Fire Safety Program

Shiny red fire trucks lined the main driveway at Babylon Elementary School as students celebrated Fire Prevention Month this October.

During the event, firefighters from the Babylon Fire Department spoke to students in their classrooms about the important safety steps they should take in the event of a fire, and reinforced their messages by putting on an outdoor puppet show using one of the fire trucks.

At the end of the program, each student received an activity book that recapped the lessons they learned during the program.

Innovative Learners

Ordinary brown boxes sparked the imagination and creativity of the sixth-grade students in Eric Solnick’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School when they took part in this year’s Global Cardboard Challenge.

The event was inspired by the documentary "Caine's Arcade,” a 2012 film about a 9-year-old boy’s work to create an arcade out of cardboard at his father's auto parts store in Los Angeles.

Working under the guidance of art teacher Patricia Stork and library media specialist Lisa Lindeman, the students collaborated in small groups to plan, build and test arcade games. They also worked with family and friends to create another, smaller cardboard creation. Throughout the project, they learned the real-world values of imagination, creativity, trial and error, and teamwork. The class shared their original projects with Jennifer Brown’s second-graders during a “Day of Play” event at the school.

The arcade event was sponsored by the Imagination Foundation, a nonprofit group aimed at finding and fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world. This year's event was comprised of more than 106,000 participants from more than 39 countries.

Healthy Steps

As part of their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and protecting the environment, Babylon Elementary School students, staff and families participated in International Walk to School Day in early October.

Forgoing traditional means of transportation, participants joined the event by walking from their homes or nearby locations to the school. Upon arrival, students received a paper sneaker, created by art teacher Kristie Hirten, to memorialize their involvement in the program.

This is the seventh year the school has participated in the event, which was once again coordinated by physical education teacher Rob Andrews.

Senior Commended for Academics

Mohankumar Chintarlapalli, a senior at the junior-senior high school, was named a Commended Student in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program. Mohankumar received his Letter of Commendation in recognition of his outstanding academic promise based on his 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores.

As a Commended Student, he placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2015 competition. The district extends its congratulations to Mohankumar on this distinguished achievement.
Monday, October 20, 2014