Class placement information 2015-2016 school year

April 1, 2015
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:

The process of determining students’ class assignments for the 2015-2016 school year will begin very soon.  Placement decisions involve a great deal of information and input from a variety of sources.  It is our goal to create classes on each grade level that are heterogeneously balanced to provide an optimal learning environment for all of our students.

It is possible that there will be movement of staff from school to school and/or grade to grade between now and next September.  Therefore, teaching assignments and students’ class placements will not be finalized until late summer.  Your child’s class assignment will be mailed to you in late August.  Class assignments are final, and no changes will be made once placements are determined.

If you wish to provide input to be considered in your child’s class placement, please adhere to the following guidelines:

Requests for a specific teacher will not be considered.
Only first-hand previous experience with a teacher, with one or more of your own children, constitutes grounds for voicing a concern about a teacher. Concerns based upon hearsay or other factors will not be considered.
• Input concerning the way you believe your child learns best is welcome.
• Feel free to describe the type of teacher you feel your child will benefit from.
• All input must be submitted in writing to the principal and must be received no later than Friday, May 1, 2015.

Santapogue Elementary School is fortunate to have a team of outstanding educators whose mission is to provide the best possible learning experience for each child.  You may rest assured that my staff and I will take the utmost care to see that your child is placed in the most appropriate setting for the upcoming school year.

Sincerely,

Eleanor M. Levy
Principal

Bookmarks of Kindness

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To celebrate Kindness Day, Tooker Avenue students created a catchy motto and decorated a bookmark. The school winners were Michelle Cardenas, Sophia Salanitri, Lindsey Kutchens, Dahlia Jane Lind, Christina Massoni and Anthony Polito. The bookmarks were reproduced for each winner’s grade level.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FOUNDERS' DAY AWARD RECIPIENTS

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Class placement information 2015-2016 school year

March 16, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The process of determining students’ class assignments for the 2015-2016 school year will begin in May.  Placement decisions involve a significant amount of information and input from a variety of sources.  It is our goal, to create classes on each grade level that provide an optimal learning experience for all students.

It is possible that there will be movement of staff from school to school and/or grade to grade between now and next September.  Therefore, teaching assignments and students’ class placements will not be finalized until August.  Your child’s class assignment will be posted on the parent portal in late August.  Class assignments are final, and no changes will be made once placements are determined.  

If you wish to provide input to be considered in your child’s class placement, please adhere to the following guidelines:
● Requests for a specific teacher will not be accepted

● Only first-hand previous experience with a teacher, with one or more of your own children, constitutes grounds for voicing a concern about a teacher.  Concerns based upon hearsay or other factors will not be considered.

● Integrated classroom placements are determined the same as any other classroom.  There will be no specific consideration given to a request for a child to be included or excluded from an integrated classroom.  

● Separating students from one another will be considered based on the circumstances.

● Separation requests are not carried through from year to year, so please make another request if it is still a concern.  

● Teachers cannot guarantee a particular placement for any child, so please refrain from these requests.   

● All input must be submitted in writing to the principal and must be received by Friday, April 24, 2015.  Requests after April 24, 2015 will not be considered.

JFK Elementary School is fortunate to have a team of outstanding educators whose mission is to provide the best possible learning experience for each child.  We will take the utmost care to see that your child is placed in the most appropriate setting for the upcoming school year.  

Respectfully,

Mr. Gregg Cunningham,
Principal

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J.F.K celebrates Irish culture on Saint Patrick's day though dance and music

J.F.K congratulates this years Founders Day award recipients

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.

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Pre-K for 2015-2016

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Safe Crossings

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A representative from the Long Island Rail Road presented the Together Railroad and Communities Keeping Safe (T.R.AC.K.S.) program to Santapogue students in grades three to five. The LIRR’s program, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, drove home the message that it is always dangerous and often fatal to trespass on railroad tracks. The children were also encouraged to cross railroad tracks only at designated areas. Thank you to Mrs. Fitzgerald for setting up this important program for our students.

A Day of Reading

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Forest Avenue students celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2 with a myriad of reading activities. During school library media specialist Andrea Francisco’s classes, students read the author’s most popular books, including “The Lorax” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” Since the date also marks the nationwide Read Across America event to promote reading, the students received certificates of “seussational achievement” for an impressive number of books read.  

100 Days Smarter

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On Feb. 26, Forest Avenue students celebrated the first 100 days of school by participating in various multidisciplinary activities. In addition, there were creative 100-day projects showcased in the school’s hallways.

Awarded for Their Tireless Dedication

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In honor of West Babylon School District’s Founders’ Day, Forest Avenue fourth-grade teacher Therese Miccio was awarded the Teacher in Excellence Award and PTA member Marge Cascio received the Parent Advocate Award. Both were recognized for their tireless dedication to students, staff and the community.

Forest Avenue PARP 2015 Bookmark Winners

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As part of Forest Avenue PARP 2015 Reading Rocks! program, all students were encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to craft a bookmark to reflect this year's PARP theme: Reading Rocks! A winning bookmark was chosen for each class. Congratulations to all our fabulous Forest Avenue bookmark winners.

Science Olympiad Team Is Off to State Finals

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The high school Science Olympiad team received 37 medals in 18 events during the Suffolk West Science Olympiad Regional Competition at Brentwood High School on Jan. 31. The team will now head to Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York on March 13-14 to compete in the New York State Finals. The district congratulates the students on this accomplishment and wishes them continued success in Syracuse.     


1st Place    
Air Trajectory – Trevor Barrett and Nick Leone
Bungee Drop – Alex Barrett and Mike Lee

2nd Place   
Bungee Drop – Trevor Barrett and Matt Reyes
Forensics – Mike Lee and Frankie Volz
Invasive Species – Conor Burbidge and Jason Meurlin

4th Place     
Air Trajectory – Mike Lee and James Preudhomme
Dynamic Planet – Conor Burbidge and Eric Donohue
Compound Machines – Alex Barrett and James Preudhomme

5th Place     
Chem Lab – Mike Lee and Alex Barrett
Entomology – Justin Leeb and Jason Meurlin

8th Place     
Anatomy – Conor Burbidge and Christina Kielczewska
Fossils – Kelsie Gering and Megan Bardis
Geological Mapping – Daria DelMonte and Cosku Ozcelik
Wright Stuff – Iris Lactaoen and Hailey Santana

10th Place    
Disease Detectives – Justin Leeb and Griffin DeGaetano
Protein Modeling – Jason Meurlin and Ben Galinson
Write It Do It – Dana Castillo and Sage Chasen
Scrambler – Alexandria Capobianco and Jessica Capobianco


100 Days of School Celebrated

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To celebrate the first 100 days of school, Santapogue students participated in a myriad of interdisciplinary activities throughout the school day. They made 100-day projects and counted items such as crayons, pennies and Cheerios. Their favorite activity, however, was dressing as if they were 100 years old, with mustaches, strands of pearls and wigs. It was a fun day for all.   

Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

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Santapogue students celebrated author Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2 with various activities throughout the school day. In addition to creating the iconic red-and-white striped Seuss hats, the students read Dr. Seuss’s books and studied the language he used.

After reading a number of Dr. Seuss books, Yvonne Szpilka’s kindergarten class learned about rhyming and studied how this method was utilized.

HS Students Present Science Research

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Juniors Anika Chowdhury and Jared Martino competed in the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury on Feb. 23. Their joint project explored the cognitive and academic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism in adolescence.

LISEF is an annual competition in which the most advanced high school students can present their science and engineering research to professionals from local universities and scientific institutions. 

The district congratulates Anika and Jared on this accomplishment.

‘The Wizard of Oz’ Plays to a Packed Auditorium

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West Babylon High School’s talented cast and crew drew a full house on the opening night performance of “The Wizard of Oz” on Feb. 27. Under the direction of Joseph Barone, musical director MaryAnn Cafiero, orchestra conductor Dana Meadows, and choreographer Mary Napoli, the cast and crew amused the audience with this iconic tale about Dorothy (Alexa Lucchesse) and her dog Toto, who embark on a journey to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard (Michael Grosso).  On their way, they meet a scarecrow (Matthew Lightsey), Tin Man (Thaddeus Plezia) and Cowardly Lion (Marek Ardito-Proulx). The Wizard instructs them to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Angeline Meller) before he will help Dorothy return home, and in several instances, they meet Glinda (Paige Leddy), who help them realize “there’s no place like home.”

Not only did the musical incorporate computer technology and a large screen to portray the tornado that swept Dorothy to a magical land, the crew did an excellent job of managing changes of the large, multi-colored set and providing special effects. In addition to the crows, trees, poppies, featured dancers, members of the select women’s chorus and citizens of Oz, fifth-grade students lent their acting talents in the portrayal of the munchkins, who point Dorothy toward the Yellow Brick Road. The lyrics of popular tunes, including “Over the Rainbow” and “We’re Off to See the Wizard” were also expertly rendered by the cast.   

“The musical was challenging,” Mr. Barone said. “But the cast presented a strong and excellent delivery of the story which was extremely entertaining and one the audience will not forget.”   

Clearance Letter for the Administration Wing

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J.F.K. teachers join in the fun during the "singable stories" assembly.

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J.F.K. 5th graders played the part of munchkins in the High School performance of the Wizard of Oz.

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Developing and Maintaining Healthy Hearts

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Development and maintenance of a healthy heart was the focus and mindset for students and staff throughout the month of February.

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined, and one in three women will die of a heart attack or stroke. On Feb. 6, to bring attention to the cause of women’s heart health, staff celebrated Go Red for Women Day by wearing red clothing and taking action to protect their hearts through diet and exercise. Donations were also collected for the American Heart Association.

Continuing the cause of heart health, students took part in the AHA’s Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart programs during their physical education classes. In the weeks leading up to the events, physical education teachers held a jump rope unit and talked about heart-healthy activities such as diet and exercise. In addition to jumping rope, the students played basketball, jumped on mini trampolines and used hula-hoops to raise their heart rates. Through their participation in both events, students collected donations for the American Heart Association. 

At South Bay, district school lunch manager Jeannette Frabizio provided workshops on healthy food choices. The students learned what types of foods are packed with nutrition and had the opportunity to sample fresh foods regularly provided in the school cafeteria. Students were also encouraged to speak with their parents about diet and exercise as a lifelong means to remaining healthy and strong.

In addition to remaining physically heart healthy, students also focused on emotional heart health. Throughout the district, students and staff celebrated P.S. I Love You Day and Kindness Is Contagious Day. By wearing purple, students and staff demonstrated their commitment to be kind to one another, creating a positive atmosphere in which all members of the school community feel accepted. 
 
With participation in February’s heart-healthy activities, students and staff will surely be more mindful of their health throughout the year.

An Epidemic of Kindness

Kind actions and words were the mindset for Santapogue students as they celebrated Kindness Is Contagious Day on Feb. 13. Throughout the schools, students wore purple and white, and the Social Emotional Academic Learning Committee sold “Kindness Is Contagious” T-shirts to the staff.

First-grade teacher Kristen Ragusa and second-grade teacher Theresa Parrish coordinated the schoolwide event. In their classrooms, the students wrote their kind words and intentions on paper hearts and placed them on the Kindness Tree in the school’s main entryway.

Principal Eleanor Levy said that the school will host a monthly Kindness Day to continually remind students that positive words and actions create a positive school atmosphere.  

An Author Visit

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During Santapogue’s celebration of Parents as Reading Partners, students received a visit from poet and author Darren Sardelli. Mr. Sardelli shared his love of poetry, which has been featured in 13 books in the U.S. and England and 15 textbooks worldwide.

During two assemblies, Mr. Sardelli read fun, school-themed poems from his book “Galaxy Pizza and Meteor Pie,” explained how he creates poems and described the process behind writing a book. After the assemblies, students had the opportunity to buy autographed copies of Mr. Sardelli’s book.      

February PARP Update

Students from John F. Kennedy in West Babylon have been busy this February reading books for PARP. Fifth grade students from Mrs. Prendergast and Mr. Forsythe’s class buddied up to read with the younger students from Mrs. Steffens and Mrs. Dewhirst’s second grade class. As part of our culminating event to end the first week of our "parents as reading partners" (PARP) program, the students cozied up together with read alouds, while dressed in their PJ’s, and shared their love for reading.