Award-Winning Poster Design

Last school year, Junior High School student Kyra Duke placed first in the Suffolk County chapter of the New York Association for Pupil Transportation’s poster contest.

Duke’s winning poster was entered into the New York State School Bus Safety Poster Contest in Albany this past June. Junior High School art teacher Jennifer Tomeo recently learned that Duke’s poster won third place in the state level competition.

The contest is open to all public school students in New York State and prizes are awarded in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and special education. The transportation contest theme for 2016 was #STOPONRED.

Artists on Display

During October, the Junior High School Studio in Art students will be exhibited at the West Babylon Public Library. This month’s theme is fall harvest. Under the direction of art teacher Jennifer Tomeo, this project focused on observational drawing skills with a concentration on color, value, shape and texture. Congratulations to our talented young artists.

International Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 South Bay School participated in the annual International Walk To School Day. The even was facilitated by Mrs. Kara Levy, South Bay Library Media Specialist, who encouraged South Bay families to walk to school as a means of improving fitness, saving resources, and having fun! Each child who walked to school received a sticker and a reward. Thank you to Mrs. Levy and to all the South Bay families who came out for Walk To School Day!

School Lunch Recognition Week

October 10-14 was School Lunch Recognition Week and Tooker Avenue Student Council recognized the hard work of the cafeteria staff. Members of the fourth and fifth grade Student Council made thank you signs and presented certificates of appreciation to Traci Piazza, Tracy Salamone and Gail Coons for all they do to provide tasty lunches for the students.

Lots of Fun Had by All at the J.F.K. Annual Fall Festival

Eighth-Graders Use Science to Solve Crimes

During their science classes, eighth-graders from the Junior High School completed a crime scene measurement activity to end their unit on measurement and the scientific method. Students measured the items left behind at mock crime scenes and made inferences as to the type of crime that occurred.  

Enjoying Fruits of Their Labor


There are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables coming right from the Junior High School. The school’s Garden Club grows and maintains an organic vegetable garden every year.

The club takes care of 16 raised beds where they grow tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, corn, eggplant, various beans, peppers, squash, blackberries, raspberries, onions, garlic, herbs and sunflowers. The Garden Club planted most of the vegetables in the spring and members came to school once a week over the summer to harvest the vegetables, weed and maintain the raised beds. Most of the produce from their garden is donated to the local food pantry and students also get to take fresh vegetables home.

Forest Avenue Walk To School Day

On Wednesday, October 5th, Forest Avenue School put its best feet forward in honor of Walk to School Day. Escorted by the police & Principal Acocella, our fabulous Forest Avenue families, teachers & staff walked to school to start our day off with a healthy dose of exercise and fun!

September's Character Certainly Counts Students Recognized

Every month, Forest Avenue recognizes a star student from every classroom for exemplifying the character trait of the month. For the month of September, the character trait of the month was responsibility. Congratulations to our September's Character Certainly Counts students!

Celebrating Day of Peace

Junior High School students in Caitlin Alfano’s art class designed and decorated pinwheels for peace. In celebration of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, students and staff at the Junior High School wore white or peace signs to show their unity.

Santapogue Students Remember 9/11

In remembrance of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the fifth-grade classes at Santapogue participated in several learning stations. The students rotated through three classrooms to engage in a historical social studies lesson, a read aloud, an artistic project and the writing of a personal pledge from the movement of a good deed they could do to honor 9/11. The students’ work is now on display in the fifth-grade hall.

Tooker Avenue Goes Gold

Tooker Avenue has been recognized as a gold partner for the 2016-2017 school year by Junior Achievement of New York due to its high level of participation in Junior Achievement’s programs.

Junior Achievement of New York is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which provides students with work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education. Its mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Having gold partner status means Tooker Avenue will be provided with customized programming opportunities and high-quality programs that match students’ needs and empower their economic success.

Staying Mindful

South Bay psychologist Laure Loughlin, along with fifth-graders Camila, Cassidy and Alejandra. The students participated in an after-school Mindfulness Workshop with Ms. Loughlin and created "mindful jars." The concept of the mindful jar comes from the book "Moody Cow Meditates" by Kerry Lee MacLean. The colorful glitter in the jar represents a person's angry thoughts. When the jar is shaken, the glitter "swirls around like crazy in the jar," just as our thoughts do when we are angry. But, then the glitter slows down and gradually settles to the bottom of the jar, just as our
minds do when we take deep breaths to recover from being angry. The girls intend to use their mindful jars, as well as other mindfulness techniques they learned from Ms. Loughlin, to help them stay calm and focused during stressful times.

Learning ‘Moves’ Ahead

For the second year, the fifth grade at South Bay is departmentalized – which means that the students move among three classrooms and teachers for writing, reading and mathematics instruction each day. Changing classes in fifth grade helps to prepare the students for their future experiences in junior high and high school. The students learn how to be organized and well-prepared, since there are no lockers to stow books and materials. Each students begins the day in their homeroom class followed by three 55 minute instructional periods. Additional instruction is provided by the homeroom teachers in the afternoon. Feedback from teachers, parents and students has been exceedingly positive.

IXL Math Celebration

South Bay students who met the district's optional 2016 Summer Reading/Summer Math criteria of reading at least 10 books and completing at least 300 minutes of IXL Math practice participated in a celebration on Sept. 17. The students shared their thoughts about many of the books they read and talked about the math skills in which they now feel more confident, after practicing them during the summer. (Not pictured are AmandaRose and Brian, who also met the criteria and were presented with a certificate.) All the children's names are displayed in the school lobby. We are proud of their efforts!

All-National, All-State Honors for Musicians

One Senior High School student-musician has been chosen by the National Association for Music Education as an All-National participant and five others have been selected for the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Conference.

Nicole Rinaudo Concessi will perform with the All-National Choir from Nov. 10-13 in Grapevine, Texas. The NAfME All-National Honor Ensembles represent the top performing high school musicians in the United States. 

Mary Grace Seward (treble choir) was selected for inclusion in the All-State Conference along with alternates Jason Arthur (mixed choir), Trent Boock (mixed choir), Matthew Desrosiers (concert band) and Matthew Lightsey (mixed choir).

The student-musicians will perform in the NYSSMA All-State Conference from Dec. 1-4 in Rochester, New York. They were chosen among thousands of student-musicians who auditioned at solo and ensemble festivals throughout the state.

New Junior High AP Appointed

Jessica Yawney has been appointed as assistant principal of West Babylon Junior High School, effective August 8.

Since 2008, Ms. Yawney has served as a college and career counselor and a school counselor in the Deer Park School District. She began working as an administrative intern in the Deer Park School District in August 2015.

Ms. Yawney holds a Masters of Education degree in psychological counseling, school and mental health counseling from Columbia University. She also earned a certification in school building leadership and school district leadership from the College of Saint Rose.  

Forest Avenue School Pledges for Peace on International Pinwheels for Peace Day


In honor of International Pinwheels for Peace Day our fabulous Forest Avenue School joined in the Pinwheels for Peace Project. Each year this project strives to create a global, uniform visual public statement about peace. With their pinwheels raised high, our students and staff sang the “Kids’ Peace Song” as they pledged to be active participants in making our world a more peaceful place.

Kindergarten Open House 2016


Kindness Assembly

Students at Santapogue celebrated International Day of Peace on Sept. 21 with an assembly sponsored by the PTA. The “Kindness” assembly featured acts of kindness, following the Golden Rule and making intentional choices every day to help others. Students’ essays and stories were also woven into the show.

School Safety and Security 9/22/16


Suffolk County Police Officer Osias Presents Internet Safety at Forest Avenue

Suffolk County Police Officer Osias visited Forest Avenue to discuss the utmost importance of Internet Safety. Students learned that it is their responsibility to be good digital citizens while travelling on the Internet Highway. Students walked away with strategies and tips on how to stay safe while using their electronic devices, which include their computers, tablets, cell phones, and console gaming systems.

Forest Avenue's 5th Grade Teams Up With the Town of Babylon's Hope for Youth Program


In collaboration with The Town of Babylon, Forest Avenue's 5th graders are participating in the Hope for Youth's "Too Good for Drugs" program. This wonderful, age-appropriate program focuses on building students' social and emotional skills. Over the course of the Ten-Week program, the goal is to provide students with strategies for making healthy choices, building positive friendships, communicating effectively, and resisting peer pressure.

Fabulous Forest Avenue Students Recognized for Completing 2016 Summer Math & Reading Assignments

On behalf of Forest Avenue, Principal Acocella recognized the K-5 students who completed the 2016 Summer Math & Reading Assignments. While enjoying their summer, these fabulous students made time to practice their math and reading. We are so very proud of them!

Mystery Reader

Two mystery readers visited Ann Lauricella¹s first grade class on Sept. 20. Throughout the year, the class has mystery readers come in and share a story with the students.

The Hunt for the Gingerbread Man

Kindergarten students in Carolyn Bogart’s class at Forest Avenue started their first week of school with a hunt for a storybook character.

On the first day of school, the kindergarten class read “The Gingerbread Man.” After reading the book to the class, Ms. Bogart showed them the gingerbread man cookie. Somehow during lunch that day, the gingerbread man “escaped” the room and the students spent the next few days looking for him all around the school.

Ms. Bogart used the activity to give the kindergartners a tour of the school, stopping at the nurses office, main office and other areas to ask staff member if they saw the gingerbread man. Finally, during their library period, the students were able to locate the gingerbread man in the library.

JFK named School of the Year by Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement of New York has selected John F. Kennedy Elementary School as Elementary School of the Year for fall 2016.

Junior Achievement of New York is the local affiliate of Junior Achievement USA, which provides students with work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy education. Its mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Staff members at JFK work with volunteers at Junior Achievement of New York, offering hands-on programs that enable students to develop economic skills.

Back to the Books


Students and faculty started off the new school year on Sept. 6. Here’s a look at some of the happenings during the first days of school.


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Getting ‘greener’


The Senior High School has a new greenhouse, thanks to the hard work and dedication of one of its students. Christina Capobianco has been working on her Girl Scout Gold Star project – building a greenhouse – for the past two years. Aside from the work of planning, designing and construction of the greenhouse, Capobianco also set out to raise enough money to make her project a reality.
In the final days of August before the start of the new school year, Capobianco, along with her family and student and local business volunteers, completed the greenhouse. Many of the materials for the project were donated by local businesses.
The greenhouse is located across from the Senior High School’s courtyard. Students and staff are now working to raise money and gather supplies to have the greenhouse operational by spring. The school plans to grow vegetables that the school kitchen could potentially use. Family and consumer science classes have also expressed an interest in growing various plants.

Additionally, the greenhouse will be used to grow flowers for the holiday seasons as well as award ceremonies. Classes, such biology, can use the greenhouse for experiments as well.

Mrs. Bogart's Kindergarten Finds its Gingerbread Man

Back to School


Students and staff ushered in the 2016-2017 school year on Sept. 6. Click here to see a slideshow of photos from around the district during the first week of school.


Forest Avenue Students Are Off to a Great Year

This week our fabulous Forest Avenue students were warmly welcomed by both new and old friends. We are off to a wonderful start and looking forward to great year!

Welcome Back, West Babylon!


I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable summer! I look forward to seeing our entire West Babylon school community on Sept. 6. To get excited for the 2016-17 school year, please enjoy this edition of WBTV! - Dr. Farrelly


Former Assistant Principal Takes Helm at Santapogue

Jennifer Carere has been named principal of Santapogue Elementary School, effective Aug. 1.

Carere has been a part of the district for more than 16 years, previously serving as assistant principal of the Junior High School since 2011. Prior to that, she was the district’s K-8 social studies coordinator and team leader from 2009-2011 and a seventh and eighth grade social studies teacher from 2000-2009.

Carere holds a masters degree in arts and liberal science from Stony Brook University. She also earned an advanced administrative professional certification from Dowling College.  


On Tuesday August 23rd, the Santapogue children had the opportunity to meet Jennifer Carere their new principal. This special Meet and Greet was hosted by Santapogue's PTA, which provided ice cream for the children as part of the celebration. Mrs. Carere gave each child a welcome bag to mark the occasion.

Welcome Jennifer Carere!