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1130 Herzel Boulevard, West Babylon, NY 11704
Phone: 631-376-7401

Principal: Jennifer Carere
jcarere@wbschools.org


 

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WELCOME to Santapogue's website

Please visit the different sections of the website to learn more about our school. Each teacher has contact information listed regarding his/her class. Periodically, the website will be updated, and you will have the opportunity to see the students participating in interesting activities. We also place copies of letters and flyers from the school and our PTA on the website for you to read. They can be found on the VIRTUAL BACKPACK.

Be sure to check out our Twitter account @SantapogueWB to see pictures of activities and events happening in Santapogue
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Announcements

Food Service Staff Adapting to New Ways

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Since the pandemic began, the food service department at West Babylon School District stepped up to make sure students and families had food. In March, the department started feeding the community from the West Babylon Junior High School as a grab-n-go site which continued over the summer months.

Once school started, the lunch department served school meals in different manner. All elementary students receive their meals delivered to the classrooms. Each student receives a cold bag that includes a milk, fruit, utensils and any other cold item that may be included with the meal and a hot lunch tray. Breakfast on the elementary level is now being offered as a grab-n-go breakfast bag that is picked up on the way into school to be eaten in the classroom.

On the junior high school level, small clusters of classes are served their lunch meals from kiosks that get loaded up, before each lunch period, in the kitchen and wheeled throughout the school.

“At the high school level, the lunch staff does an amazing job feeding the entire school in session in a 30-minute period as all of the students break to eat lunch between lesson block 2 and lesson block 3 around 10:15 every day,” said Jeannette Frabizio, West Babylon School District’s lunch manager. They serve from kiosks in the hallways as well as from the serving lines in the cafeterias. Serving stations are placed around the school so that students can remain socially distant when they are picking up their meals in a quick manner.

Breakfast and meal distribution for the take-home meals for the following day are set up at the entrances and exits of the junior high school and high school buildings as well. “We are also running a meal-pick up program for the remote only students on Mondays,” Ms. Frabizio said. “The family members of remote-only learning are able to pick up free meals for the entire week on Mondays out of the high school.”
Life is also very different this year for the school lunch staff as we are offering free meals to all students. Breakfast participation has more than doubled at all of the elementary schools due to this change, she said.

“The lunch staff has been amazing at altering their routines to meet the demands of this year,” Ms. Frabizio said. “They are working harder than ever to maintain high quality meals in a very unusual way. They miss seeing the students coming through their lines on a daily basis but are continuing to show pride in their work.”

 

Santapogue Students Spread Cheer

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Students at Santapogue Elementary School helped to spread holiday cheer to the law enforcement community. Holiday cards were made and sent to men and women in blue. The students hope that the cards will bring smiles and hope to these essential workers during the holiday season.

Spotting Kindness at Santapogue

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Santapogue Elementary School celebrated Kindness Day on Nov. 13. Mrs. Lynch’s first grade class enjoyed the celebration all week long. They read “A Little Spot of Kindness” and thought about four ways to show kindness. Students enjoyed thinking about all the wonderful ways to be kind and making their own little spot.

Red Ribbons Abound in West Babylon

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West Babylon School District celebrated Red Ribbon Week and pledged to live a healthy, drug-free life during the week of Oct. 19-23. This year’s theme is “Be Happy. Be Brave, Be Drug Free.” The week kicked off by the staff and students coming to school dressed in red.

Throughout the week, the schools held different theme days in the fight against drugs and alcohol. Hats and creative caps were worn to school to “put a cap on drugs” while teachers and students wore mismatched outfits to show that they won’t get mixed up in drugs on a different day. The schools each created their own themed days such as superhero day, pajama day, bright color day, crazy clothes day, tie-dyed/’60s day, blue/gold day and backward shirt day so students can “turn their backs on drugs.”

Getting Creative with Outdoor Learning

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Throughout the district, teachers are taking learning outside the walls of the classroom and finding creative ways to teach their students outdoors in this new learning environment.

The social distancing requirements are changing the way teachers conduct lessons and they are adapting by finding new methods. Bringing lessons outdoors has made for more hands-on learning as well. At John F. Kennedy Elementary School, students went on a leaf hunt. First, they discussed playing the role of scientists as they looked for different kinds of leaves. The students investigated the leaves carefully and collected just a few of each type. They went back to the classroom and sorted the leaves by shape and category.

At South Bay Elementary School, students did a science walk outside to determine if things were warm. At Forest Avenue, students did a math lesson utilizing Math and Movement number line hopping mats. Math and Movement is a program that uses multi-sensory learning approaches to teach students skills to succeed in math. This year, the fourth grade students at Forest Avenue will be focusing on looking at the subject areas holistically. “Math and Movement are the beginning steps toward taking our students ‘outside’ traditional learning, providing them with choice, and fostering a sense of ownership and awareness in the different pathways we take as life-long learners,” the teachers said.

At Santapogue Elementary School, fifth graders recently went outdoors for a lesson based on the book “Mr. Peabody’s Apples.” They learned an important lesson: glitter is like gossip; once you say something, you can’t take it back. At Tooker Avenue Elementary, students in Mrs. Kozak’s and Mrs. Valdemira's class are learning about the parts of speech as part of their ELA curriculum. They were able to enjoy the fresh air as they went on a noun hunt. When they went back to the classroom, they separated the nouns into categories. As an extension activity, they went on to write stories using some of the nouns they found outside.

Senior High School and Junior High School students are socially distanced and enjoying the great outdoors in their language arts classes. It was a great way to stay safe, get some sunshine and feel inspired while writing their personal narratives.

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