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Honoring Survivors

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The West Babylon girls varsity field hockey team honored the breast cancer survivors in their school by playing their game in pink on Oct. 5. The team will also be walking together at the annual Jones Beach Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 21.
 

Small Moment Writing Celebration

Mrs. Pino’s/Mrs. Dunn’s first-graders at Tooker Avenue celebrated their Small Moment Stories by doing a gallery walk. Students placed their stories on their desks. Then the class rotated around the room reading each other’s stories, leaving compliments on Post-it notes.

Fire Department Visit

Share Your Homecoming 2018 Photos

Share Your Homecoming 2018 Photos

After a successful first day of school photo collection, we are hosting a Homecoming 2018 photo campaign! Email your photos that best showcase your West Babylon Pride to wbfirstday@gmail.com by Monday, Oct. 22 and we'll feature you on our website and Facebook!

Getting Acquainted with Career Choices

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Students in Caitlin Alfano’s family and consumer sciences class at West Babylon Junior High School were introduced to Naviance, a college and career readiness program. The class was able to select a career and research information specific to their career choice. Guidance counselor Lorraine Zemba was on hand to assist with Naviance navigation.

Kindle Learning

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Third-graders in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School used their Kindles to match definitions to the landforms and then taught each other what they learned.

Hip Pickles

Hip Pickles, a critically-acclaimed drum ensemble delivered an awe-inspiring, interactive set in the J.F.K. cafeteria that captivated the imagination of students and teachers alike. 

Commended Student Honored

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Senior High School student Maggie Zheng has been named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for their exceptional performance on the 2017 PSAT exam. Approximately 1.5 million high school students take the PSAT each year. Of those, 50,000 are Commended Students and 16,000 are chosen as National Merit Scholar Semifinalists. She is pictured with guidance counselor Dr. Stephanie Thomas (left) and Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo.

iReady Parent Letter K-5

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Oobleck

We made OObleck today (slime) as part of our Properties of Matter unit todiscuss how sometimes an object is difficult to classify.

Family Fun Night - October 24, 2018

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Fire Safety Week

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During October's National Fire Safety Week, students in Dr. Neville's library class wrote letters of thanks to our local firefighters. The letters included words such as strong, brave and helpful indicating how much their efforts are appreciated.

Letter Writing in Third and Fourth Grade

Students in Ms. Craig/ Ms. Goodwin's and Mr. Mckeown’s classes wrote letters and made cards for 2 Marine recruits. The students did a great job writing supportive and encouraging letters to help them get through their training.

Walk to School day!

Forest Avenue students, parents, and staff enjoyed the fall weather as they walked to school together on Walk to School Day!

 

South Bay Stands Up to Bullying

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As part of National Bullying Prevention Awareness month in October, third-grade students in Debbie LoSardo’s class at South Bay Elementary School read “The Juice Box Bully” and “Stand Up.” The class discussed the different types of people involved in bullying and the roles they play. They also made a chart and started a paper chain with thoughts on bullying, which they will add every time a student performs a kind act.

Writing to Marines

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Students at Forest Avenue in Ms. Craig/ Ms. Goodwin’s and Mr. Mckeown’s classes wrote letters and made cards for two Marine recruits. The students wrote supportive and encouraging letters to help them get through their training.

First GSA Meeting

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West Babylon Junior High School held its first Gay Straight Alliance meeting. They will be kicking off things with National Coming Out day on Oct. 11.

Field Hockey ‘Sticks It’ to Breast Cancer

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West Babylon’s junior varsity and varsity field hockey teams joined the fight against breast cancer by participating in the annual “Stickin It” field hockey breast cancer tournament in Northport on Sept. 29. Teams from throughout Suffolk County joined together and played for the cure.

First grade students read to beanie babies

“Two Thousand Miles” and "Turing Test"

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Alyssa Williams (Class of 2012) has written (and partially directed) a musical “Two Thousand Miles.” The musical runs through the NYCSummerFest Theater Festival. It will be shown on 10/6 at 1 p.m. and 10/7 at 6 p.m. at the Hudson Theater.

Dominick DeGaetano's (Class of 2006) "Turing Test" is premiering at the FringeNYC Festival. The play was a semifinalist for the National Playwright’s Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and was workshopped at the Guild Hall of Easthampton. It will be running at the FringeHUB from Oct. 13 to October 20.

For more information or to purchase tickets to “Two Thousand Miles:” https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3525135
For more information or to purchase tickets to “Turing Test:” https://www.turingtestfringe.com/

Sowing the Seeds

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Members of the garden club at West Babylon Junior High School had a productive summer growing vegetables in their garden outside of the school. The club gathers all of the vegetables for donation to the local food pantry.



Chromebook Learning

Students in Mr. Delapi’s sixth grade science classes at the Junior High School are using chromebooks to make graphs using technological tools.

Grant Helps Engineering Students

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The Senior High School recently received a grant from Toshiba America Foundation. The $4,900 grant will be used to purchase a high school CO2 dragster maker project kit. The kit includes a wind tunnel, visualization tunnel and Impulse G3 race system. Toshiba representative Michael Ferrara (left) presented the check to Gerard De Simone, technology education teacher, Katharine Reilly-Johnson, technology education, FACS, business chairperson, and Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo. They are shown with students from the principles of engineering class. 

STEM Activity

Students were put into teams and given a simple 8 1/2 x11 paper. Their task was to create the longest paper chain possible out of that paper. The twist to this challenge was that, before they could add the paper to their chain, they had to write a sentence about STEM. The chains ranged from about 6 inches to over 5 feet.

Preserving Facilities, Supporting Excellence – An Update on the 2015 Bond

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Beginning in 2015 with the community approval of the “Preserving Facilities, Supporting Excellence” bond, construction work began at facilities throughout the district. From roofs to flooring to ceilings and electrical work, there has been noticeable changes in West Babylon over the past few years. A few of the more recognizable renovations that have been completed include the installation of a new turf field at the Junior High School, sidewalks, curbs and parking lots at many of the elementary schools. 

As we continue with the updates of our facilities, please visit the bond referendum page of our website for progress photos. Additionally, for a complete status list of the projects, click here.

Summer Assignments

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This summer, many students completed and turned in summer reading and math assignments. This is a wonderful thing to take part in, as it helps students to strengthen and boost their academic skills through the summer months. Today at South Bay, we recognized these students for their hard work and dedication to their studies.

International Day of Peace

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During their library classes, students at Forest Avenue celebrated International Peace Day on Sept. 21. Students participated in peace lessons celebrating their differences and similarities not only within their classes but globally as well.

Celebrating International Peace Day at Forest Avenue School Library

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During our Forest Avenue School Library classes on International Peace Day, students participated in peace lessons celebrating our differences and similarities not only within our classes but globally as well.

Honoring Heroes

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In honor of Patriot’s Day, first-grade students in Lisa DeGennaro’s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School read “September 12 We Knew Everything Would Be All Right.” This book was written and illustrated by first-graders following the tragic events 17 years ago. The class learned how people worked together through this difficult time. They learned about heroes and wrote how they were proud of their country.

First Day of School at Forest Avenue

Students and staff enjoyed their first day back to school at Forest Avenue.

West Babylon Remembers 9/11

West Babylon Remembers 9/11 photo

The West Babylon School District was clad in red, white and blue on Sept. 12 to pay tribute to the victims of 9/11. Students and staff were encouraged to dress in the colors to remember and honor those who lost their lives. Shown here are students and staff from the Junior High School.



PTA Family Fun Bubble Run

Dot Day Festivities

PTA Welcome Back Breakfast

Engineering Young Minds

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For the first day of school on Sept. 5, students at South Bay Elementary School participated in hands-on activities during their library classes. After reading “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” the students spoke about perseverance and how it relates to the STEM activities. Groups of students were given buckets of K’Nex, Legos, and other building supplies and tasked with engineering anything they wanted. They created toys, roller coasters and other useful tools.  

First Day of School photos 2018-2019

Welcome Back, West Babylon!

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Thank you to all who submitted their first day of school photos. Enjoy the video featuring your photos!

Start of a New School Year

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West Babylon students and staff welcomed the start of the 2018-2019 school year on Sept. 5. To see photos from opening day, please click on our photo gallery. Please check back as more photos will be added throughout the day.

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