Student-Musicians to Perform at NYSSMA Solo Festival


The district announced that 146 solos will be performed by West Babylon student-musicians at the New York State School Music Association solo music festivals in Amityville on May 8-9. A number of students will perform more than one solo on multiple instruments. In addition, Evan Dunford, Andrew Glennon and Nicholas Villani participated in the Suffolk Jazz and Guitar Festival in West Islip on March 27-28.

The following students will perform at NYSSMA’s solo festival.

Sofia Aguilar
Emma Annett
Erica Annett
Jason Arthur
Nadja Ashley
Trevor Barrett
Alexander Barrett
Brianne Bergman
Emma Blloshmi
Trent Boock
Sara Brenner
Carissa Brock
Emily Burke
Marissa Cacciopo
Christina Capobianco
Sarah Capobianco
Michael Capriola
Jacob Carey
Christopher Carr
Cynthia Ceballos
Ceren Cebeci
Anika Chowdhury
Julianne Ciolino
Cara Cirasole
Brianna Collora
Erin Conboy
Julie Cooke
Nicolette Costanza
Ariana Cruz
Katerina DeAngelis
Darren DelOrfano
Mackenzie DeRosa
Alyssa DeScalzo
Matthew Desrosiers
Nicole Desrosiers
Nicole Dluginski
Jenna D’Onofrio
Soila Douce
Sara Dunford
Kevin Edmonds
Ryan Edmunds
Aimee Elias-Bonet
Abigail Engrassia
Faythe Fifield
Anthony Fitzgerald
Julian Franco
Noela Franco

Mary Jane Friedel
Eric Froehlich
Taylor Gates
Alexander Gherardi
Andrew Glennon
Sarah Gobel
Michael Golebiewski
Gabriel Greengold
Lucas Greengold
Amanda Gribbin
Mackenzie Grimes
Natalie Haab
Gianna Haines
Jenna Halvorsen
Helen Hansen
Luke Hauff
Tara Hauff
Alexsandra Hernandez
Laura Heybyrne
William Horowitz
Justin Jastrzebski
Melanie Jastrzebski
Marta Jimenez
Julia Karatnytsky
Sara Kenney
Carissa Kuffo
Margaret Irene
Hannah Leddy
Paige Leddy
Matthew Lightsey
Rachel Liguori
Brittany Linden
Samantha Lobasso
John Paul Louis
Danni Lozowski
Olivia Marchese
Liam McCarthy
Ellen McGrath
Hannah McHugh
Natalie McIntosh
Madison McKee
Victoria McMahon
Jennifer Melfi
Angie Meller
George Miaris
Madison Milito

Spencer Milito
Rymond Moore
Kelsey Mulieri
Savannah Navas
Daniel Nyugen
Brianna Oliveri
Michael Palazzolo
Ashliana Pannullo
Thaddeus Plezia
Emily Polanco
Lauren Prendergast
Olivia Price
Julian Reyes
Nicole Rinaudo-
Arianna Rivera
Aaron Rossomango
James Rossomango
Jack Rotolo
Kaitlyn Russell
Lauren Russell
Allison Sammartano
Olivia Santiago
Amanda Scarlata
Callie Seward
Jazmyne Simpson
Evelyn Smith
Jack Smith
Taylor Sonnichsen
Dominick Sora
William Swinick
Brian Thompson
Erin Thompson
Marissa Tine
Blake Ung
Mackenzie Ung
Annarose Vallone
Isabella Villacis
Nicholas Villani
Erin Wade
Jaidyn Williams
Deborah Joy Witt
Natalia Wojciechowski
Robert Woodward
Kayleigh Zaczkiew

How Does Your Cabbage Grow?

Santapogue Elementary School students celebrated Earth Day by studying plants and how they grow. Each third-grade student received their own small cabbage plant, donated by the Bonnie Plant Company, to take home and plant in the garden. In addition, each class planted its own cabbage in the school’s interior courtyard, where the students will measure and photograph them regularly. The third-graders are extremely excited to see which cabbage plant grows the largest.

Maintaining a Green World

In celebration of Earth Day, first-grade students at Santapogue Elementary School learned about the importance of keeping the earth green.

Representatives from the Long Island Center for Art and Science visited each of the classrooms and explained the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle in minimizing our footprints on the planet.

To promote a green world, the students planted seeds in pots made out of recycled newspaper. They also discussed which objects to recycle and how to conserve energy resources.

All About Dinosaurs

Second-grade students have been reading and writing about dinosaurs. For their end-of-unit assignment, each student was instructed to create a diorama about their favorite dinosaurs. Pictured are students in Theresa Parrish’s class, who were excited about showing off their dinosaur projects and talking about all the interesting facts they learned.

A Literary Study of Mrs. Wishy Washy

Santapogue first-grade students have been reading Joy Crowley’s beloved books from the “Mrs. Wishy Washy” series. The students discussed the literary elements, including characters, plot and setting. They also helped create a colorful bulletin board about the series for the whole school to view. Students in Maria Emilia Lynch’s class are pictured in front of their bulletin board.

A Night of STEM

The West Babylon Senior High School Math and Science Honor Society, the National Technology Honor Society and Science Club are hosting Family STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Night for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and their families on April 30 from 7-8:30 p.m.

To RSPV to the event, please click here. It is requested that all RSVPs be received by April 15.


Students Simulate Oil Spill Disaster

Student scientists in Athena Iliou’s fifth-grade class at Santapogue Elementary School learned about the devastating effects that oil spills have on the environment, along with commonly used methods for cleanup. Creating a simulated oil spill, they investigated how oil can spread quickly over water and determined the most effective methods of clean up.

The students first read information on the BP Deep Horizon and Exxon Valdez oil spill disasters. They subsequently created an oil spill by pouring dyed vegetable oil into a pan of water. The students also placed rocks, a plant sprig, pipe cleaner animals and a couple of feathers at the edge of the pan to represent wildlife and shoreline fauna. A straw was then used to blow the oil around to represent how wind and waves could spread an oil slick.

The second part of the lesson included an observation of the effects on their created environments, and noted that oil can get trapped under rocks and shoreline and remain there indefinitely, even after a spill is believed to have been cleaned up. Using a variety of materials, such as eye droppers, paper towels, cotton balls, rubber bands and yarn — items that could work in a similar fashion to the methods the students learned about — they determined the most effective methods for cleanup.

Lucas Chang Wins Recycling Poster Contest

Lucas Chang, a fourth-grader at South Bay Elementary School, is a first-place winner (grades 4-6 category) in Covanta Energy’s ninth annual Recycling Poster Contest. Lucas and his family have been invited to attend a ceremony on June 3, where he will receive a trophy and certificate from the Town of Babylon.

In addition, South Bay Elementary School will receive a $500 Barnes and Noble gift card, which can be used to purchase books and/or technology products for students.

“We are all very proud of Lucas’s accomplishment and plan to hang his award-winning poster in the cafeteria to remind us all to participate in our school’s recycling efforts,” Principal Joann Scott said.

Jump Rope for Heart

J.F.K. Elementary is proud to announce The Jump Rope For Heart top fundraisers. We congratulate their efforts which made this event a success.

John Angiulo inspires J.F.K. Students to follow their dreams.


Student Photographers Win Print and Digital Awards

The print and digital artwork of four senior high school student-artists won awards in the Photographic Federation of Long Island’s sixth annual Youth Showcase Competition.
The following students were awarded:

Print Category:
Diavian Collier – second place – People – “Reflection”
Michael Nieto – first place – Creative Choice – “Here Today”

Digital Category:
Cooper Coyle – third place – Creative Choice – “Power”
Michael Nieto – second place – Monochrome – “Oh, What a Night”
Austin Pendergast – first place – Architecture – “Trapped”; third place – People – “Oooh No”  

The district congratulates these students on their outstanding artistic accomplishments.

Accolades for West Babylon Student-Artists

Senior high school student-artists have received a number of local and regional awards and invitations to display their artwork.

The portrait photography of Cooper Coyle and Luke Coyle was displayed during March at the West Babylon Public Library.

Natalie Nunez’s photograph, “Blue Fire,” on display at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington through April 19, was awarded the Renzo S. Bianchi Scholarship Award during the Long Island’s Best: Young Artists reception. Her work was also selected for display at Marshs Department Store in Huntington Village during May for its illustration of the close ties between art and fashion.

Anna Fleury and Kelly Obrycki were selected to attend Adelphi University’s “For the Love of Art” Art Foundations Program, where they will take a life drawing course. This past fall, Alexandra Capobianco and Jessica Capobianco were selected to attend the same workshop.

In addition, Antonino Quintalino was awarded a first-place $5,000 annual scholarship to Dowling College. To apply for the scholarship, Antonio created a digital re-imagination of a master artwork. Antonino has accepted the scholarship offer and looks forward to continuing his education at Dowling.

The district congratulates these art students on their outstanding accomplishments.

Junior High School Mock Trial Undefeated

The Junior High School’s Mock Trial team, under the direction of advisors Charles Benvenuto and Thomas Horstmann, defeated Syosset, North Shore and Mattituck school district teams at the tournament at Dowling College on March 27. This is the ninth consecutive year the team was undefeated at this tournament. 

Mr. Benvenuto and Mr. Horstmann would like to thank captains Brianna Collora, Savannah Navas and Siobhan Yostpille for their assistance in leading the team to victory.

Shining a Blue Light on Autism

West Babylon Senior High School was recognized as a gold supporter for Autism Speaks, having raised more than $5,400 for the organization by designing and selling T-shirts, holding raffles and selling bracelets.  School administrators and staff were recently honored at the Long Island Chapter Recognition Reception at the Cottage at Milleridge Inn in Jericho.

Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of autism and works to increase the awareness of autism spectrum disorders, as well as advocate for the needs of those affected by autism.

Winter Sports Wrap

The following is a list of individual awards and designations for the district’s varsity winter athletes.

Samantha Geiersbach – All-League
Timothy Kranz – All-League and All-Conference
Shannon McGuire – All-League
Wesley Mercado – All-League
Melissa Riback – Academic All-County
Nicholas Squillante – All-League

Danny Feehan – First Team All-League
Melissa Massman – Dottie Maguire Sportsmanship Award and first place C Division Doubles
Natalie McIntosh – Second Team Bowling, second place Singles Tournament “D” Division and first place C Division Doubles
Peter Ramos – First Team All-League and 300 Perfect Game Award
Erin Reahl – Wild Card Tournament Team
Charles Walker – Second Team All-League and 300 Perfect Game Award

Cheerleading: Team won sixth place nationally in the Division II Large Varsity Division at the National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida

Brandon Bennett – All-League
Nicholas Coppola – All-League
Dashea Edwards – All-League
Ricky Lindsey – All-League
Bobby Piazza – All-League
Kevin Wilkinson – All-League

Winter Track:
Brittany Korsah – All-County and 23rd place at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association/New York State Federation Combined Winter Track and Field Championships at Cornell University
Celso Martinez – Fourth place Freshman/Sophomore Meet

Nunez’s ‘Blue Fire’ on Display

The senior high school’s art department is proud to announce that Natalie Nunez's photograph, titled "Blue Fire," has been selected for display in the prestigious Long Island's Best: Young Artists exhibition at the Heckscher Museum. Only a small percentage of works submitted for consideration are selected from private and public high schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Natalie’s photograph will be displayed at the museum until April 19.


How to Be Socially and Emotionally Healthy


Students, parents and community members converged at West Babylon Senior High School on March 25 for the second annual Social-Emotional Health Awareness Night.

Presenters included students, district staff members, community members and representatives from various Long Island mental health organizations. Topics ranged from “ADHD: Strategies for Success” to “Social Media: Cyber Awareness for Parents,” among many others. During the “Social Media” presentation, students helped parents understand Snapchat, Instagram and other social media platforms.

Representatives from several mental health organizations greeted visitors in the lobby, and student tour guides helped them locate program locations throughout the building. While parents attended workshops, children were in the auditorium watching “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”

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