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Visiting Our Nation’s Capital

Visiting Our Nation’s Capital photo

Eighth-graders from Babylon-Junior Senior High School recently attended an overnight field trip to Washington, D.C. with a focus on visiting historical sites that are critical to their U.S. History curriculum.

During the two days of touring, the students visited the Lincoln Memorial, the spot were Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam War Memorial and the World War II Memorial. Additionally, all in attendance took an in-depth tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum as well a tour of Arlington National Cemetery, where they witnessed a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  

“The students did an amazing job asking questions and discussing history as we visited each site,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Jennifer Mangone. “To see our students so deeply engaged in history was such a thrill and we are very excited to make this experience an annual one for our eighth-graders.” 

The trip was organized by social studies teacher Christopher Skaar and the eighth-grade team of teachers. 

Students Excel at DECA competition

Students Excel at DECA competition photo

Congratulations to the 45 Babylon Junior-Senior High School students who recently travelled to Rochester, NY, to compete in the New York State Distributive Education Clubs of America Career Competition, competing against over 2,000 students across New York State.

“Not only did our students receive multiple awards, they conducted themselves in a professional manner and were a credit to Babylon,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Director of Business Education and DECA Advisor Claire Reilly. “Additionally, our chapter received the coveted Community Service Award for our contributions to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, the National DECA charity for this year.”

Babylon’s DECA was awarded 28 top 10 medals at this year’s event. Amongst the winners were Meghan Greene, Management Decision Making (1st place); Catie Hernandez, Visual Advertising (2nd Place); Maya Ryan, Public Speaking (1st Place); Kimberly Botto, Public Speaking (4th Place), Danish Farooq, Community Service Project (3rd Place), Joe Conti, Personal Financial Literacy (3rd Place); Sneha Kumar: Visual Advertising (4th Place); Agnes Goldin received four top 10 awards, including & Lodging Management (5th Place); Allie Van Rossem received four top 10 awards, including Principles of Business Administration (5th Place).

Community Safety Presentation


National Business Honor Society Inductions

National Business Honor Society Inductions photo

The Babylon School District would like to congratulate the 24 students who were recently inducted into the New York State Business Honor Society during a ceremony held at the Babylon Junior-Senior High School library this March. Throughout their academic careers, these students have excelled in their business classes, obtaining a 92 or higher average, and have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to community service.

A Display of Scientific Talent

A Display of Scientific Talent photo
Sophomores enrolled in Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Science Research course recently presented their independent projects at Molloy College’s Kathy Belton Science Fair alongside more than 400 students from other Suffolk and Nassau County high schools.
During their visit, students gave presentations on their research projects to Molloy College science faculty members, as well as their peers. This allowed students to participate in the peer review process, which is one of the central tenets of scientific research. 

The Babylon students brought seven projects to the competition, all with a focus on some aspect of green energy or environmental remediation, ranging from using bivalves as natural water filters to controlling algae blooms with natural materials. Additionally, the participants received feedback from the judges and their peers, which will help them with their presenting skills and their implementation of the scientific process, as this was their first time competing in the field of science.

One of the projects, “Testing the effects of copper sulfate on the growth of Lemnoidae (duckweed)” by Amanda Gilmore, Juliana Vota, and Emma Ward, was selected as an award winner amongst all of the entries. This recognition signifies that they placed in the top 15 percent from the more than 400 projects that were present at the fair. The students will be honored at an awards ceremony in May when they find out exactly what place they have won.

Musical Magnificence

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Several student-musicians from Babylon Memorial Grade School and Babylon Junior-Senior High School were selected to participate in this year’s Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association’s All-County Music Festival based on their superior musical talents and a recommendation from their teachers.  

Division I students included Talia Baker (orchestra), Lucas Bridges (orchestra), Lucy Carnese (chorus), Jamisyn Cerny (chorus), Anna Dempsey (chorus), Maeve Graham (chorus), Emily Hoberman (band), Isabelle Sanchez (chorus), Alyssa Silvestri (chorus), Zachary Smith (band) and Sara Womack (orchestra).

Division II students included Maya Knyper (chorus), Aidan Marrone (chorus), Sachi Onishi (orchestra) and Thomas Orifici (orchestra).

Division III students included Allison Fama (chorus), Julia Horvath (chorus), 
Michelle Makowski (chorus), Stephanie McSweeney (chorus), Matthew Minicozzi (orchestra), Anna Romero (chorus), Ethan Schubart (orchestra) and Dominic Trivigno (chorus). 

Budget Presentation #5


Reading Around the World

Reading Around the World photo

As a means of celebrating the Pick A Reading Partner program, the Babylon Elementary School chose the theme of “Reading is Your Ticket Around the World” to recognize the world’s many cultures throughout their literary studies.

The young readers earned “travel miles” throughout the month of March by reading a number of books, and by doing so were able to “travel” to different countries around the world located on a map within the school’s lobby. In turn, the more the students read, the farther they were able to “travel” to explore new countries. 

Each class also researched cultural information and customs about a specific country and shared all they learned on bulletin boards outside their classrooms. Examples of countries studied included Iceland, Argentina and India, to name a few.

At the conclusion of the PARP program, Babylon Elementary School will host an Open House, during which the students will act as tour guides for their parents and lead them through the building to see all the displays and various cultures.

Community Discussions

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In an effort to strengthen the district’s school-to-community partnership and keep open lines of communication, the Babylon School District recently held its third annual Legislative Advocacy Workshop and Community Summit focused on important educational matters and community safety guidelines.

To begin the program, Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi gave a warm welcoming address to all in attendance, thanking them for their continued support of Babylon’s multiple initiatives geared toward enhancing the school and community as a whole.

Throughout her message, she shared an overview of the district’s recent successes, and invited attendees to share any ideas they had that would benefit the overall the community. Items discussed included the district’s prudent financial plans to fund programs that support students as well as cost saving initiatives and efficiencies planned during the proposed 2018-19 school budget. 

In addition to the district representatives who were on hand, multiple elected leaders were in attendance and spoke about the collective community effort toward enhancing education. Attendees included New York State Sen. Phil Boyle, New York State Assemblywoman Christine Pellegrino, Councilman Terence F. McSweeney and Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino, each of whom discussed how they are taking the necessary steps in maintaining a safe and educationally prosperous environment for all Babylon residents. 

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Magnificent Musicians

Magnificent Musicians photo
The Babylon School District congratulates Babylon Memorial Grade School students Lucas Bridges, Justin Karcher and Sara Womack for being selected to take part in this year’s Long Island String Festival based on their superb musical talent and academic excellence.

“Each year, music teachers from all over Suffolk County are asked to recommend their most outstanding student musicians for participation in the Long Island String All-County Music Festival,” said Babylon Memorial Grade School music teacher Paul Grisafi. “These students were selected based upon their outstanding musical ability and past performance at NYSSMA Festivals.”

These three student-musicians participated alongside other Suffolk County representatives, attending two rehearsals and performing in a concert setting at Northport High School. This distinction marks them among the top student-musicians in Suffolk County.  

Babylon Robotics Club On The Air!

Babylon Robotics Club On The Air

Second Annual ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’

Second Annual ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ photo

The Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently hosted their second annual “Souper Bowl of Caring” fundraiser event, inviting 150 student volunteers, district staff members and community residents to come together and engage in a fun and friendly baking and cooking competition.

Due to the combined efforts of all attendees, $3,300 was raised which will directly benefit the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and Save the Great South Bay organizations. In addition, three boxes were filled to the brim with nonperishable food items to be sent to the Rock Can Roll hunger relief organization. 

The district congratulates all the individuals and teams who participated and were recognized for their delicious contributions to both the Cake-off and Cook-off competitions, including tasty bowls of chili, trays of cupcakes and beautifully decorated cakes.

The district would also like to thank the faculty and staff members who attended and helped out behind the scenes in order to make this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring such a success. 

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. 

Saturday, April 21, 2018