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FLEX Learning at South Bay

Fourth- and fifth-grade FLEX students formed teams and were tasked with writing a script and recreating a fairy tale or fable by programming the Dot and Dash robots. Each group has set designers, costume designers, computer programmers and writers who are collaborating using Google Docs.

WB PTA Founders' Day Awards for Forest Avenue

Congratulations to Forest Avenue WB PTA Founder's Day recipients!

"Bash the Trash" Assembly

Students at Forest Avenue enjoyed the PTA Sponsored Cultural Arts Assembly, "Bash the Trash." Students enjoyed watching musicians and teaching artists, weaving together science, music and environmental awareness. Students learned how science can transform even the simplest stuff into cool-sounding instruments.

 

Best in Show for West Babylon Student-Artist

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Senior High School student-artist Paulina Tronzkoska was awarded the best in show for her artwork at the opening reception of Long Island's Best Young Artist competition at the Heckscher Museum of Art on March 24. In addition, Senior High School art teacher Heather Ingald received the Outstanding Teacher Award. This year’s show featured 62 public and private schools from Nassau and Suffolk counties. More than 385 entries were received and only 80 selected for display in the galleries.

MakerSpace CORE

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During CORE, students used MakerSpace in the Junior High School library. Students were engaged, creative and enjoyed the flexibility and creativity of the MakerSpace setting.

PTA Founder’s Day Awards

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Congratulations to the following award winners of the Tooker Avenue PTA Founder’s Day:
Founder’s Day: Meredith Crevoiserat & Mary Famoso-Rueda
Teacher In Excellence: Christine Lambert
Student Advocate: The Math and Reading Intervention Team (Paula Bedford, Tina O'Boyle, Krista Shah, Christine Lambert)
Honorary Life Award: Christine Burke

Eagles Go Bald for a Cause

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Students and staff members from throughout the district shaved their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for childhood cancers. The Bald Eagles of West Babylon raised more than $10,000 on March 25 at Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon Village.

This is the third year the Bald Eagles participated in the event and for the past two years, they have been the top fundraising team. In 2016, the team raised more than $10,000 and last year raised more than $13,000, thanks in part to the support of the Junior High School student council. Faculty members of the Bald Eagles of West Babylon team include: John Snyder (health/physical education teacher – Junior High School/Senior High School); James Fulton (art – Senior High School); Kelly Connolly (English – Senior High School); Bryan Heaton (music – Junior High School); and Dan McKeon (principal – Junior High School).




Curricular Updates and Enhancements

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In January, the New York State Education Department received approval for a new education plan that was required as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of this approval process, NYSED has been making changes to the entire K-12 curriculum. These changes – NYS Next Generation Learning Standards – are focused on revising math and English language arts education. 

Educators are being asked to help all students become lifelong readers and writers and NYSED has revised many of the reading and writing standards for classroom teachers. In addition, literacy-based instructional practices have been incorporated into all of the science and social studies classrooms. In math, standards were revised or moved to different grade levels with a focus on increasing student fluency. Last year, NYSED also made changes to the K-12 science standards, mirroring the practices of scientists and engineers through the implementation of hands-on activities in class. 

“Here in West Babylon, we are making certain that all of our students are getting the very best education in every subject area,” said Scott Payne, executive director of curriculum and instruction. “In response to all of these changes, this month we are pleased to share some of the exciting curricular work that is taking place in all our schools.”

Computer-based instructional tools

Parents may have noticed their children coming home and signing on to many of the online educational programs offered both in and out of the classroom. One literacy-based program is comprised of two separate programs called Raz-Kids and Reading A-Z. These programs allow students to read books online based on their interest as well their reading level. It also allows them to answers questions about what they have read and builds vocabulary and acquisition skills through guided quizzes.  

In math, students have access to an online program called Math IXL.  This web-based program allows students to practice specific math problems that are either assigned by their teacher or picked specifically based on their ability.

I-Ready.com is another online resource used by elementary and junior high school students. This program uses educational lessons and games to build student skills in math and ELA. Students earn points and reach milestones as they complete lessons that are either assigned by their teacher or are simply completed for extra credit. Not only are these games fun, but they help teachers get balanced data to help build upon needed skills for students.

Many JHS and SHS courses offer online supplements to enhance the textbooks used in class. Seventh-grade health, courses in science and math and much of the social studies curriculum are featured online. 

“If you see your child watching videos as part of the Discovery Ed website, they may actually be doing homework or getting extra credit, as much of our district’s social studies content is presented in multimedia form,” Payne said.

STEM Skills

“Here in West Babylon, we are very excited for our students to explore the many STEM skill sets,” Payne said. “In our K-8 schools, we have begun creating makerspaces. These spaces are collaborative work areas in part of our libraries that allow students to create projects or designs using their imagination and creativity. One key aspect is allowing students to work together. This creative and collaborative practice is at the core of helping to prepare our students for 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.” 

In K-6 library media classes, students are learning to code using Ozobot or Dash-and Dot robot kits. These kits guide students through the basic concepts of coding and allow students to program robots to perform different tasks and complete challenges. 

In grades 8-12, a new set of science research courses has been added.  Currently offered in eighth grade, this course will be offered to all students next year at the high school and is designed to teach students how to design and create scientific experiments while enhancing their problem-solving skills. Students will learn to publish their discoveries and will make formal presentations on what they have learned. The goal of these courses is to connect students to real-world scientists and engineers, which will allow them to work in the field to conduct their own research as part of an extended internship. 

“We are also offering two opportunities for STEM enrichment,” Payne said. “Our after-school STEM SCOPE program will be starting soon at each of our elementary schools. This summer, we will be offering a weeklong science camp for all students that will be housed in-district at one of our elementary schools.”

In addition, Payne said, the district will be looking at adopting a new K-5 math curriculum and next year, will be looking at changes in the K-8 science program. In both cases, this selection process will involve building principals from every elementary building forming a team of teachers, administrators and parents. 
 

STEM Flex time with second graders in the Library

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During STEM Flex time with Mrs. Francisco in the library, second-grade students were challenged to create whatever their imaginations wanted to dream up using Kinex. Students were told to use their prior knowledge of pulleys, force, and motion.

Superintendent’s March Points of Pride

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Student Council Supports St. Baldrick’s with Shamrocks

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The West Babylon Junior High School student council is selling memory shamrocks for $1 to support the team of staff and students raising money to fight childhood cancers for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Purchasers are invited to write a name in memory of a loved one, to support a person, or just help raise money for the team. Last year, the student council raised more than $600 to donate to the Bald Eagles of West Babylon’s team fundraising page. The Bald Eagles shaved their heads at the St. Baldrick’s event at Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon Village on March 25.

STEM Flex Time

Second-graders at Forest Avenue participated in STEM flex time during their library periods. Librarian Andrea Francisco challenged the students to use their knowledge of force and motion to let their imaginations create whatever they wanted.

Celebrating a Love of the Languages

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West Babylon Junior High School celebrated Foreign Language Week from March 5-9. The goal is to raise awareness for the need and importance of foreign languages. Students learned new words in Spanish and Italian with signs hung throughout the building. Students who spoke a language other than English signed a poster outside of Señorita Antonella Poggi’s room. They also learned about the Guatemalan worry dolls and even received one of their own. Señor Cody Napolitano brought Colombian empanadas for his classes to enjoy.



Science in Second Grade

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Mrs. Bogart ' s and Mrs. Graziosa's 2nd-grade classes created oobleck (and a mess) in order to test the properties of solids and liquids.

A Slimy Concoction

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Third-graders in Melanie DeLapi’s class at South Bay Elementary School concocted their own oobleck after reading Dr. Seuss’ “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” as part of their Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration on March 2.

A ‘Seussical’ Celebration

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Samantha Cardillo’s kindergarten class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The students read several Dr. Seuss books and wrote about their favorite. They created their very own “Cat in the Hat” masks, evaluated whether they would eat green eggs and ham, and participated in rhyming activities.

VIDEO: Tooker PARP

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Tooker Avenue participated in Pick A Reading Partner in March with an array of different literacy activities.Check out the video:

Leprechaun Traps

Students in Mrs. Kozak/Miss Gorman's third grade class at Tooker Avenue made leprechaun traps incorporating two or three simple machines for a science project.

Reader's Theater in Second Grade

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Second-grade students in Mrs. Graziosa's class and Mrs. Bogart's class worked together to read, rehearse, and perform Readers Theater for their class production.

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Students in Mrs. Goodwin's class at Tooker Avenue went on a hunt for sight words hidden around the room. The sight word bags contained a special surprise filled with Easter candy!

ENL Learners

ENL learners at Tooker Avenue are studying the letter Q. They learned it is an extremely reliable letter but can be redundant. It doesn’t make its own sound, which can make it a difficult letter for kindergartners to sound out.

South Bay Scientists

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Seventeen South Bay students in grades K-4 submitted science projects to be considered for entry into this year's Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair. All of the projects were evaluated anonymously by South Bay teachers, and five of them (one per grade level) will be moving on to Brookhaven:
K: Brody Eglin, Wing Shape – It's a Drag...
Gr. 1: Hailey Frampton, Germiest Surfaces
Gr. 2: Lucas Dispigno, Going Batty!
Gr. 3: Emma Frampton, Best Candy Crystal Growth
Gr. 4: Toussaint Joseph, Mentos Challenge

All 17 students attended a celebratory meeting with the principal and were presented with a certificate and a letter of congratulations.

New Messenger Features

In order to deliver important information more efficiently to our school community, the district has enhanced our School Messenger service with the
addition of SMS/texting communication. The system will deliver text messages directly to phones about school closings, events, safety alerts and more. To participate in this free service, simply text "Y" to 67587. For more information on this enhanced service, please see the flyer.

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A ‘Seussical’ Celebration

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Samantha Cardillo’s kindergarten class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The students read several Dr. Seuss books and wrote about their favorite. They created their very own “Cat in the Hat” masks, evaluated whether they would eat green eggs and ham, and participated in rhyming activities.

BNL Elementary Science Fair Winners

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Tooker Avenue students Philip Consentino III (first grade), Lia DeGennaro (third grade) and Max Mueck (fourth grade) were recently named winners in the Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Fair.

JFK SCOPE Flyer 2018

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Lesson Learned in Dr. Seuss Works

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To commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, Junior High School in Dr. Patricia Neville’s library classes participated in this year’s Read Across America. Students researched Dr. Seuss’ career and learned that he had 27 manuscripts rejected before his first publication. This motivated students to always try their best and to learn from their mistakes.

A Delicate Balancing Act

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In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, students in Krista Granieri’s class at South Bay Elementary School read “10 Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss. The students then tried to create a tower out of Keva blocks that could balance an apple on top. The groups worked together and created some unique and interesting designs.

PARP Kicks Off at South Bay

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South Bay Elementary School kicked off its monthlong Pick A Reading Partner activities with an assembly on March 1. This year’s PARP sports-related theme is “Get Your Game On with Reading.”  The school had a special visit from writer, lyricist and musician Daryl Cobb, author of “Pirates: A Ring of Hope.”

SCOPE After School Enrichment Program 2018

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Big Band Competition

On March 24, the Big Band performed at the Greenwich Jazz Festival in Greenwich, Connecticut. This festival hosts bands from as far north as Canada and all over New England and requires them to perform the music of Duke Ellington for adjudication and individual awards. The judges this year were famed trumpet player Jon Faddis, legendary jazz musician and educator Ronald Carter, and Jim Gaiser, director of jazz at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. West Babylon was awarded three best soloist awards to Aidan Carberry, Hannah Leddy, and Natalie McIntosh.

JFK student proudly participates in 2018 St. Baldrick's

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Poets Pen Band-Aid-Inspired works

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Lisa DeGennaro’s first-graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School are working on their poetry writing skills. The students read the poem “Band-Aids” by Shel Silverstein and were inspired to create their own “ouch” poems about things on cutouts of Band-Aids.

JHS Drama Club in 'Mary Poppins'

The Junior High School's Drama Club performed "Mary Poppins” on March 23 and March 26. Under the direction of Mr. Murray, Dr. Neville and Mrs. Kohler ,the talented students kept the crowd entertained.

Book Characters Come to Life

As a concluding activity to its Parents As Reading Partners program,students in Lisa DeGennaro¹s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School dressed as their favorite book characters. Some favorites included Piggy and Elephant, the Hulk, Junie B. Jones, Pete the Cat, Harry Potter and Pinkalicious.  

Learning About Electricity

Tooker Avenue students are having fun while they learn. Check out these fourth-grade students learning about current electricity through song.

Enriching Young Engineers with STEM Activity

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In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday/Read Across America Day on March 2, first-grade students in library media specialist Kara Levy’s enrichment class at South Bay Elementary School participated in a STEM-based activity. Students were tasked with creating a chair for Dr. Seuss’ stuffed animals. The first-graders worked in teams to engineer the chairs using K’Nex building sets.
 

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A Chinese Cultural Celebration

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Students in Melanie De Lapi’s third-grade class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated Chinese New Year on Feb. 16. The class learned about the year of the dog and crafted hats and lanterns. The students each presented information they had learned about the culture in their recent unit of study. They also sampled some cuisine and green tea.  


Superintendent’s February Points of Pride

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‘Souper’ Start to the Olympics

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As a kickoff to the Winter Olympics, students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School wore red, white and blue to show their support for Team USA. To celebrate the “souper” start to the Olympics, the school held a soup drive and donated seven boxes of soup to the local food pantry. 
 

Leprechaun Sand

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Forest Avenue fifth-graders in Kristen Wilken’s and Caitlyn Bavolar's class enjoyed following the steps of a recipe to make “leprechaun sand” in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

JHS Science Olympiad Team Brings Home Medals

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The Junior High School Science Olympiad team participated in a regional competition on March 17. Medals were brought home by Megan DelMonico and Zuzanna Obrycki for roller coaster, and Mackenzie Ung and Julian Reyes for fast facts. John Lizio and Cara Jewels won a medals for solar system. John Lizio and Parag Vyas brought home medals in ecology. Team members Dakota-Skye Manna, Ismael Villacis, Jackie Joseph, Jessica Donley, Jessica Martino, Kaitlyn Zambrana, Kyra Walter and Ben Hoffman had great performances in 13 other events. The team placed in the top 10th percent overall.

Forest Avenue's PARP 2018 ("Reading is the Mind's Paintbrush, Color Your Future!")

For this year's Forest Avenue's Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) 2018, we challenged students to imagine their world as a canvas with unlimited colors and dreams. We focused on how READING opens our minds to limitless possibilities. Our PARP extravaganza included Community Reader Day, Pajama Day & Night, a Bookmark Contest, and the amazing Hit Pickles cultural arts program.

VIDEO: Fitness Fridays

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Check out this video to see how John F. Kennedy Elementary School is keeping its students physically active every Friday.

Tooker Students Try to Escape

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Lynnmarie Gendron’s fifth-grade students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School participated in an escape room experience on Feb. 2. The teams worked together to solve puzzles and math problems that involved context clues. Once the team correctly answered the problem, they had the four-digit code to open each treasure chest. The goal was to figure out the combination to the key chest, which allowed the team to escape the classroom.

Tooker Celebrates 100 Days of Learning Fun

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Dressed in their pajamas, kindergarten students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school in mid-February. The students created projects using 100 items, read “100 Hungry Ants” and “100th Day Worries,” designed booklets by stamping their way to 100 and counted to 100 by 10s and ones. The kindergartners also enjoyed a 100th  day ice cream party courtesy of the Parent-Teacher Association.

Remembering the Lives Lost

Staff and students at the JHS dressed in the school colors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS or West Babylon school colors to commemorate the lives lost in the Florida school shooting. Seventeen separate moments of silence were conducted throughout the day and students engaged in conversation about 17 things (#my17) they could do or say to create a more positive atmosphere in the building. A banner was also hung outside the cafeteria with the message "#WeAreOne" and students voluntarily wrote messages that address school safety.

South Bay Students Take Top Prizes in Poster Contest

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Five students from South Bay Elementary School were recently named winners in the West Babylon Fire Department’s annual fire prevention poster and essay contest. From left: Third-grader Kayleigh Carlson, first-place winner in the poster contest; first-grader Tony Williams, first-place winner in the poster contest; fifth-grader Vincent Morini, second-place winner in the essay contest; first-grader Gabriella Saracena, third-place winner in the poster contest; and second-grader Saxton Camp, first-place winner in the poster contest. 
 

All-County Cheerleaders

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At the Section XI All-County dinner on March 12, three West Babylon varsity cheerleaders were honored for their outstanding accomplishments this season. The district congratulates the following students: Academic All County: Amanda Ruppel; All Division: Danielle Comparator; and All County: Britney Jahrmarkt.

Junior FBI Agents Crack the Case

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The FBI agents in Mrs. Gendron's class at Tooker Avenue Elementary were broken up into teams. Each team was given a historical mystery to solve. They discussed the clues, wrote and organized notes using inference and critical thinking skills. Each team was able to solve the mystery.

Second-Grader Moves to States in Reflections Contest

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Sadie Searage, a second-grader at John F. Kennedy Elementary School, was recently named a Suffolk County winner in the Parent-Teacher Association’s annual Reflections contest. This year’s theme was “Within Reach.” Her poem, “My Dreams,” now moves on to the state level of the contest. 

Science Olympiad Team Goes to States

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On March 10-11, the West Babylon Science Olympiad team competed at the annual state competition at Le Moyne College, Syracuse. West Babylon was one of only six teams representing Suffolk County, and one of 16 teams representing Long Island. The following students participated in this year’s state competition: Eric Donohue, Ben Galinson, Billy Marvin, Daria Delmonico, Mark Giles, Rob Aguanno, Joe Ronzetti, Vera Rodic, Jake Adams, Rachael Le, Emerson Schaefer, Juliana Pham, Aidan O’Sullivan, Evan Restive, Jay Santana, Erin Thompson, Ryan O’Sullivan, Olivia Globoweski, Natalia Niebryzdowski and Olivia Nawara.

DECA Winners

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From March 7-9, 18 West Babylon DECA students competed at the annual New York State DECA competition in Rochester, New York. These students placed at the regional competition in Suffolk County earlier in January to qualify for states. Congratulations to the following students who received recognition in their respective competitive events at this state conference:

Irwin Chugh – Job Interview – top 10 medal
Kalleynah Olsen – Job Interview – top 10 medal
Christopher Price – Principles of Marketing – top 10 medal for exam
Emerson Schaefer – Business Services Marketing – top 10 medal for role play 1, top 10 overall medal, fifth place in NYS
Eric Donohue – Restaurant and Food Service Management – top 10 medal for exam, top 10 medals for role play 1 and 2, top 10 overall medal, second place in NYS

Both Emerson and Eric qualify to compete at the annual International DECA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, April 21-25.

Second-Graders Take Second in Poster Contest

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Second-graders Brandon Krutys (left) and Bradyn Lewis from Tooker Avenue Elementary School were recently named second-place winners in the West Babylon Fire Department’s annual fire prevention poster contest. They are pictured with Tooker Avenue Principal Charles Germano and second-grade teacher Annmarie Ayerle. 

An Inside Look at MSG

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Senior High School business education students attended a tour of Madison Square Garden on Feb. 8. Students explored exclusive areas of the state-of-the-art arena including the Rangers’ and Knicks’ locker rooms, luxury fan suites and the Chase Bridge. The tour also included more than 130 years of legendary history and a visit and question-and-answer period with a member of Madison Square Garden’s finance department.




Acoustic Night

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In January, the district held its 10th annual Acoustic Night Benefit Concert. The concert, along with the members of Tri-M, raised more than $1,600 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Random Acts of Kindness

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First graders in Laura Fitzgerald’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School celebrated February with random acts of kindness. Students filled a heart with their names for each act of kindness. 

J.F.K. School Kicks Off Parents As Reading Partners

Learning to read is thesingle most important activity in a child’s education. Studies show that children who read at home are better prepared to succeed in formal education.

PARP is a program that asks parents to read with their children for at least fifteen minutes daily, stressing the fact that reading can be fun as well as informative. The choice of reading materials can vary from books to anything with printed words. The daily activity of reading together strengthens reading and communication skills in the child and also strengthens the parent/child relationship. Note: The term ‘parents’ may be interpreted broadly to include all adults who play an important role in a child’s life.

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Reading Together

At Tooker Avenue Elementary School, Mrs. Lambert's fourth- and fifth-grade reading students celebrated National Read Across America Day on March 2 by reading aloud to first- and second- grade students.

A Sweet Lesson in Design

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Sixth-graders in Dr. Patricia Neville’s library class at the Junior High School were challenged to a Valentine’s Day Makerspace activity. Using just gumdrops, Popsicle sticks and toothpicks, the students created a three-level bridge. Each level of the bridge had to hold the weight of a different object: a gummy worm, five sweetheart candies and five chocolate kisses.

 

Second Grade "Book Club"

Forest Avenue's second graders read series books and then met to discuss character traits across the series with their group members, as part of Readers Workshop.

2018-19 Budget Preparations Underway

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The administration has presented its first draft of the proposed 2018-19 school budget and has discussed anticipated revenues, state aid estimates and the proposed tax levy during recent Board of Education meetings. 

According to Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, the district’s goals for the 2018-19 school year include maintaining all student programs while remaining within the state-mandated tax levy cap. 

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2018-19 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to cast their vote on May 15 to help determine the future of the district.

Tuesday, March 13: Board of Education meeting; board review/discussion of budget draft No. 2 development, 7 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 27: Presentation of budget draft No. 2, 7 p.m. 
     
Tuesday, April 10: Board of Education meeting; final review and adoption of the 2018-19 proposed budget, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1: Board of Education meeting; public hearing of 2018-19 proposed school budget, 7 p.m.
                       
Tuesday, May 15: School budget vote and trustee election, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

J.F.K. Family Gym Night

Cheer Squad Takes Sixth

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The Senior High School varsity cheerleading team competed in the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 10-11. The team placed sixth in their division.

The cheerleading team also competed in the Suffolk County Championship on Feb. 24 at West Islip High School. The West Babylon cheerleaders are one of just four teams to have qualified to compete in the event. 

2018 Read Across America Day - Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

First-graders in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School celebrated Read Across America day in honor of Dr. Seuss on March 2. Students wore festive Seuss wear, read many Dr. Seuss books and completed Seuss-inspired activities.

Artwork on Display

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The Junior High School art department’s first art exhibition for the 2017-2018 school year is now at the West Babylon Public Library. The artwork of the advanced seventh grade art class under the direction of Mrs. Alfano has a collection of artwork entitled "Animal Portraits" currently on display. Through collaboration with Azuree Agnello, head of the library's young adult services department, the exhibition is part of a vision to promote arts in the community. The art department and the library invite family and community members to enjoy the exhibit from now through the end of March.

Heller Heads to the States

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Members of the West Babylon girls varsity winter track team participated in the Section XI state qualifier meet on Feb. 12. Hannah Heller, an All-County student-athlete, advanced to the state championships in the 600-meter run. The state championship will be held on March 3 at the at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.

Josephine Critchley (fourth place in the 3000-meter run) and Nadja Ashley (fourth place in the long jump) earned All-County honors for their performance at the event. 

Community Reader Day at Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue students enjoyed listening to stories read by community readers.

Kindness Counts at JHS

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Junior High School students who were caught being kind were recognized during a Character Counts luncheon on Feb. 2. Principal Daniel McKeon and Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney-Kohler hosted a luncheon for students and the teachers who nominated them for their kind acts.

100 Days of Learning

Students in Krista Granieri’s class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing as if they were 100 years old. The students engaged in different 100-related activities such as blowing 100 bubbles, building with 100 Legos, doing 100 exercises and counting groups of 10.

100 Days of Learning

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Students in Thomas Valletta¹s class at South Bay Elementary School were excited to celebrate 100 days of learning on Feb. 15.

Forest Avenue Kindergarten students celebrate the 100th Day of School!

Forest Avenue kindergarten students celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up as what they would look like if they were 100 years old!

 

Science Olympiad Team Heads to States

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West Babylon Senior High School’s Science Olympiad team took fourth place at the annual Suffolk County Science Olympiad Tournament on Jan. 27.

West Babylon competed against 47 teams from more than 25 schools in Suffolk County. Each team competed in up to 25 events. 
For the eighth consecutive year, the team will have the opportunity to represent Suffolk County at the annual state tournament.

The district congratulates the following students who placed in the top 10 in their respective events:
Anatomy & Physiology: Eric Donohue, Olivia Nawara, Juliana Pham and Vera Rodic
Duct Tape Challenge: Ben Galinson and Billy Marvin
Dynamic Planet: Ryan O’Sullivan and Erin Thompson
Forensics: Rachel Le and Jade Ung
Game On: Ben Galison and Joe Ronzetti
Helicopters: Daria DelMonico and Olivia Nawara
Hovercraft: Mark Giles and Billy Marvin
Materials Science: Kyra Duke and Megan Le
Mousetrap Vehicle: Robert Aguanno and Evan Restivo
Mousetrap Vehicle: Urszula Bednarski and Patrick O’Halloran 
Optics: Jake Adams, Aidan O’Sullivan, Ryan O’Sullivan and Juliana Pham 
Parasitology: Brianna Collora and Amanda Scarlata
Science Quiz Bowl: Natalia Niebrzydowski, Aidan O’Sullivan and Joe Ronzetti
Towers: Eric Donohue, Natalia Niebrzydowski, Kalleynah Olsen and Olivia Younger 

P.S. I Love You Day

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Second-graders in Mrs. Febbraro’s class at South Bay Elementary School completed an activity for P.S. I Love Your Day. The students wrote kind words to their friends and shared different way they are all special.
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