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Coding Fun at JFK

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Collen Steffens’s second-grade at John K. Kennedy Elementary School class joined class parent Mrs. O'Dougherty in the 2018 Hour of Code using Google’s CS First curriculum. Students engaged in An Usual Discovery. This activity introduced students to computer science and the programming language Scratch. Students used different Scratch blocks to create their own unique stories by sequencing dialogue to tell a story and animating interactions between characters, their backdrops, and a surprising object. 

Safety & Security Updates

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To continually keep up to date with safety and security throughout all the schools in the district, West Babylon has made enhancements for the 2018-19 school year. Below is a list of a few of the updates and highlights of security measures in throughout the district:

Secured vestibule at the Senior High School. 
Stop the Bleed kits in all buildings.
Additional Stop the Bleed training. 
Established visitor escort system at the Junior High School and Senior High School.
Teacher/student ID requirement. 
New director of guidance to assist with addressing social, emotional and mental needs of students.
Coordinated varied lockdown drills with Suffolk County Police Department.
Lockdown classroom markers.
Sign off with Suffolk County Police Department (camera access).
Meetings with Suffolk County Police Inspector Kevin Kane, Deputy Inspector Forte and Chief of Department Stuart Cameron.
Unannounced Suffolk County Police Department visits.
Scheduled an additional active shooter seminar for staff and faculty.
Scheduled follow-up building assessments to be done by Homeland Security. 
Crisis Prevention Institute training provided to security guards.
Senior High School cafeteria ¬– new wall and windows.
Additional exterior guard for the Senior High School (fall 2018).
Revised emergency plans provided to Suffolk County Police Department and State Education Department.
New districtwide radios purchased and distributed.
Coordinating RAVE app set up with Suffolk County Police Department and Suffolk County.
Cameras on several buses.
Additional window films. 
 

Let’s Vote

Voters in Lisa DeGennaro‘s first grade class from John F. Kennedy Elementary School took to the polls this week. After listening to stories about the candidates, Duck For President, Grace For President, and My Teacher For President, voters made campaign signs and then used their voter registration cards to cast their ballot at the polling place. The “Teacher” won presidency but promised she’d finish the school year before taking office.

Red Ribbon Week

Life Is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free. – J.F.K. Celebrates Red Ribbon Week.

Eagle Pride Soars During Homecoming Weekend

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West Babylon School District celebrated its homecoming during the weekend of Oct. 20 with activities that brought the whole community together to root on the Eagles.

To kick off the festivities, West Babylon Senior High School held its pep rally on evening of Oct. 19. On Oct. 20, the homecoming parade made its way down Little East Neck Road. Led by the marching band, the parade featured elementary and junior high students, high school clubs and organizations, the homecoming court, sports teams and the floats created by the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes, themed after different countries.

Prior to the start of the football game against the Rocky Point Eagles, seniors from the football and cheer teams were announced and escorted to the field to be recognized. Members of the homecoming court were also recognized on the field.
West Babylon’s varsity football team was the first to score and they dominated Rocky Point throughout the rest of the game, ultimately taking the win by a final score of 51-16. 

Performances by the marching band and cheerleaders were the highlight of the halftime show. At the homecoming dance later that evening, Dante Terry and Jacqueline Miller were crowned the homecoming king and queen.



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