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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


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. 

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). 

Saturday, January 20, 2018