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Spring Music

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Students in Debbie Fitzgerald’s second grade class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School were playing xylophones and triangles to the song “Everything Spring,” led by music teacher Laura Bracco.

Open Invitation: NYS Next Generation Standards Parent Meeting

There will be an Open Parent Meeting on May 1, 2019 at 6pm at the WB Senior High School in the LGI room. (For your convenience, there will be signs in the front lobby directing parents to the LGI room.) At this meeting, Mr. Scott Payne, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, building administrators and district curricular leaders will give an overview of the NYS Next Generation Learning Standards
 

Second-Grade Researchers

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Second-graders in Colleen Steffens' class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School recently wrote biographies on some famous historical figures. The students learned interesting facts about people such as Walt Disney, Kate Middleton, Jackie Robinson and Abraham Lincoln.

Art Show

Self-Supporting Pre-Kindergarten Program

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Rubik's cube competition

The West Babylon Junior High School newspaper club hosted its first Rubik's cube competition. Congratulations to sixth grader Zander on his win.

Making Music

Recycling at its best! Mrs. Buchwald's general music class at the Junior High School turned their garbage cans upside down to make beautiful music.

Tooker Celebrates is Rock Star Readers

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Click here to see the video from this year’s PARP initiative.

Star Writers

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On April 15, students in Colleen Steffen’s second grade class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School celebrated the writing of Andrew Gennings, Taylor Booth, Cate Hopkins, Autumn Romano and Jack O’Dougherty. Principal Gregg Cunningham presented them each with a certificate.

Papier-mâché

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Students in Debbie LoSardo’s enrichment group at South Bay Elementary School recently completed a papier-mâché project that explored their creativity.

Book Shopping

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Students from Mrs. Angelon and Mrs. Flynn class go book shopping. This activity gives kindergarteners a chance to select high interest books on their level in a fun and engaging way.

Reading Fun in Second Grade!

Second graders in Ms. Desz and Mrs.Graziosa's classed enjoy reading by flashlight.

Tooker Students Get Slimy During Dr. Seuss Lesson

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Students in Mrs. Mele-Bova's class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School recently created oobleck as part of their lesson on Dr. Seuss after reading “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” The students followed step by step directions to create their own slimy concoctions. 

Water Bottle Filler Campaign

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March Madness at Santapogue

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Fourth-graders at Santapogue Elementary School recently participated in their own March Madness activity. Students used their creativity and problem-solving skills for a hands-on STEM learning lesson. Students were given a variety of supplies and were asked to create a hoop but they also had to find a way to get the ball into the hoop without using their hands.



Everyday is Earth Day at JFK!

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Our plastic bottle recycling program is in its 6th year and continues to be an inspiring success. Supervised by 4th grade teacher Craig Amarando, the program provides an educational approach aimed at increasing the number of plastic bottles that are recycled within school grounds and to create opportunities to provide students, teachers and staff with the knowledge and the passion to recycle at home, at school and on-the-go.

Music In Our Schools Month

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Young Engineers at Tooker Avenue

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The enrichment club at Tooker Avenue Elementary School recently completed a bridge-building activity. The students were tasked with designing bridges that were not only strong but aesthetically pleasing. The students tried different techniques to see how their bridges could hold the most weight. They learned to think like engineers and the activity gave them insight into different career options.  

Hashtag Review

Mrs. Delaney’s class used hashtags to review all the human body systems. She also used a tweet worksheet to measure their understanding. Students responded to her tweet, which was to name and describe how two body systems interact.

Santapogue Welcomes Local Author

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In celebration of its Parents as Reading Partners initiative, Santapogue Elementary School welcomed author Maria LaPlaca Bohrer on March 14. Ms. Bohrer, who is also a West Babylon resident, shared her book “Sofia’s Stoop Story: 18th Street Brooklyn” with students. 

Pinecone Creations

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Students in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary recently read a nonfiction passage about pine cones. Within the passage was a suggestion to get your own pine cones to observe. After collecting three different types of cones, students sketched the cones and put them in the sun to open. The students made observations about the differences and as an art project, turned their pinecones into owls.

Bird Feeders

On April 5, the STEM class displayed their bird feeders in the courtyard at the Junior High School. Students no sooner hung their feeder and some hungry birds came for lunch!

Word Detectives

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As part of their unit of study, students in Lisa DeGennaro’s first grade class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School became word detectives. The students looked closely at their texts using their magnifying glasses to help them solve words during Reading Workshop.  

St. Baldrick's Day Video

Click here to watch a video from the event. 

Guidance Counselor Recognized

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Guidance counselor Stephen Dombo (left) recently received a certificate of appreciation from the U .S. Air Force in recognition of his outstanding support of the Air Force Recruiting Services and dedication to the ideals and principles of the United States. He is pictured with Aristotle D. Ramac, TSgt, USAF.

Birds of a Feather

This JHS STEM class celebrated Earth Day by studying birds indigenous to Long Island and then making bird feeders to place in trees around West Babylon.

Second Graders Go to Fire Island Lighthouse

CBT Update

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STEM Class

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Sixth- and seventh-graders have the opportunity to work on STEM-related curriculum during their lunch periods.

SEPTA Ice Cream Social

Fun Run 2019

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Busy Bakers at JHS

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Throughout the week of March 11, seventh-graders at West Babylon Junior High School in the family and consumer science classes have been busy measuring, mixing and baking cinnamon buns. Students learned to follow directions, about the key leavening agent that causes the dough to rise and to clean up after themselves.



Sneaky Leprechauns at South Bay

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During their library classes with media specialist Kara Levy, students at South Bay Elementary School participated in a St. Patrick’s Day-themed STEAM activity. During their lessons on March 14, students were tasked with transforming Dash into a leprechaun and then creating a series of two traps which he would have to sneakily go through to get to their pot of gold. They programed the leprechaun using Blockly.



Tooker Teachers, Students Join the Fight

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When the Junior High School hosted its St. Baldrick’s event on March 1, Tooker Avenue Elementary School decided to join forces with the Bald Eagles of West Babylon. The West Babylon community raised more than $47,000 for the cause, and Tooker contributed more than $9,000. Several teachers and students braved the shave including Principal Charles Germano.



Grades 3-8 NYS Assessment Information for Parents and Students

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JHS Students Compete in MagLev

Eighth-graders recently competed in the Middle School Magnetic Levitation (MagLev) competition at Brookhaven National Laboratory. Each student had to complete a Student Design Portfolio for either a speed or appearance category. Justin Bacomo placed second in the Wind Powered category.

SHS Students Medals at DECA Comp

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Seven students represented West Babylon Senior High School during in the New York State DECA competition in Rochester, New York, in March. Three students – Megan Le (medal in travel and tourism), Olivia Golebiewski (medal in travel and tourism) and Andrew Blloshmi (medal in accounting applications) – brought home top 10 medals for their divisions. More than 2,300 students from throughout New York State competed at the conference.  

Young Writers Share their Work

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First-grade writers from Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School celebrated their newly “published” nonfiction books with kindergartners from Katie Frole’s class. The first-grade authors shared their writing to teach the kindergartners about their topic.



Recognizing JFK students who participated in the Reflections Contest. Great job!

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Tooker’s Reading Rockstars

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Students at Tooker Avenue Elementary School showed they really rock when it comes to reading during the school’s Pick a Reading Partner initiative held March 4-15. Sponsored by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association, this year’s theme was “Reading Rockstars.”

The “Battle of the Bands” celebration began with each class represented by the name of a different rock band. Students earned points for their bands by reading a certain number of minutes outside of school during the two-week program. Each evening, the students recorded how many minutes they spent reading. For every 30 minutes, the students earned 10 points toward their class total. 

Students also had the chance to earn bonus points by completing the “high notes” activity sheet. Some of the 3-point bonus activities included reading a recipe and cooking with someone, building a fort and reading in it, reading about their favorite music star, reading with a friend or neighbor, reading with someone on the phone or FaceTime, reading the lyrics from their favorite song and reading as a family.

“The goal of PARP is to really get the parents, PTA and community involved,” said Barbara Kalinowski, Tooker kindergarten teacher who worked with the PTA on this year’s event. “Reading is fun, and we wanted to show our students just how fun it could be.” 

Throughout the two-week period, different PARP events were scheduled for each day. Some of the activities included Buddy Reading Day, Flashlight Friday, Music Idol Day, Mystery Reader Day, Pajama Day and Read a Shirt Day. The book fair also took place during the day and evening to further encourage reading. On the final day of PARP, the school gathered together for a rock-and-roll Mother Goose assembly. Each student who participated was also gifted a pair of headphones, courtesy of the PTA. 
 
 

National Junior Honor Society Induction

Musical Production

Don't miss the Junior High School Drama Club musical on March 21 and March 22 at 7 p.m. The Sound of Music is waiting for you...

Tooker Celebrates Music in Our Schools

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As part of their Music in Our Schools month celebration, first-graders in Laura Fitzgerald’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School learned about the months of the year, brainstormed special events/holidays for each one and then sang the “Months of the Year” song during their music class with teacher Mrs. Bracco. 

PTA Basketball Fundraiser

Forest Avenue students enjoyed watching the Harlem Hoopsters, Forest Avenue faculty, and parents of the Forest Avenue PTA play in a basketball game.

Presidential Research at Tooker Avenue

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Students in Cristina Carbonaro’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School worked hard during the February break to complete President’s Day reports. Each student chose a president they were interested in, researched and wrote reports on their president and presented it to their classmates. 

Energy Efficient Students

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On March 15, the Junior High School held an assembly for sixth graders on natural resources and energy efficiency. It was sponsored by PSEG and encouraged students to be more environmentally aware of energy use.

Pi Day at JHS

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Pi Day inspired the Junior High School math department to "breakout" of their equations. Newly purchased Breakout EDU boxes will have classes solving math problems to answer the essential question.

Lorax Day

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As part of PARP’s wear orange day and sporting their mustaches, students in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary wrote about the different perspectives of the Onceler and the Lorax about Truffula trees. They also wrote as a letter as a Truffula tree to tell the Onceler why they are important (a connection to what they are currently learning in science).

SCOPE; After School Enrichment Program

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Snow Day at Forest Avenue

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Kindergarten students in Alyson Russo’s class at Forest Avenue Elementary School learned how to make “speech snow” with teacher Caitlyn Bavolar and Mrs. Russo during a language lesson. The students worked on their describing skills and building their vocabulary as they described real snow. They also worked on following a sequence of steps in a recipe to make “speech snow.”

Quiz Review

Mr. Riv and Mrs. Shein’s social studies class plays Quizlet Live to review for a quiz.

Newton

Proving Newton's third law...in action! Click here to watch

Pokemon Yoga

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Second-graders at Santapogue Elementary School are perfecting their yoga poses by performing a Pokemon yoga series. The students focus positive energy by doing the yoga for a few minutes every day at the conclusion of their physical education classes.

GaGa Ball

JFK students enjoy the newly installed GaGa Pit.

In the rules of GaGa ball, the ball must touch the ground two times before it is considered in play. GaGa Ball consists of a lightweight bouncy or foam ball and an octagon enclosure known as the "GaGa Ball Pit." The object of the game is to hit the ball at or below opponents' knees to eliminate them from the pit. The last one left in the GaGa Ball Pit is the winner.

Family Fitness Night

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John F. Kennedy Elementary School recently held a family fitness night. Students and their families got together to focus on healthy activities that got everyone moving.

JFK Family Gym Night

Prismatic Magic Laser Light Show

To kick off our PARP program, JFK students got to enjoy the Prismatic Magic Laser Light show.

The lazer show was a captivating program that used laser illustrations to show how to read using our mind’s eye to imagine places, characters, and ideas.

Read Across America

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As part of their Read Across America Day celebration, students in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School did a following directions activity to create a picture of the Cat in the Hat. They also wrote about their all-time favorite books and created things to hold them for a bulletin board.

VIDEO: STEM Night

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Watch West Babylon students gets hands-on during STEM Night last month. Click here to see the video.

 

Best Chef

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Congratulations to Senior High School student Lukas DeJong for winning the award for America’s best high school chef from Monroe College.

John F. Kennedy Turns Red for Heart Health

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This February, the staff at John F. Kennedy Elementary School joined together and wore red for a common goal to spread awareness about cardiovascular disease. Money was raised for the American Heart Association.

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Students in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated Carnival! They made masks and maracas and did some salsa dancing after learning about this Brazilian traditional holiday.

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South Bay Celebrates P.S. I Love You Day

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Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated P.S. I Love You Day on Feb. 8.  The students spoke about bullying and did activities related to recognizing what is bullying and how they can stop it as well as help the person going through it. They also wrote encouraging notes to one another.



Read Across America Day

On March 1, South Bay celebrated Read Across America Day to kick off their month-long PARP activities. Ms. Granieri’s second grade class had fun celebrating the author.

VIDEO: 100 Days at Forest Avenue

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Forest Avenue celebrated 100 days of school with plenty of hands-on activities and even a parade. Watch the video here:

West Babylon Takes Eighth in Science Olympiad

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Two Science Olympiad teams from the Senior High School competed in the Science Olympiad Invitational Tournament in Pennsylvania on Feb. 9. There were 29 teams from the New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut areas at the competitions. 

Team A finished in eighth place and Team B placed 19th. The teams took home five medals. The following students were medal winners: Leslie Torres and Jazmyne Simpson (fourth in astronomy); Delal Dilek and Evan Restivo (first in mousetrap vehicle); Urszula Bednarski (second in mousetrap vehicle); Erin Thompson, Natalia Niebrzydowski and Olivia Golebiewski (second in protein modeling); and Olivia Golebiewski and Aidan O'Sullivan (fourth in thermodynamics).

Science Olympiad

The junior high school Science Olympiad team braved the cold weather to compete in the Suffolk County Regionals at Candlewood Middle School on March 2. Under the direction of Linda Kronenbitter, the JHS team placed sixth in Write It, Do It, third in Rollercoaster and seventh in Dynamic Planet. Go Eagles!

Santapogue Celebrates Read Across America Day

Actors Show Off their Skills

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Senior High School student-actors just completed three performances of the musical “Little Shop of Horrors.” From Feb. 7-9, the young thespians showed off their acting and musical skills to audiences at the Junior High School theater.



Comic Club

The JHS now had a comic club. Students interested in comics, manga or anime are welcome to share their interests and ideas!

Polar Dioramas

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First grade students at Tooker Avenue completed their nonfiction units of study by researching and reporting on an arctic animal and creating a diorama of its habitat.

St. Baldrick’s Video

South Bay Celebrates Chinese New Year

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Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School recently studied China as part of their social studies curriculum. The students learned about Chinese New Year and compared some traditions in China to those in the U.S. To celebrate Chinese New Year, the students made crafts, ate fortune cookies and did a dragon dance.



Forest Celebrates 100th Day of School

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On Feb. 14th, Forest Avenue students and staff dressed up as though they were 100 years old for the 100th day of school. Kindergarten students in Mrs. Russo and Mrs. Egan's classes made their way around the school for their 100th Day of School parade. Kindergarten students made necklaces using 100 Cheerios and counted to 100! They also created 100th Day of School posters using different objects, such as 100 lollipops.

Welcoming in the Chinese New Year

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Second-graders in Mrs. Graziosa’s class at Forest Avenue Elementary School welcomed the Year of the Pig. Students participated in a variety of activities including making lanterns and red envelopes, reading nonfiction and fiction books about the Chinese New Year, and creating animals using tangrams.

100th Day of School at Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue students and staff celebrate the 100th Day of School at Forest Avenue!

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