Returning for A New Year

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The start of the school year was a celebratory one in the Babylon School District, as more than 20 staff members were recognized for their years of service during this September’s Superintendent’s Conference Day.

District administrators, teachers and staff members convened in Babylon High School’s Rowe Hall to congratulate those individuals who have worked in the district for the past 20, 25 and 30 years. Superintendent of Schools Richard Rozakis thanked the staff members for their dedication to Babylon and presented each of them with a small token of the district’s appreciation. This year’s honorees included: Kevin Kavanagh, 30 years; Robert Andrews, Susan Colletti, Barry Goldsholle, Jackie Marino and Kim Ricchiuti, 25 years; and Karen Altieri, Donna Hendrickson, Claire Joseph, Mark Malaszczyk, Nancy Maloney, Beth Marinelli, John Michele, Loretta Padden, Jean Marie Parker, Marlene Potak, Lonell Rogers, Barbara Small,  Angela Turk, Richard Villanueva and Rayna Zwerlein, 20 years.
    
During his welcome address, Mr. Rozakis spoke to the educators about their shared mission – educating students to not only be college- and career-ready, but also well-versed 21st-century learners – and his belief that the teachers before him were well-prepared to fulfill this responsibility. He also shared information regarding the continued implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and details surrounding the recently released New York State assessment results.
    
A major focus of the program was the topic of curriculum writing. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Daniel D’Amico spoke about the district’s use of a new educational resource, NY Learns, as well as the completed summer writing projects. He explained that the online program will enable the district to digitally manage its curriculum to ensure vertical and horizontal alignment and to offer a variety of resources for teachers. Providing professional development on the system first to all attendees and subsequently to smaller grade-specific groups at the elementary and grade schools, NY Learns representative Ashley Way spoke in greater detail about the curriculum management and standards-based system.