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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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District Goals 2017-2018

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Welcome Back Students for the 2017-18 School Year!

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Ready for HS

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently hosted an informative orientation session for the incoming seventh-graders in preparation for another successful school year come Sept. 7.

Students and their families were invited into the newly-renovated Rowe Hall for a welcoming presentation delivered by Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone and Assistant Principal Jennifer Mangone. Throughout 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 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.

Paying Good Deeds Forward

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In preparation of their recent trip to Glen’s Dinette in Babylon Village, students from the Babylon School District summer school program expanded their knowledge of proper restaurant etiquette, including how sales tax is calculated and appropriate tipping amounts. 

After finishing their meal and preparing to pay, students deployed their newly-acquired skills but were pleasantly surprised to learn that an anonymous patron had paid the bill for the entire group. With this notion in mind, they decided to pay forward the good deed by donating their meal’s budgeted money toward a charitable organization of their choice. 

“When the waitress shyly told us that someone had covered our bill, we were astounded,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School special education teacher Keith Fasano. “You could see by the expressions on the students’ faces that their belief that people are inherently good was reaffirmed. Due to this deed, we all agreed that it was our job to look out for one another.”

Superintendent’s Coffee Hour Dates - 2017-2018


Monday, October 23, 2017