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Summer 2017 Newsletter Now Available


Board of Education Holds Reorganization Meeting

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The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting on July 13. Newly-reelected trustees Carol Dell’Erba, Linda Jurs and Dominic Montalto were sworn in for their new terms. Additionally, Tricia Pane and Mr. Montalto were also elected by the members of the Board of Education to serve as president and vice president, respectively.

Class of 2017

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Elementary Authors

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Babylon Elementary School kindergarten students in Laura Foerster’s and Samantha Geller’s class recently showcased their literary skills during a special author’s celebration. During the event, which was well-attended by parents, featured the students’ “All About Me” books. Within each personal book, the students showcased various personality traits and some of their favorite things to do outside of school. After presenting their books to the class, the young “authors” held a “book signing” in which the class and any visitors were able to congratulate them on their hard work and ask them questions about their stories.

Foreign Language Honor Society Inductions

Foreign Language Honor Society Inductions Photo
Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently celebrated the induction of 47 sophomores and juniors into two Foreign Language Honor Societies. The Babylon chapter of the Spanish Honor Society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, welcomed 26 new members, while 21 inductees were sworn into the school’s chapter of the French Honor Society, Société Honoraire de Français. These new members have consistently maintained an average of 95 or higher in their language classes since the ninth grade.

One Final Walk

One Final Walk Photo

Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Class of 2017 walked down the hallways of their school, Babylon Elementary School and Babylon Memorial Grade School to the cheers and applause from students, faculty and staff. After being celebrated within all three buildings, the seniors were treated to a Senior BBQ at Cedar Beach to enjoy the lovely weather with their fellow classmates before commencement on June 23.

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‘Catch-A-Career’ Breakfast

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The Babylon Junior-Senior High School Business Department recently held its annual Catch-A-Career Breakfast. The eight guest speakers included four former students of Director of Practical Arts and Business Claire Reilly, and four local parents/business representatives who spoke to the students about their career paths.

Throughout the course of the morning, the panel spoke to the attending students about their education and background, and discussed “soft skills” such as public speaking, time management and networking. The visiting panel holds professional positions spanning titles of public accountant, chief financial officer, managing director, social media manager, private accountant, brand manager and more. 

The students appreciated the opportunity to hear about the panelists history and were eager to ask questions about salary, hours worked, career advancement and advanced degrees. 

Additionally, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dan D’Amico, Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone and Babylon Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Mangone were on hand to enjoy the presentation. 

Eat the Rainbow Week

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In accordance with “Eat the Rainbow” week, which promotes healthy eating habits throughout schools, second-grade students at Babylon Elementary School were recently visited by Chef Marianne to learn important eating habits.

During the “Chefs Move to Schools” program, the students were asked to take part in an activity which had them matching up fruits and vegetables with their respective colors, and learned about some new varieties along the way.  

Additionally, the students learned about the different nutrients that each item offered and were able to sample beet hummus, which they highly enjoyed.

According to the official Chefs Move to Schools website, the initiative is aimed at combating childhood obesity, educating children about food and to show them that healthy eating can be fun.

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Spreading Laughter on Red Nose Day

Spreading Laughter on Red Nose Day Photo
Second-grade students in Marie Poelker’s class at Babylon Elementary School recently donned red clown noses and learned about Red Nose Day. Additionally, Mrs. Poelker made a generous donation toward the organization’s efforts. According to their website, Red Nose Day was founded by Comic Relief Inc., and aims its efforts toward ending child poverty in the United States through fundraising and donations. 

Districtwide Achievements Celebrated

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The June 5 Babylon School District Board of Education meeting was full of recognitions, spanning not only the students’ accomplishments, but the district staff as well.

To begin the nights’ recognitions, Babylon Junior Senior High School valedictorian Gabriella Albanese and salutatorian Ece Bapcum were commended by the Board of Education for their outstanding accomplishments spanning athletics, academics and extracurricular activities. Gabriella will be attending SUNY Stony Brook’s Honors College with a major in chemistry, while Ece will be attending Northeastern University with a major in molecular biology. 

The members of Babylon Memorial Grade School’s Mock Trial Team were also recognized by the Board of Education for their successful participation in the Western Suffolk BOCES Mock Trial Tournament. After intense trials and outstanding performances, both the plaintiff team and defense team were victorious; each winning their cases and also winning for overall presentation and style.

Babylon Junior-Senior High School math teacher Frank Mancuso was presented with a token of appreciation for being recognized by Sen. Phil Boyle as a “Teacher of Excellence” at his second annual Teacher of Excellence Awards Ceremony recently held at the Bay Shore Fire Department. Mr. Mancuso has been a part of the Babylon School District for eight years, and is highly regarded by students and staff alike. 

Additionally, eight staff members throughout the district were granted with tenure and celebrated by the community for their commitment to education. The district congratulates Kerrin Brennan, Cecila Galbraith, Erin Kennedy, Lindsay Laurich, Deirdre McIntee, Patricia Ryder, Marissa Scholl and Danielle Weis. 

Classroom Dance Lessons

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Eleventh-grade students enrolled in Spanish 4 classes at Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently completed a unit on Latin Dance in which they learned bachata and salsa through online video tutorials. Additionally, students learned flamenco steps from student Ana Castillo, who lived in Spain and studied the craft for six years.

Portrait Swap

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Art students from Babylon Memorial Grade School recently visited students at Babylon Junior-Senior High School for a “Portrait Swap” event, in which the students created beautiful portraits in various formats based on a photograph and various personality traits provided by the students.

Utilizing their creative talents, students of both schools were able to transform words and photos into artwork as they digitally recreated, illustrated or used bits of magazine paper to formulate facial structures resembling their “swap” buddy.

Additionally, the upperclassmen assisted the younger students in a collaborative springtime art project in which they drew scenes consisting of flowers, sunshine and blue skies.

Friday, July 28, 2017