An Evening of Health and Fitness

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An evening focused on physical activity, health and wellness drew more than 800 participants to West Babylon School District’s 11th annual Fun Run and second annual Fitness Fair, held at West Babylon Junior High School.

 

Residents Approve 2015-2016 School Budget

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Thank you to all residents who participated in the 2015-16 budget vote and trustee election. Proposition No. 1, the School District Budget, passed by a vote of 1,190 to 508.

In addition to voting on the budget, residents cast their ballots for three seats on the Board of Education. Jennifer Wandasiewicz and Lucy Campasano were re-elected, and John Evola was elected for a three-year term. The trustee vote was as follows:

Lucy Campasano – 979
Raymond Cascio – 784
John Evola – 825
Todd Sheets – 776
Jennifer Wandasiewicz - 865

Author and story teller Heather Forest entertains J.F.K. students.

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J.F.K. Walk to School Day

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J.F.K. 5th Grade Circus

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Signed!

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Five West Babylon Senior High School senior-athletes signed National Letters of Intent to continue playing their sport at Division III colleges/universities.

The district congratulates these athletes on their outstanding accomplishments and wishes them continued success.

Dan DiMaio – St. Joseph University - Baseball
Dashea Edwards – State University of New York at Oswego – Wrestling
Joe Granieri – Immaculata University – Baseball
Ricky Lindsey – State University of New York at Oswego – Wrestling
Robert Mandich – City College of New York – Baseball


Mother's Day Crafts

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Children throughout the school are creating Mother's Day books, poems, and Crafts.

West Babylon Families Participate in STEM Night

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Kindergarten through eighth-grade students participated in a fun-filled evening of science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities during the district’s STEM Night.

Hosted by the senior high school’s Math and Science Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society and Science Club, hundreds of students tried their hands at making ice cream, working a crime scene investigation, learning about robotics and many more activities designed to engage young students’ interests in STEM learning.    

Senior high school science teacher and STEM Night coordinator Aimee Mendoza said the goal for the evening was for high school students to engage their younger peers in a variety of STEM activities in order to garner interest in STEM subjects.

“What was really awesome was that my high school students had the opportunity to share in their younger peers’ love of learning, which seemed to reopen their eyes to the excitement I am sure most of them had in their elementary school years,” Mendoza said. “They have been approaching me every day and saying how much fun they had teaching and watching the younger students learn.”

Safe Driving is a Senior’s Passion

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West Babylon Senior High School student and Students Against Destructive Decisions President Samantha Mammarella is the recipient of the Suffolk County High School Principals Association/Allstate Safe-Driving Award for her determined efforts to raise awareness of distracted driving. She was recently honored for her efforts during the SCHSPA luncheon in April.

Mammarella has been an active member of SADD for the past four years, having participated in the Halloween Party event to encourage safe driving. She and SADD members also draw messages in chalk about safe driving on the high school walls during the annual Chalk Walk. She also assists in the Celebrate My Drive campaign by hanging posters about texting and drinking while driving and obtains pledges from peers and staff not to drink or text behind the wheel.

One additional way in which Mammarella touts the dangers of unsafe driving is by taking a central role of the Grim Reaper, who coordinates the Day of the Dead event. On this day, students are taken out of the class, their faces painted white and their tombstone hung in the hall, to represent an unsafe driving death. The escorting of students out of their classes provides non-participating students with a powerful display of the consequences of drunk driving, SADD advisor Chris Jonasson explained.

“I believe that kids are really starting to see the importance and understand the effects of safe driving,” Samantha said. “We show students that it is not just their life they’re going to impact and possibly save, but many others.”     

Marine Uses Mascot Costume to Surprise Brother

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It was no ordinary lesson on the world’s rain forests for South Bay third-grader Tristan Cabrera. He received a surprise visit from older brother, U.S. Marine Corporal David Cabrera, who has been stationed at Camp Pendleton, California for several months after a tour of duty in Iraq. Corporal Cabrera appeared in the classroom full of students wearing the West Babylon School District mascot costume and introduced as a “special guest.”   

After introducing the mascot, Ms. Brett asked Tristan to help the guest take off the head portion of the costume. Upon realizing his brother was inside, his kind gesture resulted in hugs and tears of gratitude.

‘The students have been studying the rain forests and the colorful birds that live there,” teacher Carol Brett explained. “I thought it would be a great surprise for Tristan to have his brother give an appearance in the bird outfit. It was also fun for the rest of the class.”   

During Corporal Cabrera’s visit, the students also had the opportunity to ask Corporal Cabrera about what it is like to be in the military and about his experiences oversees.

West Babylon BOE Adopts 2015-2016 School Budget

The Board of Education has adopted a proposed 2015-2016 school budget totaling $100,893,074 and representing a 1.60 percent budget-to-budget increase and a tax levy increase of 1.89 percent, which falls below the allowable tax levy limit.

As the proposed levy increase is below the district’s allowable limit, the budget requires a simple majority of voters (50 percent plus one) to pass, as per New York State’s tax levy cap law.

Through careful analysis and the efficient streamlining of costs, the proposed budget maintains all current instructional and non-instructional programs and reinstates athletics and clubs currently being funded through a generous grant from New York State Sen. Phil Boyle. The proposed budget also allows for the appointment of three new special education teachers, three new English as a Second Language teachers and one new grounds personnel member, as well as the increase of a psychologist position from part-time to full-time. In addition, the proposed budget includes the ability to transfer money to the capital fund in order to fund important and necessary buildings and grounds maintenance.

The Board of Education encourages community members to become informed about the proposed budget by reading the budget presentations, which may be found by clicking here. The community is also encouraged to attend the district’s budget hearing on Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m.
     
Voting will take place on Tuesday, May 19 from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Residents north of Sunrise Highway will vote at Santapogue Elementary School, while residents south of Sunrise Highway will vote at the administration building.

A Closer Look at Owl Pellets

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South Bay fifth-graders in Mrs. DeCarlo’s class are studying owl pellets as part of their science curriculum. The class first learned that indigestible materials eaten by owls, including teeth, feathers, claws and skulls, are excreted in the form of pellets.

As part of the activity, the students were instructed to catalog their findings, much like an archeologist or museum curator. Pictured is Gianna Bruno, who worked hard to catalog her findings with care.

“It is so great to have the students experiencing some hands-on science,” Principal Joann Scott said.   
   

A Tree Is a Friend for Life

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First-graders at Santapogue Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day on April 24. Each student received a small tree from the Babylon Rotary Club and made a promise to plant, water and protect their trees through all four seasons, making the tree a friend for life. Each child recited an Arbor Day pledge and received a special certificate for participation in this day of conservation.  

Student-Musicians to Perform at NYSSMA Solo Festival

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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
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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-
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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

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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

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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.

Pre-K for 2015-2016

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