

The teams are now preparing for the League Championships on Jan. 21 for the girls (9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.) and Jan. 22 for the boys (9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) at Suffolk Community College West.

December Video

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Mrs. Shah's 5th Grade Biography Bonanza

At the conclusion of their literacy unit, which focused on nonfiction texts, Mrs. Shah's 5th graders presented their biographies. Over the course of the past few weeks, students developed a research plan, gathered numerous sources of information (books, primary sources, multimedia, computer sources, etc.), and worked collaboratively to learn and expand on important moments in their chosen persons' life. "Research clubs" met daily to work towards the end goal of using nonfiction texts to increase our own knowledge and understanding, and the learning of others. Students used their research, posters, props and public speaking skills to present to 4th, 3rd, and 2nd graders as well as other Forest Avenue staff guests.

Two Named Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalists

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Seniors Mary Chasen and Nikki Wieman have been selected as semifinalists in the 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Scholars Program.  

Based on their leadership skills, academic achievements and community service, the pair were chosen out of more than 87,000 applicants.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. One hundred and fifty Coca-Cola Scholars finalists are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Smart Schools Bond Act

For public comment on the smart schools proposed investment plan, please email wbsmartbond@wbschools.org from April 13, 2016 through May 13, 2016.

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Standout Track Stars

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Select members of the girls varsity winter track and field team competed in the Rhode Island Classic Invitational in Providence, Rhode Island, on Dec. 27. This meet consisted of teams from the Northeast region of the U.S. There were a number of great standout performances, including:
• 4 x 400m relay team – First place (Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, and Paige Keefer); fastest time in New York State this winter season (4:04.16)
• Sprint Medley relay team – Second place (Korsah, Ashley, Nadine Keefer, P. Keefer)
• Distance Medley relay team – Fourth place (Hannah Heller, P. Keefer, Tara Hauff, Beggins)
• Nadja Ashley – Fourth place ¬– long jump
• Brittany Korsah – Fourth place – 300m run
• 4 x 800m relay team – Fifth place (Heller, Natalie Haab, N. Keefer, Hauff)

Also competing in the meet were eighth-graders Georgia DiVisconti (hurdle relay), Ellie Downey (DMR), Josephine Critchley (DMR), freshman Jamie Cozzi (hurdle relay) and seniors Alexsandra Hernandez (DMR), Cansel Cebeci (DMR, hurdle relay, shot putrRelay), Tiffany Loachamine (hurdle relay), Abby Navas (shot put relay) and Erinrose Patruno (shot put relay).

November 14th-18th is Supervisors and Administrators Recognition Week.

 The students and staff acknowledge Mr. Germano for all his hard work as building principal! Thank You! (picture attached below)

-Congratulations to Anthony Gerbasio and Nicholas Bonfiglio. These two students were chosen to attend the SCMEA PEAK Festival on Saturday October 29th. The festival is about talented 4th grade students learning and experiencing music in addition to performing it. (pictures attached below)

 

Fire Prevention Winners from our Fall Festival:
K- Ryleigh Drago
1st- Bradyn Lewis
2nd- Christian Bustamante
3rd- Megan Carbone
4th- Lindsay Kutchens
5th- Lauren Kutchens

SCMEA All-County Selections

Suffolk County Music Educators Association has chosen the following students for its annual SCMEA All-County Music Festival in March:

 

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Forest Avenue

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Orchestra

Cenahi Smith

Viola

John F. Kennedy

I West

Band

Allison Gobel

Tenor Sax

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Chorus

Kenneth Bergman

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I West

Chorus

Hailey Matos

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I West

Chorus

Sean Russell

Children's Voice

John F. Kennedy

I West

Chorus

Joelle Spainer

Children's Voice

Santapogue

I West

Band

Matthew Cella

Alto Sax

Santapogue

I West

Chorus

Angelina DeGennaro

Children's Voice

Santapogue

I West

Chorus

Giovanni Mansfield

Children's Voice

Santapogue

I West

Chorus

Katelyn Moar

Children's Voice

Santapogue

I West

Orchestra

Sarah Dolan

Double Bass

South Bay

I West

Orchestra

Xiang Xi Lin

Cello

Tooker Avenue

I West

Band

Kyra Walter

Flute

Tooker Avenue

I West

Chorus

Alexandra Lynch

Children's Voice

Tooker Avenue

I West

Chorus

Luis Salazar Marino

Children's Voice

Tooker Avenue

I West

Orchestra

Lauren Kutchens

Violin

High School

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Band

Danielle Lozowsky

French Horn

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III West

Chorus

Carissa Brock

Soprano

High School

III West

Chorus

Jared Cicero

Tenor

High School

III West

Chorus

Jessie Dolan

Alto

High School

III West

Chorus

Jenna Halvorsen

Soprano

High School

III West

Chorus

Elijah King

Bass

High School

III West

Chorus

Christopher Pascual

Bass

Junior High School

I West

Band

Evan Dunford

Trumpet/Cornet

Junior High School

II West

Band

Lauren Russell

Flute

Junior High School

II West

Band

Evelyn Smith

Alto Sax

Junior High School

II West

Chorus

Julie Cooke

Soprano

Junior High School

I West

Chorus

Julianna Haab

Children's Voice

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I West

Chorus

Carlee Loyal

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Junior High School

I West

Chorus

Ellie McGrath

Children's Voice

Junior High School

I West

Chorus

Steven Pereira

Children's Voice

Junior High School

II West

Chorus

Olivia Price

Soprano

Junior High School

II West

Chorus

Ashley Scarlata

Alto

Junior High School

I West

Chorus

Alyssa Westcott

Children's Voice

Junior High School

II West

Chorus

Joshua Wildermuth

Alto

Junior High School

II West

Orchestra

Cara Cirasole

French Horn

Junior High School

I West

Orchestra

Zachary Housner

Violin

Junior High School

II West

Orchestra

Kaitlyn Russell

Violin

Team Helps Toys for Tots

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The varsity baseball team, along with coach Ryan Lynch, volunteered during a Toys for Tots event on Dec. 17 at Our Lady of Grace Church. The boys helped set up and serve refreshments to children and their families.

Expert Researchers at South Bay

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Students in Kelly DeCarlo’s fifth-grade class at South Bay have been working diligently on their group presentations about three native peoples – the Haida, the Adena Mound Builders and the Taino.

The students’ goal was to become experts on the topic they researched. They presented their reports to the class, two visiting teachers and Principal JoAnn Scott on Dec. 15. They were able to explain many interesting facts and details about the history, traditions and culture of each native people and were able to answer a wide range of questions from the audience.
 
The students designed their own presentation posters, which included illustrations, maps and drawings. 

Practice Makes Perfect

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First-graders at South Bay Elementary practiced reading nonfiction texts independently and with their reading buddies. The students learned that sounding like a teacher when they read and emphasizing important words helps to engage listeners and helps them remember the details of what is being read.

South Bay School Visit by SCPD Officer Jeannie Osias to Kindergarten classes

As part of the "Adopt a Police Officer" program, SCPD Officer Osias has been making regular visits to South Bay School kindergarten classes.  The goal of the program is to develop a positive relationship between the children and police officers in the community.  The pictures show Officer Osias with the children, as well as some of the children's writing/illustrating about what they learned about Officer Osias.

Working and Playing Together

Working and Playing Together

In celebration of the holidays, students at Santapogue played the computer-based game “Break Out” during their library periods on Dec. 21. Students worked together on a series of clues to try and break into a chest to win the game.