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March 2020

Dear Students, Families and Faculty/Staff,

School districts naturally tout accomplishments based on high school exit outcome data, whether it’s graduation rate, sports standings, the number of designated AP Scholars, National Merit Finalists, etc.  Babylon is no different, as we have so much to celebrate in these areas!   However, outcomes reflect the work of everyone who is part of the educational family, from loving and supportive parents who establish the foundation to the educators, support staff and coaches molding students in our classrooms, on our stages and out on our athletic  fields.    The mid-winter edition of our newsletter, Babylon Highlights, has hit the mailboxes and is once again sprinkled with various student accomplishments that continue to define our wonderful school system; I hope you enjoy reading it as well as exploring our website as you stay updated with news and important upcoming events.    

Once such annual event is Kindergarten Registration which is noted on our March calendar and scheduled for March 11th and March 18th, 2020.  It is during this time of the year when my elementary colleagues and I happily anticipate and prepare to welcome our youngest little people into school for the first time.   One thing I love is meeting new families, as they walk into the elementary school for the first time with their first-born in tow to register for formal schooling.  It’s such a happy time for everyone.  I must also acknowledge our K-6 PTA, as this wonderful group of parent volunteers has a very special way of making new families each summer feel welcomed, as if they have been a part of our district fabric for years. 

With that, years ago a well-known little book titled All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten made it to the top of the New York Times “bestseller list”.  The book touches upon various themes such as respect toward others, the importance of taking turns and the worth of embracing differences while creating an environment in which everyone can learn and play.  It turns out that our kindergarteners are really onto something big, as the lessons learned in the kindergarten will prepare a person for life.   

I think the concept of “Kindergarten” has always held a very special place in my heart, as my own mother was a Kindergarten teacher.   Back in those days, if a young teacher brought a high level of enthusiasm to the classroom paired with his or her ability to play the piano (yes, the piano, being the determining factor), he or she was typically offered the job that same afternoon after a single and brief meeting with the Superintendent.  Although the times, the professional preparation, expectations and hiring practices have surely changed, the responsibilities have not.   With that, many within the district have often heard me say that while teaching four and five years-old children has its challenges, teaching Kindergarten may very well be one of the most fulfilling teaching positions we offer, as the growth made during that initial first year of formal schooling is exponential!  It’s surely an exciting time of the school year, as we prep to welcome our smallest newcomers yet prep to soon say goodbye to our high school seniors.  The years go by too quickly; enjoy every moment.  

From our youngest learners to our graduating members of the Class of 2020, we have great expectations for every student in Babylon Schools.  We thank you for your strong partnership and support as we strive to set the bar high so all students can continue to embrace life’s opportunities.   We hope you enjoy the newest edition of Babylon Highlights and all the spring 2020 season has to offer! 

Sincerely, 
Mrs. Linda J. Rozzi
Superintendent of Schools

 

 


 

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