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November Eagle Award Winners

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To receive an Eagle Award, students are nominated by a teacher for going above and beyond in one of the social emotional learning competencies. The district congratulates the November award winners (from left): Joseph Spina, Brianna Oliveri, Julia Gabrell, Emma Garcia, Kristina Agostinello, and Elvin Velasquez. Not pictured: Charles DeGennaro, Isaiah Meaner

Student-Athletes Set Sights on College Sports

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Five student-athletes were recently recognized for signing letters of intent to continue to play their sport in college next fall. 

The students recently gathered in the Board of Education boardroom, along with their families, coaches and administrators, to be formerly recognized. The district congratulates the following student-athletes: Emma Cantwell (lacrosse – LIU Post); Michael McMahon (lacrosse – Stony Brook University); Kayla Reese (lacrosse – Mercy College); Jessica Smith (lacrosse – Hofstra University); and Ashleigh Tortorice (lacrosse – Albright College). 

Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night

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The Senior High School’s Math & Science Honor Society, National Technology Honor Society, Robotics Club and the Science Club presented the third-annual Family STEM Night on Nov. 8.

Students in grades K-8, along with their families, were invited to the STEM event to enjoy hands-on activities including games, experiments, mini-labs and robotics demonstrations. 

The Math & Science Honor Society ran science and math activities on the third floor of the high school. With close to 30 different stations, students had plenty from which to choose including activities like “Taste the Rainbow,” “Slime Time,” “Strawberry DNA” and “M&M Survival.” Brookhaven National Laboratory conducted a microscope activity and Mad Science performed dry ice experiments with small groups of students. “Be An Einstein” station let students decorate their own lab coats to wear for all their STEM activities. 

In the technology wing, the National Technology Honor Society and Robotics Club showed off their robots, 3-D printers and printing pens, and woodworking capabilities. In the lobby, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County had a small pool with marine creatures in touch tanks for the students. All of the proceeds from the evening are used toward student scholarships. 



Student-Musicians Shine Light on a Cause

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The Tri-M Music Honor Society, under the advisement of Dana Meadows, attended the annual Light the Night Walk on Oct. 20.

For the past nine years, West Babylon’s student-musicians have attended this event. Band members played field show music and jock jams as a pep band and other music department students held signs and cheered for the walkers. 

Light the Night Walk is a fundraising campaign of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society which brings together families and communities to honor blood cancer survivors, as well as those lost to the diseases. The event also shines a light on the importance of finding cures and providing access to treatments for blood cancer. 

Centennial Celebration

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Students in Donna Briody's Advanced Placement Literature class at the Senior High School recognized the centennial anniversary of women’s right to vote in New York State by connecting with an author who, through Hester Prynne, voiced the power and strength of women in culture where inequity was the norm.

Blue Star Status for SHS

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The Senior High School has been named a Blue Star School for its students’ performance on the 2016-2017 Working in Support of Education’s financial literacy certification test. West Babylon Senior High School is one of only 232 high schools in the nation to earn the distinction. 

To earn the Blue Star School distinction, a school must have achieved an 80 percent passing rate on the test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the test or have the students who took it achieve an average score of 85 percent or higher.

Blue Star Schools was honored at the National MoneyPOWER Financial Literacy Conference on Nov. 7 in New York City. 

Librarian Workshops

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All of the district’s librarians participated in the Western Suffolk BOCES school library seminar on Nov. 7 at Farmingdale Public Library. The librarians attended workshops on topics such as “Establishing a Makerspace,” “Poetry Slam Activities in Middle School and High Schools,” and “Appropriate Graphic Novels for Middle and High Schools."

Tokens of Appreciation for Board of Education

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The district acknowledged the commitment and dedication of its board of education prior to its meeting on Oct. 24. In celebration of New York State School Boards Recognition Week, members of the Board of Education were presented with certificates by the office of Suffolk County Leg. Kevin McCaffrey, Town of Babylon Councilman Antonio Martinez and Western Suffolk BOCES. Artwork from students throughout the district adorned the board workroom to show their appreciation. The Senior High School select string ensemble performed “Ashokan Farewell” before refreshments were served courtesy of the PTAs and PTA Council. 
 

Durbin Named Master Teacher

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Senior High School educator Andrea Durbin has been named a Master Teacher as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York State Master Teacher Program. Durbin, who has been a science teacher in the district for the past 15 years, joins the 908 educators across New York State who teach science, technology, engineering, and math courses including advanced placement, honors, Regents and International Baccalaureate levels. 

All Master Teachers are active beyond their classrooms, serving as curriculum department leaders or on district committees. The Master Teachers hold leadership roles in New York State STEM professional associations, and many have received awards and public recognition for their teaching from their peers and communities.

During their four-year participation in the program, Master Teachers receive a $15,000 stipend annually; engage in peer mentoring and intensive content-oriented professional development opportunities throughout the academic year; work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment for the next generation of STEM teachers; and attend required regional cohort meetings, participate in and lead several professional development sessions each year.

College Dean Schools West Babylon Business Students

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Molloy College Dean Stephen Bier visited the Senior High School on Oct. 16 to share his thoughts and experiences with business students. 

More than 100 students participated in the lectures, which also included Casey Mann from Molloy College’s business division and Louis Mazza, a West Babylon Class of 2017 graduate and current accounting major at Molloy College. The discussions centered on choosing a college, the job market and starting salaries and internships. 
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