Board Honors Track Stars

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Varsity track stars Brittany Korsah (left) and Nadja Ashley were recently honored by members of the Board of Education with certificates of achievement for their athletic accomplishments this school year.

As part of the 4x400 meter relay team, they were named state champions and broke the Suffolk County record.  Brittany also qualified for the state championship in the 200 meter dash, placing fourth in the state and fourth in the federation.

All-Long Island Honors for Girls Track

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Members of the girls varsity track members have been named All-Long Island Athletes for the spring track and field season. Brittany Korsah has been named to the first team for the 200-meter, and Paige Keefer has been chosen to the second team for the 400-meter.

Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins and Keefer were selected for the first team for the 4x400 meter relay and Korsah, Myaysa Evans, Grace Glennon and Dana Beggins were chosen for the second team sprint medley.

Representatives from the Nassau and Suffolk County Track Coaches Associations, NSCHSSA, and USATF Long Island selected the All-Long Island Athletes for the spring track and field season. Performances throughout the season were analyzed, debated and discussed with an emphasis placed on achievements from championship meets.  

Bond Referendum at Work – July 2016

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Construction work has been steadily progressing this summer throughout the district, as upgrades continue from the bond referendum approved by West Babylon voters in January 2015.

The second phase of floor tile replacements is underway at both John F. Kennedy Elementary School and the junior high school. The abatement of lead ceramic tiles in cafeteria B at the junior high is also continuing.

Also at the junior high, much work is taking place outside including the replacement of sidewalks, curbing and the parking lot.

Work is ongoing at the high school to upgrade its athletic facilities, both inside and out. A new floor is being installed this summer in the main gymnasium. Outside, the site is being prepared for a new multi-purpose synthetic turf field.

Browse the photographs to see some of the progress being made.

BACCA Honors for JHS Artists

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Seven Junior High School student-artists recently won high honors at the 2016 Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts judged art show. Junior High School eighth-grader Georgia Evola received first place, while seventh-graders Olivia O’Hara and Makenzie Billeri took second and third place, respectively. Seventh-grader Jazmyne Simpson was awarded honorable mention, along with eighth-graders Alyson Fincke, Alexa Winkler and Larisa Wessely.  

Sneak Peek of Summer Programs

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Sixth-graders at the Junior High School got a preview of summer reading books, prizes and programs when they were visited by local librarians. Librarians Carisse Bormann and Nicole Peters of the West Babylon Public Library spoke with students during their visit and donated prizes in an effort to motivate the sixth-graders to read over the summer.  

Summer Involvement

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Junior High School students recently learned about opportunities offered by the West Babylon Youth Center during a visit from the center’s sports coordinator Tony Sacco. Mr. Sacco encouraged and motivated sixth-graders to take advantage of the youth programs, camps and even future employment opportunities at the center. He also stressed the core values of respect, responsibility and sportsmanship taught through his programs. Sports counselors Kate Casey and Lynn Smolen inspired students and gave away T-shirts as prizes to those who correctly answered trivia questions.

Senior Awards Night

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Graduating seniors were recognized and honored with scholarships and awards for their academic achievements during the school’s annual Senior Awards Night on June 8.

Seniors received more than $127,000 in scholarships money and awards from members of the West Babylon community. In addition, seniors received scholarships from organizations outside the West Babylon community, totaling an additional $18,000.

JFK Authors Complete Series

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After spending much of the school year working on their fictional writing, JFK students in Lisa DeGennaro’s class created their “cereal boxes” to house their fictional series. They covered their boxes with the title of the series, the sides listed characters or had pictures and the other side listed titles in their series. The students will also be sharing their completed writing with their first-grade peers.




Class of 2016 Graduates

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More than 300 students comprising the district’s Class of 2016 closed the final chapter in their academic careers during the commencement exercise held on the Junior High School field on the evening of June 24.

Senior class president Jennifer Melfi welcomed guests to the ceremony prior to speeches delivered by salutatorian Lindsey Del Prete and valedictorian Alexander Barrett. Both speakers touched on some of the highlights of their years in West Babylon, including teachers, administrators and peers who made difference in their high school experience. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly told the audience how proud she was to watch, cheer on and read about all of the Class of 2016’s amazing accomplishments.

For more information on the Class of 2016, look for the summer edition of the district’s newsletter.

Yoga Classes

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South Bay School grades 3 and 4 recently participated in a group yoga class, sponsored by PTA Cultural Arts, and facilitated by Mrs. Heather Simonson, a South Bay parent and certified yoga instructor. All students at South Bay participated in a yoga class during the month of June 2016.

Security Guard Honored

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South Bay School security guard, Alfred Frank, Sr., was presented with banner signed by all the children of South Bay School to commemorate his retirement from the district. Al was also honored at a South Bay School staff breakfast on June 24th, to thank him for his service.

West Babylon High School Ceremony 2016 Slideshow

Click here to view the slideshow

J.F.K. Family picnic 2016

Fourth-Graders in Mrs. Paparella’s Class During Spirit Week

Mrs. Paparella’s Class Celebrates Literacy

Top Honors in Poster Contest

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Two Junior High School eighth-graders won top honors at this year’s New York Association for Pupil Transportation Suffolk County Chapter poster contest in the grade 6-8 division. The theme for this year was #STOPONRED.

Kyra Duke took first-place honors and Catalina Alzate was awarded second place. Suffolk Country Legislator Kevin McCaffrey presented proclamations to both students on June 1. Duke’s poster will be moved on to the state level contest for judging in July.

Kindergarten Literacy Ball

Throughout the year, our fabulous Forest Avenue Kindergartners have been reading a variety of picture books. As a culminating literacy activity, the Kindergartners attended the annual Literacy Ball. Each student created a handmade costume & poster of their favorite picture book character. Forest Avenue students, staff and families watched as these wonderfully, creative picture book characters paraded into their Literacy Ball, where they were treated to picture-book themed snacks, a READ-A-Coaster photo booth and so much more. It was a fantastic way to cap of their first year at Forest Avenue!

Laser Maze

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Earlier this year, the children in Mrs. Febbraro's second grade class petitioned the principal to find out whether they could earn a "laser maze" if every child in the class read 150 pages -- a class total of 2,700 pages. An agreement was struck and the children got busy reading. By June, Mrs. Febbraro and the children proudly reported that they had met their goal! With the assistance of PE teacher, Nicole Torres, a "laser maze" was created and set up in the gym. The children had a blast crawling through it forwards, backwards, and even with a blindfold on! Thanks to Mrs. Febbraro, Mrs. Torres and the children for creating, accomplishing and rewarding this fun reading challenge!

Fourth grade students from Mrs. Holahan's class share their Presidential biographies.

Mrs. Febbraro's and Mrs. Paparella's Literacy Celebration on 6/23/16

Therapy Dog Visits Santapogue

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Students at Santapogue had a special visit with a therapy dog from New York Therapy Animals on May 24. During the program, students learned about how to best care for a dog (including brushing its teeth daily) and about the dogs visiting senior centers, hospitals and libraries to bring cheer and companionship.

Ms. Lauicella's First Graders -- Literacy Show

Ms. Lauricella's first graders at South Bay School became amazing authors this year! On Wednesday, June 22nd, their parents and family members were invited to their Literacy Show where they shared their favorite piece of writing. Cheers and applause were abundant and well-deserved!

Award-Winning Performances

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Senior Paige Leddy and sophomore David Grant III received Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance at a ceremony on May 22 at the Beacon School. The students were nominated for their performance in “Footloose” this year.

CCC Ceremony

Our CCC ceremony took place on Monday June 21st. During the program each character trait was presented, Sergeant Hoffman from the Armed Forces gave an American Flag to our school, and the children and staff said good bye to Mrs. Levy

 

Grade 2 and 3 Field Day

Grade 2 and 3 students participated in field day activities on Wed June 15th. Here are pictures of them in action

 

The Golden Ticket

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Six sixth-grade JHS students won Six Flags Great Adventure tickets after participating in the Read for Success Program. They logged more than six hours of reading in a two-month period. Each participant also received a new fiction book from school librarian Alice Robinson. Shown here are (from left): Emily Villarreal, Jean Santos, librarian Alice Robinson and Cristian Espita. Not pictured: Elijah Attis, Berkant Kilincarslan and Briana Reyes.

JHS Librarian Recognized

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The Junior High School’s librarian and department chairperson Alice Robinson (center) was presented with an honorarium award by the Suffolk School Library Media Association for the creation/expansion of the school’s MakerSpace program on May 18. She is shown with Dr. Joette Stefl-Mabry (left), associate professor, School of Education, Department of Information Studies at SUNY Albany, and Mary Charters, vice president of SSLMA and awards chairperson.

Forest Avenue Field Days

Our fabulous Forest Avenue P.E. teachers, Mike Rayola and Eddie Hilbert, challenged our students with fun sports activities for our Field Days. Focusing on good sportsmanship, teamwork and school spirit, the students, staff and specials guests ALL had a great time!

 

Top Teachers

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Three West Babylon teachers were recognized at the Suffolk County Legislature Teacher Appreciation Awards Night on June 7 at North Babylon High School.

Tooker Avenue reading teacher Lisa Granieri was recognized as an outstanding teacher. Senior High School math teacher Christina Montalvo received the Teacher Appreciation Award, and music teacher Joe Barone received the Outstanding Teacher Award. All of the district’s librarians were recognized with honorable mention awards.
 
Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory presented the winners with a proclamation. Educators who receive these awards go the extra mile, working above and beyond what is required, are an inspiration to their peers, collaborate with colleagues to improve student achievement, inspire lifelong learning and are master teachers and educational leaders.

Third grade was visited by Steve Tomeck and the Star Lab to culminate their unit on the solar system.

 

Communities around the world

Third grade students at Tooker Avenue learned about communities around the world when they became pen pals with a class in Brittany, France. They learned about routines, different geographical locations and family life. They even exchanged favorite recipes. On June 13 and 14, Tooker students had the opportunity to Skype with their new friends across the globe. This program encouraged acceptance of others and an appreciation for different areas of the world.

Optional Summer Assignments

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Optional summer assignments are now available for all students. To access the assignments, please click here.

Skating through STEM Lessons

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Third-graders from South Bay took their science, technology, engineering and mathematics lessons outside the classroom and into a local roller skating rink.

The students took a field trip to United Skates of America in Seaford on May 18 to learn about the science of the roller skate. As part of their STEM activities, students observed different parts of the roller skate, like the wheel and axle, studied different textures to explore high and low friction and were even able to design their own roller skates. The third-graders even had some time to test their roller skating skills before heading back to school.  

Farewell to Retirees

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The West Babylon School District extends its best wishes to the 2015-2016 staff retirees. These individuals have dedicated themselves to the students and their education, and they will be greatly missed. With more than 550 years of combined dedication to West Babylon Schools, the district bids farewell to the following retirees:

Administration:
Toni Roller, senior clerk typist, 18 years

Business Office:
Linda Coyne, account clerk typist, 25 years
Susan Koehler, clerk typist, 15 years

Districtwide:
Alfred Frank Sr., security guard, 14 years
James Uhl, music teacher, 20 years

Forest Avenue:
Judith Hausler, paraprofessional, 21 years
Theresa Raimondi, registered nurse, 24 years

John F. Kennedy:
Deborah Morris, library media specialist, 22 years

Junior High School:
Janine Augustine, social studies teacher, 30 years
Patricia Boyce, senior clerk typist, 8 years
Lorraine Lehtila, paraprofessional, 27 years
Thomas Leonbruno, special education teacher/special education chair, 29 years
Donna Rienzo, paraprofessional, 10 years
Bonnie Snyder, teaching assistant, 15 years

Santapogue:

David Cunningham, elementary teacher, 26 years
Eleanor Levy, elementary principal, 18 years
Theresa Parrish, elementary teacher, 15 years

Senior High School:
Richard Cox, custodial worker, 27 years
Jacqueline Limone, special education teacher, 15 years
Theresa Munch, paraprofessional, 15 years
Edwin Scottaline, paraprofessional, 22 years
Sally Selvaggi, math teacher, 9 years

Tooker Avenue:
Angela Appell, senior clerk typist, 29 years
Sharon Wolkiewicz, teaching assistant/senior technologist, 20 years

Transportation:
Amelia Alini, school bus monitor, 8 years
Margaret Corbin, school bus monitor, 20 years
Janet Kuhner, school bus driver, 20 years
Miriam Rodriguez, school bus driver, 25 years

Play Ball

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Senior Matt Dalton was recently awarded a scholarship to play baseball at Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire.

Lacrosse Player Goes National

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Sophomore Joseph Ballone has been named as a 2016 Brine National High School All-American and has been selected to represent New York State at the 2016 Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Richmond, Virginia, from July 19-22.

The Brine National Lacrosse Classic brings the top high school lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where regional teams compete to become the 2016 National Champion.

Introducing West Babylon's Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

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The Class of 2016’s valedictorian and salutatorian offer insight, advice and reflection on their years in West Babylon.

 

Forest Avenue Third Grade Owl Pellet Dissection Discovery

Forest Avenue's third graders got hands-on science experience in their Owl Pellet Dissection Discover Unit. Focusing on an understanding an owl's food web, students dissected an owl pellet to discover what animal their owl had consumed. It was a fabulous learning experience for all our third graders and their specials guests.

Track Stars

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Congratulations to the girls 4x400 meter relay team of Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins and Paige Keefer, who were named state champions. Also earning All-State distinction in their respective races were Paige Keefer in the 800 meter run (third place All-State, sixth place All-Federation) and Brittany Korsah in the 200 meter dash (fourth place All-State and fourth place All-Federation).

Science Lesson Extends from Alaska to West Babylon

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Senior High School students participated in their second distance-learning lesson this school year with a national park ranger from Fairbanks, Alaska, on May 18.

During the session, students learned about two main biomes found in Alaska as well as how the changes in Alaska can impact Long Island residents.

Science teacher Andrea Montalvo facilitated the open question-and-answer session between students and the national park ranger, learning about life in the north as well as careers in the National Parks Service.  
    
Earlier this year, students in Ms. Montalvo’s class participated in a lesson with scientists and educators from Monterey Bay Aquarium in California.

Field Day Fun

Fourth and fifth grade Field Day took place on June 8 and the members of the blue and gold teams participated in several fun filled events, including relay races and Tug of War.

 

Owl Pellets

The 3rd graders at South Bay School, along with their family helpers, dissected owl pellets and charted their findings, which included bones and other natural artifacts that helped to tell the story of the owls' habitats and food choices.

Dolls Offer a Lesson in History

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Fifth-grade girls at South Bay learned about growing up in the 1700s during an American Girl doll-themed after-school special program on May 6.

Facilitated by South Bay school psychologist Laure Loughlin, the event began with a movie about a young girl, Felicity, growing up in the 1700s, when the movement toward breaking away from British rule was growing. The students learned about loyalty, independence and the taxes on tea.

They also enjoyed a tea party and spoke about the clothing styles during this time period, which Ms. Loughlin learned from a historian at an American Girl event in New York City. The fifth-graders were also able to see period carriages, beds, nightstands and accessories, as well as a dining table and different tea sets.

South Bay Teachers Recognized

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South Bay educators were recognized at the Suffolk County Legislature Teacher Appreciation Awards Night on June 7 at North Babylon High School. First-grade teacher Erin Castelli and speech/language pathologist Jill DeLuca were recognized as outstanding teachers. Kara Levy, South Bay library media specialist, was also recognized with an honorable mention, along with all the district’s librarians.

Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory presented Castelli and DeLuca with a proclamation. Nominated by South Bay Principal JoAnn Scott, educators who receive these awards go the extra mile, working above and beyond what is required, are an inspiration to their peers, collaborate with colleagues to improve student achievement, inspire lifelong learning and are master teachers and educational leaders.

Sharing, Learning with First-Grade Writers

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First-graders at John F. Kennedy shared in a writing celebration with their kindergarten peers on May 18. The kindergarten students visited the first-grade writers to celebrate their published opinion writing pieces. Each student shared their published book review and talked with the kindergartners about what writers learn in first grade.




Track Teams Honored

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West Babylon took home numerous awards at the Suffolk County All-Star Track Dinner on June 7. The 4x400 meter relay team won a special award, along with the Huntington boys 4x400 meter relay team for breaking the Suffolk County record at the state qualifier meet. Paige Keefer and Brittany Korsah were both named MVP of Suffolk County. Only five girls from the county receive this honor each season, and two of those went to West Babylon.

Girls varsity track coach Phil Armato was named the Division II Coach of the Year, as well as Suffolk County Outstanding Coach of the Year.

 

Fable Fair

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On June 7, third-graders in Mrs. Kerr's and Ms. Hartmann's, and Mrs. Lynch's classes performed for their peers and parents in The Fabulous Fable Fair. The students learned all about Aesop's Fables and then presented the story of each fable complete with the moral.

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read

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In the spirit of the West Babylon Public Library's 2016 Summer Reading Program, Forest Avenue librarian Andrea Francisco and WBPL Children & Teen librarians Carisse Bormann and Nicole Peters have teamed up to get students "pumped up" for summer reading. The WBPL librarians visited each classroom to personally invite them to participate in their "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Summer Reading Program.

Tie Dye Fun

Third graders and their teachers are preparing for Field Day on June 15 by making their own blue or gold shirts.With the help of their teachers, each student made a tie dyed shirt for the upcoming day of fun and games.

 

Record Breakers

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The girls 4x400 meter relay team – Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins and Paige Keefer – broke the Suffolk County record on June 5 at the Section XI State Qualifier meet with a time of 3:48.73. The team currently ranks second in New York State, behind by one second. They are headed to the state championship meet in Syracuse to make a run at the state title.

Also qualifying for the state championship meet in their individual events were Brittany Korsah in the 200 meter dash (24.46 seconds) and Paige Keefer in the 800 meter run (2 minutes, 11.61 seconds).

Optional Summer Reading and Math Information

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Santapogue’s First Graders Hatched Chickens in the Classroom

J.F.K. Students enjoying the 5th grade cruise around the Great South Bay.

First-Grade Writers Share Reviews

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Students in Lisa DeGennaro’s first-grade class at JFK shared in a literacy celebration on May 24. Each student presented a review on a movie, restaurant or book to those in attendance. The first-graders also designed a brochure on the item they reviewed. They created a “read box” of recommended titles for others to read. Parents and guests were able to view all the students’ writing assignments in the published class books that were on display. 

Charlotte's Web

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On Wednesday June 1st, the 3rd grade from the Santapogue School attended a presentation of Charlotte's Web in Islip New York. The children had already been exposed to the book in a variety of ways, and enjoyed seeing it brought to life on the stage.

Mark Your Calendars!

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The 2016-17 Calendars Available Online

Please note, the district and building calendars are updated to include events for the 2016-2017 school year. To access the district calendar, please click here: http://wbschools.org/calendars/district_calendar.

Lunch and Learn Leads to Friendships

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Throughout the school year, Principal JoAnn Scott at South Bay conducts “lunch and learn” sessions with students. Over snacks and sandwiches, Ms. Scott chats with students about navigating friendships and relationships with others. On May 12, three third-graders shared a picnic lunch together with their principal to celebrate their friendship. They enjoyed the sunny weather along with some special treats.