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Happy Memorial Day

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The Babylon UFSD wishes all Babylon families a wonderful and restful Memorial Day weekend and especially thanks those who have sacrificed, served and continue to serve our great nation.

2018 Booster Club Gold Outing

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A Tour of Stony Brook University’s Laboratory

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Sophomores enrolled in Claire Birone’s Science Research Class at Babylon Junior-Senior High School, along with Nick Radesca, treasurer of the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, recently toured Stony Brook University Cancer Center’s lab facilities for an in-depth look into this engaging career path.

While there, the students were able to meet two leading researchers, Marcus Seeliger, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacology and associate director MD/Ph.D. Training Program, and Lori Chan, Ph.D., assistant professor of pharmacological sciences.

Stony Brook Cancer Center’s affiliation with the Babylon Junior-Senior High School Research Program was facilitated by Stony Brook’s longstanding community relationship with the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, to invest in novel research and engage future scientists in the ecosystem of cancer research innovation at Stony Brook.     

“The students had a wonderful day and definitely got a lot out of the experience, and the researchers were really impressed by the knowledge and passion of our students,” said Ms. Barone.



Forensics and Field Hockey for the Baldwin Sisters

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Due to their unwavering commitment both in the classroom and on the athletic field, Babylon-Junior Senior High School seniors Erin Baldwin and Amy Baldwin recently committed to furthering their education at the University of New Haven this upcoming fall season. While attending college, both sisters will be studying forensic science and playing on the school’s field hockey team.

Suffolk Zone Award winners

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The district congratulates the Babylon Memorial Grade School and Babylon Junior-Senior High School students who were recently presented with awards from the Suffolk Zone Chapter of the New York Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance based on their high academic scores and outstanding athletic capabilities. Pictured, from left, are winners Aidan Vergano (Grade 8), Colin Schmidt (Grade 6), Hailey Lassen (Grade 6) and Elena Khavikin (Grade 8).

Taking to the Stage

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On April 27, the Babylon Junior-Senior High School French National Honor Society hosted the second annual student/faculty talent show, bringing together members of the school community for a night of fun and fundraising.

Teachers took to the stage with students as they sang, danced and raised $1,190 for Batay Baraguana, a small community of Haitian immigrants living in the Dominican Republic. Babylon Junior-Senior High School junior Payton Mathews travels to the Dominican Republic every summer, rebuilding homes and schools in these communities. 

During the performances, teacher Melissa Anderson and student Anna Romero kicked the night off with a classic rock duet. Teachers Rebecca Olivieri and Ashley Tomei rocked out on some classic tunes, while Alexander Marange and Kyle Cropsey led the country band in a rousing rendition of “Country Roads,” featuring art teachers Cheryl Schweider and Patricia Stork. Alexa Grant also hosted a country line dance.

Throughout the course of the night, there were also poetry slam performances, classical ballet routines and power ballads. French 1a, French 2 and French 4 all engaged in a very tight lip sync battle, with French 2 coming out victorious for the second year in a row. The students also sat by the “Eiffel Tower” and sang in French, making the audience feel like they were on the banks of the Seine. 




Contributions to Scientific Research

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On May 5, the Town of Babylon and Covanta Energy honored 12 Babylon School District students through the Covantage EcoTech Scholarship Program for their incredible contribution to the field of science research.

This program, open to any student residing within the Town of Babylon, focuses on scientific research done in the fields of sustainable energy or environmental-based research.

Five Babylon projects were awarded monetary scholarships – seniors Danish Farooq, Greg Kowalczyk and Michael Steffanetta won second place ($750); sophomores Erin Corcoran, Maddy Graham and Nikki Santucci won third ($500); sixth-grader Sara Womack won fourth place ($300), seniors Paige Bzdyk, Freddy Nocella and Sophia Sherman won sixth place ($175) and sophomores Madison Baudille and Kate Hannon won seventh place ($125 each).

Additionally, science teacher Andrew Sheltz was awarded this year’s Teacher Award for his positive impact on working with his students.  

“Congratulations to all who represented the Babylon science department so professionally,” said Babylon School District Director of Science Melissa Callahan. “We are looking forward to seeing next year’s projects from our younger students and wish our graduating research seniors luck in their college scientific endeavors.”

Letter to Community - Budget Passes! Board Trustees Re-Elected!

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A Firsthand French Experience

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As a means of promoting a firsthand cultural exchange experience, students enrolled in Melissa Anderson’s French classes at Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently welcomed 15 visitors from Paris, France to the school.

The group, which was comprised of 12 students ages 11–13 and three adults, spent two weeks visiting New York City before spending the last day of their trip in Babylon.

Following a meet and greet session in the school’s library with the French Honor Society, additional students from Mrs.  Anderson’s class joined the group for an informal question and answer session, along with a short film presentation. 

The French visitors were then paired up with the Babylon students and shadowed their class schedule for three periods. During their time shadowing, the guests sang with the chorus, completed math equations and read poems together as a language exercise. 

VIDEO: Lad In A Battle

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A Trip to the Theater

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Several Babylon Junior-Senior High School students recently had the privilege of attending a matinee performance of the hit Broadway musical “In the Heights” at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport.

This wonderful piece of musical theater tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood on the brink of change. Locals are full of hope, dreams and pressures and their biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions to keep and which ones to leave behind. The show, created by Lin Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame, was the winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical.
 

Essay Contest Winner

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The Babylon School District congratulates Babylon Junior-Senior High School eighth-grade student Ryan Dunne for being named the first-place winner in the New York State Conference of Mayor’s “If I Were Mayor for A Day” writing contest. Within his essay, Ryan wrote that he would assist the town of Babylon by installing solar panels throughout the village, finding new ways to rid Southard’s Pond of litter and coordinate a means to reduce street flooding. Ryan was selected as the winner out of a pool of more than 1,200 applicants.

DECA International Career Development Conference

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Based on their excellent business-oriented skills, Babylon Junior-Senior High School students Danish Farooq, Agnes Goldin and Allie Van Rossem were invited to Atlanta, Georgia to participate in the New York State DECA International Career Development Conference held in late April. 

During their attendance, Danish presented his winning Community Service manual to the judges, while Agnes and Allie took tests on their topics and performed role playing activities in which they solved a particular business “problem.”

The keynote speaker for the opening ceremony was Joseph Abboud, a fashion designer from Boston, Massachusetts, best known for his own line of menswear, as well as for his Men’s Wearhouse designs. He spoke about perseverance and determination, and detailed his often-bumpy road to success.

In addition, the conference offered the opportunity for the students to network with other students from all over the United States, as well as some countries abroad. They were also able to interact with representatives from a variety of colleges, military branches and corporations.

National Honor Society Inductions

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The Babylon School District would like to congratulate the 51 Babylon Junior-Senior High School students who were recently inducted into the school’s National Honor Society during a highly-attended ceremony held at Rowe Hall.

In order to qualify for the National Honor Society at Babylon, the following criteria must be met: an 89.5 unweighted cumulative average; 20 hours of community service; a profound demonstration of character, leadership, and service through an application process and two teacher recommendations. 

“While being inducted into the National Honor Society is a testament of your scholarship, service, leadership and character, at this point on your educational path, it is also an opportunity for you to continue setting standards, reaching for your goals and continuing on the road to success,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “An honor such as this is a wonderful way for the school and our community to recognize and celebrate the choices, and sometimes sacrifices, you have made and will continue to make throughout the rest of your high school years.”

All in attendance were invited into the school’s library for refreshments following the induction ceremony. 



SMART Goals Year-End Presentation

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Top Students Named

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The Babylon School District is proud to announce that seniors Danish Farooq and Sophia Sherman have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018, respectively. Both Danish and Sophia were bestowed upon this high honor for their exceptional academic record, commitment to success and devotion to higher learning throughout their academic careers at Babylon Junior-Senior High School.

“The biggest thing about both of them is their level of involvement – both in our school and community,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone. “Danish is really big on giving back and making this planet a better place for everyone, whereas with Sophia, any time a student is looking for a mentor or a tutor, her name pops up immediately. We just couldn’t be prouder of both of these incredible students.” 

 

2018 SCOPE K-6 Summer Enrichment Program

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Protecting Mother Earth

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In celebration of Earth Day, students enrolled in Jennifer Brooks’ kindergarten class at Babylon Elementary School have been learning about the planet and ways to protect it. 

In class, they discovered helpful ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials. Additionally, they took part in an engaging project in which they looked through their recycling bins and selected materials to recreate something else entirely. The kindergartners made piggy banks, pots for plants and even musical instruments with recycled items.  

Chris Morra Named ‘Coach of the Year’

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The district congratulates Babylon Junior-Senior High School varsity boys basketball coach Chris Morra, who was recently named “Coach of the Year” during the Suffolk County Basketball Coaches Association Annual Awards Dinner, held on April 12. The Panthers finished their season with an 18-4 record and competed for the Suffolk County Class B Championship. All-League student-athlete Joseph Rende (right) will attend the University of Rochester, and All-League & All-Conference student-athlete Aidan LaRock (left) will attend SUNY Cortland this upcoming fall. 

Bright Futures Ahead

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Due to their unwavering commitment both in the classroom and on the athletic fields, a number of Babylon Junior-Senior High School students recently committed to attend some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities, along with branches of the United States Military, at a signing ceremony held in the Babylon Junior-Senior High School library.

The district congratulates Amy Baldwin (University of New Haven/Field Hockey), Erin Baldwin (University of New Haven/Field Hockey), Vlad Cullinane (George Mason University/Track & Field), Mitchell Carmody (Penn State-Altoona/Baseball), Raymond Fasano (Ithaca College/Football), Samantha Layton (SUNY Maritime/Swimming), Taylor Tanner (SUNY Cortland/Football) and Frank Vano (SUNY Maritime/Football).

The district also congratulates the following students who are joining the military: Anthony Gerola (Navy), Szymon Giembic (Marines), Ian Mikulicic (Marines), Nicholas Ruf (Navy) and Sophia Sherman (Navy ROTC).

“This process of getting here is an accomplishment that should be celebrated,” said Babylon School District Director of Guidance Dennis Murphy. “To those of you who helped support our students along the way, we offer a heartfelt thank you from all of us in the district."



SCOPE Summer Explorations Program

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2018 Budget Newsletter

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Visiting Our Nation’s Capital

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Eighth-graders from Babylon-Junior Senior High School recently attended an overnight field trip to Washington, D.C. with a focus on visiting historical sites that are critical to their U.S. History curriculum.

During the two days of touring, the students visited the Lincoln Memorial, the spot were Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Additionally, all in attendance took an in-depth tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum as well a tour of Arlington National Cemetery, where they witnessed a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  

“The students did an amazing job asking questions and discussing history as we visited each site,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Mangone. “To see our students so deeply engaged in history was such a thrill and we are very excited to make this experience an annual one for our eighth-graders.” 

The trip was organized by social studies teacher Christopher Skaar and the eighth-grade team of teachers. 



Students Excel at DECA competition

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Congratulations to the 45 Babylon Junior-Senior High School students who recently travelled to Rochester, NY, to compete in the New York State Distributive Education Clubs of America Career Competition, competing against over 2,000 students across New York State.

“Not only did our students receive multiple awards, they conducted themselves in a professional manner and were a credit to Babylon,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Director of Business Education and DECA Advisor Claire Reilly. “Additionally, our chapter received the coveted Community Service Award for our contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, the National DECA charity for this year.”

Babylon’s DECA was awarded 28 top 10 medals at this year’s event. Amongst the winners were Meghan Greene, Management Decision Making (1st place); Catie Hernandez, Visual Advertising (2nd Place); Maya Ryan, Public Speaking (1st Place); Kimberly Botto, Public Speaking (4th Place), Danish Farooq, Community Service Project (3rd Place), Joe Conti, Personal Financial Literacy (3rd Place); Sneha Kumar: Visual Advertising (4th Place); Agnes Goldin received four top 10 awards, including & Lodging Management (5th Place); Allie Van Rossem received four top 10 awards, including Principles of Business Administration (5th Place).



National Business Honor Society Inductions

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The Babylon School District would like to congratulate the 24 students who were recently inducted into the New York State Business Honor Society during a ceremony held at the Babylon Junior-Senior High School library this March. Throughout their academic careers, these students have excelled in their business classes, obtaining a 92 or higher average, and have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to community service.



A Display of Scientific Talent

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Sophomores enrolled in Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Science Research course recently presented their independent projects at Molloy College’s Kathy Belton Science Fair alongside more than 400 students from other Suffolk and Nassau County high schools.
 
During their visit, students gave presentations on their research projects to Molloy College science faculty members, as well as their peers. This allowed students to participate in the peer review process, which is one of the central tenets of scientific research. 

The Babylon students brought seven projects to the competition, all with a focus on some aspect of green energy or environmental remediation, ranging from using bivalves as natural water filters to controlling algae blooms with natural materials. Additionally, the participants received feedback from the judges and their peers, which will help them with their presenting skills and their implementation of the scientific process, as this was their first time competing in the field of science.

Congratulations to sophomore Babylon Junior-Senior High School Science Research students Amanda Gilmore, Juliana Vota, and Emma Ward for securing a second-place finish in their division at the Molloy College High School Science Fair!

Musical Magnificence

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Several student-musicians from Babylon Memorial Grade School and Babylon Junior-Senior High School were selected to participate in this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s All-County Music Festival based on their superior musical talents and a recommendation from their teachers.  

Division I students included Talia Baker (orchestra), Lucas Bridges (orchestra), Lucy Carnese (chorus), Jamisyn Cerny (chorus), Anna Dempsey (chorus), Maeve Graham (chorus), Emily Hoberman (band), Isabelle Sanchez (chorus), Alyssa Silvestri (chorus), Zachary Smith (band) and Sara Womack (orchestra).

Division II students included Maya Knyper (chorus), Aidan Marrone (chorus), Sachi Onishi (orchestra) and Thomas Orifici (orchestra).

Division III students included Allison Fama (chorus), Julia Horvath (chorus), 
Michelle Makowski (chorus), Stephanie McSweeney (chorus), Matthew Minicozzi (orchestra), Anna Romero (chorus), Ethan Schubart (orchestra) and Dominic Trivigno (chorus). 

Budget Presentation #5

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Saturday, May 26, 2018