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Kindness Really Rocks

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Sixth-graders from the Junior High School did their part in spreading kindness on Nov. 28. As a class, the students took a trip to see the movie “Wonder.” Upon their return, students created one-of-a-kind rocks with messages of inspiration and kindness. The students will bring their painted rocks home and spread their messages throughout the community.
  

Holiday Crafts

Sixth-graders joined librarian Alice Robinson on Dec. 5 for some after-school holiday crafts.

Small Acts of Kindness Go a Long Way

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In recognition of World Kindness Day on Nov. 13, students in Eileen Moran’s English language arts class at the Junior High School worked together to help grant a wish. For his last Christmas wish, Jacob Thompson, a 9-year-old who has cancer, has been in the news asking for cards from all over the world. The students created cards and collected some penguin gear — his favorite animal — to ship to the hospital.   
 

Filtered Bottle Fillers at the JHS

The Newly Renovated Eagle Hall

Collaborative Learning

Cluster 3 students in Rose Lyn Cipparulo¹s classes were collaborating while completing drafts of their argumentative essays.

Team 1 ELA Poetry Winners

Team 1 ELA Poetry Winners photo

 

Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night

Hands-On Learning During STEM Family Night photo

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. 



Cut It Up Poetry

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."

Buddy Club Halloween Party

The Great Pumpkin Challenge

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During Dr. Patricia Neville’s library classes at the Junior High School, students were challenged with building a structure out of candy pumpkins and toothpicks on Oct. 31. Working in small groups, the completed structure tested the weight of a small pumpkin.

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. 
 

Hands-On Learning with Google Expeditions

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Sixth-grade students at the Junior High School participated in a Google Expeditions AR pioneer program on Nov. 15. The Google technology allows objects to be projected into 3-D images and mapped out in the physical classroom. Students are able to walk around the classroom with phones attached to selfie sticks and explore the objects. They can get close up to an object to spot details, and step back to capture a full picture. 

Young Artists at Library

Young Artists at Library
For the third consecutive year, the West Babylon Public Library and the West Babylon Junior High School art department are teaming up to exhibit talented young artists.  For November, Studio in Art students will be showing their creations that focus on the elements of art. Under the direction of  studio teacher Jennifer Tomeo and the collaboration and support of Azuree Agnello, director of teen programs for the West Babylon Public Library, these talented students have the opportunity to exhibit in a public forum.  

Sixth-Grader Takes Third in Local Veterans Contest

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Sixth-grader Dahlia Lind in Rose Lyn Cipparulo’s English language arts class wrote an essay recognizing her grandfather as her Veterans Day hero as part of an essay contest run through the Town of Babylon. Lind was awarded third place and a $50 gift card and will be recognized at Town Hall on Nov. 3 at the Veterans Day Awareness Week event.

Lessons in Native American History

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As part of their study of Native Americans in social studies class, seventh-grade students in Faye Lynch’s class recently made their version of Iroquois false face masks.

Fun with MakerSpace

Students in Mrs. Robinson¹s library class at the JHS are having fun with MakerSpace activities.

Pledging to Stay Drug Free

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Students and staff at the Junior High School kicked off Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 23 by dressing all in red. During their lunch period, students signed a banner and pledged to stay drug free.

Mathematical Planets

Students in eighth-grade Math Applications are creating their own planets based off of the actual planets. They are comparing and contrasting their planets with actual planets using operations of numbers in scientific notation.

Big Wins at BACCA

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Three Junior High School eighth-graders were recently recognized for their exceptional photography skills. The students took top honors in the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts Photography and Sculpture judged show. 

The district congratulates Luca Haas (second place), Michael Alexiadis (third place) and Stephanie Curley (honorable mention).

Searching for Evidence

Cluster 3 students in Jillian DiPreta’s sixth grade social studies classes searched for evidence to prove and disprove the quote, “It will never be possible to know how the world became settled” as part of their Neolithic revolution unit.

Eighth-Grade Scientists

Students Pen Essays for Hero Veterans

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Sixth-grade students in Rose Lyn Cipparulo’s English language arts class at the junior high school recently wrote essays in recognition of Veterans Day. The topic for the essay was themed “My Hero: A Veteran Who I Admire.”
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