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Santapogue Students Sow the Seeds

Santapogue Students Sow the Seeds photo
In celebration of Arbor Day on April 27, the Babylon Rotary Club provided tree seeds for every first-grader at Santapogue Elementary School to take home. The first-graders took an Arbor Day pledge to take care of the trees and promised to plant them and care for them. 

Sounds Good at Tooker

Tooker Avenue students had an assembly on May 14 with Brent Daniels sponsored by the school’s PTA Cultural Arts Program. Mr. Daniels showed the students how music is composed in today’s entertainment industry and discussed the importance of education in all subjects. Students participated in the program to create a one-of-a-kind, on-the-spot sounds and song composition that had everyone in the audience dancing and singing.

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South Bay Students Help Robots Seek Shelter

South Bay Students Help Robots Seek Shelter photo
During their library class, media specialist Kara Levy challenged students at South Bay Elementary School to have some rainy weather fun. The students were tasked with creating a shelter from the storm for their Dash robots using K’Nex. They had to program the robots using Blockly to drive and park in the shelter. 

Sorting Syllables

As part of their first grade phonics program, Fundations, students in Mrs. Pino’s first grade class at Tooker Avenue learned how to identify, read and write “closed” and “open” syllables. The students, divided into four groups, were given 12 word cards each, and they had to sort them by syllable type.

Performing Artists Recognized

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Five Senior High School actors and actresses will be competing in the 2018 Roger Rees Awards for Excellence in Student Performance, the New York Chapter of the Jimmy Awards, also known as the National High School Musical Theatre Awards. They will be competing based on their performances in the school’s musical, “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The district congratulates the following students (from left): David Grant (Chairman); Mackenzie Grimes (Princess Puffer); Danielle Del Orfano (Rosa Bud); Colin Murray (John Jasper); and Amanda Riche (Edwin Drood). 

Skittles Experiment

Students in Kathleen Stein's CORE class at the Junior High School participated in Maker Space in the library on May 18. Students formed a hypothesis of how fast various colors of Skittles would dissolve in different types of liquids. Using a red Skittle, they experimented by dropping one into water, vinegar, and Coca-Cola.

South Bay at Science Fair

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On May 5, South Bay Elementary second grader Lucas Dispigno displayed his science fair project “Going Batty” at the Brookhaven National Laboratory Elementary Science Fair. Lucas earned a ribbon and is already thinking about next year’s research topic.
 

Career Fair

On May 18, West Babylon High School held its fourth annual career fair in the small gym. More than 20 careers were represented, ranging from law enforcement, government and politics, sports broadcasting, nursing and sales. Approximately 350 students, mostly 11th and 12th graders, attended the career fair where they had the opportunity to learn about these careers through small group sessions. The career fair was organized and coordinated by business education teacher and work co-op coordinator Colleen Kilgus.

Classroom Transforms to Hogwarts School

Classroom Transforms to Hogwarts School photo
Fifth-graders in LynnMarie Gendron’s class at Tooker Avenue Elementary School stepped into the world of Harry Potter on April 25. As a kickoff to the fantasy unit in reading, the fifth-graders attended a special session at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Upon entering their transformed classroom, they were divided into their houses and given various reading tasks. The students in each house had to successfully complete each task to collect the ingredients needed to make a mysterious potion. All the wizards and witches graduated from the session at Hogwarts with flying colors. 

Two Seniors Shine at DECA

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Senior High School seniors Eric Donohue and Emerson Schaefer competed at the annual DECA International Career Development Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 21-24. Both qualified for the event after placing as finalists at last month’s New York State DECA Conference.

Donohue was a medalist in his competition, restaurant and food service management, and was honored for his achievements.  
 

Mrs. Delaney’s Class Dissecting Frogs

Students in Wendy Delaney’s class at the Junior High School dissected frogs during a recent science lab.

Paper Towel Experiment

Students in Nick Delapi's science class weighed paper towel absorption as an experiment to see which is most efficient with regards to price.

Tooker’s Second Grade Writers

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After studying series books and learning how to write letters about favorite books, Mrs. DeSa’s second graders at Tooker Avenue decided that they wanted to write letters to a favorite writer Kate DiCamillo, author of the Mercy Watson series, “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane,” and many others. Mrs. DeSa read “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” to the class and they loved it so much that they wanted to convince her to continue the story in a sequel.

PTA Cultural Arts Assembly

Forest Avenue students enjoyed the PTA Cultural Arts Assembly and learned about proper nutrition and the importance of exercise.

STEM Challenge for a Cause

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The West Babylon Junior High School Science Olympiad team attended the Team Packard STEM Challenge at Northport High School on April 21. The team won an award for the most money raised, took third place in mystery solutions and third in puzzling math. All of the money raised goes to ALS research.

What’s Hatching at Tooker

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Students in Mrs. Paganica’s class at Tooker Avenue have been learning about eggs, chicks and patience as they anxiously awaited three long weeks for the arrival of their baby chicks. On May 2, the class welcomed two chicks into the world and is waiting for two more eggs to crack. 
 

FLEX Time at South Bay

Close Reading Skills

Mrs. Fitzgerald's first grade class at Tooker Avenue has been working on close reading skills. They are very focused!

JFK Fifth Grade Circus

Students Using Dash and Dot Robots

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Santapogue Says Thank You to its Teachers

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There are messages of gratitude written in chalk on the sidewalk in front of Santapogue Elementary School as the student council celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week from May 7-11. The student council wrote messages to all the teachers prior to their morning arrival, and each teacher received a bucket filled with quotes and sayings.

Blue and Gold Shines Bright

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An annual tradition in West Babylon for more than 60 years, the 2018 Blue and Gold Competition did not disappoint this April. For highlights of the event, and interviews from blue and gold team members, please enjoy this video.

Tooker’s Fairy Tale Challenge

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First graders in Laura Fitzgerald’s class at Tooker Avenue participated in the Fairy Tale Challenge. Students worked with partners to complete activities in math, STEM and literacy. Upon completion, students had their pictures taken as princes and princesses.

 

Scientific Writing in Second Grade

Students in Mrs. Graziosa's second-grade class learned all about scientific writing of lab reports.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

To celebrate May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, Forest Avenue second grade students learned all about the parts of the ear and their functions during a lesson with Miss Bavolar (school speech-language pathologist). Students then made model ears using "Play-Doh."

A Great Day at Tooker

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Tooker Avenue Elementary School joined together to create a mural during their art classes this year. Each student had a part in creating the piece, which reads “Make It A Great Day. The Choice Is Yours” and is prominently displayed in the school’s gymnasium. 

Scientific Writing in Second Grade

Students in Mrs. Graziosa's second-grade class learned all about scientific writing of lab reports.

Forest Avenue Night of the Arts

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Forest Avenue students enjoyed a "Night of the Arts." The fifth grade Chamber Choir performed and third-grade students performed at their Recorder Concert. Students enjoyed one another's artwork that was displayed around the building for the Art Show. Great job by all!

SCOPE Program

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Students are enjoying the SCOPE after school program. Shown here are photos from Forest Avenue and South Bay’s programs.

NYSMMA Honors

Congratulations to the following students for their participation in this year's NYSSMA solo and ensemble festivals. There were three NYSSMA festivals: NYSSMA West Piano Festival was held on April 11-12 in Commack HS, the Suffolk Jazz, Guitar and Drum Set Festival was held on April 13-14 in West Islip, and the Area 1 NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival was held at Lindenhurst HS on May 4-5.

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Clare

Berrin

Carissa

Brock

Ryan

Brown

Briana

Campos

Aidan

Carberry

Kayla

Casazza

Matthew

Cella

Cara

Cirasole

Madison

Clauss

Sarah

Coffey

Julie

Cooke

Ariana

Cruz

James

Dauch

Conor

Davis

Angelina

DeGennaro

Darren

Del Orfano

Jaidyn

DeRosa

Mackenzie

DeRosa

Alyssa

Descalza

Mikayla

Desroches

Teresa

Douce

Evan

Dunford

Sara

Dunford

Anthony

Fitzgerald

Maryjane

Friedel

Katarina

Friedman

Alma

Gaxiola

Katie

Gennings

Alexander

Gheradi

Lily

Giambalvo

Andrew

Glennon

Nolan

Graham

Tiana

Green

Lucas

Greengold

Noah

Greengold

Sophie

Greer

Jenna

Halvorsen

Gabriel

Hernandez

William

Horowitz

Zachary

Housner

Christopher

Izzo

Julia

Jakubisiak

Justin

Jastrzebski

Melanie

Jastrzebski

Marta

Jimenez

Olivia

Krulish

Lauren

Kutchens

Xiang Xi

Lin

You Xi

Lin

John

Lizio

Jessica

Martino

Anthony

Mastrangelo

Ellen

McGrath

Irene

Mejia

Angelica

Meredino

Caleb

Merigliano

George

Miaris

Kenneth

Miller

Madelyn

Moore

Aidan

Morano

Elizabeth

Mulle

Elizabeth

Mulle

Eamon

Murray

Ryan

O'Sullivan

Magdalena

Obrycki

Zuzanna

Obrycki

Kalleynah

Olsen

Michael

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Michael

Palma

Christopher

Pascual

Ethan

Pena

Yuvia

Pena

Olivia

Price

Isabel

Rosales

Grace

Rossi

Jack

Rotolo

Joseph

Rueda

Sean

Russell

Tyler

Russell

Anthony

Russo

Luis

Salazar Marino

Jiavana

Schweigert

Scott

Shepherd

Ella

Simonson

Cenahi

Smith

Brian

Thompson

Owen

Trounsen

Iyonna

Tyson

Erin

Wade

Kyra

Walter

Jason

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Nico

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Cifford

William

Jaidyn

Williams

Natalia

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Riley

Woodward

Robert

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Kaitlin

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Two Seniors Named Zone Winners

Two Seniors Named Zone Winners photo
West Babylon Senior High School seniors Eric Donohue and Erin Reahl were presented with the Suffolk Zone Outstanding Student Award for Citizenship, Scholarship and Physical Performance. The award was presented by the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Suffolk Zone Award. At the awards ceremony in late March, the two students were presented with certificates and gold medals recognizing their outstanding achievement as physical education students, scholars and citizens. 

Student-Athletes Commit to Next Level

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Twelve student-athletes from West Babylon Senior High School committed to playing their sports in college next fall during a national letter of intent signing on April 11 in the West Babylon Board of Education room.

Joined by administrators, coaches and family members, the students put pen to paper as they move to the collegiate level in September. The district congratulates the following students: Krista Agostinello, soccer, Hofstra University; Joseph Ballone, lacrosse, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Brittany Claud, basketball, SUNY Oneonta; Jason Fucci, Hartwick College; Hailey Griffin, cheerleading, West Virginia University; Grace Guglielmo, soccer/lacrosse, New York Institute of Technology; Tara Hauff, track, SUNY Stony Brook; Britney Jahrmarkt, cheerleading, Sacred Heart University; Rocco Longo, football, Catholic University of America; Natalie McIntosh, softball, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Spencer Milito, track and field, College of Staten Island; and Amanda Ruppel, cheerleading, University of Scranton. 



Student-Scientists at Work

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Seventh-grade students dissected frogs during science class on April 16. Students examined the exterior features of the frog and then made cuts into the frog to observe internal organs.

April Activities for Autism Awareness

Planting a Garden

Reading in Second Grade

Students in Mrs. Bogart and Mrs. Graziosa's second-grade classes teamed up to read series books.

Student Council

The Forest Avenue Student Council enjoyed the spring weather as they planted in the garden.

Second Grade Reading Buddies

First-Graders Get Creative with Technology

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Students in Autumn Matthews’ first-grade class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School combined creativity with the power of technology using the Osmo Creative Set. Students worked in small groups to create animated stories with Osmo Monster by choosing their adventures and designing items to be pulled into their stories. This activity targeted skills such as collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication.

First-Place Poster Winner

First-Place Poster Winner
Forest Avenue student Nicole Olszewski, a fifth-grader in Mrs. Riccio's class, won first place in Covina’s 12th annual Recycling Poster Contest. She will receive a medal and prize for her award-winning entry.

South Bay Student Recognized in Local Art Contest

South Bay Student Recognized in Local Art Contest photo
Mansimaar Birk, a fifth-grader at South Bay Elementary School, has been named a finalist in the annual Women’s History Art Contest organized by Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre. The contest honors local women who have made a difference and celebrates National Women’s History Month. This year’s event was themed “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring All Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Mansimaar was honored at the Women of Distinction awards ceremony on April 13 in Amityville.  

Seniors Making a Strong Connection

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The foster grandparents who volunteer in the classrooms at John F. Kennedy Elementary School are making a big impact on the students and vice versa. As part of the Foster Grandparents program, seniors are matched with schools in their area, where they spend time working with students and making connections. Students are able to get one-on-one time with a foster grandparent, giving them the extra boost they need to succeed in school. 

John F. Kennedy Elementary School currently has four foster grandparents placed in classrooms. Some volunteer for a few hours per day while others spend the whole school day with the students. In recognition of their ongoing volunteer efforts, Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Town of Babylon Councilman Tony Martinez visited the school on April 10 to thank the volunteers for their service, tour the classrooms and witness the connections they are making with the students everyday. 

4th Grade Field Trip to Connetquot State Park

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Reading Super Powers

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Kindergarten students in Ms. Mele and Mrs. Ward’s class at Tooker Avenue showed off their favorite books. The class is using their reading super powers, such as “pointer power” and “pattern power,” to read.

Paint Night Raises Awareness

West Babylon’s SEPTA held an autism awareness paint night fundraiser at the junior high school on April 19. Students from the Eagle Eyes Club and the National Honor Society volunteered their time during the evening to ensure it was a success.

Guest Art Teacher for the Day

After South Bay Elementary student Justin Escobar showed his art teacher, Janice Dougherty, how to create an origami hat, she suggested he teach the whole class how to make one. On April 24, Justin was the guest art teacher for the day. He modeled each fold and walked around and helped fellow artists who raised their hand.

Top Student-Photographers

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Three Senior High School student-artists have been named winners in the Photographic Federation of Long Island Youth Showcase. More than 14 high schools from Nassau and Suffolk participated in this competition.
Congratulations to the following students: 
First Place Architecture: Dean Fedoryk – “Views from the Six”
First Place Scape: Dean Fedoryk – “Hope for Tomorrow”
Second Place Creative: Ryan McDevitt – “Looking Through”
Third Place Monochrome: Jason Carseni – “The Eerie Secret”



School Spirit Shines in West Babylon

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On March 28, staff and students at Junior High School wore their alma mater or West Babylon gear in support of Alma Mater Day. Staff shared colleges experiences with students at the start of each class throughout the day.




Mrs. Manzi's Poetry Walk

Mrs. Lynch's celebrating earth day with biodegrable pots!

FLEX Learning at South Bay

Fourth- and fifth-grade FLEX students formed teams and were tasked with writing a script and recreating a fairy tale or fable by programming the Dot and Dash robots. Each group has set designers, costume designers, computer programmers and writers who are collaborating using Google Docs.

WB PTA Founders' Day Awards for Forest Avenue

Congratulations to Forest Avenue WB PTA Founder's Day recipients!

"Bash the Trash" Assembly

Students at Forest Avenue enjoyed the PTA Sponsored Cultural Arts Assembly, "Bash the Trash." Students enjoyed watching musicians and teaching artists, weaving together science, music and environmental awareness. Students learned how science can transform even the simplest stuff into cool-sounding instruments.

 

Best in Show for West Babylon Student-Artist

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Senior High School student-artist Paulina Tronzkoska was awarded the best in show for her artwork at the opening reception of Long Island's Best Young Artist competition at the Heckscher Museum of Art on March 24. In addition, Senior High School art teacher Heather Ingald received the Outstanding Teacher Award. This year’s show featured 62 public and private schools from Nassau and Suffolk counties. More than 385 entries were received and only 80 selected for display in the galleries.

MakerSpace CORE

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During CORE, students used MakerSpace in the Junior High School library. Students were engaged, creative and enjoyed the flexibility and creativity of the MakerSpace setting.

PTA Founder’s Day Awards

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Congratulations to the following award winners of the Tooker Avenue PTA Founder’s Day:
Founder’s Day: Meredith Crevoiserat & Mary Famoso-Rueda
Teacher In Excellence: Christine Lambert
Student Advocate: The Math and Reading Intervention Team (Paula Bedford, Tina O'Boyle, Krista Shah, Christine Lambert)
Honorary Life Award: Christine Burke

Eagles Go Bald for a Cause

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Students and staff members from throughout the district shaved their heads for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money for childhood cancers. The Bald Eagles of West Babylon raised more than $10,000 on March 25 at Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon Village.

This is the third year the Bald Eagles participated in the event 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 Junior High School student council. Faculty members of the Bald Eagles of West Babylon team include: John Snyder (health/physical education teacher – Junior High School/Senior High School); James Fulton (art – Senior High School); Kelly Connolly (English – Senior High School); Bryan Heaton (music – Junior High School); and Dan McKeon (principal – Junior High School).




Curricular Updates and Enhancements

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In January, the New York State Education Department received approval for a new education plan that was required as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of this approval process, NYSED has been making changes to the entire K-12 curriculum. These changes – NYS Next Generation Learning Standards – are focused on revising math and English language arts education. 

Educators are being asked to help all students become lifelong readers and writers and NYSED has revised many of the reading and writing standards for classroom teachers. In addition, literacy-based instructional practices have been incorporated into all of the science and social studies classrooms. In math, standards were revised or moved to different grade levels with a focus on increasing student fluency. Last year, NYSED also made changes to the K-12 science standards, mirroring the practices of scientists and engineers through the implementation of hands-on activities in class. 

“Here in West Babylon, we are making certain that all of our students are getting the very best education in every subject area,” said Scott Payne, executive director of curriculum and instruction. “In response to all of these changes, this month we are pleased to share some of the exciting curricular work that is taking place in all our schools.”

Computer-based instructional tools

Parents may have noticed their children coming home and signing on to many of the online educational programs offered both in and out of the classroom. One literacy-based program is comprised of two separate programs called Raz-Kids and Reading A-Z. These programs allow students to read books online based on their interest as well their reading level. It also allows them to answers questions about what they have read and builds vocabulary and acquisition skills through guided quizzes.  

In math, students have access to an online program called Math IXL.  This web-based program allows students to practice specific math problems that are either assigned by their teacher or picked specifically based on their ability.

I-Ready.com is another online resource used by elementary and junior high school students. This program uses educational lessons and games to build student skills in math and ELA. Students earn points and reach milestones as they complete lessons that are either assigned by their teacher or are simply completed for extra credit. Not only are these games fun, but they help teachers get balanced data to help build upon needed skills for students.

Many JHS and SHS courses offer online supplements to enhance the textbooks used in class. Seventh-grade health, courses in science and math and much of the social studies curriculum are featured online. 

“If you see your child watching videos as part of the Discovery Ed website, they may actually be doing homework or getting extra credit, as much of our district’s social studies content is presented in multimedia form,” Payne said.

STEM Skills

“Here in West Babylon, we are very excited for our students to explore the many STEM skill sets,” Payne said. “In our K-8 schools, we have begun creating makerspaces. These spaces are collaborative work areas in part of our libraries that allow students to create projects or designs using their imagination and creativity. One key aspect is allowing students to work together. This creative and collaborative practice is at the core of helping to prepare our students for 21st-century skills in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.” 

In K-6 library media classes, students are learning to code using Ozobot or Dash-and Dot robot kits. These kits guide students through the basic concepts of coding and allow students to program robots to perform different tasks and complete challenges. 

In grades 8-12, a new set of science research courses has been added.  Currently offered in eighth grade, this course will be offered to all students next year at the high school and is designed to teach students how to design and create scientific experiments while enhancing their problem-solving skills. Students will learn to publish their discoveries and will make formal presentations on what they have learned. The goal of these courses is to connect students to real-world scientists and engineers, which will allow them to work in the field to conduct their own research as part of an extended internship. 

“We are also offering two opportunities for STEM enrichment,” Payne said. “Our after-school STEM SCOPE program will be starting soon at each of our elementary schools. This summer, we will be offering a weeklong science camp for all students that will be housed in-district at one of our elementary schools.”

In addition, Payne said, the district will be looking at adopting a new K-5 math curriculum and next year, will be looking at changes in the K-8 science program. In both cases, this selection process will involve building principals from every elementary building forming a team of teachers, administrators and parents. 
 

STEM Flex time with second graders in the Library

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During STEM Flex time with Mrs. Francisco in the library, second-grade students were challenged to create whatever their imaginations wanted to dream up using Kinex. Students were told to use their prior knowledge of pulleys, force, and motion.

Student Council Supports St. Baldrick’s with Shamrocks

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The West Babylon Junior High School student council is selling memory shamrocks for $1 to support the team of staff and students raising money to fight childhood cancers for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Purchasers are invited to write a name in memory of a loved one, to support a person, or just help raise money for the team. Last year, the student council raised more than $600 to donate to the Bald Eagles of West Babylon’s team fundraising page. The Bald Eagles shaved their heads at the St. Baldrick’s event at Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon Village on March 25.

STEM Flex Time

Second-graders at Forest Avenue participated in STEM flex time during their library periods. Librarian Andrea Francisco challenged the students to use their knowledge of force and motion to let their imaginations create whatever they wanted.

Celebrating a Love of the Languages

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West Babylon Junior High School celebrated Foreign Language Week from March 5-9. The goal is to raise awareness for the need and importance of foreign languages. Students learned new words in Spanish and Italian with signs hung throughout the building. Students who spoke a language other than English signed a poster outside of Señorita Antonella Poggi’s room. They also learned about the Guatemalan worry dolls and even received one of their own. Señor Cody Napolitano brought Colombian empanadas for his classes to enjoy.



Science in Second Grade

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Mrs. Bogart ' s and Mrs. Graziosa's 2nd-grade classes created oobleck (and a mess) in order to test the properties of solids and liquids.

A Slimy Concoction

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Third-graders in Melanie DeLapi’s class at South Bay Elementary School concocted their own oobleck after reading Dr. Seuss’ “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” as part of their Read Across America Day/Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration on March 2.

A ‘Seussical’ Celebration

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Samantha Cardillo’s kindergarten class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The students read several Dr. Seuss books and wrote about their favorite. They created their very own “Cat in the Hat” masks, evaluated whether they would eat green eggs and ham, and participated in rhyming activities.

VIDEO: Tooker PARP

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Tooker Avenue participated in Pick A Reading Partner in March with an array of different literacy activities.Check out the video:

Leprechaun Traps

Students in Mrs. Kozak/Miss Gorman's third grade class at Tooker Avenue made leprechaun traps incorporating two or three simple machines for a science project.

Reader's Theater in Second Grade

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Second-grade students in Mrs. Graziosa's class and Mrs. Bogart's class worked together to read, rehearse, and perform Readers Theater for their class production.

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Students in Mrs. Goodwin's class at Tooker Avenue went on a hunt for sight words hidden around the room. The sight word bags contained a special surprise filled with Easter candy!

New Messenger Features

In order to deliver important information more efficiently to our school community, the district has enhanced our School Messenger service with the
addition of SMS/texting communication. The system will deliver text messages directly to phones about school closings, events, safety alerts and more. To participate in this free service, simply text "Y" to 67587. For more information on this enhanced service, please see the flyer.

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A ‘Seussical’ Celebration

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Samantha Cardillo’s kindergarten class at South Bay Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2. The students read several Dr. Seuss books and wrote about their favorite. They created their very own “Cat in the Hat” masks, evaluated whether they would eat green eggs and ham, and participated in rhyming activities.

BNL Elementary Science Fair Winners

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Tooker Avenue students Philip Consentino III (first grade), Lia DeGennaro (third grade) and Max Mueck (fourth grade) were recently named winners in the Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Fair.

Lesson Learned in Dr. Seuss Works

Lesson Learned in Dr. Seuss Works photo
To commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, Junior High School in Dr. Patricia Neville’s library classes participated in this year’s Read Across America. Students researched Dr. Seuss’ career and learned that he had 27 manuscripts rejected before his first publication. This motivated students to always try their best and to learn from their mistakes.

A Delicate Balancing Act

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In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, students in Krista Granieri’s class at South Bay Elementary School read “10 Apples Up on Top” by Dr. Seuss. The students then tried to create a tower out of Keva blocks that could balance an apple on top. The groups worked together and created some unique and interesting designs.

PARP Kicks Off at South Bay

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South Bay Elementary School kicked off its monthlong Pick A Reading Partner activities with an assembly on March 1. This year’s PARP sports-related theme is “Get Your Game On with Reading.”  The school had a special visit from writer, lyricist and musician Daryl Cobb, author of “Pirates: A Ring of Hope.”

SCOPE After School Enrichment Program 2018

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Poets Pen Band-Aid-Inspired works

Poets Pen Band-Aid-Inspired works photo
Lisa DeGennaro’s first-graders at John F. Kennedy Elementary School are working on their poetry writing skills. The students read the poem “Band-Aids” by Shel Silverstein and were inspired to create their own “ouch” poems about things on cutouts of Band-Aids.

JHS Drama Club in 'Mary Poppins'

The Junior High School's Drama Club performed "Mary Poppins” on March 23 and March 26. Under the direction of Mr. Murray, Dr. Neville and Mrs. Kohler ,the talented students kept the crowd entertained.

Book Characters Come to Life

As a concluding activity to its Parents As Reading Partners program,students in Lisa DeGennaro¹s class at John F. Kennedy Elementary School dressed as their favorite book characters. Some favorites included Piggy and Elephant, the Hulk, Junie B. Jones, Pete the Cat, Harry Potter and Pinkalicious.  

Learning About Electricity

Tooker Avenue students are having fun while they learn. Check out these fourth-grade students learning about current electricity through song.

PARP at JFK

Second Grade "Book Club"

Forest Avenue's second graders read series books and then met to discuss character traits across the series with their group members, as part of Readers Workshop.

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