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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.

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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. 

Homecoming 2017

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Despite the less than favorable weather in the morning and early afternoon, the clouds began to clear for Babylon as the community displayed their school spirit and support for Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Panthers football team at the Babylon homecoming celebration on Oct. 14.

To begin the day’s festivities, Babylon School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi welcomed various members of the Babylon community to the first Distinguished Alumni Induction Ceremony held in the lobby of Rowe Hall. The following individuals were met with praise for their successes and accomplishments since graduating from Babylon Junior-Senior High School. This year’s inductees included Ernest Busch (’77, posthumously), Rick Klein (’94), Jane Lappin (’72), Thomas Melito (’70), Robert Norman (’70) and Ralph Scordino (’67).

“It is my distinct pleasure to recognize these individuals as Distinguished Alumni of the Babylon School District,” said Mrs. Rozzi. “Through their legacy of success, our current students are shown that results stemming from hard work and unyielding support of the community go a long way toward achieving one’s goals.”

Prior to the highly anticipated football game against Center Moriches High School, the streets of Montauk Highway were lined with community members showing their support for the home team. The air was filled with the sweet sounds of the Babylon Junior-Senior High School band, and the floats decorated with a Disney theme were on full display for all to witness.

Going into halftime of the football game, the Panthers displayed an incredible feat of athleticism as they held Center Moriches High School by a score of 40-14. By the end of the fourth quarter, Babylon captured a win for the Panthers with a score of 46-14. 

During the halftime celebrations, Mrs. Rozzi once again introduced this year’s Distinguished Alumni, the sophomore class was declared winner of the best float contest for their excellent interpretation of “The Little Mermaid” and students Sean Baudille and Kyra Pitagno were named homecoming king and queen, respectively. 

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Expanding the Scientific Mind

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The Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently received a donation of 160 science-themed books courtesy of Donaldsons Subaru of Sayville in an effort to enhance the students’ STEAM-based learning experience. 

Donaldsons Subaru partnered with American Association for the Advancement of Science throughout recent months, and chose to contribute to the Babylon students’ scientific interests and talents based on their continued successes in the classroom and commitment to furthering their education.

A Generous Donation Toward the Second Step

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The district recently received a generous donation of $25,000 from NYS Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino to support and enhance the school’s newly implemented K-6 Social Emotional Program, titled Second Step. 

The social emotional program came about due to the brainstorming of multiple district staff members. It aims to promote school success, school connectedness, and a safe, respectful, responsible school climate by directly teaching the skills that strengthen the students’ ability to learn, manage emotions, have empathy and solve problems.

Throughout the course of a recent visit to Babylon Memorial Grade School, Assemblywoman Pellegrino was able to sit down with Babylon Memorial Grade School Principal Steven Goldberg, Babylon Elementary School Principal Travis Davey and Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi to discuss the district’s robust efforts to date and brainstorm ideas to further the success of the initiative in the future. 

Additionally, joining Assemblywoman Pellegrino was current Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl Heastie, who was also able to engage in productive conversations with the Babylon School District staff. 

Babylon Memorial Grade School third-grade teacher Catherine O’Connor was on hand in the school library to demonstrate an exemplary lesson rooted in the Second Step philosophy with her class. As the students interacted amongst each other and focused on their listening skills, they also optimized concentration habits.

“I was grateful to have been able to discuss the strong relationships Babylon has had with our elected officials, and how we work together on initiatives that help public schools,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “Due to Assemblywoman Pellegrino’s generous aid, students will be able to look forward to additions to the program such as yoga sessions during the winter months.”

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