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Student-Artist Awarded Scholarship

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Senior High School student Paulina Trzonkowska received the Renzo S. Bianchi Scholarship award for her artwork “I Love My Phone” that was selected as one of Long Island’s Best from the Heckscher Museum of Art.
Paulina received her award at the opening reception on March 18. The show was on view from March 11 through April 9.

Notice: Budget Presentation

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Notice: Budget Hearing

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Donation Helps Build Library Resources

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On March 23, two representatives from the Archaeological American Institute/Long Island Society presented the Junior High School’s librarian Alice Robinson with a $500 check to buy archaeology books and resources for the students.


Student Stranger Incident

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2017-2018 Budget Presentation

2017-2018 Budget Presentation
April 25 @ 6:00 PM
Board Room-Administration Building

2017-2018 Budget Hearing

2017-2018 Budget Hearing
May 2 @ 7:00 PM
Board Room-Administration Building

Going Bananas

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As part of a STEM enrichment group activity, students at South Bay conducted a hands-on science experiment with bananas. Students learned about the chemical processes of bananas that make them brown. They created banana “tattoos” to see the chemical process in action and had fun expressing their creative sides.

‘Grease’ Performance Lights Up the Stage

‘Grease’ Performance Lights Up the Stage Photo

The Senior High School music department recently produced and performed two successful shows of the musical “Grease” to audiences.

Led by Matthew Lightsey as Danny Zuko and Nikki Rinaudo-Concessi as Sandy Dumbrowski, the shows were directed by Music Chairperson Joseph Barone, with musical direction by MaryAnn Cafiero. This was Barone’s 30th and final musical production at West Babylon.

Supporting cast members included: Annarose Vallone (Betty Rizzo); Colin Murray (Kenicke); Amanda Riche (Frenchy); Darren Del Orfano (Doody); Michael Valenti (Sonny Latierri); Danielle Del Orfano (Marty); and Mackenzie Grimes (Jan). 



Fruit Kabobs

Kindergarten made fruit kabobs to celebrate Spring.

Student Honored as Coca-Cola Finalist

Student Honored as Coca-Cola Finalist
Senior High School student Mary Chasen has been named a regional finalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

Chasen is one of only 250 regional finalists recognized for their leadership and service to the community. Nearly 86,000 applicants and more than 1,900 semifinalists participated in the program. Regional finalists participated in the next phase of the selection process, a 20-minute interview with the Regional Interview Committee, comprised of a foundation staff member and previous Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship recipients.    

Although Chasen did not move on to the final phase, she was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.


Forest Avenue Student Council Leads Pennies for Patients Collection

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Forest Avenue’s Student Council Pennies for Patients collection totaled $633.45. The money raised will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients, which encourages students to, “collect spare change and change lives.” Thank you for everyone’s support for this great cause. The smallest act(s) of kindness can result in big accomplishments.

Play Ball!

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Prior to the April 5 varsity baseball game, the district held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new turf baseball field. The field was part of the district’s January 2015 community-approved Preserving Our Facilities capital project. Pictured from left: West Babylon Board of Education second vice president Peter Scarlatos, president Lucy Campasano and trustee Cathy Gismervik.

STEM in Action

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Students throughout the district are engaging in STEM-based learning activities. View the video below for an inside look into what’s happening in our schools.

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April Is......National Autism Awareness Month

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Kindergartener Brooklynn Monte, on the right, shows her Autism awareness project, with the help of her friend, Ryleigh Drago.

Forest Avenue West Babylon 2017 Founders Day Awards

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On March 16th, the Forest Avenue PTA honored Its West Babylon 2017 Founders Day recipients at the annual West Babylon Founders Day Awards Ceremony held at the PAC in the WB SHS. These individuals were recognized for their tireless efforts in going above and beyond for our fabulous Forest Avenue students and the surrounding community. This year's honorees were Amanda Craig, Gwendolyn Davis, Theresa Esposito, Andrea Francisco and Danielle Valente. Congratulations!!

Forest Avenue PARP Bookmark Contest Winners

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Congratulations to our Forest Avenue PARP bookmark contest winners!! Each class will receive a copy of their class's winning bookmark and the actual bookmark contest winners will receive their original back laminated as a keepsake. This year's contest was unusually challenging to judge due to the overwhelming response of amazing entries. We are so proud of everyone who participated.

Science Standouts

Science Standouts

The Junior High School Science Olympiad team competed on March 4. Blake Ung teamed with Abigail Engrassa brought home a third place medal in the Fast Facts event. Olivia O’Hara and Blake Ung brought home a fifth place medal in Anatomy and Physiology. Michael Alexiadis, assisted by Julian Reyes, took fifth place in the Wright Stuff by flying his homemade airplane.





SCOPE Pre-K Registration Packet

Registration Now Open for SCOPE Pre-K Program. Click here for more information.

 

Mock Trial Goes Undefeated

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The Senior High School’s Mock Trial team won their trial against East Islip High School in round one of the Suffolk County finals on March 15. The West Babylon team has remained undefeated this season. The defense team advanced to round two of the Suffolk County finals on March 22 against John Glenn at the Central Islip Courthouse. The following plaintiff team of students competed in round 1 of the Suffolk County finals: Eric Donohue, Eric Froelich, Thomas Iliou, Nikki Wieman, Camilla Lyczko and Vera Rodic.

Lesson in History

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Mrs. Granieri's eighth grade classes were treated to a performance by Joe Scollo, lead singer of the band Full House. He played a variety of Vietnam War songs as a follow up to their classroom lessons. They have been reading the novel Inside Out and Back Again, a moving story about a 10 year old girl and her family dealing with the struggles of the Vietnam War in Saigon. As a classroom project, they analyzed several songs, created Google Slide presentations and war slogan signs and then presented in groups to their peers.

5th grade Pasta/Zingo Night

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Partnering Up for Literacy

Partnering Up for Literacy

Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Tooker Avenue participated in Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The students read the famous author’s books aloud to the kindergarten, first- and second-grade classes.

The Great Read Aloud

Kindergarten
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Grade 1
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Grade 2
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Grade 3
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Grade 4
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Forest Avenue's Annual PARP Program focuses on "Oh, the Places We'll Go!"

Each year, the PTA-sponsored PARP Program focuses on a theme. Thisyear's was "Oh, the Places We'll Go!" With ALL the Dr. Seuss books, there was plenty to use in motivating students to pick a READING partner to READ with and have FUN too! The PTA transformed Forest Avenue School into its very own Seussville. Classroom doors were decorated, truffala tress popped up in hallways...wherever you looked, there was no escaping that you had been transported to the wubbulous world of Dr. Seuss. Throughout the three-week period, students were treated to activities including Community Reader Day, reading contests, PARP spirit week, bookmark contest, and Jason Edwards cultural Arts program. Please continue to READ with your child(ren)!!

 

"Oh, The Places We'll Go!"


Read Across America Day -- Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!


PARP Kick Off -- Community Reader Day


Forest Avenue PARP Pajama Night


PARP Cultural Arts Program


Making Dr. Seuss' Oobleck


Seuss-Inspired Mismatching in Style


Schools will be open on April 17th, May 26th and May 30th.

Going Places with PARP Reading Activities

Going Places with PARP Reading Activities

Forest Avenue challenged its students to engage in different reading activities during its Pick A Reading Partner program from Feb. 27 to March 16.

This year’s theme, “Oh, the Places We’ll Go,” is a modeled on the book by Dr. Seuss. During PARP, students are encouraged to read with their parents for at least 15 minutes a day and keep a log of their time spent reading. Students sign a pledge to be an active reading partner during the three-week period.

The event kicked off on Feb. 27 with a Community Reader Day. With the doors throughout the school decorated in Dr. Seuss-themed books, the students spent Read Across America Day on March 2 engaged in activities around his famous books. Wearing their “Cat in the Hat” striped hats, students partnered with their buddies to conduct reading celebrations. In the library, PARP activities also featured hands-on science learning, allowing students to make their own oobleck like the Dr. Seuss story of “Bartholomew and the Oobleck.”

Different spirit days at the school tied reading and fun together with Dr. Seuss-themed PARP activities including “Fox in Socks” Day, “On Beyond Zebra” Day and “The Sleep Book.”





March 2017 Points of Pride Now Available

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Enriching Activities Go Beyond the Classroom

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Fifth-graders at South Bay Elementary are helping those in their community and saving the earth at the same time. The students, who are part of a voluntary recess enrichment group, are learning how to use plarn (yarn made out of recycled plastic bags). After watching a tutorial online, the students are crocheting the plarn into upcycled sleeping mats for the homeless.


Celebrating Music

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March is Music in Our Schools month and the district recognized the many talented student-musicians in all its schools.

St. Baldrick's Day

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Santapogue students shave their heads for St. Baldrick's 5th Grade students: Carmine Apuzzo, Nick Serrano, Nick Decker, Dylan Carroll and Kindergarten student: Brian Hickey

Foxy Socks at South Bay

Foxy Socks at South Bay
In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America Day on March 2, students in Mary-Ellen Paparella’s fourth-grade class at South Bay Elementary wore their “foxiest socks” and brought in their favorite Dr. Seuss book to read with a partner.


Raising Money for Research

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J.F.K. Elementary is so proud of Team Lacrosse! The boys shaved their heads voluntarily, to inspire friends and family to donate money for childhood cancer research.

Celebrating Women’s History

Senior High School teacher Laura Cancillieri reflects on Women’s History Month and championing women and girls in the classroom. Click here to read the full article: https://www.nwea.org/blog/2017/womens-history-month-championing-women-and-girls-in-the-classroom/

All Long Island Bowler

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Congratulations to senior Peter Ramos for being named to Newsday's All-Long Island Bowling Team. According to Newsday, Peter was fourth in Suffolk with a 227.4 average. Click here to learn more: http://projects.newsday.com/sports/high-school/newsdays-all-long-island-teams-2016-17/

Cheerleading Honors

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Head varsity cheerleading coach Brianne Hyer has won the Newsday's Coach of the Year award. She has taught the girls so much about being respectable athletes and leaders, but more importantly, exceptional young women. The West Babylon varsity cheerleading team has had a very successful season, placing first in Suffolk County, third in New York State and fourth in the nation.

In addition to Brianne's award, junior athlete and team captain Britney Jahmarkt has been selected for the 2017 All Long Island cheerleading team. To watch the video, please click here.

Student-Photographer Takes Second

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Senior High School student Daniella Yurich has placed second in the the 2017 PFLI Youth Photography Showcase Competition. Daniella will receive her award on April 2at the Ethical Humanist Society in Garden City.

Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Senior High School student Anthony Liles has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2016-2017 Coca-Cola Scholars Program. He was chosen among more than 87,000 applicants because of his outstanding leadership, academic achievements, and dedication to his community.  

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. The foundation has provided more than 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. Each year, 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected to receive a $20,000 scholarship


5th grade visits the Fire Island Lighthouse

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SEPTA Transitions

Ms. Asher and Mrs. Duca made a presentation about transitioning to the JHS and SHS at the recent SEPTA meeting, The information allowed elementary parents and students to feel more comfortable with the changes as they prepare to move from to their next level of education. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have additional questions.​

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Congratulations to Mr. Cunningham for being honored with the Scope Service award.

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Literacy Around the World

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March is Pick a Reading Partner month at South Bay, and this year's theme is “Read Around the World.”

As part of this year’s PARP program, each K-5 class has received its own reading passport, filled with blank pages. The pages in the passport are “stamped” with colorful stars when any student in the class participates in “Passport with the Principal.” To participate, the students sign up for a time to read with Principal JoAnn Scott, who then stamps their passport. Each stamp earns extra mileage points for their whole class.

South Bay Student Selected for SCMEA

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Fifth-grader Xiang Xi Lin from South Bay Elementary was chosen for the Suffolk County Music Educators’ All-County orchestra. Lin, along with other select musicians from Suffolk County, participated in the SCMEA Division I West Orchestra concert on March 12 at Hauppauge High School. He is pictured here with South Bay Elementary School instrumental music teacher Dominique Powers (left) and South Bay Elementary School Principal JoAnn Scott.

Founder's Day Winners

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Barbara Orkwis - Founder's Day
Cathy Crowe - Founder's Day

Susan Soldano - Honorary life
Nancy Turano - Honorary life
Alison Gimberlein- Student Advocate

Reading Celebration Challenges Santapogue Students

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From Feb. 1-March 2, Santapogue Elementary School celebrated Parents As Reading Partners with activities, challenges and special events.

The theme for this year’s event “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” also coincides with Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. Throughout the month, students were challenged with reading along with their family members. In addition, an author visit with Peter Catalanotto took place on Feb. 15, followed by a community reading day on Feb. 16.

Other activities included the Great Read Aloud Day and TV-less Tuesdays. The school also held a Read Across America Day and a mannequin reading challenge to add to the month of fun.

SCMEA Singers

SCMEA Singers
Santapogue fifth-graders and chorus singers Angelina DeGennaro and Katelyn Moar participated in the Division 1 West Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association concert on March 12 at Hauppauge High School.

Students Wax Poetic

Students Wax Poetic
Senior High School students competed in a Poetry Out Loud contest by reciting their favorite works of poetry on Feb. 15. Students David Grant and Tara Hauff both showcased their talents, with Hauff moving on to the final round.

Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.

A Season Ending Win

The girls 4x400m relay team capped off an end to an incredible winter season by placing fifth overall at the New Balance Indoor National Championships. They were ranked ninth heading into the meet.

Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, and Paige Keefer won their heat in a time of 3:49.86. This not only beats their current Suffolk County record, but now moves them to second All-Time on Long Island (Nassau and Catholic Schools included). Their placement in the top six teams earns them All-American distinction.

Science Olympiad Team Takes Home Medals in States

Science Olympiad Team Takes Home Medals in States
The Science Olympiad team spent the weekend of March 10 competing in the state tournament in Syracuse. The 15 West Babylon competitors were challenged to work throughout the weekend, competing against nearly 800 students from 54 teams from throughout New York State. The top 10 from each of the 25 events are awarded medals, and West Babylon took home two medals. Eric Donohue and Erin Thompson placed ninth in hydrogeology, and Frankie Volz and Mike Lee took home 10th place in forensics.

Tower of Hearts

Tower of Hearts

Students at South Bay Elementary School worked together in groups on a Valentine’s Day STEM activity to engineer a tower made of gummy hearts and toothpicks.



‘Souper Bowl’ Drive

‘Souper Bowl’ Drive
Tooker Avenue Elementary School held its fifth annual “Souper Bowl” soup drive in the week leading up to the big game. Tooker Avenue students wore their favorite team jersey to school and donated a can of soup. Three boxes of soup were donated to the food pantry at Our Lady of Grace Church.

PARP at J.F.K.

PARP has begun in J.F.K. To celebrate the magic of reading, a magician came to entertain all our students.

Enjoying Breakfast

All students got to enjoy a hot and delicious free breakfast this morning.

2017-18 Budget Preparations Underway

2017-18 Budget Preparations Underway
The administration has presented its first draft of the proposed 2017-18 school budget and has discussed anticipated revenues, state aid estimates and the proposed tax levy during recent Board of Education meetings.
According to Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, the district’s goals for the 2017-18 school year include the following:

•    To maintain all programs and security enhancements put in place over the last few years.  
•    Reinstate four assistant coaching positions, bringing the total to 13 (nine were reinstated in the 2016-17 budget).
•    Increase the districtwide equipment code to address building and athletic equipment needs.
•    Provide staffing for a security command center and hire an additional districtwide guard.
•    Hire two additional custodians for the senior high school.
•    Add an additional information technology services support staff person.
•    Hire a part-time social worker for the elementary schools.

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2017-18 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to cast their vote on May 16 to help determine the future of the district.

Tuesday, March 14:  Board of Education meeting; Board review/discussion of Budget Draft #2 development, 7 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 28:  Presentation of Budget Draft #2, 7 p.m.
     
Tuesday, April 18: Board of Education meeting; final review and adoption of the 2017-18 Proposed Budget, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 25: Budget presentation, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, May 2: Board of Education meeting; Public Hearing of 2017-18 Proposed School Budget, 7 p.m.
                       
Tuesday, May 16: School Budget Vote and Trustee Election 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.


Hip, Hip, Hooray for the 100th Day at Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue Celebrates the 100th Day of School!! Throughout the day, we celebrated in centennial style. Spearheaded by our Kindergarten
teachers, we were encouraged to dress up like a 100-year-old person. Our classrooms and hallways were adorned with 100-day projects as the students paraded through the school in their 100-year-old costumes.

Go Red Day

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South Bay donated $429.50 to the American Heart Association as a result of the school’s Go Red Day on Feb. 3. This amount exceeds their highest donation raised by nearly $100. The effort was spearheaded by fourth-grade teacher Mary-Ellen Paparella, the South Bay Student Council and Nicole Torres.

Track and Field Honors

Track and Field Honors

Below is a listing of some of the awards won by the varsity girls track and field team this season.

All-League- West Babylon League Champions

- Brittany Korsah All-Leauge 55m
- Nadja Ashley All-league 55m
- Hannah Heller All-League 1000m
- Tara Hauff All-League 1000m
- Tara Hauff All-League 1500m
- Brittany Korsah League Champion 300m
- Paige Keefer All-League 300m
- Dana Beggins All-League 300m
- Nadja Ashley All-League Long Jump
- Nadja Ashley All-League High Jump
- Alexandra Trischetti All-League High Jump
- 4x400m All-League- Brittany Korsah, Irene Lactoaen, Nadine Keefer, Dana Beggins
-4x800m All-League- Tara Hauff, Noela Franco, Hannah Heller, Paige Keefer

All-County

- Paige Keefer 600m County Champion (Suffolk County Record Holder)
- Dana Beggins 600m All-County
- Brittany Korsah 300m County Champion
- 4X400m Relay County Champions- Brittany Korsah, Nadja Ashley, Dana Beggins, Paige Keefer, Hannah Heller (Suffolk County Record Holder)

Academic All-County

- Dana Beggins

Other Accolades

- Phil Armato League III Coach of the Year
- Phil Armato Suffolk County Outstanding Coach of the Year

PARP celebrations - "Oh The Places You'll Go"

Grade K Mannequin Challenge



Grade 1 Mannequin Challenge



Grade 2 Mannequin Challenge



Grade 3 Mannequin Challenge



Grade 4 Mannequin Challenge



Grade 5 Mannequin Challenge

Students Prep for College and Career Paths

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Award-Winning Student-Artists

Award-Winning Student-Artists
Two Senior High School student-artists were recognized for their artwork in the Suffolk County Art Leaders Association All-County Art and Scholarship Show.

Senior High School student Sarah Heerey was awarded a $250 scholarship for her three works of art as well as her essay describing “what inspires you as an artist.” Paulina Trzonkowska was awarded Best in Show for her work “Strawberries.”
    
More than 16 high schools from across Suffolk County submitted close to 100 works of art for inclusion in the art competition. The artwork was on display at Old Town Hall in Babylon Village until Feb. 14.

Ringing in Chinese New Year

Ringing in Chinese New Year

Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay celebrated the Chinese New Year on Jan. 27. Students learned about the differences and similarities in the cultures and created dragons, lanterns and zodiac signs.



Track Stars Advance to States

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Select members of the girls varsity track team competed in the Section XI New York State Championship Qualifier at Suffolk Community College West on Feb. 13.

The athletes who qualified to participate in this meet were Paige Keefer for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Brittany Korsah for the 300m and the 4x400m relay, Dana Beggins for the 600m run and the 4x400m relay, Nadja Ashley for the 4x400m relay and Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller for the 4x800m relay.

Brittany Korsah (county champion) won the 300m dash and advanced to states in a time of 39.89. Paige Keefer (county champion) won the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:34.85. Dana Beggins placed second to Paige in the 600m run and advanced to states in a time of 1:36.36.
    
The 4x400m team of Korsah, Ashley, Beggins, P. Keefer. placed first and advanced to states in a time of 3:59.38 beating the next team by 12 seconds.
The 4x800 team consisting of Noela Franco, Nadine Keefer, Tara Hauff and Hannah Heller exceeded their pre-race ranking and set a new school record of 9:44.67 placing fourth overall.
    
The athletes will compete at the Long Island Elite meet at St. Anthony’s on Feb. 25, the New York State Championships at Ocean Breeze Track Facility in Staten Island on March 4, and the New Balance National Games at the Armory in New York City on March 12.


Writers on Display

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The writing of 58 South Bay fifth-graders on the topic of Westward Expansion is currently on display at the West Babylon Public Library.

Smart Schools Bond Act

For public comment on the smart schools proposed investment plan, please email wbsmartbond@wbschools.org from April 13, 2016 through May 13, 2016.

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