500 Great East Neck Road, West Babylon, NY 11704

Phone: 631-376-7100

 

Principal:

Dr. E. Vassallo

Assistant Principals:

Mr. T Colletti
Mr. S. O'Leary

Welcome to the West Babylon Senior high School. West Babylon High School is a comprehensive high school that offers a diverse academic program while promoting the arts, business and technology, and family and consumer sciences. Our students are being made college and career ready in order to succeed in the 21st century workplace and the world. Our Social, Emotional and Academic Learning program, entering its sixth year, parallels  the Dignity for All Students Act, and is the foundation for creating a safe learning environment in which our students can learn and develop the emotional competencies that lead to success in the 21st century world for which they are being prepared.

Our co curricular activities, including our athletic teams, mirror this focus. and add to the total development of our students.  Groups such as our GSA and LEO clubs lead the school in activities that teach acceptance, compassion, empathy and service to others.  Our students develop their leadership skills in the classroom, in their clubs and organizations and on the athletic fields.  They are ready when they leave the high school to assume these roles and successfully further their studies and work.

   

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West Babylon High School Graduation Video

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Poised to Start a New Life Chapter

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It was an evening of excitement and pride as the graduating Class of 2015 marched onto the junior high school field to the playing of “Pomp and Circumstance” by the high school band and the applause of parents and family. After opening remarks by Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo and the band’s performance of the national anthem and “God Bless America,” Class President Geovanny Amaya welcomed the community to the annual commencement exercises and thanked friends, family and faculty for their support throughout high school.

In her salutatory address, Melissa Riback told her peers that by adopting principles of success, using good management skills and putting forth effort, they would certainly be successful. Valedictorian Winnie Wong imparted to her fellow classmates that “passion is just as important as knowledge” and “the only person I have to impress is myself.” She also encouraged them to find their own definition of success.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly said the graduates had brought great pride to the district with their myriad of accomplishments and thanked the community, Board of Education and faculty for their commitment to education. She advised students that “life is what you make of it” and encouraged them to set goals, stay focused, learn from mistakes and reflect. Board President Lucy Campasano told the graduates that the community and district are indebted to them, stating, “You are the reason we strive to be better.” In her closing remarks, Dr. Vassallo noted that the graduates had brought great joy to the community and are well-prepared to make their way in the world.   

In celebration of the occasion, the concert choir performed a medley, arranged by teacher Joseph Barone, that included melodies from “Ain’t It Fun,” “Hakuna Matata” and “Why We Tell the Story.” As a tradition, the community joined the band and choir as they performed “Like an Eagle.”
The graduates were then called one by one to receive their diplomas and become official alumni of the West Babylon School District. The district extends its best wishes for success to the Class of 2015.           




‘Wizard of Oz’ Wins Best Musical

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During the Babylon Citizen’s Council of the Arts Teen Theatre Awards on June 12, the district’s production of the “Wizard of Oz” won the Best Musical award.

Each year, BACCA awards students in the Town of Babylon for outstanding performances in their high school theater productions. West Babylon students were judged among nine other school districts.

“We all knew that this production was magical with its timeless story, the amazing scenery, our special effects, a perfect cast and an amazing group of teachers and staff who worked together for three solid months to bring the community this masterpiece,” musical director Joe Barone said.

In addition to Best Musical, Alexa Lucchesse (Dorothy) received the award for outstanding performance by an actress in a leading role, as well as outstanding female vocal performance. Matthew Lightsey (Scarecrow/Hunk) received the award for outstanding performance by an actor in a supporting role. Angeline Meller, who played the role of the Wicked Witch/Miss Gulch, was also awarded outstanding performance by an actress in a featured role.

In addition, the production also won the following awards:

Elementary Munchkins – Future Stars Award
Kyle Garcia, Kyle Henshaw, Joey Partain and Joey Valenti – Best Stage Crew
Kyle Thomas – Assistant Stage Manager of The Laramie Project
Cassidy Lilly – Assistant Stage Manager
Maria Napoli – Choreographer
Wizard of Oz – Best Production value
    Mr. Barone thanks the following district staff for their essential roles in the production:
Mary Ann Cafiero – musical director
Fashion Club and Adriene Hettherington and Mary Colonna – Jitterbug costumes
Barbara Kelly – accompanist
Dana Meadows – pit orchestra and playbill
Andrea Montalvo – scenic design
Mark Palminteri – special effects
Debbie Plezia – costuming and props
Eugene Rogovitz – tools
    


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Becoming College-Ready

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The 2014-2015 school year is winding down, and members of the Class of 2015 have already received their acceptance letters to some of the top regional and national colleges and universities, including Boston College, Clemson University, colleges of the State University of New York, Duke University, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, and the University of Virginia.

Acceptance to any higher educational institution takes work, and the district has set in place a number of key programs and courses to ready students and their parents for the important educational milestone of applying to college.        

Advanced Placement and College Credit Courses
Over the past two decades, there has been a consistent expansion of Advanced Placement courses, senior high school Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo explained. The senior high school currently offers 17 AP courses and is adding AP European History to its course catalog for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to prepare younger students for more rigorous learning and offer a wider range of courses, the high school allows ninth-grade students to take AP Biology and the first part of AP World History. Tenth-grade students can enroll in AP World History, AP Chemistry and AP Statistics, while juniors are offered enrollment opportunities in AP U.S. History and AP Literature.  

Assistant Principal Stephen O’Leary reported that in 2014, 251 students took a total of 502 AP exams, with 175 students receiving a passing score or greater. This represents a passing rate of 69.7 percent, which exceeds the New York State passing rate by 2.6 percent and the global average by 8.4 percent.

Recommended students who satisfy both university and departmental requirements may also enroll in college credit courses either at SUNY Farmingdale or St. John’s University. SUNY Farmingdale offers calculus, principals of engineering, college marketing, business law and college accounting. In addition, St. John’s University offers Spanish, Italian, criminal justice and forensics for students who want to get a jump-start on their college credits while still in high school.  

PSAT and SAT Test Preparation
O’Leary explained that the district also readies students for college with PSAT and SAT preparatory programs and testing. In fact, the Board of Education has continually funded all students to take college preparatory exams in grades 9-11.  The goal of this testing is to prepare students for exams such as the SAT and ACT.

The Ready Step program is offered to students in ninth grade, and there is an incline in the number of students enrolling to take the ACT each year. The district is also reviewing the American College Testing practice test, which is currently being redesigned, O’Leary explained.

Naviance Program
Today, high schools send out student transcripts, scores and recommendations through the Naviance Program. This online tool assists students with their college search and the guidance department in gathering pertinent pre-college information.

Linked to the guidance department’s web page, Family Connection, Naviance allows students and their parents to research credentials needed for admittance to target colleges. Graphics also allow the student to see if they are suited to a particular college or university program.

“The Naviance Program empowers the student,” guidance counselor Paul Satriano said. “Students can find out if they have a shot of getting into their top choice college based on their transcripts.”

Satriano explained that there are individualized planning meetings with juniors and their parents to start the college application process. During the meeting, the student receives a rundown of his or her preliminary GPA and class rank and discusses ways to strengthen his or her resume.

Satriano also noted that mini-college fairs in the fall and spring are excellent ways for students in grades 10-12 to learn more about the colleges they are interested in by speaking with the representatives on hand. In addition, these fairs serve as a starting point for students who need the extra push to begin the college application process.