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.




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.

January 2nd-6th Paraprofessionals Recognition Week

The students & staff thank the following individuals for all their hard work & dedication:

Renee Mancuso, Sandra Kuffo, Amy McLaughlin, Fran Smith, Ronnie Douglass,
Jeanne Baumgardt, Darlene Brigandi, Maureen Brown, Roseann Merk, Kim Martz, Linda Kenney,
Maria Bonventre, Kirsten Ramirez, Evelyn Morales, Cathy Chauvin, Jean Toscano,
Joan Schrom, Tricia Thompson, June Donahue, Danielle Bilello, Maryann Eccleston,
Tina Goode, Barbara Orkwis, Jennifer Bianco, Michele Sonnichsen, Lisa Mallahan,
Nicole Grahofke, Maria Basile-Farash, Mary Conte, Kristie Goss, Catherine O'Keefe,
Melissa Marsden, Laurie Gibbs, Alanna Delacrausaz, Christine Zinser, and Linda Butler.

January 16th-20th School Nurse/OT/PT/COTA Recognition Week

The students & staff thank the following individuals for all their hard work & dedication:

Jenn Autera, Cara Baron, Josephine Zimmerman, Diana Waterman and Debbie Christiansen.

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.

Forest Avenue Second Graders' "How To" Book Celebration

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.

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.

Students Join Honor Society Ranks

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The Senior High School held its New York State Business and Marketing and National Technology honor societies induction ceremonies on Dec. 14.

To qualify for either of these honor societies, sophomores and juniors must have a minimum of two units of business/marketing education or technology education coursework, and seniors must have three units of business/marketing education or technology education coursework.
    
In addition, the student must maintain a GPA of 88 in business/marketing education or technology education course as well as a minimum overall GPA of 80. All Business and Marketing or Technology Honor Society candidates must also demonstrate good character, leadership qualities and service to their school and/or community.

This year’s Business and Marketing Honor Society inductees were: Robert Aguanno; Zach Babary; Jennifer Bonilla; Rocco Longo; Christopher Martocci; Vincenzo Martucci; William Marvin; Michael McAlvin; Michael McMahon; Michael Meo; Alexis Oliver; Grace Rosati; Matt Seibert and Jack VanDoran.
    
National Technology Honor Society inductees included: Hannah Aebli; Gabriella Catozzi; Irwin Chugh; Kyle Chugh; Matthew Downey; Audriy Fosfakovskyy; Sophia Mandich; Jaclyn Mazza; Sharjeel Owais; Andrew Pastore; David Rakowski; Colin Reiff; Rehan Satti; Meghan Smolenski; Dominic Sora; Bryce Trama; Kacper Tworogolski; and Emily Welliver.

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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).

Science Olympiad Winners Head to Regionals

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Two Science Olympiad teams from the Senior High School competed at the annual invitational tournament at Islip High School on Dec. 10.     
Sixty high school teams from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut competed in 25 various science events.

The following students placed in their respective events: Eric Donohue and Trevor Barrett, second place in Write It, Do It; Matt Reyes and Ryan O’Sullivan, third place in Optics; and Hailey Santana and Kasey Sherwood, sixth place in Forensics. These students will now compete in the regional event on Jan. 28.

Books Alive!

Students at South Bay School were treated to a holiday tradition on 12/22/16 -- their teachers, principal, school psychologist and other staff members performed some of their favorite stories at the annual Books Alive! Readers Theatre. The scripts, casting, props and MC responsibilities were handled adeptly by South Bay Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Kara Levy. This year's books brought to life were: Do Unto Otters, Bridget's Beret, Epossumondas, and Exclamation Mark!



Student-artist takes third place

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Senior High School student-artist Paulina Trzonkowska received third place in Suffolk County Community College’s annual High School Art Competition.

Trzonkowska was awarded third place for her colored pencil drawing “Let’s Eat.” More than 30 works of art from Suffolk County high schools were submitted for inclusion in the competition.      

Additionally, student-artists Alexis Bier, Cody Doerbecker, Alexandra Gaudioso, Jillian Hajek, Sarah Heerey, Nicholas McGraw and Bridget Navas had works accepted into the show.

The artwork was displayed at Gallery West at the Grant campus through Dec. 21.

Message from Dr. Farrelly re: Inclement Weather Information

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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

Fifth Grade Holiday Gifts

South Bay 5th graders having some fun painting plaster holiday figures

 

STEM Holiday Activity

South Bay School students engaged in a STEM activity, during their library enrichment time, with Mrs. Kara Levy. Given only a pipe cleaner, two Popsicle sticks and a piece of green construction paper, the students had to work as teams to construct a 3-dimensional, self-standing Christmas tree. The children had a lot of fun with this challenging, seasonal project!

 

South Bay Students Adopt a Local Police Officer

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As part of the “Adopt A Police Officer” program, Suffolk County Police Officer Jeanne Osias visited with kindergarten students at South Bay for the second time this year.

Officer Osias will be visiting once or twice a month throughout the school year to encourage positive police interactions and develop a trusting relationship. During this visit, Officer Osias talked about her job and then read one of the students’ favorite December books, “Gingerbread Friends.” Following her visit, the students wrote stories and drew pictures about it in their journals.

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

I West

Orchestra

Cenahi Smith

Viola

John F. Kennedy

I West

Band

Allison Gobel

Tenor Sax

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I West

Chorus

Kenneth Bergman

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I West

Chorus

Hailey Matos

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I West

Chorus

Sean Russell

Children's Voice

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I West

Chorus

Joelle Spainer

Children's Voice

Santapogue

I West

Band

Matthew Cella

Alto Sax

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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

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Tooker Avenue

I West

Orchestra

Lauren Kutchens

Violin

High School

III West

Band

Danielle Lozowsky

French Horn

High School

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

Junior High School

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.

Holiday Tunes Get Crowd in the Spirit

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Junior High School student-musicians performed holiday songs for the West Babylon Fire Department and Lions Club Tree Lighting ceremony on Dec 3. Through the combined efforts of Junior High School music teachers Adrienne Autovino and William Doran, the students entertained the festive crowd with holiday favorites like “Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”

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. 

Coders Complete Hour at Forest Avenue

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In honor of Computer Science Week from Dec. 5-11, students at Forest Avenue participated in a Hour of Code during library classes from Nov. 28-Dec. 9. The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180-plus countries.

The Hour of Code, now in its third year, takes place in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Forest Avenue students were taught basic coding skills, played games using code and learned that anybody can code.

 

Tooker Students Take Goldilocks to Court

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Fifth-graders at Tooker Avenue Elementary learned about the workings of the court and criminal justice system when they put Goldilocks on trial on Dec. 6.

Goldilocks was accused of trespassing at the Three Bears’ home, eating Papa Bear’s porridge and leftover chicken, stealing money (petty larceny), trying on Mama Bear’s dresses and breaking a rocking chair (criminal mischief). Goldilocks went on trial against the plaintiffs, the Three Bears.

As Goldilocks’ lawyers and the prosecution went toe-to-toe trying to prove their respective clients’ cases, other fairy tale characters were called to testify as witnesses including the Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, the Gingerbread Man, the Three Blind Mice, Chicken Little and more.

After hearing all the facts in the case, the jury of peers had the opportunity to hand down a verdict and sentencing for Goldilocks.

Fall Sports Honors

Throughout the district, student-athletes were recognized for their contributions to their respective sports during the fall season.

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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.

Joining the Fight

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The Senior High School joined the global community by recognizing and supporting World AIDS Day on Nov. 30. This year’s theme was “Access Equity Rights Now,” reminding students to continue to push forward and build a strong global movement in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Each year, a group of West Babylon High School students put together a performance to educate their peers and their community on HIV/AIDS, how to prevent it, and how to show compassion to those living with the virus. Students took to the auditorium stage for choreographed dance performances, informative skits, inspirational songs and poems and video presentations.

With more than 34 million people around the world affected by the disease, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, support those living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

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.

A Living History Lesson

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Fifth-graders at South Bay Elementary channeled historical figures from different eras during the school’s first Living History Museum Walk on Nov. 22.

After extensively researching their chosen person, the fifth-graders dressed as different figures in history as family and friends were invited to attend the walk. From Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin to Babe Ruth and Hillary Clinton, students presented a two-minute speech on their life when attendees stepped on their star and “brought them to life.”

Holiday Cards

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The students from Mrs. Goodwin's class colored and wrote Christmas messages in cards for Recovering American Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington D.C.

Setting a Place for Thanksgiving

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The Junior High School’s Community Service Club designed their own placements for the United Methodist Church in Babylon. The club produced more than 50 placemats which will be used for the church’s Thanksgiving dinner.

Peer Educators Get Smart about Suicide Prevention

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Senior High School junior and senior peer educators were recently invited to a workshop offered by the Long Island Coalition Against Bullying and the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. The students spent the day with peer educators from seven Long Island school districts learning about suicide prevention.

Social-emotional learning at all levels

Student-Musicians Show their Talent

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Several student-musicians have been selected to perform in upcoming music festivals and celebrations.

Senior High School students Matthew Derosiers and Trevor Barrett performed in the New York State School Music Association and the National Association for Music Education/Suffolk County Music Educators Association’s All-County Band. All-County Chorus selections from West Babylon included: Jason Arthur, Trent Boock, David Grant, Mackenzie Grimes, Alexa Latronica-Vancott, Matthew Lightsey and Mary Grace Seward. The students performed on Nov. 18 at Northport High School.

Lucas Greengold and Brian Thompson were selected to perform in Long Island String Festival Association Orchestra, while Brian Thompson, Sara Halvorsen and Annarose Vallone were chosen to perform in the Carnegie Hall Honors Ensembles. The Carnegie Hall Honors Program will be held on Feb. 4 at Carnegie Hall, while the LIFSA concert will take place on Jan. 30 at Ward Melville High School.

Wendy’s Heisman Recognizes Two Seniors

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Senior High School seniors Francis Volz IV and Alexis Stentiford have been recognized for their hard work in the classroom, on the field and in the community with a Wendy’s High School Heisman award.

“These students are known by their teachers and friends for their commitment to excellence,” said Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo. “We are excited and honored that a program like Wendy’s High School Heisman is also recognizing their hard work.”

Since 1994, Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed students. As school winners, Volz IV and Stentiford will receive a School Winner certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman patch.

Showing Their Gratitude

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Fourth-graders in Daniella Mauro’s class at Tooker Avenue donated their Halloween candy to Operation Gratitude. The students wrote letters to troops overseas, thanking them for their service.

Enriching Activities at South Bay

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Improving and expanding students’ love of learning is one of the top priorities for the staff at South Bay Elementary School. Meaningful and substantial enrichment programs provide students an extra boost in their elementary school years.

Library/media specialist Kara Levy holds weekly enrichment classes during the school day with an open research period that is available to fifth-graders during their recreation time. Ms. Levy uses science, technology, engineering and math-based materials, such as Little Bits and Dash the Robot, to encourage students to create and learn with different materials. They have also produced book trailers using Movie Maker and stop motion animation programs. During her flex periods throughout the school day, Ms. Levy works with individual classes to provide enrichment opportunities. Working with the teacher, the students can conduct long-term research projects, working as a class or a select group, over the course of the year.

Ms. Levy is also the Enrichment Club advisor, a club for fourth- and fifth-grade students who are invited to attend based on assessment results and teacher recommendations. The club meets after school once a week, engaging in activities such as STEM experiments, coding using Scratch, Google Expeditions and more.

“We need to make sure we provide opportunities for all students to move forward on their individual paths to and beyond proficiency,” said Principal JoAnn Scott. “Enrichment is a way to accomplish this, as well as providing the 21st-century skills our students will need for college and career readiness. Enrichment activities also tap into different types of learning, from a brain perspective, and often mimic the types of skills students will need to master in future workplaces.”
Another way faculty members address enrichment activities is by using their “extra help” time to teach advanced skills and delve into projects that support those students looking to further their studies. Clubs such as Math Olympiads and the Computer Club offer an added challenge for some students as well.

Buildingwide, other South Bay teachers are thinking outside the box and addressing enrichment on various levels. Krista Granieri teaches her kindergarten and first-grade students to speak Italian. Kindergarten teacher and technology advisor Alison Chiquitucto uses a tremendous amount of technology in her classroom, including devices such as robots and tablets. She is integrating this technology into her teaching with these young learners, offering kindergarten students a path to technology from the start of their academic careers.




JFK First-Graders Exercise Right to Vote

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First-graders in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy learned about the voting process and held their own election on Nov. 7. They learned about the candidates by reading the books “Duck for President,” “Grace for President” and “My Teacher for President.” The students designed campaign posters and completed voter registration cards. On “election day,” each student cast their vote for one of the three candidates, and Ms. DeGennaro announced that Duck won the presidential race.


Tooker Students Recognized

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The West Babylon Fire Department recently held its Fire Prevention Open House and presented awards to the winners of the poster and essay contest. The following Tooker Avenue students were chosen as winners:

Justin Jastrzebski (first place), Dahlia Lind (second place) and Jaclyn Morra (third place).

Working and Playing Together

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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.




An Update on Security

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In a districtwide effort to continue to boost safety and security measures, the district has implemented a number of security enhancements.
    
Entrance doors will remain locked at all times and in order to gain access to a building, visitors must provide a government-issued identification card which will be scanned through the district’s Raptor ID system. Additional access card readers, door ajar systems and double door vestibules will be installed districtwide.

At each school entrance a security guard will now be stationed, with two guards added to the high school. This brings the total number of security officers to 33. In addition, security officers have received CPR, first aid, automated external defibrillator, EpiPen and Narcan training with supplementary instruction scheduled throughout the year. Security officers now have email accounts and access to building camera views.
    
A security team of active and retired law enforcement officers has been established for athletic and major schoolwide events. Specific protocols have been developed for athletic events, such as the size of bags and backpacks allowed.
    
The district’s director of security meets with the Suffolk County Police Department and other local school district security teams regarding any concerns in the neighborhood. Building emergency teams have been established districtwide, and physical education teachers have been assigned radios for outdoor classes. Procedures for accounting of all students during drills have been reviewed, updated and implemented in all school buildings.
    
The district is currently evaluating its exterior camera and public announcements systems in all buildings to determine if replacement or updates are needed. A command center at the high school is also being established to allow for a security officer to have “eyes” on all buildings and contact emergency responders if necessary.