Santapogue Gets a Lesson in Teamwork

Representatives from the New York Islanders, along with mascot Sparky the Dragon, visited Santapogue on Jan. 26.

The visit was centered on the importance of teamwork and how working together, as either a class or a school, can accomplish more than doing it alone. To illustrate the concept, one student and one teacher had a race to dress in goalie equipment. The student had the assistance of his classmates, while the teacher tried to accomplish the task solo.

Students received folders and pencils from the New York Islanders and were also encouraged to register online for their “Blades for Grades” program, where earning good grades can score them two tickets to an Islanders game.

Fourth-Grade Writing Celebration


On Feb. 11, Mrs. Germano's and Mrs. Riccio's fourth-graders celebrated their hard work and dedication with a Writing Celebration. The students had a "museum walk" through the classrooms and read and complimented each other on their writing pieces. Students were enthusiastic about sharing their work and were thrilled when Principal Acocella joined in on the celebration.


Steve Fratello discusses biodiversity in the South American rain forest while sharing his collection of butterflies.

Fifth graders were treated to a special High School performance of Footloose.

Third Graders dissect owl pellets and proudly display their finding.

Kindergarten celebrates the 100th day of school.

Mrs. Milligan's STEM group experiment with magnets. Lots of discovery was made!

As part of the 2nd grade Units of Study Mrs. Milligan's class create catapults.

Third grade students donated sweet desserts for Valentine's day to the Mercy Inn.

Students participate in wellness week

Students participate in wellness week. They promoted healthy eating by bringing a health snack and wearing a different color everyday.


PS I Love You Day

Members of the Junior High School Community Service Club created pins to distribute for PS I Love You Day on Feb. 12.

Santapogue’s Own Hometown Hero

Ayse Yildiz, a fifth-grader at Santapogue, was named a winner in the Hometown Heroes writing contest sponsored by the Long Island Ducks.

The contest required students to write about someone in their community they consider a hero, and Yildiz submitted an essay about Christine Manzi, a fourth-grade teacher at Santapogue who is also chief of the West Babylon Fire Department.

As one of the contest winners, Yildiz was awarded a $50 gift card from TD Bank as well as a special visit to the school from Long Island Ducks mascot QuackerJack. 

Historic Finish for Girls Winter Track

The girls varsity winter track team placed fifth out of 24 teams in the small school county championships on Jan. 31, earning a total of 35 points. West Babylon’s fifth-place finish is the best in the winter season history. West Babylon had athletes participate in 10 of the 15 fielded events.

Some of the highlights from the event included:

•    Brittany Korsah – Third place in the 55m dash (7.50: new school record) and first in the 300m, setting a new small school county championship record of 41.41 seconds
•    Paige Keefer – Second place in the 600m sprint (1:38.38)
•    Myaysa Evans – Sixth place in the long jump (16 feet, 7 inches)
•    4 x 800 meter relay – Fifth place, consisting of Lindsay Siefert, Nadine Keefer, Noela Franco, and Tara Hauff (10:18.41), bested their season record and set a new school record (winter and spring)
•    4 x 400 meter relay – Second place, consisting of Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins and Paige Keefer (4:07.65)

Next up for the Eagles is the State Championship Qualifier meet on Feb. 8 at 5 p.m. at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood.

Enjoying ‘Footloose'

Fifth-graders from Santapogue visited the high school’s performing arts center on Feb. 4 for the high school’s production of “Footloose." The students enjoyed themselves and met with several members of the cast after the show, including some former Santapogue students.

J.F.K. kindergarten dance and sing along to the singing bus driver.


No Name Calling Week


During the week of January 18-22, the district participated in No Name Calling Week. At Santapogue, the school had a variety of activities taking place to support the idea of ending bullying such as: Wear Your Shirts Backwards Day – Turn Your Backs on Drugs; Take Your Caps Off to Drugs Day; and Kindness is Contagious Day.


Mrs. Wilken's Third Grade Surpasses Its Reading Challenge!

On October 19th, Mrs. Wilken's Third Grade Class read "Miss Malarchy Leaves No Reader Behind" by Judy Finchler. In the story, the principal challenges his school to read 1,000 books. If they do, he'll dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof. Mrs. WIlken's class decided on its own challenge for principal Mrs. Acocella. Since sleeping on the roof is unsafe, they challenged Mrs. Acocella to dye her hair if they read a sufficient amount of books. Mrs. Acocella agreed, and designated 700 books for the class (100 per student) by March 17th and she would dye her hair green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Not long after the challenge was put in place, Mrs. Acocella upped the Challenge to 1,000 books by the same date. The students reached their goal of 700 books in early January. They will reach 1,000 books very soon!!! Get the hair dye ready for Principal Acocella!!


Mystery Reader Day

First-graders in Ann Lauricella’s class were treated to a mystery reader on Jan. 29. A parent visited the classroom and read "Bill Grogan's Goat."

Nursing Home Residents Get Special Valentines

The Junior High School Community Service Club made Valentine’s Day cards for residents of the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon. Members of the club will also make purple pins for “PS I Love You Day” on Feb. 4.

Oregon Trail

Remember "The Oregon Trail" game from 1990? The original game is now available for online play. JFK teachers Beverly Prendergast and Eric Forsythe brought their classes to the library to experience the 1800s Westward Movement. In addition to its educational value, the students were totally involved in the activity.

Islanders Visit Santapogue

2016-17 Budget Calendar

Preparations are currently underway for the proposed 2016-17 budget, with the first draft already presented to the Board of Education. During the Jan. 26 meeting, Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, and other administrators discussed state aid estimates, other revenues and the proposed tax levy. It is the district’s goal to remain within the allowable tax levy cap while maintaining current educational programs, clubs, and sports. “We are hoping the state will come through with additional aid to schools given the near zero allowable tax levy increase. Fully restoring the GEA for the 2016-17 year will help offset the low tax levy increase,” Mrs. Psarakis said.

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2016-17 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to vote on May 17.

February 23        Discussion of Budget Draft #2 development and the Property Tax Levy Limit

March 1    Submit the 2016-2017 calculation for the Property Tax Levy Limit to the Office of State Comptroller, NYS Department of Tax and Finance and the NYS Education Department.

March 4    Board receives Budget Draft #2.

March 8    Presentation of Budget Draft #2.

March 15    Budget presentation at 7 p.m. in Board Room.

April 2    Legal notice of date, time, and place of School Budget Hearing and Annual Budget Vote.

April 8    Board receives final draft Budget.

April 12    Board’s final review and adoption of the 2016-2017 proposed budget.

April 13    Property Tax Report Card must be submitted to SED using the State Aid Management System (SAMS) by the end of the next business day following the budget adoption but no later than 24 days prior to Budget Vote.

April 26    Budget Statement and required attachments must be made available, upon request, at each school building and at the district office, public or free association library and on the district’s website at least 7 days before Budget Hearing date and at least 14 days before the Budget Vote.

May 3    Hold School Budget Hearing.

May 4    Mail budget notice to eligible voters after the Budget Hearing but no later than 6 days prior to Budget Vote day.

May 17    Annual Meeting - Uniform Statewide Budget Vote and Board of Education election.

Forest Avenue Community Reader Day


Animal Portraits Come to Life at Library Exhibit

The Junior High School art department is showcasing its work at the second annual Art Exhibition at the West Babylon Public Library. Throughout the month of January, the artwork of the advanced seventh-grade program, Art Workshop, will display their collection of animal portraits.

Through collaboration with Azuree Agnello, head of the public library’s young adult services department, the annual 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 through the end of January.

4th and 5th graders enjoying The Science of Sports assembly.

Important Transportation Notice


Forest Avenue's Community Reader Day Kicks Off PARP!

A World of Change

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, during library classes with Mrs. Andrea Francisco, students reflected on making their own big dreams and how they could be proactive leaders. They thoughfully wrote and illustrated the changes they would like to see and how they can help them come true.

Writing Workshops

Our fabulous Forest Avenue second graders have been learning the value of collaboration with their peers in their writing process. In their Writing Workshops, they celebrated their finished products by sharing them and commenting on their writing successes!

SAT Rescheduled for Feb. 27

West Babylon High School has rescheduled the SAT, which was previously cancelled due to inclement weather, for Saturday, February 27, 2016

Fifth-Grader Rocks Reading Challenge

John F. Kennedy Elementary participated in a Reading Challenge designed by Gwen McHugh, librarian at Santapogue. Eamon Murray in Joseph Russo’s fifth grade class met this challenge by reading 18 books from varied categories such as: a book with more than 200 pages, a book that became a movie, a book published the year you were born, a book set in school and more.

Eamon read through these challenges five months earlier than the June 15, 2016 deadline. Congratulations Eamon! Deborah Morris, librarian at JFK, enjoyed all of his choices and commended his enthusiasm.

5th Grade Spaghetti Dinner

South Bay School Enrichment Club students building snap circuits

JFK Students Spread Holiday Cheer

JFK Student Council members made their annual Christmas caroling trip to the East Neck Nursing & Rehabilitation Home on Dec. 17. The West Babylon fourth- and fifth-grade students brought holiday cheer to the halls of the nursing home. The residents loved listening to the students as they caroled and brought joy to their day.

PARP Launch

Forest Avenue's Pick A Reading Partner (PARP) is a three-week reading program where students are encouraged to read at least 15 minutes a day with a partner (parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle, guardian, friend, etc.).

Four Finalists in DECA Competition

Forty-three Senior High School students competed in the annual DECA Regional Competition at Suffolk Community College on Jan. 6.  
Four students — Natalie Mandich (Buying & Merchandising Team Event); Cynthia Vargas (Buying & Merchandising Team Event); Nitin Pun (Principles of Hospitality & Tourism); and Emily O’Hallaron (Principles of Hospitality & Tourism) — qualified for the State competition, as they placed in the top 10 in their respective events.   
 “All of the students who competed in the competition did an outstanding job and we are proud of all of them,” said Colleen Kilgus, a business teacher at the Senior High School.  

Writing Celebration

Sharing Published Narratives

JFK Elementary first-graders from Lisa DeGennaro’s and Autumn Matthews’s classes gathered together to share narratives with one another. The students first shared their “published narratives” with partners and some even read their stories out loud to the whole group. The students were very proud of their narratives, and are now moving on to nonfiction writing.