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SEL Family Reflection Night 6/18

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Sixth Grade Trip to the Library

VIDEO: 2019 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

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Eighth Grade Dance

May Points of Pride

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Forest Avenue’s Makerspace

Forest Avenue’s Makerspace

Forest Avenue Elementary School has busy this year with its Makerspace “field days” in the school’s library. Check out some of the fun activities the students are doing with librarian Andrea Francisco.

 

STEM Field Trip

Grade 5 Boat Trip

Parachute Lab

At the Junior High School, Mr. DeLapi climbs to new heights to help his students practice the scientific method during a parachute lab.

VIDEO: Night at the Arts at Santapogue

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Check out the student artists and musicians showing off their skills at Santapogue in May.

Spirit Week

Girls Relay Team Finished Second in NYS

Girls Relay Team Finished Second in NYS
Girls Relay Team Finished Second in NYS
Girls Relay Team Finished Second in NYS
Girls Relay Team Finished Second in NYS
The West Babylon girls track team competed in the New York State Track Championships. The girls 4 x 400m relay team consisting of Nadja Ashley, Jessie Boos, Jenna D’Onofrio, and Ja’Len DeFilippis represented West Babylon in outstanding fashion at the championships. The 4 x 400 placed second in the state out of all public schools. In the Federation race (public, city and Catholic schools combined), the team finished third overall. Also representing West Babylon in the 200m dash was Nadja Ashley. Nadja finished sixth overall in public schools in the event. This earned her All-State honors.

Rotary Award Winner

Rotary Award Winner
Congratulations to Delal Dilek for being a recipient of the Ferdinand Gutmann Scholarship Award from the Babylon Rotary Club for $2000. Delal is very active in the string program, National Honor Society, Science Olympiad and numerous other school activities while achieving academic excellence.  

Field Day

Check out the students at Forest Avenue enjoying the beautiful weather during field day.

Camp Invention Flyer

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Girls Track Accolades

Girls Track Accolades
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Members of the girls varsity track team will be competing in the state finals this weekend in Middletown, New York. Congratulations and good luck the following student-athletes: Nadja Ashley (100m and 200m dash) and the county champion 4x400m relay team – Jenna D’Onofrio, Jessie Boos, Ja’Len DeFilippis, Nadja Ashley (Shannon Heiber and Natalie Haab – alternates).

The following student-athletes received All-County honors: Nadja Ashley (200m); Jenna D’Onofrio (800m); Alexandra Trischetti (high jump); Ja’Len DeFilippis (400 hurdles); and 4x400 relay team (D’Onofrio, Boos, DeFilippis, and Ashley). 

In addition, the West Babylon girls track team was named the Sportsmanship Team of the Year by the Section XI track officials. 

Tooker Avenue Field Day

Change in 2019 End of Year Calendar

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Boys Track Pair Head to States

Boys Track Pair Head to States
The Eagles boys varsity track team were well represented at this year’s State Qualifier Meet.  To compete in this meet athletes need to be ranked in the top 24 in Suffolk County.  To reach the finals, an athlete would have to have a top eight time in the competition.  Matt Volz not only competed but qualified for the finals in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Kyle Adams also qualified for the finals in the 400 meters.  

Volz placed second in the 100 meter dash and earned a trip to the New York State Championship in Middletown, New York. High jumper Marcus Daley cleared 6 feet 2 inches to earn a place to the Championship Meet.  Volz also placed second in the 200 meter dash.  

Career Day

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The SHS held its fifth annual career fair in the small gym. More than 20 careers were represented, ranging from law enforcement, government and politics, medicine, law, military, engineering and real estate. Approximately 250 students, mainly 11th and 12th graders, attended the career fair where they had the opportunity to learn about these careers through small group sessions. The career fair was organized and coordinated by business education teacher and work co-op coordinator Colleen Kilgus.




Successful Readers Earn Ticket to Six Flags

Successful Readers Earn Ticket to Six Flags
Students in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School recently participated in the Six Flags Read to Succeed program. The students read for six hours and completed a reading log. They each earned a certificate as well as a free ticket to Six Flags for the summer. 

Tooker Books Keep Readers Guessing

Tooker Books Keep Readers Guessing
Second graders in Mrs. Ayerle’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School recently published their own book “What Am I?” The students chose an animal and wrote in the form of an ellipse. Students wrote and illustrated detailed descriptions without giving away the name of their animal. Readers used the clues provided to guess what animal was being described.

Honoring our Soldiers

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During Memorial Day weekend,, the West Babylon Senior High School staff, students, alum, friends, and family gathered at Pinelawn National Cemetery to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. 

BOCES Honors

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Congratulations to Scott Payne, the district's Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, who was recently honored by Western Suffolk BOCES School Librarians Association as Administrator of the Year.

SHS Student Earns EMT Certification

SHS Student Earns EMT Certification
Senior High School student Alejandra Alvarado has achieved certification as a New York State emergency medical technician/certified first responder. EMTs are first responders in the event of medical emergencies.  Alejandra has been a volunteer junior firefighter with the West Babylon Fire Department and has been an officer for the last two years. The primary function of a junior firefighter is to train with experienced firefighters and to assist at fire scenes within their response area. She is pictured with Dr. Stephanie Thomas, Senior High School school counselor (left) and Senior High School Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo.

Family Night of Code 2019

Family Night of Code 2019
Students were taught the importance of learning Computer Science.

Learning the fundamentals of coding encourages children to learn skills that will allow them to 
excel in many other subject areas.

West Babylon's 3rd Annual Family Code Night was a big success!  

Budget Approved/Presupuesto Aprobado

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Budget Approved/Presupuesto Aprobado
Yes (Si) 933
No 489
 
Board of Education Election/Elecciones de la Junta de Educacion:
*Chris Paolillo – 802
*Peter Scarlatos  – 683
*Diane Klein  – 931
Kelly Hamblin – 602
Dennis Kranz – 616


*Elected (fideicomisarios electos)

Student-Actors Nominated for Rees Awards

Student-Actors Nominated for Rees Awards
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Two Senior High School students have been chosen for the Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance in Musical Theater. For their performance in “Little Shop of Horrors,” Jenna Halvorsen (Audrey) and Ryan Lewis (Seymour) were picked for the top 50 students in New York State to move onto the preliminary round as best actor and best actress nominees. This is the fifth year in a row that West Babylon students have been chosen to be in the top 50. The two West Babylon students attended a master class in New York City with industry professionals on May 19, followed by a Facebook Live showcase on the Roger Rees Awards page. 

Update: Our students joined 48 other semifinalists in this regional competition. The students had vocal and dramatic coachings from industry professionals and learned new routines for the ceremony. Although neither student won the competition, Jenna Halvorsen made it to the final – one of only six females in the state!

Springing into STEM

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Spring STEM activities in kindergarten are in full bloom at John F. Kennedy Elementary School. The kindergarten students created nests to keep their chicks safe. The students then made predictions as to how far the bunny would stretch. 

The Circus Came to Town

Mathematics Tournament by the Sea

Night of Code

Night of Code

2019 Spring NYSSMA

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The music department acknowledges the following students for their participation in the 2019 spring NYSSMA festivals. NYSSMA is a state-wide organization that hosts solo and ensemble festivals each spring for participating school districts. Students prepare a piece of music that is appropriate to their performance level, and are evaluated by an adjudicator who gives feedback on their performance and offers suggestions to improve their musical skills. Congratulations to all students: Scarlett Adames; Jonathan Amato; Clare Berrin; Anthony Bornn; Carissa Brock; Ryan Brown; Saxton Camp; Briana Campos; Aidan Carberry; Megan Carbone; Kayla Casazza; Matthew Cella; Faica Cherenfant; Sarah Coffey; Julie Cooke; Julian Cruz; Darren Del Orfano; Caroline Delacrausaz; Mackenzie DeRosa; Jaidyn DeRosa; Alyssa DeScalzo; Mikayla Desrochers; Sophia DiCiero; Evan Dunford; Sara Dunford; Veronica Fedoryshyn; Erin Fider; Mariana Figueroa; Anthony Fitzgerald; Katie Friedman; Samuel Garvey; Eloise Garvey; Kathleen Gennings; Lily Giambalvo; Grace Gobel; Nolan Graham; Ethan Greengold; Lucas Greengold; Sophie Greer; Jenna Halvorsen; Gabriel Hernandez; Emma Hooton; William Horowitz; Zachary Housner; Christopher Izzo; Julia Jakubisiak; Sara Jakubisiak; Justin Jastrzebski; Melanie Jastrzebski; Kameron Karim; Olivia Krulish; Lindsey Kutchens; Sasha Laikin; Aislinn Lampasso; Erin Lewis; Ryan Lewis; Xiang Xi Lin; Leah Livolsi; Jessica Martino; Anthony Mastrangelo; Irene Mejia-Castillo; Angelica Merendino; George Miaris; Dheera Misra; Madelyn Moore; Raymond Moore; Elizabeth Mulle; Kirra Murphy; Brooke-Lynn Murray; Daniel Nguyen; Ryan O'Sullivan; Magdalena Obrycki; Zuzana Obrycki; Michael Palazzolo; Olivia Price; Jaysen Reyes; Grace Rossi; Serena Schmitt; Scott Shepherd; Ella Simonson; Owen Trounson; Kyra Walter; Jason White; Clifford William; Natalia Wojciechowski; Robert Woodward; and Kaitlyn Zambrana.

Seven Senior Student-Athletes Commit to College Sports

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Seven student-athletes from West Babylon Senior High School committed to playing their sports in college this coming fall during a national letter of intent signing in the board of education room.

Joined by administrators, coaches and family members, the students put pen to paper as they move to the collegiate level in September. The district congratulates the following students: Nadja Ashley, track, Stony Brook University; Jessica Boos, track, Loyola University Maryland; Alex Brodmerkel, track, SUNY Cortland; Alexa Liles, track, SUNY Farmingdale; Alyssa Macaluso, cheerleading, Suffolk County Community College; Danielle Savino, softball, SUNY Purchase; and Matthew Volz, soccer, College of Holy Cross.



A Passion for Recycling at JFK

A Passion for Recycling at JFK
The plastic bottle recycling program at John F. Kennedy Elementary School is in its sixth year and continues to be a success. Supervised by fourth grade teacher Craig Amarando, the program provides an educational approach aimed at increasing the number of plastic bottles that are recycled on school grounds while also creating opportunities to provide students, teachers and staff with the knowledge and the passion to recycle at home and school.

STEM Learning Goes Solar

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Sixth and seventh grade students at the Junior High School are learning about solar energy. As part of their STEM program, the students recently were tasked with making their own solar ovens. After learning about solar energy and radiation, the students designed and constructed the ovens.



Ecosystems

The students in Mrs. Forsythe's (Mrs. Gendron's) fifth grade class at Tooker Avenue have been learning about matter in ecosystems. This lesson was a hands-on experiments about the relationship between predator and prey.

Student-Photographer’s Work at Heckscher

Student-Photographer’s Work at Heckscher photo
Albert Zinser, an advanced photography student at the Senior High School, had his submission chosen for exhibit in Long Island’s Best 2019 art exhibit. Albert’s “Calm Before the Storm” was one of 80 works chosen from 359 entries. His photography will remain on display at the Heckscher Museum of Art until May 19. 

LEARN Trip

On May 2, students took a trip to the LEARN Center. Students learned about driving heavy equipment such as excavators, front end loaders, and bulldozers as well as learning about the opportunity to attend school there after high school.

Students Join in Recognizing Autism Awareness

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In recognition of Autism Awareness Month in April, students in Mr. Bellino’s seventh grade technology class at the Junior High School designed, cut out and painted beautiful wooden puzzle pieces, the symbol for autism. Teachers Ms. Asher and Mrs. Vento created a display in Eagle’s Landing to showcase the students’ hard work and support a great cause. 

Fire Island Trip

Second Grade trip to Fire Island to explore the seashore and learn the history of Fire Island.

Zone Awards

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Congratulations, Katiemae Murray and Zackary Sirel for being selected as recipients of the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award. JFK is very proud of you!

Inductees Welcomed into Business and Technical Honor Societies

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Thirty Senior High School students were inducted into the New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society on April 10. 

In order to qualify, students need to maintain an overall 80 grade point average and 88 business or technology education grade point average, as well as demonstrate character, leadership and service in the classroom and in extracurricular activities.

The district congratulates the following New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society inductees: Cory Barrera, Trevor Blando, Ivan Cabrera, Christina Devivo, Chris Dragotta, Nico Ippolito, Olivia Krulish, Megen Lee, Michael Lovett, Daniel Lucas, Conor McLoughlin, Shane Mulieri, Matt Quinlan, David Rakowski, Luke Rinaudo-Concessi, Carina Rowland, Kylee Suter, Kacper Tworogowski and Dominic Verdi. 

The district congratulates the following National Technical Honor Society  Inductees: James Carbone, Thomas Chauvin, John Evola, Ryan Goss, Charles Grahofke, Ceyhun Ozel, Connor Petroski, Anthony Sesack, Hayden Weiber, Emma Weis and Alexa Winkler. 

Suffolk Zone Award for Physical Education

Congratulations! Hayden Russo and Dylan Cousins were nominated for the Suffolk Zone Award for Physical Education

VIDEO: Blue and Gold 2019

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Did you miss this year’s Blue and Gold? Check out some highlights from the yearly tradition here.

Tooker Parent vs Teachers Volleyball Game

Cultural Arts Assembly at Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue students and staff enjoyed a Cultural Arts Assembly

Flashlight Fridays

At Forest Avenue, students in Ms. Desz and Mrs. Graziosa's second grade classes enjoying reading by flashlight on Fridays.

Tooker Students Get Slimy During Dr. Seuss Lesson

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Students in Mrs. Mele-Bova's class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School recently created oobleck as part of their lesson on Dr. Seuss after reading “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.” The students followed step by step directions to create their own slimy concoctions. 
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