Toy Drive for Children

Babylon Memorial Grade School’s third- through sixth-grade student council organized a toy drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Child Life Program. During the event, students and staff donated unwrapped toys, which were sorted and delivered to best match each child.

Creating Holiday Memories

Sending Holiday Wishes

As the holiday season gets underway, Babylon Elementary School is helping to brighten the lives of several individuals, both locally and afar.

As part of the Adopt-a-Soldier program, the school has adopted nine soldiers who are currently serving abroad or at home. Throughout the year, the students and staff will be sending packages to these individuals, each of whom has a personal connection to Babylon. This December, the classes created personalized artwork and letters for the recipients, extending gratitude for their service. Teaming up with the Blue Ribbon Moms program, the school also provided care packages to three deployed soldiers.

“It is our hope that the soldiers are excited to receive our packages and feel a connection to home during the holiday season,” said Principal Jessica Kemler.

The school is also coordinating a warm coat drive and a giving tree for local families in need.

Standout Athletes Honored

Babylon High School seniors Brendan Laing and Kristen Altieri have been named Suffolk Zone Award winners by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Each year, the association honors a male and female athlete from each school district in the Suffolk Zone chapter for their outstanding physical education achievements. Students are also selected based upon scholarship in the classroom, outstanding character, leadership, and being a role model in class.

Brendan, a scholar-athlete, is a member of the Babylon basketball and tennis teams. Kristen is a member of the school’s basketball and soccer teams. Both are high achievers in the classroom and are enrolled in the school’s challenging Advanced Placement courses.

Boats & Buoyancy at BMGS


Visitors from Abroad

Babylon Junior-Senior High School students recently learned about the French language firsthand when 12 students from the Versailles area of Paris visited the district as part of a cultural learning experience.

In addition to participating in a meet-and-greet, the French students visited the school’s French and social studies classes to share a PowerPoint presentation on the life of the typical Parisian teenager and explain the structure of a school day, as well as how their government works. They also enjoyed a pizza lunch and shadowed members of the French National Honor Society during two classes. 

Eighth-grader Maddie Stein commented that it was "c ool to hear their impressions of New York." Senior Jessica Roberts agreed, saying the visit "brought the French culture to life."

“I was beyond thrilled to take the French language off the pages of the textbook and put it in their hands,” said teacher Melissa Anderson, who coordinated the visit with Jean Marc Emarot, moderator of the club Junior Association, 20 000 Liens Sur la Terre. “It made the language come alive and brought such relevancy to what we do in the classroom. My students were excited to communicate and be understood, to listen and comprehend. I was proud of them for being so welcoming, kind and inquisitive. It was really an incredible experience for all of us.”

Governor Cuomo Directs Flags to Half-Staff for Fallen Fort Drum Soldier

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed that flags on State government buildings be flown at half-staff on Monday, December 1, 2014, in honor of Command Sgt. Major Wardell Benjamin Turner, who died this past Monday in Afghanistan.

Command Sgt. Major Turner died on Monday, November 24 from wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit by a vehicle-borne IED in Kabul. Turner, a resident of Nanticoke, Maryland, was assigned to the Headquarters, United States Army Garrison at Fort Drum in New York.

"On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Command Sgt. Major Wardell Benjamin Turner," Governor Cuomo said. "We join with them in mourning the loss of Command Sgt. Major Turner and in honoring his heroism, leadership, and dedication to this great nation."

Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all State buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our State's service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.

*Effective: Beginning of Business, Monday, December 1, 2014*

*Return to Full Staff: Sunset, Monday, December 1, 2014*

Giving Thanks

Educational lessons and community service projects centered on the Thanksgiving holiday at Babylon Elementary School this November.
Students and staff worked to make the holiday a bright one for others by contributing to the school’s annual food drive. As a result of the building’s overwhelming generosity, several boxes were filled to the brim with nonperishable items and delivered to local families in need just before the holiday.

Second-grade students fashioned Pilgrim and Native American hats and performed during their annual Thanksgiving feast. The event included several Thanksgiving-inspired songs and a healthy feast.  

Brownie Troop Aids Others

Brownie Troop 3174, comprised of Babylon Memorial Grade School students, coordinated a food drive for a local family this holiday season. The students collected a basketful of supplies and a supermarket gift card for one local family. The school commends the efforts of troop members Marissa Amato, Gigi Basile, Cassidy Brennan, Lucy Carnese, Olivia Cosentino, Riley Dee, Anna Dempsey, Alex DiLauro, Kay Gonzalez, Emily Hoberman, Hailey Lassen, Noelle Mullan, Tori Nugent, Elizabeth Orifici, Alyssa Silvestri and Rebecca Tiger.

Learning on National Level

Babylon High School practical arts and business director Claire Reilly has been selected to participate in the 2014 PwC-KWHS Seminar for High School Educators on Business and Financial Responsibility.

The event, which will take place in Philadelphia, seeks to expose participants to an advanced level of learning on business and financial literacy education as well as provide practical skills to incorporate into the classroom.

“One of the areas in which I seek to gain knowledge is finance,” Ms. Reilly explained in her application. “Many of my students go on to major in a business-related subject in college, and I aim to increase the complexity of the material I teach to them while they are in high school.  I also seek to gain skills that could help our students [in our new virtual enterprise program] prepare their business plans and improve their case analysis and presentation skills.”

Ms. Reilly currently teaches the school’s college accounting and college marketing courses. She is also the adviser of DECA, which has more than 110 members.  

Sunday, December 21, 2014