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Spirit Week - Day 5 - RED WHITE and BLUE

Listening and Learning at Forest Avenue

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May is better speech and hearing month and students at Forest Avenue Elementary School are getting involved by learning ways to better communicate. In an effort to raise awareness, Forest Avenue students have been participating in a variety of activities including learning sign language, researching and reporting facts on speech and hearing over the morning school announcements.

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Spirit Week - Blue and Gold Day

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Five Senior-Athletes Commit to Colleges

Five Senior-Athletes Commit to Colleges Photo

Five student-athletes signed letters of intent to participate on collegiate sports teams and receive athletic scholarships. Administrators, coaches and parents gathered to support and celebrate the honored athletes on May 9.

Stephanie Frank plans to cheer at Wilmington University, while JoAnna Randazzo will cheer at Rutgers University. Leonardo Innamorato will attend New York Institute of Technology for lacrosse, and Brandon Bennett will attend LIU Post for wrestling. Paige Keefer will run track at Towson University, while Dana Biggins will run track at Fordham University.

American Fair

Second graders celebrated America by singing, writing poetry and dancing.

Grade 5 Pasta Night

Rotary Winner

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The district congratulates senior Mary Chasen, who was awarded a scholarship by the Rotary Club in a ceremony held on May 17.

STEM Teams Compete for Charity

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Three teams from West Babylon Junior High School participated in the Team Packard STEM Challenge fundraising event hosted by Northport High School on April 29. The Junior High School teams raised $1,139 for the Robert Packard Center at Johns Hopkins, a nonprofit organization that raises money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS).

Each team competed in four events that challenged their problem-solving skills, science knowledge and their understanding of math concepts. The Eagles team members – Blake Ung, Ella Henson, Abigail Engrassia and Luc Iverson – took third place in the Unlock the Box event.

Forest Avenue Students' Visit Suffolk County Police Headquarters

To better understand and appreciate our community helpers, Forest Avenue students had the opportunity to visit the Suffolk County Police Headquarters. Here the students were able to get up close and personal with our Suffolk County Police officers, service animals, and vehicles.


Ms. Wilkens 3,000 Book Reading Challenge Accomplished!

Back in September, Forest Avenue Principal Acocella challenged Ms. Wilken's class to collectively read 3,000 books within the 2016-2017 school year. If they did, then Principal Acocella would treat them to a party -- pizza or ice cream or pajama day. The rules required that each student contributed equally, no one person could carry the load, everyone had to do his/her share. As of May 15, Ms. Wilken's students have read 4,222 books. They have exceeded their goal! They earned a pizza & ice cream party. It is well deserved. What should next year's reading challenge be? The students are already thinking about it. Challenge on!!! Knowing how important and FUN reading is, they plan to participate in the West Babylon Public Library Summer Reading Program.

Sixty years of tradition shines on


Celebrating 60 years of tradition, the Senior High School presented its annual Blue and Gold with three shows from April 27-29.

Presented by the High School Leaders Club, this year’s themes focused on musical legends of the past and present (blue team) and the Golden Globes (gold team). Zoe Adamidis and Kiera Layden served as the team captains for the blue team, while Nicole Rinaudo Concessi and Mary Grace Seward led the gold team.

Showing off their artistic, dance and choreography talents during their team entrances, the blue and gold teams both shone bright during their calisthenics, lyrical, hip-hop and marching performances.

With three sold-out performance, the annual Blue and Gold awards more than $10,000 in student scholarships annually.


National Get Caught Reading Month

May is National Get Caught Reading Month. Every day in May a picture of someone caught reading will be added to our slideshow.

J.F.K. 5th Grade Circus Came To Town

Mock Trial Teams Remain Undefeated

Mock Trial Teams Remain Undefeated Photo

The Junior High School Mock Trial team, led by Junior High School teachers Dr. Charles Benvenuto and Thomas Horstmann, recently competed in a tournament at Suffolk County Community College in Selden. All four mock trial teams representing West Babylon won their cases, making them undefeated for 11 years in a row.

Forest Avenue Students Learn about their Speech & Hearing

In an effort to raise awareness for Speech & Hearing Month, Forest Avenue students have been participating in a variety of activities including learning sign language, researching and reporting facts on speech and hearing over the morning school announcements.

Celebrating Their Service

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The Junior High School Community Service Club designed and sold puzzle piece pins during their lunch periods to raise awareness for autism throughout April. On April 21, the students had a special visit from Lasheca Lewis and Florence Findley, representatives from Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre’s office at the Town of Babylon, to celebrate Global Youth Service Day. Also pictured are Junior High School Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney (left) and Community Service Club advisor Lorraine Zemba (right).

Forest Avenue Spring Hat Day

In April, our fabulous Forest Avenue Kindergartners welcomed spring with their annual spring hat day. Students along with their parents and/or guardians worked together to create some wonderful hats. Despite the not-so-spring weather, students happily paraded through the hallways and classrooms for all the Forest Avenue students to enjoy.

Forest Avenue Students Recognized for their Science Projects

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In recognition for their wonderful science projects, these Forest Avenue students received certificates. We are proud of all of them!

Track Stars Capture First

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The varsity girls track team recently participated in the Red Raider Relays at North Rockland High School. The meet includes teams from all over New York State.

Brittany Korsah broke the 22-year-old meet record for the 400m dash. She reached the finals in the event and won the final heat in a time of 55.29 seconds. Korsah is currently ranked first in New York State for the event.

The 4x400m relay team – Nadine Keefer, Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley and Dana Beggins – also captured first place with a time of 3:58.18, the second fastest time in meet history.

Message from Dr. Farrelly Regarding “13 Reasons Why”


May 24-28, 2017 Administrative Assistant Recognition Week

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The students & staff thank the following individuals for all their hard work & dedication:
Maureen Harrison & Barbara Orkwis

A Visit with Nature

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Steve Fratello, also known as the Butterfly Man, visited with the first-grade classes at John. F. Kennedy Elementary School on April 7. As part of a BOCES Arts-in-Education program and sponsored by the school’s PTA, Fratello presented his tropical rainforest butterfly program.

Fratello is an explorer, naturalist and butterfly collector. He shared amazing stories, along with his rare and varied collections of butterflies and moths. The first-graders learned firsthand from Fratello’s experiences and had an up close and personal look at many types of butterflies and moths from all around the world.

In addition to viewing the collections, Fratello spoke to students about the many species of butterflies and moths and the differences between the two creatures. They also learned how they survive and adapt in their environments through mimicry and camouflage. Students learned about the butterfly anatomy and lifecycle and will have the opportunity to use their knowledge when they hatch their own monarch butterflies in the classroom next month.

Forest Avenue Joins Together in Support of Autism Awareness Month

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In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Forest Avenue students each joined their puzzle pieces together to show their unity in support of understanding autism.

Hatching a Lesson

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Kindergarten and first-grade students in Krista Granieri’s class at South Bay Elementary School are learning about the life cycle of a chicken and awaiting the arrival of their baby chicks. 

Earth Day Recyclers

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Under the supervision of Mr. Amarando, the fourth grade J.F.K recyclers collect plastic, cans and paper to help the environment. To them everyday is Earth Day.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

In celebration of the grade 5 poetry unit and poem in your pocket day. Fifth graders greeted students with poems for their pockets.

DECA Students Place at States

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DECA students recently competed and placed in the New York State DECA Competition in Rochester, New York. The competition is made up of approximately 2,000 students from all over New York State who compete in their individual or team events.

The following students competed:
Cezar Camilo-Eloufir – Principles of Marketing
Kevin Leeb – Principles of Marketing
Irwin Chugh – Personal Financial Literacy
Nitin Punn – Human Resources Management
Emerson Schaefer – Marketing Management Team Event
Adrianna Moran – Marketing Management Team Event
Miranda Billeri –  Travel and Tourism Team Event
Rachel Le – Travel and Tourism Team Event
Four students – Camilo-Eloufir, Punn, Schaefer and Moran ¬ –were named state winners for placing in the top 10 of their respective categories.

Student-Artist Awarded Scholarship

Senior High School student Paulina Trzonkowska received the Renzo S. Bianchi Scholarship award for her artwork “I Love My Phone” that was selected as one of Long Island’s Best from the Heckscher Museum of Art.
Paulina received her award at the opening reception on March 18. The show was on view from March 11 through April 9.

Garden Club Celebrates Earth Day

Donation Helps Build Library Resources

On March 23, two representatives from the Archaeological American Institute/Long Island Society presented the Junior High School’s librarian Alice Robinson with a $500 check to buy archaeology books and resources for the students.

Going Bananas

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As part of a STEM enrichment group activity, students at South Bay conducted a hands-on science experiment with bananas. Students learned about the chemical processes of bananas that make them brown. They created banana “tattoos” to see the chemical process in action and had fun expressing their creative sides.

‘Grease’ Performance Lights Up the Stage

‘Grease’ Performance Lights Up the Stage Photo

The Senior High School music department recently produced and performed two successful shows of the musical “Grease” to audiences.

Led by Matthew Lightsey as Danny Zuko and Nikki Rinaudo-Concessi as Sandy Dumbrowski, the shows were directed by Music Chairperson Joseph Barone, with musical direction by MaryAnn Cafiero. This was Barone’s 30th and final musical production at West Babylon.

Supporting cast members included: Annarose Vallone (Betty Rizzo); Colin Murray (Kenicke); Amanda Riche (Frenchy); Darren Del Orfano (Doody); Michael Valenti (Sonny Latierri); Danielle Del Orfano (Marty); and Mackenzie Grimes (Jan). 

Student Honored as Coca-Cola Finalist

Student Honored as Coca-Cola Finalist
Senior High School student Mary Chasen has been named a regional finalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Chasen is one of only 250 regional finalists recognized for their leadership and service to the community. Nearly 86,000 applicants and more than 1,900 semifinalists participated in the program. Regional finalists participated in the next phase of the selection process, a 20-minute interview with the Regional Interview Committee, comprised of a foundation staff member and previous Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship recipients.    

Although Chasen did not move on to the final phase, she was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Forest Avenue Student Council Leads Pennies for Patients Collection

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Forest Avenue’s Student Council Pennies for Patients collection totaled $633.45. The money raised will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients, which encourages students to, “collect spare change and change lives.” Thank you for everyone’s support for this great cause. The smallest act(s) of kindness can result in big accomplishments.

Play Ball!

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Prior to the April 5 varsity baseball game, the district held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new turf baseball field. The field was part of the district’s January 2015 community-approved Preserving Our Facilities capital project. Pictured from left: West Babylon Board of Education second vice president Peter Scarlatos, president Lucy Campasano and trustee Cathy Gismervik.

STEM in Action


Students throughout the district are engaging in STEM-based learning activities. View the video below for an inside look into what’s happening in our schools.


April Is......National Autism Awareness Month

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Kindergartener Brooklynn Monte, on the right, shows her Autism awareness project, with the help of her friend, Ryleigh Drago.

Forest Avenue West Babylon 2017 Founders Day Awards

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On March 16th, the Forest Avenue PTA honored Its West Babylon 2017 Founders Day recipients at the annual West Babylon Founders Day Awards Ceremony held at the PAC in the WB SHS. These individuals were recognized for their tireless efforts in going above and beyond for our fabulous Forest Avenue students and the surrounding community. This year's honorees were Amanda Craig, Gwendolyn Davis, Theresa Esposito, Andrea Francisco and Danielle Valente. Congratulations!!

Forest Avenue PARP Bookmark Contest Winners

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Congratulations to our Forest Avenue PARP bookmark contest winners!! Each class will receive a copy of their class's winning bookmark and the actual bookmark contest winners will receive their original back laminated as a keepsake. This year's contest was unusually challenging to judge due to the overwhelming response of amazing entries. We are so proud of everyone who participated.

Science Standouts

Science Standouts

The Junior High School Science Olympiad team competed on March 4. Blake Ung teamed with Abigail Engrassa brought home a third place medal in the Fast Facts event. Olivia O’Hara and Blake Ung brought home a fifth place medal in Anatomy and Physiology. Michael Alexiadis, assisted by Julian Reyes, took fifth place in the Wright Stuff by flying his homemade airplane.

SCOPE Pre-K Registration Packet

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Mock Trial Goes Undefeated

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The Senior High School’s Mock Trial team won their trial against East Islip High School in round one of the Suffolk County finals on March 15. The West Babylon team has remained undefeated this season. The defense team advanced to round two of the Suffolk County finals on March 22 against John Glenn at the Central Islip Courthouse. The following plaintiff team of students competed in round 1 of the Suffolk County finals: Eric Donohue, Eric Froelich, Thomas Iliou, Nikki Wieman, Camilla Lyczko and Vera Rodic.

Lesson in History

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Mrs. Granieri's eighth grade classes were treated to a performance by Joe Scollo, lead singer of the band Full House. He played a variety of Vietnam War songs as a follow up to their classroom lessons. They have been reading the novel Inside Out and Back Again, a moving story about a 10 year old girl and her family dealing with the struggles of the Vietnam War in Saigon. As a classroom project, they analyzed several songs, created Google Slide presentations and war slogan signs and then presented in groups to their peers.

Partnering Up for Literacy

Partnering Up for Literacy

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Tooker Avenue participated in Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The students read the famous author’s books aloud to the kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes.

The Great Read Aloud


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Forest Avenue's Annual PARP Program focuses on "Oh, the Places We'll Go!"

Each year, the PTA-sponsored PARP Program focuses on a theme. Thisyear's was "Oh, the Places We'll Go!" With ALL the Dr. Seuss books, there was plenty to use in motivating students to pick a READING partner to READ with and have FUN too! The PTA transformed Forest Avenue School into its very own Seussville. Classroom doors were decorated, truffala tress popped up in hallways...wherever you looked, there was no escaping that you had been transported to the wubbulous world of Dr. Seuss. Throughout the three-week period, students were treated to activities including Community Reader Day, reading contests, PARP spirit week, bookmark contest, and Jason Edwards cultural Arts program. Please continue to READ with your child(ren)!!


"Oh, The Places We'll Go!"

Read Across America Day -- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!

PARP Kick Off -- Community Reader Day

Forest Avenue PARP Pajama Night

PARP Cultural Arts Program

Making Dr. Seuss' Oobleck

Seuss-Inspired Mismatching in Style

Schools will be open on April 17th, May 26th and May 30th.

Going Places with PARP Reading Activities

Going Places with PARP Reading Activities

Forest Avenue challenged its students to engage in different reading activities during its Pick A Reading Partner program from Feb. 27 to March 16.

This year’s theme, “Oh, the Places We’ll Go,” is a modeled on the book by Dr. Seuss. During PARP, students are encouraged to read with their parents for at least 15 minutes a day and keep a log of their time spent reading. Students sign a pledge to be an active reading partner during the three-week period.

The event kicked off on Feb. 27 with a Community Reader Day. With the doors throughout the school decorated in Dr. Seuss-themed books, the students spent Read Across America Day on March 2 engaged in activities around his famous books. Wearing their “Cat in the Hat” striped hats, students partnered with their buddies to conduct reading celebrations. In the library, PARP activities also featured hands-on science learning, allowing students to make their own oobleck like the Dr. Seuss story of “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

Different spirit days at the school tied reading and fun together with Dr. Seuss-themed PARP activities including “Fox in Socks” Day, “On Beyond Zebra” Day and “The Sleep Book.”

Enriching Activities Go Beyond the Classroom

Fifth-graders at South Bay Elementary are helping those in their community and saving the earth at the same time. The students, who are part of a voluntary recess enrichment group, are learning how to use plarn (yarn made out of recycled plastic bags). After watching a tutorial online, the students are crocheting the plarn into upcycled sleeping mats for the homeless.

Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior High School student Anthony Liles has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. He was chosen among more than 87,000 applicants because of his outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to his community.  

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. 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. The foundation has provided more than 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. Each year, 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship

Literacy Around the World

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March is Pick a Reading Partner month at South Bay, and this year's theme is “Read Around the World.”

As part of this year’s PARP program, each K-5 class has received its own reading passport, filled with blank pages. The pages in the passport are “stamped” with colorful stars when any student in the class participates in “Passport with the Principal.” To participate, the students sign up for a time to read with Principal JoAnn Scott, who then stamps their passport. Each stamp earns extra mileage points for their whole class.