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Environmental Conservationists for the Day

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Fifth grade students enrolled in Lisa Necroto’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School recently enhanced their knowledge in the realm of aquaponics with assistance from STEAM instructor Emily Moran. 

During their time spent in the classroom, the students were able to carefully experiment with the water samples, testing for specifics such as pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, salinity and water temperature. In turn, these tests assisted with determining the health of the ecosystem from which the water came from, which included Hempstead Lake, Northport Bay and Hawley’s Lake. 

The district would like to thank Adelphi University’s biology department chairperson Dr. Andrea Ward, along with research assistant, Erica Redmann, for assisting the students with their research. 

Hitting All of the Right Notes

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Based on their musical talents and academic successes, five Babylon Junior-Senior High School students have been invited to participate in this year’s New York State School Music Association All-State and All-County music festivals. 

Allison Fama (treble chorus), Julia Horvath (treble chorus), Matthew Minicozzi (wind ensemble) and Anna Romero-Mejia (mixed chorus) have been named All-State student-musicians and were invited to participate in the 2019 NYSSMA All-State Conference to be held in Rochester from Dec. 5–8. 
Ethan Schubart (orchestra) will join Fama (treble choir), Horvath (mixed chorus), Minicozzi (orchestra) and Romero-Mejia (mixed chorus) as All-County student-musicians in performing at Huntington High School on Friday, Nov. 15, alongside other selected musicians. 

Walk and Bike to School Day

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As part of the international movement, Babylon Elementary School students and their families recently walked, biked and utilized their leg muscles to travel to school for the annual “Walk and Bike to School Day” event.

The event drew a large crowd of students, family members and staff, all donning orange and black clothing to raise awareness for an active and healthy lifestyle. Both Babylon Elementary School Principal Travis Davey and physical education teacher/event organizer Rob Andrews welcomed students before they entered the building and placed cutout paper feet onto the decorative “Walk and Bike to School” poster placed on the side of the school building.

Practicing Fire Safety

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In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, Babylon Memorial Grade School participated in a series of workshops courtesy of the Babylon Fire Department. 

The students first gathered in the gymnasium for a presentation on valuable fire prevention measures. They were taught the importance of changing batteries in smoke detectors, how to properly dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency and the importance of developing an escape plan with their family members. 

Followed by the talk, the students were led outside where they were greeted by nearly a dozen firefighters and took an up close look at the different tools they use during an emergency. As a special treat, they also watched as Assistant Principal Lauren Fretto displayed her fearlessness by traveling up into the sky while standing securely in one of the fire engines’ aerial ladders. 

During the program the presenters also spoke about the importance of wearing a helmet while bike riding and demonstrated how the jaws of life are used to remove a complete car door during an emergency.  

Homecoming Victory

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It was a day of celebration on Oct. 12 as students, staff and community members representing the Babylon School District participated in the annual homecoming festivities on a beautiful fall day. 

The day kicked off with the third annual Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame celebration at Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Rowe Hall, where three new members were inducted. This year’s honorees included U.S. Air Force Sgt. Matthew Caruso (Air Force Chief Master Sergeant/Class of ’87), the late Gilbert Hanse (Babylon mayor/Class of ’32) and David Lovalvo (Founder/President/CEO of The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration/Class of ‘72). 

“Today’s honorees’ deeds and characters exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and/or service to their communities,” said Mrs. Rozzi. “We believe the recipients of this honor stand as shining examples for current, as well as future, Babylon generations and are looked up to as people to someday emulate.”

Following the ceremony, the annual homecoming parade kicked off throughout the decorative streets of Babylon Village. Onlookers cheered as various student and community groups marched with smiles on their faces as they made their way along the parade route. To commemorate the special day, each grade level decorated their floats to represent a different season, and at halftime, the sophomore class was recognized with the best float award for their depiction of the winter season. 

The attention turned to coach Walter F. Williams Field as the Panthers played host to the Greenport/Southold/Mattituck High School’s combined football team. The game belonged to Babylon from the opening kickoff, as they cruised to a decisive 40-0 victory by the time the buzzer rang at the end of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Luke Lassen was 4-for-5 for 104 yards and two passing touchdowns to lead the way, while Joe Young threw a touchdown pass as well. 

The Babylon cheerleaders dazzled the crowd with their performance throughout the game and during halftime. Following their routine, this year’s hall of fame inductees were recognized in front of the attendees, as was the homecoming court. Due to the support of their peers, students Anthony Rotondaro and Hannah Bushery were named homecoming king and queen, respectively. 

Monday, October 21, 2019