BOE Special Meeting Notice - January 6, 2015


Seasons Greeting and Happy New Year

DEC. 22 – JAN. 2

Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly Appointed as Superintendent

The Board of Education has appointed Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly as superintendent of schools, effective Jan. 10, 2015. Dr. Farrelly will replace current Superintendent Anthony Cacciola, who announced his retirement.

“I could not be happier with the Board’s decision to appoint Dr. Farrelly as my successor,” Mr. Cacciola said. “She is a bright, energetic and hardworking individual and the perfect fit for West Babylon. The district is truly fortunate to have Dr. Farrelly as its future leader.”

Dr. Farrelly has served the district since 2006, first as director of student services and, since 2009, as assistant superintendent for human resources. She came to the district from the Valley Stream Central High School District, where she served as a grade 7-12 special education teacher, district CSE chairperson, head of Memorial Junior High School’s special education department and principal of Valley Stream CHSD’s summer program. 

Dr. Farrelly received a Bachelor of Science in elementary and K-12 special education from LIU Post and a Master of Science in teaching English as a second language from Queens College. She is fluent in Spanish. In addition, she received her professional degree in school and district administration from the College of Saint Rose and her doctorate in teaching and learning from Hofstra University.
Dr. Farrelly is married to Rashaan Farrelly and the couple has a 2-year-old daughter.

“We look forward to Dr. Farrelly’s educational innovations, which will bring our students to a competitive level and enable them to develop 21st-century skills,” Board President Lucy Campasano said. “Dr. Farrelly has an innate ability to command respect without demanding it, and the entire Board of Education is excited about working with her in her new capacity as superintendent.”   
“West Babylon is my second home, and I am so grateful to be given such an important responsibility,” Dr. Farrelly said. “I truly look forward to continuing to work with the Board of Education, parents, community and staff on our shared goal of supporting and guiding all of our students.”

A Gift of Music

J.F.K. student council members spread holiday cheer at the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center by singing Christmas carols to all of the residents. It is an annual tradition that is enjoyed by all.

Charlotte's Web

West Babylon School District Kindergarten Registration

Registration for kindergarten in the West Babylon School District will take place in the main office of each elementary school from Feb. 2-6, 2015.

If you have not already received a kindergarten registration packet, please call your elementary school’s main office to request one.

When you register your child, you will need to present the following:

1.    Original birth certificate or baptismal certificate
2.    Proof of mandatory immunizations
3.    Proof of residency
4.    Single parent: Proof of custody

As there are a limited number of kindergarten slots in each elementary school, we must utilize a first-come, first-served procedure. Those arriving to register after all available slots have been filled may be enrolled in a neighboring elementary school within the West Babylon School District.

We look forward to your visit to our schools.

High School Senior Is a Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalist

West Babylon High School Senior Geovanny Amaya has been selected as a national semifinalist in the 2014-2015 Coca-Cola Scholars Program for his leadership, academic achievement and commitment to the community.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is one of the nation’s most recognized corporate scholarship sponsors, with more than 4,250 students benefitting from approximately $38 million in college scholarship awards.

A first-generation American, Geovanny’s parents came from El Salvador. He serves as president of the Class of 2015 and is a member of the Science Olympiad, DECA, Leo, Robotics, International, Scope, Blue and Gold, SEA, SADD, Leaders and Envirothon clubs. Geovanny is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri-M Music, Foreign Language and Math and Science honor societies. In addition, he is president of the school’s orchestra. An avid athlete, Geovanny is captain of the wrestling and cross-country teams and is also a member of the lacrosse team.

Off campus, Geovanny participates in a number of community service efforts. He is a volunteer firefighter for the East Farmingdale Fire Department, has taken part in various food drives with the West Babylon Lions Club and participated in a number awareness walks. He is an integral member of the Town of Babylon’s successful youth court program, where he has participated in several court cases. 

Once semifinalist applications are reviewed, 250 regional finalists will be chosen to continue the selection process, and regional finalists will be determined in late January. Finalists will then interview in person or via web conference to become one of 150 Coca-Cola Scholars. Students selected as Coca-Cola Scholars will attend Scholars Weekend in Atlanta from April 16-19, 2015 to receive a scholarship totaling $20,000 from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

The West Babylon School District congratulates Geovanny on this academic achievement and wishes him continued success in the program.    

Santapogue Students Celebrate the Season of Giving

Santapogue Elementary School students have been celebrating the holidays by collecting mittens, gloves and hats for needy children in the community. The collections were placed on the Mitten Tree located in the school’s lobby. Not only did the students and staff feel pleased for giving to those less fortunate, they were delighted with the overwhelming success of the program.

Collecting Pajamas for Needy Children

Second-grade students at South Bay Elementary School participated in Scholastic’s Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. The collected pajamas were donated to Mary’s House in Bay Shore for needy families. As part of the drive, Scholastic will match the pajama donation with children’s book donations.  

West Babylon Students Are in the Zone

West Babylon High School students Kyle Garcia and Melissa Riback have been selected as recipients of the Suffolk Zone Award. Sponsored by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the award recognizes one male and one female high school senior from each district in Suffolk County who exemplify outstanding scholastic ability, physical education performance and leadership qualities. The students were honored at a dinner at the Hyatt Regency in Hauppauge.

Kyle currently has a weighted GPA of 99.56 and a physical education GPA of 93.66. During his high school career, he has been a wrestler and a member of the junior varsity and varsity football teams. He is also a member of the LEO Club, mock trial, SADD, SEA environmental club, Blue and Gold Club, and production set crew. In addition, he belongs to the National, National Technical, Math and Science, and Tri-M Music honor societies. Outside of the classroom, Kyle is a summer camp counselor at The Rinx and a performing arts center technician for the district. He is also involved in a number of community service efforts, including organized walks for autism and breast cancer, technical assistance for the school’s World AIDS Day, volunteering for Angel Care, placing flags on veterans’ graves and distributing books to veterans in New York City.   

Melissa has acquired a weighted GPA of 105.52 and a physical education GPA of 98.0, and is currently ranked fifth in the Class of 2015. She has been named a New York State Scholar-Athlete for four consecutive years. She is captain of the spring track and field team, an All-League distance runner on the cross-country team, and captain and guard of the basketball team. Melissa was also recognized as a spring track and field MVP in her sophomore and junior years. In addition to being a member of the Foreign Language Honor Society, she has received the Principal’s Award for gym, home and careers, and Spanish. Melissa is also involved in a number of community service efforts, including Score for a Cure to raise breast cancer awareness, the Autism Awareness Day track meet and Entenmann’s Tri-ing for Kids Run, where she has handed out water bottles and medals to winners. 

The district and athletic department congratulate Kyle and Melissa on this outstanding accomplishment.

Top Honors for West Babylon Athletes

High school sports teams finished a strong fall season with awards presented to athletes during a ceremony at the senior high school’s PAC Center on Dec. 1. The following is a list of team and individual sports awards.

Boys and girls cross-country, field hockey, football, gymnastics, boys and girls soccer, girls swimming, and boys and girls volleyball teams were named Scholar-Athlete teams for having acquired a combined grade point average of 90 percent or more during the season.  

The following students received varsity awards for most valuable player and sportsmanship.

CHEERLEADING Jessica Pacella
Kali Benvenuto
CROSS-COUNTRY (BOYS) Liam O’Sullivan David Zimmerer
CROSS-COUNTRY (GIRLS) Melissa Riback Alexa Pulizzi
FIELD HOCKEY Allison Gernavage Jacqueline Goode
FOOTBALL Nicholas Gilley Taylor Shannon
GOLF (BOYS) Robert Aguanno Kevin Kolb
GYMNASTICS Jacquline Schrom Alyson Rebehn
SOCCER (BOYS) Matthew Esposito Peter Agostinello
SOCCER (GIRLS) Noela Franco Erin Kenney
SWIMMING (GIRLS) Daria DelMonico Taylor McIntosh
TENNIS (GIRLS) Winnie Wong Anna Coll
VOLLEYBALL (GIRLS) Julie Susnow Carolyn Armstrong
Sage Chasen Eric Donohue
Individual Awards:

Boys Cross-County:
Liam O’Sullivan – All-League (Second team)

Girls Cross-Country:
Tara Hauff – All-League and All-Division
Melissa Riback – All-League

Field Hockey:
Allison Gernavage – All-Conference Goalkeeper
Jackie Goode – All-Division
Alexandra Koopman – All-Division
Kiera Layden – All-Conference
Samantha Ruic – All-Conference

Jon Flores – All-Division (Second team)
Nicholas Gilley – All-Division (First team)
Stanley Polynice – All-Division (Second team)
Devon Smith-Martin – All-Division (Second team)
Elijah Wiegand – All-Division (First team)

Boys Golf:
Robert Aguanno – Section XI qualifier
Kevin Kolb – Section XI qualifier

Grace Glennon – All-League (bars, beam & floor) and All-County (vault)
Victoria Kilfeather – All-League (vault, beam, bars & floor) and first place all around (Coaches Invitational)
Marta Rafalko – Scholar-Athlete
Alyson Rebehn – First-place bars (Coaches Invitational)
Hailey Santana – All-League (vault, beam & bars)
Jacqueline Schrom – All-League (bars and floor) and All-County (beam and vault)

Girls Soccer:
Noela Franco – All-Conference
RaeAnne Guglielmo – All-League

Boys Soccer:
Matthew Esposito – All-League
Vincenzo Quintalino – Academic All-County
Anthony Vasquez – All-Conference

Michelle Chen – All-League
Winnie Wong – All-League

Getting to Zero One Person at a Time


West Babylon Senior High School students joined the global community by reflecting on and showing compassion for those suffering with HIV/AIDS on 2014 World AIDS Day. The auditorium stage became the center for dramatic arts, music and dance as students gave 18 performances to draw attention to this deadly disease that affects 33.4 million people throughout the world.

“We have tried to place the focus of the program on the positive and the accomplishments that have been achieved with this epidemic, as well as the advances that have taken place,” World AIDS Day program advisor Brianne Hyer said.

World AIDS Day was designated by the United Nations as a time for reflection and compassion. This year’s theme, “Getting to Zero,” was translated to the stage through the performances, as well as through student videos and featured artwork. A candle-lighting ceremony kicked off the event to symbolize the eradication of new HIV-related deaths and discrimination, the support of those infected by HIV, strength as a community to fight the disease and equal opportunities for those infected.

As written in the program, “Through education and a commitment to understand each other’s cultures, we hope to play a role, no matter how small, in serving as ambassadors of hope and good will.”


Grade 5 Gym Night

Farewell, Mr. Cacciola

The district bids farewell to Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola, who will step down for purposes of retirement, effective January 10, 2015. In a letter to the Board of Education, Mr. Cacciola said, “The past 38 years have been rewarding and memorable. The friends, colleagues and associates I have come to know are countless and many will always be a part of my life, but I am ready to begin a new chapter.”

Mr. Cacciola is a graduate of West Babylon Senior High School and says he remembers the days when he used to ride his bike to the junior high school prior to having a driver’s license. He accepted his first position in 1976 as custodian for the district in 10th grade, working his way through the department and holding the positions of head custodian, chief custodian, asbestos compliance officer and superintendent of buildings and grounds. He took on the role of school business administrator in 1993, followed by his appointment to assistant to the superintendent for finance, a position he held for five years before becoming assistant superintendent for finance. In 2007, Mr. Cacciola was named the district’s superintendent of schools.  Outside of the district, Mr. Cacciola served as president of the Suffolk County Association of School Business Officials from 2004-2005 and as president-elect of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association in 2014.

Board of Education President Lucy Campasano said it has been a pleasure to watch Mr. Cacciola rise to the position of district superintendent. “He has been a watchdog for West Babylon Schools,” she said. “He always helped guide our finances. We shared a common bond for the students of the district and he will be missed.”

Mr. Cacciola said he leaves the district with a “sense of pride and accomplishment and with rewarding memories and experiences.” He said the district is fiscally sound and students continue to receive a well-rounded education with multiple extracurricular activities. 

“Although I am moving to Florida, I will always call West Babylon my home,” Mr. Cacciola said. “I will never forget the motto ‘Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Mrs. Flynn and Mrs. Angelon's Kindergarten class recreate the first Thanksgiving


District Completes Security Enhancement Project

Working with Intralogic of Massapequa and through BOCES, the district has completed a detailed security enhancement project that includes the installation of 148 additional cameras, magnetic doors, panic buttons and proximity readers (door swipes) throughout the district. The state-of-the-art technology is guaranteed to increase security and assist staff in making the schools safer.

According to building and grounds administrator Ray Graziano, the security enhancement project was part of a six-year strategic plan in which cameras were initially installed in the high school, and then additional cameras in each of the schools every year.

“We were always on the road to expanding camera technology and budgeted to increase the number of cameras each year,” Graziano said. “The tragedy in Sandy Hook was the impetus to complete the strategic plan and increase security even further.”

Stephanie Nocerino, the district’s student data and instructional technology coordinator, explained that the project, which totaled $208,554.50 (the district is fortunate to have a 51.7% BOCES aid ratio), expands the number of internal and external IP and analog cameras throughout the district.

The IP cameras have a higher resolution. This project will also ensure 30 days of information retention and the ability to review tapes. Proximity readers on high school staff badges can now log who enters and exits the building, and this pilot program may be expanded in the future. In adherence to the New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (Project SAVE) legislation, panic buttons can now directly contact the local police precinct, and specific phones can alert a swat team directly if there is an active shooter on campus.   

“It is unfortunate that districts have to go to these lengths,” Nocerino said, “but our students’ and staff’s safety is of the utmost importance.”  

Poetry for Veterans

In honor of Veterans Day, Forest Avenue students participated in a variety of activities to recognize and thank the nation’s veterans. During one such activity, fourth-graders used computers to write diamante poems for veterans, thanking them for preserving the country’s freedoms.

A diamante poem is a diamond-shaped poem that uses nouns on the first and last lines, adjectives on the second and fourth lines and gerunds on the third and fifth lines. A gerund is a nonfinite verb form that functions as a noun and ends in “ing.”

School librarian Andrea Francisco then hand-delivered the packet of poems filled with heartfelt thanks to the veterans residing at the Stony Brook University Veterans Hospital.

Santapogue Collects Stars for Veterans

In celebration of Veterans Day, each Santapogue student and staff member received a large paper star on which to place a photo and write information about a veteran. The result was an impressive Veterans’ Wall of Honor, located in the school’s main hallway. The teachers who are members of the Character Certainly Counts committee sponsored this initiative.

Food Pantry Predictions

Prior to the World Series, Santapogue students lined up to make predictions on who would win, Kansas City or San Francisco. Under the direction of advisor Susan Soldano, the student council collected a non-perishable food item from each student who wanted to make a prediction. Whether or not fans were happy with the outcome of the game, the result was buckets of food for a local food pantry on behalf of the Santapogue community.

Tops in Photography

West Babylon Junior High School and its art department congratulate three student-artists who competed and placed in the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts and the Town of Babylon’s annual BACCA Photography and Sculpture Show. The winners were Jocelyn Hyner (first place), Victoria Hyndman (second and third place) and Kyle Baranovich (honorable mention).

And the Winners Are!

Each year, Forest Avenue students vie for positions on the school’s student council. This year’s winners are Blake Reese (President), Julianna Haab (Vice President), Sophia Kinash (Secretary) and Stephanie Curley (Historian).

The school administration and staff would like to congratulate the winners and the following candidates on their election campaigns for student council.

* Blake Reese
Kory Smith
Gabriel Greengold
Ankitha Vinod

Vice President:
* Julianna Haab
Ismael Villacis
Ashlyn Hernandez
Gino Ippolito

* Sophia Kinash
Maryjane Friedel
Leila Dorsey
Mia Reyes

* Stephanie Curley
Raymond Moore
Alieyana Mclean
Coumba Gueye

Thanksgiving Activities at Santapogue

Fire Prevention Month Winners

We have three fabulous Forest Avenue students who were recognized by the West Babylon Fire Department for writing winning essays for October's Fire Prevention Month. Each student received a beautiful plaque awarding them for their great writing!

Photographed from Right to Left: Fire Chief, Peter McArdle, Brianna Seibert (3rd place), Andrew Collora (2nd place), Blake Reese (1st place) and Principal, Patty Acocella.

Principal’s IXL Math Challenge November

Kindergarten/1st Grade Class Winner
Mrs. Kalinowski (16 hours & 3,554 math problems)

2nd Grade/3rd Grade Class Winner
Mrs. Gottlieb (9 hours & 4,485 math problems)

4th Grade/5th Grade Class Winner
Mr. DeLapi (16 hours & 2,795 math problems)

Kindergarten Top Performers
1st – Hannah Tharakkal (4 hours & 598 math problems)
2nd – Gabriel Ulrich
3rd – Dominick Newell
4th – Christopher McNish
5th – JonCarlo Palacio

1st Grade Top Performers
1st – Saad Syed (4 hours & 1,186 math problems)
2nd – Sara Jakubisiak

2nd Grade Top Performers
1st – Serthan Daldal (4 hours & 463 math problems)
2nd – Erica Huang
3rd – Camila Palacio
4th – Anna Gnup
5th – Isabella Mirasoli

3rd Grade Top Performers
1st – Aaron Agtuca (2 hours & 371 math problems)
2nd – Luis Salazar-Marino
3rd – Jacquiline Fernandez
4th – Timothy McNish
5th – Kaitlyn Zambrana

4th Grade Top Performers
1st – Steven Pereira (11 hours & 1,404 problems)
2nd – Kelly Bianco
3rd – Nico White
4th – Caroline Delacrausaz
5th – Robert Smith

5th Grade Top Performers
1st – Kinza Syed (9 hours & 725 math problems)
2nd – Shirley Huang
3rd – Jaidyn Williams
4th – Anna Napiorkowski
5th – Jolie Felix

Student Council Stands Up to Bullying

Student council members at South Bay are taking a stand against bullying. Twenty-seven fifth-grade members created posters to display in the cafeteria and around the building to promote being an upstander, someone who takes the opportunity to make their community a better place. The students’ efforts were a response to a recent assembly on the topic of bullying and members plan on engaging in activities throughout the school year to prevent bullying at South Bay.

JFK Halloween Slideshow

J.F.K students from Mrs. Milligan's 2nd grade class salute the Veterans


Capital Project Bond Referendum Forums


Community Residents Are Invited to Attend the Following Forums
to Learn More About the Scope of the
Capital Project Bond Referendum
for Vote on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

All Forums Will be Held in Eagle Hall at the
Junior High School, 200 Old Farmingdale Road

SATURDAY, Nov. 8 – 10 A.M.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19 – 7 P.M.
TUESDAY, JAN. 6 – 7 P.M.

Capital Project Bond Referendum Video