Seniors Sign National Letters of Intent

Five high school seniors signed National Letters of Intent to continue their sports on the college level. Signing a National Letter of Intent is one of the highest honors for a high school athlete, and the district congratulates these students on this outstanding accomplishment.

Samantha Apuzzo – Boston College – Lacrosse
Tim Kranz – Stony Brook University – Football
Nicole Magioncalda – SUNY Old Westbury – Softball
Kelsey O’Connor – Florida Southern College – Lacrosse
Samantha Ruic – Winthrop University – Lacrosse

Junior Achievement Visitation Photos

Spaghetti Dinner

A Thank-You Goes a Long Way

First-grade students in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School polished their writing skills by composing thank-you letters to veterans on Veterans Day.  After the students decorated the letters with patriotic symbols, Ms. DeGennaro sent them to the American Legion in West Babylon.  

JFK Halloween Slideshow

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


Capital Project Bond Referendum Presentation


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

Forest Avenue Kids On Parade

On Friday, October 31, our fabulous Forest Avenue K-2 students participated in the Kids On Parade. Our K-2 students proudly paraded around the playground blacktop displaying their amazingly creative costumes for their 3-5 classmates. After the parade, students went back to their classrooms for more fun festivities.

Homecoming Pride Reigns

The soggy, cold weather that cancelled the annual homecoming parade was not able to dampen Eagle spirits during the school district’s annual homecoming Nov. 1.
A fun-filled Friday afternoon pep rally in the high school auditorium kicked off the weekend’s events. New York State School Music Association All-State student Andrew Morrison led the student body in the singing of the national anthem, and NYSSMA All-State student Alexa Lucchesse sang “God Bless America.” Sports teams were introduced to the student body, and students displayed their Eagle pride by dressing in school colors and cheering for their favorite athletes from the bleachers. The cheerleaders and dance team fueled the already-excited crowd with stellar performances, and the band displayed its musical talent with a number of inspirational songs to match the occasion. The highlight of the afternoon, however, was the announcement of the homecoming court, which included Geo Amaya, Alison Barbero, Nico Cuzzi, Nadine Doerbecker, Nick Gilley, Erin Kenney, Nick Leone, Gabriella Nochese, Alexa Pulizzi and Rob Russo.   
The constant downpours and high winds did not stop many community fans from attending the game against Half Hollow Hills High School East. The Eagles toughed it out on the drenched field, but were unable to secure a victory.
The weekend ended on a positive note as students arrived at the homecoming dance in the high school gym. After an evening of dancing and socializing, Nadine Doerbecker was named homecoming queen and Rob Russo was named king.

In Recognition of Their Voluntary Efforts

In celebration of the New York State School Boards Association’s School Board Recognition Week, administrators, teachers and staff, honored the district’s trustees for their voluntary service, commitment and dedication to students during the Oct. 28 Board of Education meeting.

“There are nine individuals who work tirelessly for no salary,” Superintendent of Schools Anthony Cacciola said. “They all work many hours to make sure that the students get the best services they can.”

In appreciation of the trustees’ efforts, New York State School Music Association All-State musicians Andrew Morrison and Alexa Lucchesse vocally performed Robert Schumann’s “Widmung” and Albert Hay Malotte’s “The 23rd Psalm,” respectively, accompanied by grade 9-12 senior high School music teacher Barbara Kelly. Student artwork also decorated the walls for this special occasion.

Halloween - Kids on Parade

Santapogue Pledges to Be Drug-Free

The Santapogue school community pledged to remain drug-free and to display positive character traits after the annual Red Ribbon/Character Counts ceremony.

The PTA and staff decorated the school’s interior and exterior with red ribbons. Dressed in red, students voluntarily pledged to resist drugs and display character both on and off campus. As a culminating activity, the students gathered outside and held banners with words such as citizenship, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness and fairness. The staff and students also decorated the fence with the words “drug free.”



High Note of Achievement for Student-Musicians

The district’s music department is pleased to announce that senior high school students Alexa Lucchesse and Andrew Morrison have been selected by the New York State School Music Association to participate in All-State ensembles at the annual NYSSMA Winter Conference to be held at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, N.Y. from Dec. 4-7.

Thousands of students auditioned for this honor during solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state. Alexa (Alto I) will sing in the All-State Women’s Chorus and Andrew, who plays the French horn, will play in the All-State Wind Ensemble.

The district congratulates Alexa and Andrew on this prestigious recognition as the finest musicians in the state.  

Top Nassau County Student-Musicians

Six West Babylon Senior High School students were selected to participate in the Nassau Music Educators Association All-County Festivals held at the Tilles Center at LIU Post in November. Selection was based upon the student-musicians’ individual New York State School Music Association scores and teacher recommendations, as well as evaluations during solo performances at regional music festivals.

The district congratulates the following students on this outstanding accomplishment:

Alexander Barrett – Tuba – Wind Ensemble
John Glennon – Trumpet 2 – Wind Ensemble
Samantha Lobasso – Alto I – Mixed Choir
Alexa Lucchesse – Alto I – Women’s Choir
John Paul Louis – Bass – Mixed Choir
Andrew Morrison – French horn – Wind Ensemble

Top IXL Math Performers Recognized

Tooker Elementary School students continue to work hard to master math skills using the IXL computer-based math program. Every month, the top five students in each grade level will have their name and photo displayed on the school’s bulletin board and will be recognized during the morning announcements. In addition, the student who logs in the most minutes per grade level will have an opportunity to play a game with Principal Germano. The following are the October winners:  

Kindergarten - 1st place James DeScalzo, 2nd Othaniel Gaxiola, 3rd Matthew Kirton, 4th JonCarlo Palacio, 5th Christopher McNish

First - 1st Sara Coffey, 2nd Avery Lester, 3rd Saad Syed, 4th Anthony Mastrangelo, 5th William Lewis

Second - 1st Erica Huang, 2nd Serhan Daldal, 3rd Camila Palacio, 4th Isabella Mirasoli, 5th Matthew Lottman

Third - 1st Timothy McNish, 2nd Kaitlyn Zambrana, 3rd Aaron Agtuca, 4th Alma Gaxiola, 5th Briana Covello

Fourth - 1st Steven Pereira, 2nd Robert Smith, 3rd Rebecca Vitale, 4th Nico White, 5th Kelly Bianco

Fifth - 1st Ania Napiorkowski, 2nd Lea Portello, 3rd Amy Salazar, 4th Gabriella Devia, 5th Sara Ghabra


Spookley Day at Santapogue

First-grade students at Santapogue celebrated Spookley Day. After listening to a read-aloud of “The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin” by Joe Troiano, the students made their own square pumpkins based on the popular story about a square pumpkin that is made fun of until he saves the lives of others in the pumpkin patch during a storm.

The students covered square tissue boxes with strips of orange paper and then decorated their Spookley characters. This lesson was a perfect way to integrate literature, math and art and to discuss character and accepting differences.


District Implements New Math Modules Program

The district has adopted Math Modules, a new Common Core-aligned mathematics program that will prepare students for the higher demands of college. Math Module lessons for grades K-5 provide teachers with the opportunity to concentrate on a more focused set and sequencing of major math concepts and skills, and allows students to master these skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next. Math concepts are taught in a sequence of crafted modules to produce mastery of the subject matter.  

Christine Tona, executive director for curriculum and instruction, said, “We want to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills they need to be successful.”

In a fourth-grade math lesson, South Bay Elementary School teacher Terrance Egan’s students first reviewed whether certain large numbers were greater than or less than other numbers. When he was sure that the class had mastered the concept, Egan introduced a new concept on the white board, adding and subtracting large numbers to arrive at the precise answer and rounding the numbers to achieve the estimated answer. This lesson utilized previous concepts about place value and estimation. Students were invited to solve the problems on the white board while classmates simultaneously solved the problems in their workbooks. There was also much class discussion about the “givens” in the math problems, encouraging the students to draw from previously learned mathematical concepts.
Math Module Parent Guides have been provided on the district’s website to help parents assist their children with math homework difficulties. The guides break down the math lessons into modules and lesson numbers and provide sample problems and solutions.

On Oct. 6, 100 parents were in attendance for the first of three Math Module workshops to teach parents strategies for helping their children with homework and to ask questions about the program. Two more workshops are scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 6, 7-8 p.m., at JFK Elementary School, and Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7-8 p.m., at Santapogue Elementary School.

It’s Green Day

Kindergarten students at Santapogue have been learning to identify colors by reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by popular authors and illustrators Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle. In this landmark book, the narrator asks various animals what they see, with the response being a red bird, yellow duck, blue horse, purple cat and so on. The text is designed to assist youngsters in associating colors and meanings with objects.

During a culminating activity, the kindergarten students celebrated “green day” and dressed in green clothing.

Students Visit School Pumpkin Patch

Santapogue Elementary School kindergarten students discovered pumpkins sitting inside their school courtyard, and used the bright orange gourds for science lessons. This fall, they learned about the properties of pumpkins by studying the importance of their vines, the lines of longitude on their exteriors and the squishy pulp inside.


Chiquitucto Receives Technology Award

Alison Chiquitucto, a kindergarten teacher at South Bay Elementary and proponent of innovative instructional technology, is one of two recipients of the 2014 Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation in Technology Award, presented at the Long Island Technology and Education Summit on Oct. 21 at the Huntington Hilton. This award designates Chiquitucto as a “technology trailblazer” in the classroom.

Chiquitucto is a member of the district’s Technology Committee, for which she brings her research-based expertise to the table. In the classroom, she uses tablets to help her students learn vocabulary, uses Xbox for a fitness break, and uses Chromebooks to increase reading and math skills through educational websites.

The district congratulates Chiquitucto on this prestigious honor and wishes her much success in her educational career.

Summer Math and Reading Stars

Forest Avenue Elementary School students in grades K-5 proudly hold their certificates of participation for completing all of the requirements of their Summer Math and Reading Program assignments. The district congratulates these students on this outstanding academic accomplishment.

Fire Prevention Essay Winners

Each year, South Bay Elementary School fifth-grade students enter the West Babylon Fire Department’s essay contest in observation of Fire Prevention Week.

This year’s winners are: Kaia DiVisconti, first place; Mia Kinayman, second place; and Richard Molinelli, third place.

The district congratulates these students on this outstanding accomplishment.

Fall Festival Slideshow

Off to School on Foot

West Babylon students and parents put on their sneakers and took to the local sidewalks in celebration of International Walk to School Day on Oct. 8.

As the students approached the front doors of their schools, they were greeted by their principals and congratulated for making the healthy choice to walk instead of being driven. When asked about their walk to school, many students expressed pleasure in sharing their commute with friends, parents and relatives. Many of the parents referenced the environmental benefits of having fewer cars on the road and the health benefits of walking as opposed to driving. Overall, the  majority of students declared that the event was fun and an excellent way to start the day.

Partnership for a Walkable America established Walk to School Day 16 years ago as a one-time event aimed at creating awareness about the need for more walkable communities. Today, the event involves more than 40 countries and has become part of a movement for safe routes to school and healthier lifestyles.