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The Bald Eagles of West Babylon Set to Shave

The Bald Eagles of West Babylon Set to Shave photo
Students and staff members from throughout the West Babylon School District will be shaving their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for childhood cancers. The team is the Bald Eagles of West Babylon, and they will be participating in the shave on March 25 at Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon Village. This is the third year that the Bald Eagles of WB are shaving their heads at Lily's and for the past two years, they have been the top fundraising team. In 2016, the team raised more than $10,000 and last year raised more than $13,000, thanks in part to the support of the JHS student council. Some members of the Bald Eagles of WB team are: John Snyder (health/physical education teacher – JHS/HS); James Fulton (art – HS); Kelly Connolly (English – HS); Bryan Heaton (music – JHS); and Dan McKeon (principal –JHS). 

All-County Cheerleaders

All-County Cheerleaders photo
At the Section XI All-County dinner on March 12, three West Babylon varsity cheerleaders were honored for their outstanding accomplishments this season. The district congratulates the following students: Academic All County: Amanda Ruppel; All Division: Danielle Comparator; and All County: Britney Jahrmarkt.

Science Olympiad Team Goes to States

Science Olympiad Team Goes to States photo
On March 10-11, the West Babylon Science Olympiad team competed at the annual state competition at Le Moyne College, Syracuse. West Babylon was one of only six teams representing Suffolk County, and one of 16 teams representing Long Island. The following students participated in this year’s state competition: Eric Donohue, Ben Galinson, Billy Marvin, Daria Delmonico, Mark Giles, Rob Aguanno, Joe Ronzetti, Vera Rodic, Jake Adams, Rachael Le, Emerson Schaefer, Juliana Pham, Aidan O’Sullivan, Evan Restive, Jay Santana, Erin Thompson, Ryan O’Sullivan, Olivia Globoweski, Natalia Niebryzdowski and Olivia Nawara.

DECA Winners

DECA Winners photo

From March 7-9, 18 West Babylon DECA students competed at the annual New York State DECA competition in Rochester, New York. These students placed at the regional competition in Suffolk County earlier in January to qualify for states. Congratulations to the following students who received recognition in their respective competitive events at this state conference:

Irwin Chugh – Job Interview – top 10 medal
Kalleynah Olsen – Job Interview – top 10 medal
Christopher Price – Principles of Marketing – top 10 medal for exam
Emerson Schaefer – Business Services Marketing – top 10 medal for role play 1, top 10 overall medal, fifth place in NYS
Eric Donohue – Restaurant and Food Service Management – top 10 medal for exam, top 10 medals for role play 1 and 2, top 10 overall medal, second place in NYS

Both Emerson and Eric qualify to compete at the annual International DECA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, April 21-25.

An Inside Look at MSG

An Inside Look at MSG photo
Senior High School business education students attended a tour of Madison Square Garden on Feb. 8. Students explored exclusive 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 legendary history and a visit and question-and-answer period with a member of Madison Square Garden’s finance department.

2018-19 Budget Preparations Underway

2018-19 Budget Preparations Underway image
The administration has presented its first draft of the proposed 2018-19 school budget and has discussed anticipated revenues, state aid estimates and the proposed tax levy during recent Board of Education meetings. 

According to Michele Psarakis, executive director for finance and operations, the district’s goals for the 2018-19 school year include maintaining all student programs while remaining within the state-mandated tax levy cap. 

The Board of Education encourages residents to become informed about the district’s proposed 2018-19 spending plan by attending the scheduled budget workshops and public hearings. Community members are encouraged to cast their vote on May 15 to help determine the future of the district.

Tuesday, March 13: Board of Education meeting; board review/discussion of budget draft No. 2 development, 7 p.m.     

Tuesday, March 27: Presentation of budget draft No. 2, 7 p.m. 
Tuesday, April 10: Board of Education meeting; final review and adoption of the 2018-19 proposed budget, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1: Board of Education meeting; public hearing of 2018-19 proposed school budget, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 15: School budget vote and trustee election, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Cheer Squad Takes Sixth

Cheer Squad Takes Sixth photo
Cheer Squad Takes Sixth photo 2
The Senior High School varsity cheerleading team competed in the National High School Cheerleading Championship in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 10-11. The team placed sixth in their division.

The cheerleading team also competed in the Suffolk County Championship on Feb. 24 at West Islip High School. The West Babylon cheerleaders are one of just four teams to have qualified to compete in the event. 

Heller Heads to the States

Heller Heads to the States photo
Heller Heads to the States photo2
Members of the West Babylon girls varsity winter track team participated in the Section XI state qualifier meet on Feb. 12. Hannah Heller, an All-County student-athlete, advanced to the state championships in the 600-meter run. The state championship will be held on March 3 at the at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island.

Josephine Critchley (fourth place in the 3000-meter run) and Nadja Ashley (fourth place in the long jump) earned All-County honors for their performance at the event. 

Student-Artist Recognized

Student-Artist Recognized Pic
Senior High School student-artist Alexandra Gaudioso recently received an honorable mention award at LIU Post’s Advanced Visions competition. Alexandra won for her oil pastel painting “Oh Koi.” 

More than 35 schools from Nassau, Suffolk and New York City participated in the event and 70 student works were accepted into this highly competitive show, where only seven awards are distributed. 

Science Olympiad Team Heads to States

Science Olympiad Team Heads to States Pic

West Babylon Senior High School’s Science Olympiad team took fourth place at the annual Suffolk County Science Olympiad Tournament on Jan. 27.

West Babylon competed against 47 teams from more than 25 schools in Suffolk County. Each team competed in up to 25 events. 
For the eighth consecutive year, the team will have the opportunity to represent Suffolk County at the annual state tournament.

The district congratulates the following students who placed in the top 10 in their respective events:
Anatomy & Physiology: Eric Donohue, Olivia Nawara, Juliana Pham and Vera Rodic
Duct Tape Challenge: Ben Galinson and Billy Marvin
Dynamic Planet: Ryan O’Sullivan and Erin Thompson
Forensics: Rachel Le and Jade Ung
Game On: Ben Galison and Joe Ronzetti
Helicopters: Daria DelMonico and Olivia Nawara
Hovercraft: Mark Giles and Billy Marvin
Materials Science: Kyra Duke and Megan Le
Mousetrap Vehicle: Robert Aguanno and Evan Restivo
Mousetrap Vehicle: Urszula Bednarski and Patrick O’Halloran 
Optics: Jake Adams, Aidan O’Sullivan, Ryan O’Sullivan and Juliana Pham 
Parasitology: Brianna Collora and Amanda Scarlata
Science Quiz Bowl: Natalia Niebrzydowski, Aidan O’Sullivan and Joe Ronzetti
Towers: Eric Donohue, Natalia Niebrzydowski, Kalleynah Olsen and Olivia Younger 

Former Basketball Coaches Honored with Gym Dedication

Former Basketball Coaches Honored with Gym Dedication photo

On Jan. 30, West Babylon Senior High School dedicated one of its gymnasiums to Jim Lynch and the late Frank Taplin – two longtime basketball coaches and faculty members – who had a lasting impact on the school district and its basketball program.

In addition to their many years of coaching the boys basketball team, Lynch was a teacher in the district and also served as an assistant principal at the Senior High School, while Taplin served as a guidance counselor. 

“To the administration and faculty of West Babylon, thank you for your friendship and support over 40 years,” Lynch said. “You all made West Babylon a wonderful place to work.”

The West Babylon Board of Education voted to dedicate the gymnasium to the two individuals and presented Lynch and Taplin’s family with plaques. Lynch spent 48 years teaching in West Babylon, and both Lynch and Taplin spent 26 years coaching the basketball team. During that time, the team went to the playoffs 19 times, was named league champs four times, and received numerous other honors in their section and state. 

West Babylon Robotics Takes on Tech Challenge

West Babylon Robotics Takes on Tech Challenge photo
The Senior High School’s Robotics Club participated in its second qualifying tournament of the 2018 FIRST Tech Challenge on Jan. 13 at Center Moriches High School. Following the first tournament, the students made significant modification to their robots and game play.  

Team Pandemonium 1 seeded sixth overall and was selected as a member of the second seeded team’s alliance. The alliance team made it to the semifinals but was defeated by the third seeded alliance.
Team Pandemonium 2 seeded seventh overall and was selected as a member of the third seeded team's alliance. Their alliance team finished in second place overall.

Tech Educator Named Bright Lights Winner

Tech Educator Named Bright Lights Winner
For his use of technology in the classroom, Senior High School technology teacher Gerard DeSimone received a Bright Lights Award from the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies. DeSimone was presented with the award at a luncheon in Great River on Jan. 18. He is pictured, from left, with Senior High School Principal Dr. Ellice Vassallo, technology education chairperson Katie Reilly-Johnson and Stephanie Nocerino, student data and instructional technology coordinator.