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Important Safety Message from the Superintendent

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Bringing Smiles to Veterans for Valentine’s Day

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Due to the joint efforts of the Babylon Memorial Grade School Student Council and students of all grade levels, approximately 400 Valentine’s Day cards were donated to local veterans in celebration of the Valentine’s for Veterans initiative.

The Student Council was kindly asked to participate by New York State Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino. All of the cards collected will be donated to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook and the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, bringing smiles to all of those who receive them. 

Family Yoga Night - March 14

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Keeping Parents Informed

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In an effort to ensure that parents of the school community are well-versed in the tools and resources geared toward encouraging students to make healthy lifestyle and technology choices, the Babylon School District recently hosted two separate “Parent Universities” on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1.

District parents with students in grades K-6 joined Theresa DePietto-Roesler on Jan. 31 for an “Allergy Awareness and Prevention: Tips for Parents” keynote address. During her speech, Ms. DePietto-Roesler provided basic allergy awareness and prevention tips to ensure healthy school and classroom-based environments.  Immediately following, Jennifer H. Dellafranca and Chelsea Gross, led a discussion for parents about mindfulness and the astounding benefits a mindfulness practice has on a child's cognitive and social-emotional growth. Workshops focused on the use of social media, the literacy curriculum and at-home problem-solving skills concluded the evening.

Geared toward parents with children at the secondary level, the Feb. 1 program kicked off with a presentation about the dangers and consequences of social media usage. Suffolk County Police Department Detective Daniel Fandrey of the Computer Crimes Unit and the Long Island Crime Against Children Task Force, is an expert in the field of internet and computer crimes. He informed parents about the laws regarding photos posted and shared, inappropriate texting and cyberbullying. Additionally, he spoke about the various social media apps that are a cause of concern for student/child safety and tips to deal with bullying.

Following Fandrey’s informative lecture, parents were invited to take part in a series of workshops to further enhance their understanding of internet safety and the usage of online tools accessible from home. 

 

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Important Information Regarding Classroom Food-Based Celebrations

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Uplifting the Spirits of Others

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In an effort to spread kindness, third-graders from Brittany Mueller’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School recently worked to bring smiles and joy to children currently fighting childhood cancer.

Ms. Mueller, a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, informed her students of the school’s highly regarded THON fundraiser, a student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. 

Every year in February, Penn State hosts its THON weekend at the campus’s Bryce Jordan Center, a 46-hour no sitting, no sleeping marathon which is attended by students, volunteers and families of the Four Diamonds Fund. During the annual event, more than 700 Penn State students showcase their dance moves for the attendees, bringing countless smiles and joy to all of those in attendance. 

After learning about the efforts of THON, Ms. Mueller’s students engaged in an activity in which they created “kids mail” for the sick children, writing messages filled with positive energy and happy messages. The letters are going to be delivered to the Penn State Health Children’s Hospital in hopes of lifting their spirits in advance of this year’s THON.

To date, THON has raised $147,000,000, assisting 3,700 families in need of financial support with medical bills and insurance costs due to childhood cancer. 

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Making the Most Out of Shapes

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Kindergarten students from Jennifer Brown’s class at Babylon Elementary School recently applied their artistic skills to a mathematics lesson by building their very own shapes with straws, pieces of clay and their creativity.

After viewing an informative video on how to properly construct a three-dimensional cube, the students put their skills to the test and followed a step-by-step instructional manual on how to build their shape, piece by piece. The students highly enjoyed themselves as they crafted their own cubes, and proudly displayed their completed projects to their classmates. 



A Magnetizing Lesson

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Third-grade students in Erin Kennedy’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School enhanced their scientific knowledge during a recent lesson on magnetism, as they explored the most viable conductors which would allow a magnetic reaction through a trial-and-error experiment. 

Utilizing a “magnet wand,” the students received a kit containing various materials – including wood bars, plastic, aluminum foil and steel - which would ultimately test their ability to conduct a strong magnetic pull. After experimenting with each material provided, the third-graders concluded that steel was the most demonstrative conductor, as it contains an iron alloy within its structure.
 
They shared their results amongst one another in a group discussion, and made careful notes as to which materials worked best in conducting a magnetic pull. 

Buzzing Toward Success

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School conducted the annual school level Scripps Spelling Bee this January, inviting both seventh- and eighth-grade students to display their vast literary knowledge. 

Seventh-grader Matthew Nyman won the competition by correctly spelling the champion word "endeavor” in the final round. The runner-up in this year’s contest was eighth-grade student Astrid Ramirez. 

As the school winner, Matthew has qualified to compete in the next round of the competition, which will be held at Hofstra University on Feb. 4. 

The district wishes him well in the future of the competition.

Babylon Kindergarten Registration for 2018-2019 School District

The district offers a full-day kindergarten program for students residing within district lines. In order to enroll in the program for this September (2018), children must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2018 and be registered during the open registration period. This year, residents can register their children on: 

Wednesday, March 14
8:30 - 10:30 a.m.
12:30 – 2 p.m.
6–8 p.m.

and 

Wednesday, March 21
6-8 p.m.
at the Elementary School

Three proofs of residency are requested at registration. These include, but are not limited to, (three) of the following:  a driver’s license or non-driver ID, an updated town/village tax bill, updated W-2 form, current lease, mortgage statement, or utility bill.  (Please follow the guidelines listed on the Registration Checklist, which is found under “Kindergarten Student Registration” on the district website.)

Registration packets will be available for pickup in the Elementary School Office, 171 Ralph Ave., or can be downloaded from the following website with the most updated information at http://babylonschools.org/our_district/student_registration on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018.

Exploring the Star Lab

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Students at Babylon Elementary School recently became “astronauts” for the day as they ventured into a giant inflatable Star Lab planetarium. 

Before entering the lab and being presented with a digital display of constellations and the night sky, the students were given valuable information regarding both the solar system and the universe as a whole. 

A Visit from District Attorney Sini

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Students enrolled in Criminal Justice and Law and Order classes at Babylon Junior-Senior High School learned about the intricacies of the law during a recent in-school lecture with the newly appointed Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini. 

While visiting the students, Sini spoke about criminal justice practices in Suffolk, offering the students a firsthand glimpse into the highly sought-after career path. Additionally, he spoke about how he is working diligently alongside county officials and the Suffolk County Police Department to rid Long Island of the MS-13 Street Gang.
  
The students, who are currently in the midst of research projects on gangs, asked Sini questions to further support their work. 

Successes in Soccer

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The Babylon Junior-Senior High School girls varsity team recently finished up an incredibly successful season, acquiring a number of awards and accolades not only for their athletic prowess, but for their dedication to academics as well. 

Throughout the duration of the fall season, the team was named Section XI Class B Champions, Long Island Class B Champions, a New York State Academic Team of Distinction and received the League VII Sportsmanship Award, to name a few. The team also garnished an impressive overall team GPA of 99.959, proving that they are just as committed to their studies as they are on the soccer field. 

Additionally, multiple student-athletes on the team were presented with individual-based awards for their successes both on the field and in the classroom. 

On Jan. 9, several Babylon Village representatives visited the team in Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Rowe Hall to present them with tokens of appreciation, and offer their personal congratulations. Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino, Deputy Mayor Kevin Muldowney, Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer and Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez attended the ceremony.

Babylon JSHS DECA students shine at recent competition

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Student representatives of Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America recently attended a DECA competition held at Suffolk County Community College in Selden, competing against other prominent high schools from Suffolk in multiple professional categories.
 
Throughout the course of the competition, Babylon displayed their talents against other Long Island schools and performed incredibly well in events spanning subjects such as accounting, finance, apparel and accessories marketing, public speaking, job interview and visual advertising.  

Due to their outstanding efforts, 62 of the total 100 Babylon-Junior Senior High School students have qualified to compete in the New York State Career Competition held in Rochester, New York in March.

“This is the best showing that we have ever had, and I am extremely proud of all students involved for their hard work and effort,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Director of Business Education Claire Reilly. “In addition, they performed in a very professional manner and represented Babylon so well.”
 

Student Achievements

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The Dec. 11 Board of Education meeting recognized students throughout the district for their outstanding accomplishments.

To begin the night’s celebrations, several student-athletes were honored for their contributions both on and off of the athletic field. Bella Kelly advanced to the NYSPHSAA State Championships in gymnastics, Haylie Kelly won the Suffolk County Championship and advanced to the NYSPHSAA State Championships in gymnastics and Catherine Shaw represented Babylon Schools at the NYSPHSAA State Championships in cross-country.

The Babylon Junior-Senior High School varsity girls soccer team were presented with tokens of appreciation by the Board of Education for being named the 2017 Long Island Class B Soccer Champions. 

Based on their achievements in the classroom, multiple Babylon Junior-Senior High School students were recognized for being named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board this fall. Of the 33 total students, 24 received the AP Scholar title for receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. Four students were given the title of AP Scholar with Honor, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.25 on all of their AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Additionally, five students were awarded the title of AP Scholar of with Distinction, including current senior Jeffrey Kaji, as they achieved an average score of at least 3.5 on all exams taken with scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Lastly, multiple Babylon Junior-Senior High School students were recognized for being selected to take part in both the NYSCAME/SCMEA High School All-County Festival and NYSSMA All-State Music Festival. The selected students, including Sydney Altbacker, Aubrey Alvino, Rachel Gordon, Ryan Marrone, Keira Pitagno, Peter Schubart and Sophia Sherman, were chosen for these honors based on their performance at last spring’s NYSSMA solo and ensemble festival and teacher recommendation.  



Exploring New Languages

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Students enrolled in both Foreign Language and English as A New Language courses throughout the Babylon School District continue to make bountiful strides toward mastering new languages, due to the help of engaging activities and robust instruction from district staff.

At Babylon Junior-Senior High School, ENL students and their parents were invited to attend a presentation on the district’s new ENL program. Throughout the workshop, presenters Rebecca Cifelli, BHS guidance counselor, and ENL teachers Elizabeth Barry and Kyle Cropsey provided parents with information regarding graduation requirements, grading, testing and an introduction to school personnel who work directly with their children. 

Additionally, to showcase one aspect of the program, the students took what they learned about the Thanksgiving holiday and gave a presentation to the attendees, explaining its origin and traditions. For these students, this curricular project served as their first introduction to the American holiday and the customs many families follow when celebrating the day. 

Sixth-grade students from Babylon Memorial Grade School enrolled in Melody Wubbenhorst’s World Languages program showcased their skills in the French language by identifying school-related items such as books, pens and calculators. Throughout the course of the World Languages program, the students take French during the first semester, and study Spanish during the second semester.

“As they progress in the World Languages Program at the grade school, students work on foundation skills and grow comfortable with the language pronunciation along with cultural connections,” said Babylon School District Director of World Languages Michelle Scharff.  “The students work in thematic units of study with a strong emphasis on communication skills and have fun doing so.”



DECA Students Assist Santa

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Members of Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Distributive Education Clubs of America recently volunteered their time and gave back to their community by helping out at Babylon Elementary School’s Breakfast with Santa event. 

Throughout the course of their visit, the students served hot chocolate, assisted with arts and crafts activities, and offered their altruistic services in other areas. 

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance and management in high schools and colleges throughout the nation.


Dinner and A Show

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The Babylon Junior-Senior High School Leo Club recently hosted their annual Senior Citizen Dinner and a Show event, inviting senior citizens within the community to enjoy a tasty three-course meal followed by the Theater Club’s production of “Almost, Maine,” which ran the weekend of Dec. 9.

Upon entering the school’s cafeteria, the attendees were warmly welcomed by members of the Leo Club, along with advisers Lisa Brush and Mike Birnbaum, as they took their seats and prepared to enjoy a delicious meal. The night’s menu consisted of salad, a savory pasta dish and a delicious plate of crumb cake for dessert, which were all happily served by Leo Club members. 

“On behalf of the Babylon Leo Club, we’d like to thank all student volunteers and patrons for partaking in yet another successful Senior Citizen Dinner and a Show,” Ms. Brush and Mr. Birnbaum said. “We’d also like to thank the theater program for a breathtaking rendition of ‘Almost, Maine’ and the Babylon Lion’s Club for their continued support. We look forward to seeing everyone again on March 22 for this year’s musical!”

The Leo Club encourages students to gain valuable experience by engaging in opportunities that focus on giving back to the community. The dedication and enthusiasm of the students are what makes the events a success year after year.

Upon completing their meals, the attendees were welcomed into Rowe Hall for an evening performance of “Almost, Maine,” which was enjoyed highly by all in attendance. 



Saturday, February 17, 2018