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Compassion Without Borders

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Ten Babylon Junior-Senior High School student leaders recently attended the Compassion without Borders Leadership Conference held at Islip High School, where they participated in workshops centered around community service and creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, tolerance and positivity in school.

The conference is sponsored by the Suffolk County High School Principals Association, as 350 students from 35 Suffolk county high schools were in attendance this year. By day’s end, the attending students left with a multitude of tools and ideas they’ll be able to utilize in organizing the Awareness weekend event, an overnight team-building event which will be taking place early next year.  

Justice is Served

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As an extension of their classroom lessons, students enrolled in Alyssa Choinski’s criminal justice classes at Babylon Junior Senior High School recently spoke with Sergeant Steven Horowitz of the Hempstead Police Department about this profession. 

During the class workshop, Sergeant Horowitz presented students with an abundance of information regarding his daily duties and information on how the police are working together to end gang violence and reduce crimes on Long Island. The lesson provided real-world connections to the course curriculum and gave the students a personal look inside the professions they are studying. 

Business Savvy Students

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Virtual Enterprises class recently attended the Long Island Virtual Enterprises Summit at Long Island University Post campus alongside hundreds of other students from across Long Island in an effort to gain real world business skills and present their ideas.

During the summit, the Babylon students competed in an Elevator Pitch contest, selling their environmentally friendly water bottle company, ISSA, Inc. (It’s Smart Safe Agua). Additionally, they were able to attend a keynote address from Long Island University alumnus Al Kahn, who was instrumental in bringing Pokémon to the United States toy industry. 

The students’ project, which they had developed with the assistance of Babylon Junior-Senior High School technology teacher Brian Katz, is a business plan to create reusable water bottles containing an impurity detection and filtration system. 

Under the guidance of their Virtual Enterprises teacher, Kerri Frend, the team submitted their entry at the summit for the Business Plan Competition taking place early January, and is presently working on an actual business plan with a Dec. 15 due date.   
According to their website, Virtual Enterprises is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem-solving, communication, personal finance and technology.
 
“I’d like to wish ISSA, Inc. the best of luck as they enter in the Business Plan Competition and partake in the NYC Trade Show in early January,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Practical Arts Chairperson Claire Reilly. 

Teaming Up to ‘Break Out’

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Utilizing puzzle clues related to core subject areas, faculty and staff members of Babylon Junior-Senior High School took part in a Breakout EDU faculty meeting, as the staff members worked in teams to solve a series of clues that would provide them codes to open locks and “break them out” of the location. 

“It was a great success, and the team was excited to learn more about how to implement the activity in their classrooms,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Mangone.
 
When this activity is brought to a classroom setting, students will work amongst one another to solve clues and riddles which tie in with their STEAM-based education. 

Hurricane Relief

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In partnership with Long Island Cares, students throughout the Babylon Memorial Grade School were encouraged to assist hurricane victims throughout the United States by bringing in items such as school supplies, bottled water and small clothing items. Throughout the weeklong drive, they gathered many donations which will be of great use to the families in need of these supplies. Students are pictured in front of the collections amassed throughout the week. 

Giving Thanks

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In the spirit of the holiday season, students at Babylon Memorial Grade School took part in Thanksgiving-related lessons and classroom activities.

Technology teacher Danielle Weis recently took the time to assist students in sharpening their computer-based skills by utilizing the Microsoft Word and Office 365 programs to design their very own Thanksgiving-themed place mats. The completed projects included facts about the holiday, including what the students are thankful for every day, and their favorite aspects of Thanksgiving.

Additionally, students in Kelly Arcoleo and Kim Gentile’s fourth-grade class transformed into culinary experts for an afternoon as they prepared delicious baked goods for those less fortunate this holiday season. With the help of volunteer family members, the students carefully followed directions and measured out the provided ingredients to create tasty loaves of banana bread.

 

Athletic Excellence

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Seven Babylon Junior-Senior High School seniors were recently joined by family, friends and district administration in the Babylon Junior-Senior High School Library to celebrate the continuation of their academic and athletic careers during a signing ceremony.

“These students are shining examples of what the Babylon athletic community represents,” said Babylon School District Superintendent Linda Rozzi. “It is my firm belief that they will do an excellent job of representing the Babylon community at their chosen colleges/universities, and I wish them the best of luck as they take the next step in their educational and athletic careers.”

The district would like to congratulate the following student-athletes: Sean Baudille (Manhattan College/lacrosse), Amanda Guerra (Hofstra University/lacrosse), Olivia Maldonado (Manhattan College/soccer), Madeline Peplinski (College of the Holy Cross/lacrosse), Joseph Rende (University of Rochester/baseball), Allie Stanya (Queens College/softball) and Kyle Viti (Pace University/lacrosse). 

Exploring Genres In Writing

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In an effort to explore new genres in their writing curriculum, seventh-grade students enrolled in English classes throughout Babylon Junior-Senior High School participated in a spooky assignment. They recently utilized their creative writing skills to formulate a “two-sentence horror story,” which consisted of bone-chilling tales told in a mere two sentences. After writing their scary tale, the students displayed their work outside their classrooms for all to see. 

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Scientific Successes

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As an extension of their classroom studies, students enrolled in science courses at Babylon Junior-Senior High School have recently engaged in interactive real-world scenarios with the help of their teachers.  

Students in Kristen Dixon’s and Eric Rosasco’s earth science classes completed their first outdoor lab experience of the year, as they collaborated to make observations and inferences about the water flow and quality at Argyle Lake. In doing so, the students reinforced skills that they will draw upon in subsequent labs this year, such as observations of physical characteristics of the lake and inferences regarding issues related to water quality. 

Additionally, forensics classes recently put the lessons they learned in the classroom to use as they were challenged to execute proper crime scene processing techniques to solve a mock murder in the courtyard. Under the guidance of Babylon School District Director of Science Melissa Callahan, the students engaged in the hands-on activity while employing their critical thinking skills and deducing reasons to determine the parameters of the crime. 

Now in its 13th year, the school’s College Forensic Science course allows 11th- and 12th-grade students to earn four college credits from Syracuse University. The course also provides students with a practical application of science as it pertains to analyzing criminal cases.

Sampling Delicious Foods

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Recognizing the importance of a strong home-to-school connection, the Babylon School District Food Service Department recently held a “Parent Tasting” event at Babylon Elementary School to introduce the many current and future menu items that district students can enjoy courtesy of the in-house chefs.

“Food Service Director Nancy Pedrone and her team of chefs did an outstanding job in the preparation and presentation of sample menu items which were enjoyed by a good turnout of district parents,” said Babylon School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. 

After the tasting, an informative question and answer session was held, as the parents were able to inquire about the samples offered. Parents left the event feeling well-informed about the healthy and delicious food being served throughout the district daily. 



Honoring Veterans

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Staff and students of the Babylon School District recently expressed their respect and gratitude toward the nation’s veterans by showing their appreciation in multiple creative and patriotic ways.

Babylon Elementary School recently hosted its annual “Patriotic Sing-a-long,” inviting family members, distinguished guests and veterans to the school. During the event, the students performed patriotic themed songs, including “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land,” for all to enjoy. 

Additionally, art student representatives from Babylon Junior-Senior High School, along with Babylon Junior-Senior High School art teacher Cheryl Schweider, presented Babylon Elementary School and the attending guests with their beautiful, patriotic-themed art piece titled “The Spirit of America,” which featured cascading pieces of denim to resemble the American flag. 

Babylon Memorial Grade School also celebrated Veterans Day by honoring 10 visiting veterans. During the event, students and staff members sang songs, recited poetry, and presented individual artwork, along with a “Missing Mans Table,” a place of honor meant to represent the servicemen and women who never returned home.



Environmental Conservation

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School students enrolled in Claire Birone’s Science Research 1 class, along with students from Mary-Beth Schappert and Natalie Sabia’s STEAM classes, recently participated in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s “A Day in the Life of a River” program in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Conservation and Seatuck Environmental Center.

Throughout the course of the day, the students monitored the waterways on Long Island that lead out into the Great South Bay, as they studied the Carlls River system and Argyle Lake, investigating biotic and abiotic factors including monitoring the organisms present, oxygen levels, nutrient levels, and contamination from chemicals and biological matter. Additionally, students got to work with a DEC volunteer representative who helped them understand their connection to the local Babylon ecosystem and the need to protect the waters.  

By learning about the local waterways, all participants discovered the importance of keeping the streams clean, how human actions affect the Great South Bay and what they can do to help.

Musical Excellence

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

Sydney Altbacker (Treble Choir) and Peter Schubart (Cello) have been named All-State student-musicians and were invited to participate in the 2017 NYSSMA All-State Conference to be held in Rochester, New York from Nov. 30-Dec. 3. 

Additionally, students Sydney Altbacker (French Horn/Orchestra), Aubrey Alvino (Saxophone/Band), Rachel Gordon (Treble Choir), Ryan Marrone (Mixed Chorus), Keira Pitagno (Treble Choir), Peter Schubart (Cello) and Sophia Sherman (Mixed Chorus) were named All-County student-musicians and will perform at Hauppauge High School on Friday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. alongside other selected musicians. 

Academic Honors

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The District is proud to announce that 33 Babylon Junior-Senior High School students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar awards from the College Board. These honorees include both current students and members of the Class of 2017.

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 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. One graduate in the Class of 2017, Gabriella Albanese, received the high honor of National AP Scholar. This award is given to students who have earned a score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of those exams. 



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Sunday, December 17, 2017