Elementary Students Bring Spring Smiles

Keeping the school-community connection top of mind, student council members at Santapogue recently participated in a Spring Smiles project.

The students created and designed cards and pictures to send to local nursing homes. They discussed how some senior residents may have no families or sparsely decorated living spaces. With this in mind, the student council hoped their creations will bring a smile to the residents’ faces as spring begins.
 
The student council felt it was such a worthwhile project that it decided to invite the entire school to participate. They are collecting additional cards, letters and pictures from all the grades, which will be sent to local area nursing homes.

Mother's Day Mystery Reader

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Ann Lauricella's first-grade class was welcomed back from vacation with a week full of mystery readers in celebration of Mother's Day.

Award-Winning Photos

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The photographic work of three Senior High School students won two first-place awards and one second-place honor in the 2016 Photographic Federation of Long Island’s Youth Showcase.
    
Ralph Reyes won first place in the architecture category for his digital print “Fulton Street Station.” Jessica Capobianco took first place in the scape category for her digital print “New York City Rising.” Second place honors in the monochrome creative choice category went to Austin Prendergast for his digital print “Orbit.”
    
The student-artists were honored at an awards ceremony on April 3 at the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City.

Elementary band, chorus and orchestra perform

Elementary band, chorus and orchestra perform for the fifth and third graders at the High School. Everyone enjoyed the fantastic performances.

Long-Distance Learning

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Senior High School students participated in a distance-learning lesson with scientists and educators from Monterey Bay Aquarium in California on March 24.

During the 45-minute session, the group of students in grades 9-12 interacted with scientists and educators from the aquarium via Skype and their cellphones, learning about the unique wildlife on the West Coast.

“Distance-learning programs are a unique new way of having students learn without having to travel, and our students were very excited to be able to ask and answer questions in real-time with Monterey Bay professionals,” said SHS science teacher Andrea Montalvo. “It was like having a guest speaker from 2,500 miles away.”

Solid Finishes at Penn Relays

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The boys and girls varsity track teams competed at the Penn Relays at Penn State University from April 28-30.

The 4x100m team – Grace Glennon, Nadja Ashley, Myaysa Evans and Brittany Korsah – finished third in their heat with a time of 50.87 and 57th out of 377 total teams (including teams from Jamaica and the Bahamas).

The 4x400m team – Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, and Paige Keefer – won their heat with a time of 4:02.51 on an afternoon that presented less-than-favorable conditions. The 4x400 team were led by the outstanding anchor leg of 56.66 by junior Paige Keefer, who was also named to USA Track and Field's All-Long Island team this past winter season. The 4x400 finished 67th of out 637 total teams and was the second fastest team representing Long Island.

Check back for updates on the boys track teams.

JFK Poetry Contest 2016

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The students in Mrs. Mercardante's and Mrs. DeStefano's/ Ms. Thompson's Third Grade Classes participated in a poetry contest through the America Library of Poetry. Students wrote a variety of different genres of poetry and learned about the foundations of writing poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month. Each student was able to submit his/her favorite poem. Winners will be announced in September.

Students assembled with their college shirts for college acceptance day.

Science Olympiad Showcase

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The Senior High School Science Olympiad team presented some of their projects and showed off their award-winning skills to the Board of Education, central administration and a few community members on April 19. The team earned numerous medals this season, led by adviser Andrea Montalvo. The district congratulates the team on all their hard work this year.

Third-Grade Experiments

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Santapogue third-graders in Mrs. Kerr’s and Mrs. Lynch’s classes recently completed an experiment to determine what animals are part of the barn owl’s food chain. Students dissected the owl pellets and learned about the barn owl’s food chain.

South Bay Unveils Unity Murals

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In December, students at South Bay created unity murals during a weeklong project with artist/author in-residence Joyce Raimondo. On March 22, the unity murals were finally unveiled and on display in the South Bay corridor. The murals were painted on canvas and contain images and phrases related to the themes of character education and growth mindset.

Blue & Gold Tradition Shines Bright

School spirit was shining bright at the annual Blue & Gold from April 14-16. From the colorful decorations to perfectly choreographed dance performances, the community was out in full force to support this event over three days.

South Bay Gets Special Visitor

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As part of its Pick a Reading Partner initiative, South Bay had a special visit from author/illustrator Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer on March 22 and 23. Mulhearn Sayer wrote and illustrated “More Caps for Sale,” the sequel to “Caps for Sale” by Esphyr Slobodkina.

Mulhearn Sayer conducted illustration workshops with third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students, during which they created their own collages after learning about the collage technique used in the “Caps” books. For the K-2 students, Mulhearn Sayer held an engaging, interactive musical theatre performance of both “Caps for Sale” and “More Caps for Sale,” including her original music.  

Board of Education Candidates

Those running for the Board of Education on May 17, 2016 in order of the Ballot position are:

Dennis Kranz
Peter Scarlatos
Diane Klein
Raymond Cascio
Stephen T. Donnelly

Meet the candidate night will be held on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC.

‘Honor’-able Mentions

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The academic achievements of more than 500 of the district’s high-performing scholars on both the junior high and senior high school level were recognized over the last month during their respective honor society inductions.

National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society: Ninety-two senior high school students were inducted into the National Honor Society, while 153 junior high school students became part of the NJHS. The NHS seeks to create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, promote leadership and develop character. To qualify for consideration, a student must have a cumulative unweighted average of 88 or higher in Regents or honors classes, complete an application that documents a wide variety of community service and leadership and write an essay.  Click here for a list of NHS.  Click here for a list of NJHS inductees.

Technology/Business & Marketing Honor Society: Fifteen students were inducted into the Business & Marketing Honor Society in 2016, while the Technology Honor Society welcomed 25 inductees. In order to qualify, seniors must complete three units in a technology/business/marketing course by the end of year. Sophomores/juniors must complete two units with one more prior to graduation. They must have an 88 average or higher in technology/business/marketing courses and a minimum overall average of 80. Candidates must demonstrate character, leadership and service.  For the complete list, click here.

Vincent Foley Foreign Language Honor Society: This year, 124 students were inducted into the Vincent Foley Foreign Language Honor Society. Candidates are selected from those students who are in Level 3 foreign language classes. A student must have an 85 average or higher in each level of language studies and a cumulative average of at least 80 in all other courses excluding foreign language since their language studies began. Candidates are screened for character, class participation and oral competency. Members are expected to maintain high standards of performance in their subsequent language studies. The complete list of students can be found here.

Art Honor Society: To be considered for this honor society, students must have a 90 average or higher in art classes, with one year of credit in art. Along with two teacher recommendations, those in consideration must also perform eight hours of art-related community service. Click here for this year’s list of 21 inductees.

Math & Science National Honor Society: One hundred and twenty-four students, along with 20 probationary members, were inducted into the Math & Science National Honor Society. Students must be at least a sophomore and maintain an overall average of at least 85, a minimum course grade of 85 in all math and science honors classes, and a minimum course grade of 80 in all math or science Advanced Placement classes. They must enroll in at least one honors or upper level math class, and one honors or upper level science class each year. In addition, they must be active members of the Math Club, Science Olympiad, Forensics Team, SEA Club, Chess Club, Quiz Bowl or Robotics Club. A list of new inductees can be found here.

The district extends its congratulations to all students inducted into the honor societies.

HS Volunteers Recognized

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Senior High School students Madison Milito and Kassandra Sherwood have been honored for their volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes those who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities. It is granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Obama.

Sherwood volunteers with the John Theissen Children’s Foundation. She sells raffle tickets at various events, helps out at parties for children with cancer, collects toys at Christmas and stuffs backpacks for the back-to-school drive. She also volunteers with the West Babylon Main Street Organization, packing boxes of food to be donated to community members in need.

Milito volunteers her time teaching religion to third- and fourth-graders at Our Lady of Grace Church. She has also been a camp counselor at the church’s Vacation Bible Camp during the summer.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award applauds young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods, and to inspire others to think about how they might contribute to their communities.

Solar Studies

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First-graders at Tooker have been busy studying the solar system. Each student researched a planet, completed a report and created a poster to present to their classes. On April 12, the classes took a trip to the Vanderbilt Planetarium to further enhance their studies on the unit.

Windshield Painting

In celebration of Earth Day, Mrs. Myers' group of fifth grade students painted on a repurposed windshield. The design was a collaboration of eight students' artwork to spread the word about recycling, repurposing, and reusing.

 

Sidewalk Chalked with Poetry

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In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, students at Santapogue have been reading and celebrating poetry during their class time in the library.  

Fifth-graders created a Poetry Walk, writing their favorite works in chalk on the school’s sidewalk, on April 13. The students shared some of their favorite poems with the Santapogue community. The sidewalk was chosen as the prime location so other students could see the poems on their way to or from school.

Second grade field trip to the Fire Island Lighthouse

Owl Pellets in Grade 3

The third graders in Mrs. Kerr and Lynch's class learned inspected and dissected owl pellets in their classroom. You can see the children checking out the contents of the pellets and learning about the food chain.

Science Olympiad Team Scores State Medals

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The Senior High School’s Science Olympiad competed at the state competition at Le Moyne College in Syracuse from March 11-12.
   
After successfully ranking in the top 8 percent at the regional level, the West Babylon team placed 27th in the state out of 54 competing teams.  
  
Four teams received medals in their respective events. Trevor Barrett and Eric Donohue placed third in the Write It Do It event. AJ Liles and Daria DelMonico came in fourth place in Bridge Building, and Frankie Volz and Mike Lee won a sixth-place medal in Forensics. Kelsie Gering and Alex Barrett placed ninth in the Remote Sensing event.

Smart Schools Bond Act Information – Phase II

In January 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called for New York State to invest $2 billion in its schools through a Smart Schools Bond Act (SSBA). Voters approved the Smart School Bond Act in November 2014 and as a result the West Babylon School District was allocated to receive $3,059,633.

To learn how West Babylon School District intends to use these funds in Phase II, please click on the below information. If any West Babylon residents wish to provide written feedback on the West Babylon NYS Smart Schools Bond Act Preliminary Proposed Plan, please email: WBSmartbond@wbschools.org by May 13.



To learn more about the Smart Bond Act FAQs and Guidelines go to:

NYSED SSBA FAQs 07/16/15
NYSED SSBA FAQs 10/27/15
NYSED SSBA Guidelines
NYSED SSBA Website


Attachments:

“Ask the Superintendent” Updated 4/12/16

Click here for more information

Pair Wins Medals at DECA State Finals

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Four Senior High School students and DECA members competed at the annual New York State Career Conference in Rochester from March 8-11.

After qualifying at the regional level in January, these four students moved on to compete at the state conference against more than 2,000 students from high schools across New York.

Natalie Mandich and Cynthia Vargas competed as a team in the Buying and Merchandising Team Decision Making event and Emily O’Halloran and Nitin Punn competed in the Principles of Hospitality and Tourism event. Both O’Halloran and Punn received top 10 medals in their event.

DECA is an academic, co-curricular organization with more than 200,000 students nationwide.


Growing Cabbages

The Bonnie Plant Company provided each third grader with a cabbage plant to bring home and plant. The largest plant can win a prize from the Bonnie Plant Company. Each third grade class also planted one class plant outside the school. The students will monitor the growth of their cabbages at home and at school.

 

Nonfiction Authors Shine at Santapogue

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First-graders in Allyson Fitzgerald’s class at Santapogue held a nonfiction writing celebration on March 9. As the culminating activity in their second unit of writing, the students created their own books based on independent research and shared the creations with classmates.

Brookhaven Bound

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Five Tooker Avenue students have been selected to represent Tooker at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Fair in May. Each year, students at Tooker are given the opportunity to conduct an optional science experiment for a chance to represent their school at the fair.

This year’s participants included Ava Field, Kaylee Harder, Kevin Woods, Jack Sackman, Lindsey Kutchens, Alma Gaxiola, Lauren Kutchens, Kaitlyn Zambrana and Kelly Bianco.
    
Ava, Kevin, Jack, Alma and Kelly had their projects selected to represent Tooker at Brookhaven.

April is Autism Awareness Month

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April is Autism Awareness Month and students at Tooker Avenue showed their support by learning about some facts about autism. The students colored puzzle pieces and designed a bulletin board outside their classroom in an effort to spread awareness.

Reading Marathon for PARP

First graders visit the Vanderbilt Planetarium

First graders visited the Vanderbilt Planetarium to supplement their Solar System unit. Students further learned about the planets through the show in the planetarium's 60ft dome.

Principal Acocella Dyes Her Hair for Ms. Wilken's 3rd Grade Reading Challenge

Back in October, Mrs. Wilken’s third grade class read “Miss Malarchy Leaves No Reader Behind.” After reading the book, Principal Acocella challenged the students to read *1,000* books by March 17th. If they did, she woulddye her hair. The students read a total of 1,290 books! True to her word, Principal Acocella dyed her hair purple and green. Way to *READ*, Ms. Wilken's class!!

 

Forest Avenue Students Recognized for their Amazing Science Projects

We are so very proud of all the fabulous Forest Avenue students who submitted creative science project entries for the Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Fair. All the science projects were phenomenal. In recognition of their efforts, all participating students were presented with Certificates of Excellence.

Tooker Avenue Fifth-Graders Turn to Wax for Museum Exhibit in March

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Easter Bunnies in Ms. Granieri’s K/1 class

Pen Pals Help Writing Skills

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First-graders across the district are fine-tuning their writing skills with pen pals in other district elementary schools. Lisa DeGennaro’s class from JFK and Laura Fitzgerald’s class from Tooker Avenue are practicing their writing craft as they compose letters to their pen pals. The students are eager to hear back from their fellow first-graders.

Leprechaun Chase

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Junior High School physical education teacher Robert Dahl and members of the student council hosted the Leprechaun Chase race on March 15. Mr. Dahl enlisted the aid of two high school winter track athletes, Kevin Navilof and Connor Acosta, to act as leprechauns. More than 20 runners gave chase, with the top three finishers receiving leprechaun hats.

Tops at the Science Fair

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The winning projects in each grade level from the South Bay Science Fair will now compete at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair. All projects submitted for consideration were anonymously judges by South Bay teachers. The winning projects were: Snail Chow/Robert Upham/Kindergarten; The Smile Effect/Annabelle Mistretta/Grade 4; Deflategate/Joseph Dispigno/Grade 3; and Evaporation of Different Liquids/Addison Eglin/Grade 1.

Easter Egg Creations

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Mrs.Szpilka's kindergarten class worked with their buddies in Mrs. Turano's third-grade class making a great deal of mess and doing a lot of measuring, creating their own giant Easter eggs.

Bringing Nature Indoors

On March 17, third-graders learned all about different types of birds. This program was brought into their classrooms through the Sweetbriar organization. The students learned about birds and also had the chance to be dressed as birds.

 

J.F.K. is proud of our 2016 St. Baldrick's participants. Well done boys.

J.F.K. Students were treated to an Irish step dancing lesson and show on Saint Patrick's day.

Suffolk County Music Educators Associaton(SCMEA) Recorder Festival

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The following students participated in the Suffolk County Music Educators Associaton(SCMEA) Recorder Festival on Saturday March 19th. The students rehearsed all day and then participated in a concert. It was there first festival experience. In order to participate in the festival they came before school for seven weeks and learned the music.

Mason D'Albora
Daniel Huang
Julia Kalinowski
Lindsey Kuchens
Sarah Medina
Abigayle Serigano
Hailey Tischler

Our second grade classes learned about dinosaurs with an in school program.

Santapogue Second Graders dug deep to discover how to be a paleontologist!

Sweetbriar Nature Center sent their expert teacher Mrs. Krauss to walk us through a dinosaur dig in Madagascar! Students each discovered a model skeleton and matched it to the body type scientists think they may have looked like millions of years ago. After the presentation we wrote about the new information we learned.


Trip to the Fire Island Lighthouse

Our fifth graders had the opportunity to visit the Light House at Fire Island. Even those the days for the trips were windy and rainy, the children had a great deal of fun while learning about the environment and the workings and importance of a light house.

 

St Patricks Day in Kindergarten

J.F.K. celebrates and recognizes P.T.A Refection participation.

J.F.K fourth and fifth grade students visit Old Bethpage Village Restoration.

Students were offered a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience life as it was on Long Island during the 19th century. A great time was had by all.