Special Meeting Public Notice - August 31, 2016


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!

School Starts Sept. 6

See you then!

Water Testing Results Letter


Board Honors Track Stars

Varsity track stars Brittany Korsah (left) and Nadja Ashley were recently honored by members of the Board of Education with certificates of achievement for their athletic accomplishments this school year.

As part of the 4x400 meter relay team, they were named state champions and broke the Suffolk County record.  Brittany also qualified for the state championship in the 200 meter dash, placing fourth in the state and fourth in the federation.

All-Long Island Honors for Girls Track

Members of the girls varsity track members have been named All-Long Island Athletes for the spring track and field season. Brittany Korsah has been named to the first team for the 200-meter, and Paige Keefer has been chosen to the second team for the 400-meter.

Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins and Keefer were selected for the first team for the 4x400 meter relay and Korsah, Myaysa Evans, Grace Glennon and Dana Beggins were chosen for the second team sprint medley.

Representatives from the Nassau and Suffolk County Track Coaches Associations, NSCHSSA, and USATF Long Island selected the All-Long Island Athletes for the spring track and field season. Performances throughout the season were analyzed, debated and discussed with an emphasis placed on achievements from championship meets.  

Bond Referendum at Work – July 2016

Construction work has been steadily progressing this summer throughout the district, as upgrades continue from the bond referendum approved by West Babylon voters in January 2015.

The second phase of floor tile replacements is underway at both John F. Kennedy Elementary School and the junior high school. The abatement of lead ceramic tiles in cafeteria B at the junior high is also continuing.

Also at the junior high, much work is taking place outside including the replacement of sidewalks, curbing and the parking lot.

Work is ongoing at the high school to upgrade its athletic facilities, both inside and out. A new floor is being installed this summer in the main gymnasium. Outside, the site is being prepared for a new multi-purpose synthetic turf field.

Browse the photographs to see some of the progress being made.

Sneak Peek of Summer Programs

Sixth-graders at the Junior High School got a preview of summer reading books, prizes and programs when they were visited by local librarians. Librarians Carisse Bormann and Nicole Peters of the West Babylon Public Library spoke with students during their visit and donated prizes in an effort to motivate the sixth-graders to read over the summer.  

Summer Involvement

Junior High School students recently learned about opportunities offered by the West Babylon Youth Center during a visit from the center’s sports coordinator Tony Sacco. Mr. Sacco encouraged and motivated sixth-graders to take advantage of the youth programs, camps and even future employment opportunities at the center. He also stressed the core values of respect, responsibility and sportsmanship taught through his programs. Sports counselors Kate Casey and Lynn Smolen inspired students and gave away T-shirts as prizes to those who correctly answered trivia questions.

Senior Awards Night


Graduating seniors were recognized and honored with scholarships and awards for their academic achievements during the school’s annual Senior Awards Night on June 8.

Seniors received more than $127,000 in scholarships money and awards from members of the West Babylon community. In addition, seniors received scholarships from organizations outside the West Babylon community, totaling an additional $18,000.

JFK Authors Complete Series


After spending much of the school year working on their fictional writing, JFK students in Lisa DeGennaro’s class created their “cereal boxes” to house their fictional series. They covered their boxes with the title of the series, the sides listed characters or had pictures and the other side listed titles in their series. The students will also be sharing their completed writing with their first-grade peers.

Class of 2016 Graduates


More than 300 students comprising the district’s Class of 2016 closed the final chapter in their academic careers during the commencement exercise held on the Junior High School field on the evening of June 24.

Senior class president Jennifer Melfi welcomed guests to the ceremony prior to speeches delivered by salutatorian Lindsey Del Prete and valedictorian Alexander Barrett. Both speakers touched on some of the highlights of their years in West Babylon, including teachers, administrators and peers who made difference in their high school experience. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly told the audience how proud she was to watch, cheer on and read about all of the Class of 2016’s amazing accomplishments.

For more information on the Class of 2016, look for the summer edition of the district’s newsletter.

Yoga Classes

South Bay School grades 3 and 4 recently participated in a group yoga class, sponsored by PTA Cultural Arts, and facilitated by Mrs. Heather Simonson, a South Bay parent and certified yoga instructor. All students at South Bay participated in a yoga class during the month of June 2016.

Security Guard Honored

South Bay School security guard, Alfred Frank, Sr., was presented with banner signed by all the children of South Bay School to commemorate his retirement from the district. Al was also honored at a South Bay School staff breakfast on June 24th, to thank him for his service.

West Babylon High School Ceremony 2016 Slideshow

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Mrs. Febbraro's and Mrs. Paparella's Literacy Celebration on 6/23/16

The Golden Ticket

Six sixth-grade JHS students won Six Flags Great Adventure tickets after participating in the Read for Success Program. They logged more than six hours of reading in a two-month period. Each participant also received a new fiction book from school librarian Alice Robinson. Shown here are (from left): Emily Villarreal, Jean Santos, librarian Alice Robinson and Cristian Espita. Not pictured: Elijah Attis, Berkant Kilincarslan and Briana Reyes.

Dolls Offer a Lesson in History

Fifth-grade girls at South Bay learned about growing up in the 1700s during an American Girl doll-themed after-school special program on May 6.

Facilitated by South Bay school psychologist Laure Loughlin, the event began with a movie about a young girl, Felicity, growing up in the 1700s, when the movement toward breaking away from British rule was growing. The students learned about loyalty, independence and the taxes on tea.

They also enjoyed a tea party and spoke about the clothing styles during this time period, which Ms. Loughlin learned from a historian at an American Girl event in New York City. The fifth-graders were also able to see period carriages, beds, nightstands and accessories, as well as a dining table and different tea sets.