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Exploring New Surroundings

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently hosted an informative orientation session for the incoming seventh-graders in preparation for the upcoming academic school year, which began on Sept. 6.

Upon entering the building, students and their families were invited into Rowe Hall for a welcoming presentation delivered by Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone and Assistant Principal Jennifer Mangone. During their speeches, they spoke of opportunities incoming students can look forward to, including various clubs and activities offered at the school. Additionally, they touched upon the many classes offered at both the honors and Advanced Placement level, which will further enhance the students’ education. 

At the conclusion of the Rowe Hall presentation, families participated in a question-and-answer session as the incoming students were broken up into groups to further explore the school halls and engage in icebreaker activities within the classrooms hosted by upperclassmen.



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Graduation 2018

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Districtwide Achievements

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The recent Babylon School District Board of Education meeting celebrated the accomplishments of both students and staff alike. 

To begin the night’s celebrations, Superintendent of School’s Linda Rozzi recognized the Babylon Junior-Senior High School students named as this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian. Both valedictorian Danish Farooq and salutatorian Sophia Sherman were in attendance, and accepted tokens of appreciation from the board for their stunning accomplishment. 

Multiple district students spanning grades six through 12 were recently named winners and successful participants in the Science Research Competition held at Molloy College as well as the Long Island Science Congress and the Covantage EcoTech competitions. In honor of their scientific successes, the students were presented certificates.

Additionally, in honor of their dedication and commitment, Babylon School District staff members Laura Doherty, Julie Zanghi and Andrew Sheltz were honored and granted tenure by the Board of Education. 

Field Day 2018

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Honoring WWII veterans

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Just before the Memorial Day weekend, Babylon School District came together to honor the lives of Babylon High School alumni lost during WWII during a special plaque unveiling ceremony in the lobby at Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Rowe Hall on May 25. The event came to fruition based on the efforts of the school district and in partnership with the Babylon-based American Legion Post 94.

After introductions and expressions of gratitude from both Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone and Babylon School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi, Babylon Junior-Senior High School senior class president Joseph Rende and American Legion Squadron 94 Vice Commander Jon Taylor spoke in honor of those who served. 

“I challenge you to shake a veteran’s hand when you see one, and thank them for allowing you to have this freedom,” said Joseph. “Thank them for the sacrifices they have made, and for the ultimate sacrifices their comrades have made.”

“It is imperative that we do not allow the knowledge of our history of this nation to fade away, both the good and the bad,” said Mr. Taylor. “If we are to understand why we are, and who we are, only then can we chart our nation’s course for the future.”

Along with the members of Post 94, Babylon High School Class of 1945 alumnus Gabe Grenci was in attendance. Mr. Grenci served in the U.S. Army where he was discharged at the rank of staff sergeant, served at the Allied Forces headquarters in Caserta, Italy, and was both a friend and classmate of Rocco Grasso, whose name will forever remain on the plaque.

The district would also like to recognize those alumni who served in the country’s armed forces – Tony Ciervo, John Dawley, Jerry Grant, Rich Villanueva and Jim Woods – along with the current Babylon Junior-Senior High School seniors committed to entering various branches of the military – Anthony Gerola, Szymon Giembic, Emma Iandoli, Ian Mikulicic, Nicholas Ruf and Sophia Sherman.  

 

Celebrating Staff Members

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During the May 7 Babylon School District Board of Education meeting, two Babylon School District staff members were celebrated by the community for both their accomplishments and for their commitment to enhancing education for students. 

Babylon Elementary School first-grade teacher Yanirez Rodriguez was presented with a certificate courtesy of the Board of Education for being recognized by Sen. Phil Boyle as a “Teacher of Excellence” at his annual Teacher of Excellence Awards Dinner. Ms. Rodriguez has been with the district for more than 10 years and is credited with being involved in multiple district committees, and greatly assisting with English as a New Language students in her native Spanish language in an effort to build confidence among students. 

“She is always championing the finest instructional practices to advance student growth,” said Babylon School District Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “She makes sure that the students meet their benchmarks as first-grade learners, and, more importantly, she really knows how to make that connection with parents and families of the students that she has in her class.”

Additionally, former Babylon Junior-Senior High School football coach Hans Wiederkehr was recognized for being inducted into the 2018 Suffolk County Sports Athletic Hall of Fame. During his time as coach from 1988-2002, the football team reached the playoffs 12 times and won nine league titles. Mr. Wiederkehr committed 32 years of his life to the Babylon School District working multiple educational buildings. While in district, he served such roles as physical education teacher, district director of interscholastic athletics, physical education and health and as an administrative assistant at Babylon Memorial Grade School. He will be retiring this year. 

“Hans has done amazing work as both a teacher and a football coach on Long Island,” said Mrs. Rozzi. “You’re not just retiring from Babylon, but you’re going on to wonderful things too, and just know that we valued all the times you’ve been teaching here.”

‘Once Upon A Time’

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Students enrolled in Leah Weissinger’s first-grade class at Babylon Elementary School recently put on an enchanting theater performance, “Once Upon A Time,” for their fellow classmates, school staff and family members.
 
The wonderful performances included renditions of popular tales “The Three Billy Goats Gruff,” “The Little Red Hen” and “The Fisherman and his Wife.”

The entertaining event reinforced several key skills students have learned in class, including public speaking, reading fluency and collaboration.

“They worked hard practicing and remembering all their lines,” said Mrs. Weissinger. “They were brave and did a wonderful job; we are all so proud of our future actors and actresses.”
Wednesday, September 19, 2018