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Board of Education Meeting Time Change - January 22, 2019

The Regular Board of Education meeting scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, will begin at 5:00 PM instead of 6:00 PM. The Public Session will begin at 7:00 PM as usual. Please see the Notice of Time Change, under Board of Education Public Notices, for details.

Torres Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist

Torres Named Coca-Cola Semifinalist
Senior High School student Jonathan Torres has been selected as a 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar semifinalist. More than 95,000 seniors submitted applications from across the country and only 1,896 students were chosen to continue through the selection process.

Jonathan is currently submitting his semifinalist applications to be reviewed by the Program Reading Committee in January. After this review, 250 semifinalists will advance as regional finalists and 150 seniors will be named Coca-Cola Scholars. The mission of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is to provide scholarship programs and lifelong enrichment opportunities.

Grandparents Give Back at JFK

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Affectionately called Grandma and Grandpa by the students of John F. Kennedy Elementary School, the five senior citizens who work in the school are making a lasting impression in the classroom.

The foster grandparents who volunteer in the classrooms help give extra support to the teachers and work closely with students. As part of the Foster Grandparents program, seniors are matched with schools in their area, where they spend time assisting students and making connections. Students are able to get one-on-one time with a foster grandparent, giving them the extra boost they need to succeed in school. 

 Some of the foster grandparents volunteer for a few hours per day while others spend the whole school day with the students. “I have been so fortunate to have had Grandpa Tony in my classroom for the past seven years,” Lisa DeGennaro, a first-grade teacher, said. “I have never met a more giving, positive individual, and it has been an absolute pleasure to spend my days with Grandpa Tony.”

“The most enjoyable part of my day is being in the classroom with 6- and 7-year-olds,” Tony Farina, aka Grandpa Tony, said. “They energize you. I find this program incredibly rewarding for me, and hopefully them, helping them with their academics but, more importantly, just spending time listening to them.”

Dorothy Cohn, aka Grandma Dorothy, has been part of the program for 13 years. She says she loves working with the little ones and it gives her a reason to get up in the morning. 

It may seem that the program is beneficial to the students, who receive extra attention in the classroom, but really, the relationship goes both ways. JoAnne Scipione, who has been working at the school for 16 years, says she loves working with the students and they give her back her life.
“It has been such a privilege to work with so many foster grandparents during my 21 years as principal of JFK,” Principal Gregg Cunningham said. “They provide such a valuable resource and service to our school, especially for our students. We’re so fortunate to have had such an outstanding program at JFK for so many years and, hopefully, for many more years to come!”

Tooker’s Student Council

The Tooker Avenue fifth grade student council took part in some fun activities after completing their student council business. This month's meeting consisted of voting on Spirit Week, reviewing the status of the 1000 Bottle Project and completing the plans for the Pennies for Patients Fundraiser in March.

Lessons from the Grinch

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On Dec. 20, fifth-graders at Santapogue Elementary School participated in a themed day based on the classic story of  Dr. Seuss’s “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” Lessons were focused on how one person can make a difference and how the Grinch needed an upstander like Cindy Lou.

Crystal Makers

Mrs. Smith's sixth grade science classes were learning about changing in stages of matter and made crystals.

Math Manipulatives

Students in Ms. Mahler’s second grade class at South Bay Elementary School are working on math using manipulatives.

Music in the Halls

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The halls are alive with the sound of music! The junior high school Drama Club is very busy rehearsing for their upcoming March musical.


MakerSpace photo

Prior to the winter recess, Junior High School students engaged in a MakerSpace activity by designing gingerbread Houses!  Students worked in teams to create and engineer a floor plan for the house – then moved on to building the house. Teamwork was the key idea, only to be out done by enthusiasm!

Hands-On Math

Ms. Mahler's 2nd Grade Class doing hands on math work!

Student-Artists Take Home Top Prizes

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Two Senior High School student-artists were recognized for their artwork and took home top prizes in the Suffolk County Community College annual high school art exhibit on Dec. 13. More than 40 works were submitted, and only six winners were chosen. Olivia Golebiewski took second place for her gouache painting  “Pick your Poison” and Nicholas McGraw was named a third-place winner for his photograph “Loyalty.” Their artwork will be on display at Gallery West in the Captree Commons building at the Suffolk County Community College-Grant Campus.   

Student-Musician Joins Jazz Ensemble

Student-Musician Joins Jazz Ensemble photo
Senior High School student-musician Aidan Carberry has been accepted to perform on drums with the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Jazz Ensemble. In addition to the regular concert on April 11, the SCMEA All-County Jazz Ensemble will perform at the Suffolk PTA Presidents and Principals Dinner on Jan. 17 and at the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association joint conference on Jan. 30.

Business Students Get Inside Look at MSG

Business Students Get Inside Look at MSG photo
On Dec. 10, Senior High School business education students attended a tour of Madison Square Garden. Students explored exclusive VIP areas of the state-of-the-art arena, including the Rangers’ and Knicks’ locker rooms, luxury fan suites and the Chase Bridge. The tour also included more than 130 years of MSG history.

Holiday Fun

The Junior High School held its staff holiday breakfast/sweater party to raise money for a local organization. The staff raised more than $1,800 to help local families in need this holiday season.

Tooker Detectives

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The inference detectives in Mrs. Fitzgerald’s first grade class at Tooker Avenue are using their inference skills to crack “The Case of the Missing Toy Sack.” The case was solved!

Holiday cheer through the halls at the WBJHS

Santapogue Polar Express Day 2018

South Bay Polar Express Day

JFK Kazoo Band

Holiday cheer through the halls at the WBJHS

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Brain Challenge

Brain Challenge came to J.F.K. Teachers and students had so much funwhile learning in an exciting atmosphere.

Holiday Festival at Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue students, families, and staff celebrated the holidays at the PTA Holiday Festival.

West Babylon Kindergarten Registration Notice 2019


String Ensemble Serenades Seniors

String Ensemble Serenades Seniors photo
The Senior High School String Ensemble performed for the residents of Sunrise Senior Living in Babylon as part of their Festival of Music event for the holiday season on Dec. 11. Students performed in the lobby of the center for an audience of close to 100 residents.

Polar Express Day

Here are some pictures from Polar Express Day at Forest Avenue! The students had such a wonderful time!

Varsity Field Hockey Team Honored

Varsity Field Hockey Team Honored photo
The Suffolk County Field Hockey Coaches Association hosted their annual dinner on Dec. 4, honoring the athletes and coaches from the 2018 field hockey season. This year, West Babylon’s varsity assistant coach Patricia Fedelem received the highest honor: the Roz Mularz Award. 

This award is given to one coach each year that has made a significant difference in the sport of field hockey. Fedelem had retired after being the head coach for Sayville for 21 years, before coming and joining West Babylon for the past two years. 

Other varsity field hockey players from West Babylon honored included: Miranda Zarama, Unsung Hero Award; Jocelyn Hyner, All-Division; Hannah Leddy, All-Division goalie; Danielle Lozowsky, All-County Honorable Mention; Juliana Radulski, All-County Honorable Mention; and Margret Irene Lactaoen, All-County.

November Students of the Month

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Crafting Coders at JHS

Crafting Coders at JHS photo

Students in Greg Hartranft’s technology classes at the Junior High School participated in the nationwide Hour of Code campaign. The Hour of Code is designed to introduce students to the career path of computer sciences. Students are learning how to do basic coding using the theme of Minecraft.

Holiday Baskets

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The Junior High School student council is working hard putting together holiday baskets for West Babylon families!

VIDEO: Beyond the Books


An inside look at the library happenings throughout our schools. Click to watch the video.

Night of Code

Thursday 12/13 SB did a Night of Code Event, led by our Technology Advisor Alison Chiquitucto and our Library Media Specialist Kara Levy. Students participated in a range of coding activities to get excited and energized about future coding opportunities. 

Coding Fun at JFK

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Collen Steffens’s second-grade at John K. Kennedy Elementary School class joined class parent Mrs. O'Dougherty in the 2018 Hour of Code using Google’s CS First curriculum. Students engaged in An Usual Discovery. This activity introduced students to computer science and the programming language Scratch. Students used different Scratch blocks to create their own unique stories by sequencing dialogue to tell a story and animating interactions between characters, their backdrops, and a surprising object. 

Puzzle Pieces

Students in Mr. Bellino’s technology class at the Junior High School are making preparations for April’s Autism Awareness showcase by designing a symbolic wooden puzzle piece.

Rotary Club Visit

The Babylon Rotary Club came to South Bay to present South Bay and JFK students with Student Dictionaries. It was a wonderful event and we are so thankful to the Rotarians!

Show and Tell in Kindergarten

Kindergartners from Mrs. Egan's class shared their Show and Tell writing during Writer's Workshop.

West Babylon Unveils Hall of Fame

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The West Babylon School District, in partnership with the West Babylon Alumni Foundation, unveiled their Hall of Fame in the Senior High School lobby with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 27.

District administrators, board of education members, Alumni Foundation members and inductees joined together for the official unveiling of the wall. “The Alumni Foundation helps to secure and distribute thousands of dollars in scholarships for our students every year,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly. “The foundation continues to perpetuate unique opportunities for our students while also recognizing the accomplishments of our alumni. This Hall of Fame is a great tribute to the many individuals who have contributed to our school district.”

The Hall of Fame was constructed by two former alumni – Michael Nieto (Class of 2016) and Brianna Ramsey (Class of 2017) – under the direction of technology teacher Eugene Rogovitz. The new display will serve to establish a set of values and a way of inspiring all the students who walk through the doors. West Babylon Alumni Foundation president Ralph Rienzo said it helps continue the traditions set in West Babylon and reinforces the motto of “once an Eagle, always an Eagle.”

Holiday Celebration

Thank you to the Tooker Avenue PTA for the holiday celebration on Dec. 6. This event was a wonderful experience for all of the students.

Forest Avenue Kicks off Hour of Code

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Forest Avenue Elementary School kicked off its Hour of Code lessons a week prior to the official start of the global event from Dec. 3-9. During library classes throughout the week, all Forest Avenue students will partake in this global event. Every year in honor of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday on Dec. 9, 1906, who is a pioneer of computer programming, millions of students across the globe participate in the Computer Science Education Week’s Hour of Code. 

Student Council 'Decks the Halls'

History Comes Alive

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History comes alive as students pretend to be New England colonists! Morgan Russell got try out the stocks today where Puritans would have placed wrongdoers back in Colonial society.

Pennies Can Make a Difference

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Second-graders in Mrs. DeSa’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School each brought in 100 pennies to learn about taxes. After the lesson, the class decided to donate their money to buy food for those in need this Thanksgiving.

World Kindness Day

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In celebration of World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, Junior High School sixth-grade students  created and decorated kindness cards during library class, which they gave to their classmates, their parents, relatives or teachers.  

Student-Athletes Commit to College Level

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Seven student-athletes from West Babylon Senior High School committed to playing their sports in college next fall during a national letter of intent signing on Nov. 14 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: Kayla Downey, Stony Brook University, lacrosse; Delilah Doyle, Pace University, lacrosse; Tyler Gamba, St. Joseph’s College, baseball; Emily Heller, University of Florida, lacrosse; Hannah Heller, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, lacrosse; Caitlin McGuire, Wagner College, lacrosse; and Brendan Reese, SUNY Geneseo, lacrosse.

First Thanksgiving

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Students in Mrs. Fitzgerald's first grade class have been studying Families Now and Long Ago in social studies. The students were happy to participate in a re-enactment of the first Thanksgiving.

STEM Day Sparks Creativity at JHS

STEM Day Sparks Creativity at JHS photo

Hands-on learning activities took place throughout the day on Nov. 13 when the Junior High School held its STEM Day during science classes. Select students helped to lead classroom lessons, defining vocabulary and sharing STEM-related activities in all grade levels. Some of the hands-on activities included students building towers out of popsicle sticks, designing their own catapults and creating the tallest tower out of pipe cleaners.

Metric Olympics

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Teacher Training on Stop the Bleed

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Math & Movement Family Fun Night

Wednesday evening, October 24, 2018 South Bay Elementary School hosted Math & Movement Family Fun Night. 

With the combined help of the West Babylon Senior High School Honor Society, parents and teachers the event was a huge success. Over one hundred students and their families, had fun practicing basic skills while using visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning modalities. 

This has been made possible by the generous contribution of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF) for the Moving Students into Success project.