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Babylon’s Homecoming Celebrations End with a Victory

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Beautiful fall weather ushered in the homecoming festivities for the Babylon School District on Oct. 23. Starting with a pep rally on Friday, the Saturday celebrations began with the Athletic Wall of Fame inductions of Robert Mayo, Hans Wiederkehr and the 1997 Long Island champion varsity football team.

Following the athletic inductions, the fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame celebration commenced at Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Rowe Hall, where four new members were inducted. This year’s honorees included Wayne Horsley (retired NYS elected official/Class of 1968), the late Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen (actress and Daytime Emmy Award winner/Class of 1929), Bert Pedersen (businessman and entrepreneur/Class of 1951) and the late Robert Weeks (U.S. Navy captain/Class of 1947). 

“Today’s honorees’ deeds and characters exemplify outstanding achievement in their life’s work and/or service to their communities,” said Babylon School District’s Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “We believe the recipients of this honor stand as shining examples for current, as well as future, Babylon generations and are looked up to as people to someday emulate.”

Following the ceremony, the local community organizations joined together with the members of the Babylon School District for a homecoming parade filled with a sea of orange through the streets. The crowd cheered as the youngest members of the football and cheerleading organizations joined together with the members of the varsity squads. The homecoming royalty paraded through in convertible cars and waved at the crowd. This year’s floats were themed to represent the elements – fire, water, wind and earth – and at halftime, the senior class was recognized with the best float award for their fire display. 

For the football game, the Panthers played host to Hampton Bays. The Baymen were able to secure one touchdown in the first quarter but after that, the game belonged to the Panthers. Babylon took the homecoming victory 41-6.

The Babylon cheerleaders dazzled the crowd with their performance throughout the game and during halftime, followed by a performance by the members of the band. To conclude the halftime festivities, the members of the homecoming court were recognized. Luca Giammarino and Lily Hagan were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively.

Making Math Lessons Count

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The young mathematicians in Ms. Vedder and Ms. Huber’s class at Babylon Elementary School recently played an educational math game. Each student had a different way to represent a number written on a name tag. They had to find the other forms of the number that matched their own sticker and have a seat. The challenge was they had to do the whole activity without speaking. It was a fun way to practice different forms of numbers.

Exercise and Smiles on Walk to School Day

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Babylon School District students pounded the pavement with their friends and family members for Walk/Bike to School Day on Oct. 6. Whether riding their bikes or sporting their favorite sneakers, the students started their day with some physical activity before they made their way to their respective schools. They joined together with classmates around the neighborhood for the event. At Babylon Grade School, teachers and staff greeted students with pom-poms and music as they entered the buildings. Babylon Elementary School students were also welcomed with music, and teachers collected sneakers colored by students to create a Walk/Bike to School banner.

New Business Administrator Joins Babylon Team

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Babylon School District has appointed Deirdre Lunetta as Assistant Superintendent for business. She officially joined the Babylon team on July 1 and replaces Dr. Peter

Daly, who retired at the end of the school year.

Ms. Lunetta has served as Babylon Schools’ senior audit manager for the past 10 years as an employee of Cullen & Danowski. She has been part of the firm since 1996 in various capacities.

Ms. Lunetta holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Lander University as well as a Master of Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

“I am so thankful for the confidence of the Superintendent and the board of education and for the opportunity to utilize my decades of school finance experience here at Babylon,” she said. “I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleagues and educational leaders to ensure that the district’s resources are managed in a fiscally responsible manner that supports the mission of the board of education and gives all students every opportunity to succeed.”

New Facilities Administrator Named in Babylon

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Babylon School District has named Robert Lorefice as Assistant Plant Facilities Administrator. He was officially appointed to the position on Aug. 2.

Prior to joining the administrative team in Babylon, Mr. Lorefice worked in a number of different capacities at the Brentwood Union Free School District. He began his career in Brentwood Schools as a custodian in 2005 and moved to a maintenance mechanic plumber in 2007. In 2018, he was promoted to school maintenance crew leader.

“I am really excited and grateful for the opportunity in my new role as the assistant plant Facilities Administrator here at Babylon,” he said. “My first month here has been such a pleasurable experience as everyone has been so welcoming. I am really looking forward to integrating all the knowledge and experience I have learned throughout the years being in facilities and applying it toward my new role here.”

Mr. Lorefice holds a bachelor’s degree in facility management and industrial technology from SUNY Farmingdale. He also holds several certifications in plumbing systems and installation.