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500 Great East Neck Road, West Babylon, NY 11704

Phone: 631-376-7100

Principal: Mr. S. O'Leary
soleary@wbschools.org

Assistant Principals: Mr. M. Devane, Mr. V. Fiore

 

 

Student COVID Self Screening Form

Please ensure that you fill out our High School COVID Self Screening Form for your children at the beginning of each week. The link for this form can be found here.

 

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Important Announcements

  • Parents can access the Senior High School Bell Schedule via the Parent Portal.


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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Announcements

Summer Programs Offer Academic, SEL Support

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The district will be providing students with an opportunity to participate in an optional, no cost, summer school academic support program.

The K-6 student program will focus on English language arts and math as well as social emotional support camp and “Camp Invention,” which focuses on STEAM enrichment activities. These programs will be full or half day, and families will have the option of attending for the full six weeks (July 12-August 20) or for two-week sessions throughout the summer. “Our elementary students will be able to take classes to strengthen their ELA and math skills, participate in social emotional learning classes that include individual and team activities and join Camp Invention STEM enrichment classes,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly.

The 7-12 program will focus on academic credit recovery as well as course-based academic support. Students who had a difficult school year due to COVID will have the opportunity for credit recovery as part of an academic-based, six-week class and for academic support for three-week sessions in a variety of classes. Both programs will fully support students with IEPs and English language learners in all grade levels.

Additionally, incoming kindergarten students will be offered “Welcome to West Babylon” classes. These two-hour daily classes will run eight days throughout the summer and will give the district’s newest members a chance to meet and play with new classmates as well as strengthen some important academic skills, such as letter and number recognition and following rules and instructions.

All students will have one-on-one Chromebooks and will have access to many online learning components in July and August. All programs will provide social emotional support components, and the district will have mental health experts available to all students throughout the summer.

One Ceremony, Hundreds of Smiles in West Babylon

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Six months ago, West Babylon Senior High School seniors and administrators would have said an in-person graduation for the entire Class of 2021 was unlikely. But there they were, all together, sitting on the junior high school field on June 25 to celebrate their success.

Principal Stephen O’Leary handed out diplomas to the 315 graduates during the evening ceremony. He said that while it is hard to look back on the year and not think of the global pandemic and the disruptions it caused as the primary narrative, there was so much good that happened, and that is what the graduates should focus on.

That was a sentiment echoed by valedictorian Sara Kenney. “Please don’t fixate on your disappointments from this year,” she told her fellow graduates. “We all hoped for something different, but don’t let that be the only think your remember from senior year. Please remember the good times, the laughs, your friends, the activities, the fun.”

Salutatorian Caitlin Crowe said the physical separation that the Class of 2021 endured during the global pandemic actually made them more united. They also found new and unique ways to maintain their connections. It’s not surprising, she said, given that her classmates are some of the most driven and talented people she has ever met.

Senior class co-president Kaitlyn Russell noted the many academic, athletic and extracurricular accomplishments of the Class of 2021, which were well earned as a result of their strong work ethics, resilient minds and determined hearts.

“We were able to reach the stars as we had dreamed of doing because of the qualities that each of us possesses,” she said, “and this is what will make the memories we made in high school so memorable. This is why high school may be the best four years of our lives.”

Co-president Jordyn Hickey noted that students have been given so many opportunities in West Babylon to explore their interests and find their passions, and that will serve them well for the future. “You may not know what tomorrow holds, you may have a perfect plan or no plan at all, you may change your mind a million times – but eventually we will follow the path we are meant to take,” she said. “We don’t know what's to come in the next chapter of our lives, but your time right here in this small town has set the foundation for a bright future – no matter what that may be.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly said students learned many valuable lessons over the past 15 months – that some things are out of their control, but how they handle challenges is within their control. She called on them to always look for ways to better themselves. Additionally, Dr. Farrelly asked all of the graduates to stand and give their parents and family members a round of applause for all the support they have provided over the years.

Board of Education Vice President Cathy Gismervik, in her congratulatory remarks to students, said that their ability to overcome the challenges of the past two years is proof that they can take on anything that comes their way.

The ceremony included a performance of “Like an Eagle” by the band and choir. Mr. O’Leary handed out the diplomas and graduates shook hands with Dr. Farrelly and board of education members. After they officially became graduates, caps flew in the air and there were lots of handshakes, high-fives and hugs.

Valedictorian Honored by Suffolk County Schools Superintendents Association

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The Suffolk County School Superintendents Association continued its long-standing tradition of recognizing the highest-achieving graduates in Suffolk County. On June 3, the SCSSA held its 27th annual celebration of the Class of 2021 valedictorians virtually. School superintendents, valedictorians and their parents gathered in small groups, within their own school districts, to view the event and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of this year’s valedictorians. Senior High School valedictorian Sara Kenney was among those honored.

SCSSA president and Center Moriches School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ronald M. Masera hosted the event, thanked the association’s corporate partners for their support in helping to make the event possible and congratulated the valedictorians on their success.

“Some of the most highly regarded schools in the nation are located in Suffolk County,” Dr. Masera said. “To achieve the status of a Suffolk County valedictorian is an extraordinary achievement.”

This year’s keynote speaker was Jon Gordon, author of books such as “The Energy Bus” and “The Power of Positive Leadership.” He spoke to the valedictorians about the benefits of positive leadership and the true meaning of encouraging others to succeed.

“You have the power to transform the world,” Mr. Gordon said. “You decide your future. Be a positive leader and impact the people around you. Remember, the best is yet to come.”

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly presented Sara with a commemorative program, congratulatory video, a certificate of achievement, a cherished childhood storybook, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss and Gordon’s book “The Energy Bus.” The program and video, which was created especially for the Class of 2021, featured information about each valedictorian’s school district, their formal senior yearbook photo, their college of choice and anticipated major. The choice of the storybook was certainly appropriate, as this year’s valedictorians plan to attend some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the nation.

In addition to recognizing the valedictorians, the SCSSA and their corporate partners awarded scholarships in every high school in Suffolk County to a highly deserving graduating senior planning to pursue a career in education or social services. These worthy scholarship recipients were selected by their own school districts for this special recognition.

Biology Students Care for Community

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Despite the wet weather conditions, Senior High School advanced placement biology students volunteered their time during Memorial Day weekend to clean up their community and the environment. Advanced placement biology teacher Andrea Durbin challenged the class to spend a few moments doing something good by cleaning up the trash in their neighborhood. The class is currently engaged in a conservation unit that is a part of the National Park Trust Grant, with a focus on pollution.

West Babylon Celebrates Senior Class

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The Class of 2021 was celebrated in style during a senior car parade held at Senior High School on the evening of May 27. School district administrators, teachers, staff joined together to cheer on the soon-to-be graduates. Each of the elementary schools decorated their cars and held up signs as the seniors drove through the parking lot. The seniors, dressed in blue and gold, decked their cars out with balloons, streamers and signs as they drove through the parade accompanied by the West Babylon Fire Department.

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