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Holiday 2018

Dear Babylon Residents,

This holiday edition of Babylon Highlights  celebrates both the individual as well as the collective accomplishments of our students. It also details examples of systemic progress and transformation that have defined our school system  over  the past four years. Such accomplishments happen when wonderful things are happening both inside and outside of our classrooms, partnered with parents who want the very best for their children. I hope you take as much pride as I do in the following accomplishments and trajectory of growth that continue to make Babylon Schools shine. The following pages remind us of why we are to be thankful this holiday season and why we do the work that we do.

Inside you will see the smiling faces of our students, who continue to enjoy a dynamic 21st-century education. On my travels throughout the district, I can attest that the 1:1 world computing experience has launched with the full support and enthusiasm of our instructional staff. The examples of digitized curriculums and engaging instructional platforms continue to amaze me and, quite frankly, is beyond what I ever imagined I would observe in a first-year roll-out!

Most recently, I observed a math class in which devices  have been fully integrated, enabling students to engage with all classwork and have immediate access to class notes, exemplars and differentiated homework (even when they are absent!) Students can even now sync work nightly from home so the teacher, as well as their own peers, can view and comment on homework/projects completed offsite (saving time for instruction the next day). Devices are also being used to access online platforms that reinforce concepts as students prepare for upcoming Regents and AP exams. These are just some examples of 21st-century skills now becoming commonplace inside our classrooms.

Additionally, our K-12 STEAM initiatives continue to delve deeply into inquiry as project-based opportunities make learning most meaningful. You’ll notice that this edition highlights STEAM activities throughout the district that work to integrate with other disciplines. With that being said, I must thank my amazing staff for such personalized commitment to our long-term vision.

As we head into the new calendar year, I want to bring to your attention a community event coming up in January. With the completion of the voter-approved Project Renewal Bond Project, I am happy to say that our facilities and grounds have received much-needed capital improvements.  Therefore, please join me on Saturday, Jan. 26 for a “Community Walking Tour” of all facilities, beginning at 10:00 a.m. This event will give our community residents an opportunity to view the capital improvements that took place over the past five years. Therefore, please SAVE THE DATE! This will be scheduled two hours prior to the High School’s “Souper Bowl of Caring” fundraiser, which is another wonderful community initiative!

In closing, whether you are a parent or educator, Board trustee or community volunteer, committee member or coach, I am grateful for your support of our amazing school district this holiday season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year to all!

Yours in education,
Mrs. Linda J. Rozzi 
Superintendent of Schools

 


 

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