Happy Thanksgiving

The Babylon Union Free School District wishes all of our students, families and staff a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday.

A Gluten Free Menu is now available to all students.

At the Jr/Sr high we ask that students pre- order a meal at breakfast time with the cook. Thank you.

Recognizing BOE Members


In honor of New York State’s School Board Recognition Week, members of the Board of Education were recognized by students and administrators during the November BOE meeting.

Board of Education members were offered unique and thoughtful tokens of appreciation. Babylon Elementary School Principal Jessica Kemler presented the Board with a book filled with pictures and stories created by elementary students about their favorite places in school and why they love their school.

Grade School Principal Steve Goldberg showed a video that highlighted students’ artistic, research and technological skills. Grade school students created a work of “heart,” which they presented to the Board members. Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone introduced flutists from the wind ensemble, who played “Edelweiss,” while SEPTA made a donation to the Babylon Community Scholarship Fund in each Board member’s name.


Day of the Dead Lesson

Students in Michelle Scharff’s, Laura Jayne’s and Marianne Shaw’s Spanish classes learned about and celebrated the Day of the Dead on Nov. 2. They made masks, crafted sugar skulls and created an “ofrenda,” an altar that honors a loved one who has passed away.

High school Spanish 4 classes learned that Mexicans celebrate life through the holiday by honoring their deceased loved ones in a variety of ways. After creating their ofrendas, the students watched a film called “The Book of Life,” an animated tale about the holiday. The junior high school-level Spanish classes made masks and paper banners, while students in other levels of high school Spanish made marigolds and read about the holiday.  

Senior Citizen Dinner

Members of the Leo and Drama clubs hosted more than 50 local senior citizens for dinner and a show on Nov. 5.
During the event, Leo Club members served beverages, salads, baked ziti and an array of desserts to attendees before Drama Club members performed a production of Clifford Odets’ “The Big Knife.”

Writers’ Club Workshop

Writers’ Club members participated in the Young Artists and Writers Project, a mentoring program sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature and Southampton Arts.

In October, club members worked with writing artist Jack Kelly to develop horror stories in the spirit of Halloween. Mr. Kelly used the students’ stories to create fun and engaging writing prompts during the workshop. These prompts allowed students to explore different ideas and give suggestions to their peers. Techniques such as flash fiction, figurative language and imagery helped the student-writers develop their skills.

Superintendent’s Conference Day

In an effort to meet the district’s goal of enhancing professional collaboration within and across grade levels, administrators, faculty and staff engaged in a variety of workshops, meetings and breakout sessions during Superintendent’s Conference Day on Nov. 3.
At the elementary and grade school level, topics included the sharing and discussion of student writing, exploring how to better address and support mathematical fluencies, and integrating technology into daily classroom instruction.  Members of both the elementary and grade school Response to Intervention teams met with other K-6 teachers to share resources, align school RTI plans, and discuss and share how technology can be used to streamline and advance the referral process.
Departments also traveled off campus to various workshops. Members of the science department met at Brookhaven National Laboratory, while the music department attended the 2015 Symposium Day for Music Education at Commack Schools. The physical education department attended the Suffolk County Zone Conference at Sachem North High School, and select members of the practical arts department attended the Long Island STEM Hub Professional Development Day at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Celebrating Community

As part of their study on communities, second-graders at the elementary school welcomed Babylon Village Mayor Ralph Scordino and Babylon Public Library librarian Anne Burke for a visit on Nov. 5. During the visit, Mayor Scordino and Ms. Burke shared information about the Village and its surrounding communities and answered student questions. Additionally, the students viewed a short documentary created by Timothy Martin, a former junior-senior high school student and Eagle Scout. The video features a three-mile walking tour showcasing 18 historically significant sites in Babylon.

A Launch Pad of Learning


Seventh-graders tested their water rocket creations as the culmination to their STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) project, launching them in the field of the grade school on Oct. 30.

The Babylon Space Academy Project brings together many cross-curricular lessons, beyond constructing a rocket. Students are given a fictional $1 million budget to design, engineer and launch their water rockets.

Working as a team, students had to budget their money to purchase parts for their rockets and then write out checks for each purchase. They worked on the design and engineering portion of the project with the goal of creating a rocket that will launch straight up in the air under pressure.

Babylon Elementary School Celebrates Halloween

Virtual Enterprise Conference

Students enrolled in Andrew Marulis’ Virtual Enterprise class from the Junior-Senior High School attended the Virtual Enterprises Business and Entrepreneurship Leadership Conference at LIU Post on Oct.  7. During the conference, the students listened to a variety of notable business professionals, including Michael Zavodsky, executive vice president at the Barclays Center and several students were invited to attend a tour of the Barclays Center on Dec. 3.  

Club Invention Gets Creative

Members of the elementary school’s Club Invention were treated to a special visit from a real-life inventor on Oct. 16.

Brian Fried, president of the Suffolk County Inventors Club, spoke to the students about his inventions and his passion for inventing. He brought in a few of his inventions and explained how he turned his hobby of inventing into an active business.

Students shared their ideas for inventions and had the opportunity to ask their guest questions. Fried brought in one of his patent-pending prototypes, an animal glove. He asked the students for their feedback on how they think he could improve the design. He also brought in a bag tie clip that he invented and gave one to each student to take home.  

Friday, November 27, 2015