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JHS Science Olympiad Team Brings Home Medals

JHS Science Olympiad Team Brings Home Medals photo
The Junior High School Science Olympiad team participated in a regional competition on March 17. Medals were brought home by Megan DelMonico and Zuzanna Obrycki for roller coaster, and Mackenzie Ung and Julian Reyes for fast facts. John Lizio and Cara Jewels won a medals for solar system. John Lizio and Parag Vyas brought home medals in ecology. Team members Dakota-Skye Manna, Ismael Villacis, Jackie Joseph, Jessica Donley, Jessica Martino, Kaitlyn Zambrana, Kyra Walter and Ben Hoffman had great performances in 13 other events. The team placed in the top 10th percent overall.

Remembering the Lives Lost

Staff and students at the JHS dressed in the school colors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS or West Babylon school colors to commemorate the lives lost in the Florida school shooting. Seventeen separate moments of silence were conducted throughout the day and students engaged in conversation about 17 things (#my17) they could do or say to create a more positive atmosphere in the building. A banner was also hung outside the cafeteria with the message "#WeAreOne" and students voluntarily wrote messages that address school safety.

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). 

A Sweet Lesson in Design

A Sweet Lesson in Design photo

Sixth-graders in Dr. Patricia Neville’s library class at the Junior High School were challenged to a Valentine’s Day Makerspace activity. Using just gumdrops, Popsicle sticks and toothpicks, the students created a three-level bridge. Each level of the bridge had to hold the weight of a different object: a gummy worm, five sweetheart candies and five chocolate kisses.


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.

Artwork on Display

Artwork on Display photo
The Junior High School art department’s first art exhibition for the 2017-2018 school year is now at the West Babylon Public Library. The artwork of the advanced seventh grade art class under the direction of Mrs. Alfano has a collection of artwork entitled "Animal Portraits" currently on display. Through collaboration with Azuree Agnello, head of the library's young adult services department, the exhibition is part of a vision to promote arts in the community. The art department and the library invite family and community members to enjoy the exhibit from now through the end of March.

Kindness Counts at JHS

Kindness Counts at JHS photo
Junior High School students who were caught being kind were recognized during a Character Counts luncheon on Feb. 2. Principal Daniel McKeon and Assistant Principal Jessica Yawney-Kohler hosted a luncheon for students and the teachers who nominated them for their kind acts.

March Performance

March Performance photo
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The JHS cast of "Mary Poppins" is rehearsing and ready to perform March 22 and March 23 at 6 p.m.

Science Olympiad Team Ready for Feb. 3 Comp

Navigating Nonfiction

Navigating Nonfiction photo
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Mrs. Granieri's reading classes at the Junior High school are busy studying strategies to navigate through nonfiction genre. Their reading of nonfiction texts will be enhanced by understanding structure, layout, and the text features of several types of nonfiction writing.