Festival Honors

With near-perfect performances, Babylon High School student-musicians captured top awards during this year’s World Strides Heritage Performance Music Festival in Williamsburg, Virginia.

The high school’s symphonic winds and jazz band each earned a gold rating on their performance along with two group trophies. They received the Festival Sweepstakes Instrumental Trophy, which is presented to the school represented by the two instrumental groups that accumulated the highest number of points. Babylon also earned the Festival Spirit Award, which is presented to the group that best represented their school and community by demonstrating cooperation and enthusiastic support of all festival activities.

In addition to the group awards, Tyler Gumpel, guitarist in the Jazz Band, received a Maestro award.  This award is given to individuals who display extraordinary musical ability and sensitivity.

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Capturing Scholarships for Science Projects

Babylon Memorial Grade School sixth-grader Ethan Schubart and Babylon High School junior Ryan Cosgro earned top honors at this year’s Covantage EcoTech Scholarship Contest.

Ethan’s project, “Do gas powered leaf blowers affect air quality?,” earned first place in the contest. Ryan’s project, “Determining the optimal conditions for biolipid production in Chlorella pyrendiosa,” captured fourth place. His project worked to determine under what conditions photosynthetic Chlorella algae are best able to produce a biolipid that could then be processed into a novel type of biofuel and help reduce dependency on fossil fuels. Both students were awarded scholarship monies for their winning entries.

The contest is open to students in grades 6-12 in school districts within the Town of Babylon that produced science projects focused on renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction, development of alternative materials or anything to reduce global warming and environmental degradation.

Board Recognizes Scholars


The Board of Education honored several student groups during its regular meeting in early May.

Surrounded by proud parents and community members, the district congratulated members of the Babylon High School DECA team for their outstanding placement at the New York State conference and two Wilson Tech students — Tyler Arth and Dylan Dell’Erba ¬— who advanced through the regional level to compete at Syracuse University in the Statewide Skills USA contest. Tyler competed in the auto body category, and Dylan won second place in the state for film.

Congratulations to the following DECA honorees:

Owen McCaffrey Top 10 Role Play Automotive Services Marketing
Emma Rende Top 10 Decision Making — Human Resources
Michael Logan Fourth Place Test: Travel & Tourism Team
Jack Corcoran Fourth Place Test: Travel & Tourism Team
Victoria Buonagura Fourth Place Test —Retail Merchandising
Theodore Allen Top 10 Role Play Personal Financial Literacy
Ryan Cosgro Top 10 Test, Top 10 Role Play, Top 10 Overall — Restaurant & Food Services Marketing
Thomas Rigelhaupt Top 10 Role Play  — Restaurant & Food Services Marketing
Emma Shubert Top 10 Test — Quick Serve Restaurant Management
Alexander Alessi Top 10 Case Study, Top 10 Overall Financial Services Team Decision Making
Andrew Szuchy Top 10 Case Study, Top 10 Overall Financial Services Team Decision Making
Sophia Sherman Top 10 Test — Principles of Marketing

Appreciation for the Arts

The artistic and musical talents of Babylon Elementary School students were on display during the school’s Spring Art and Music Festival this May.

During the event, attendees viewed a myriad of art pieces created by kindergarten through second-graders. The selections included one-point perspective farm photos, surrealism eyes and a showcase of the traditional Japanese method of fish printing “Gyotaku.” With the help of technology, attendees were able to scan a QR code to hear the students speak about their favorite pieces in the show.

To view the video, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7kHi62WXrs&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop

After visiting the museum of student art, the attendees listed to the second-grade singing club perform a number of spirited selections.

Transforming Trash into Fashion


Providing Comfort

Babylon Elementary School second-grade students in Marie Poelker’s class have been engaged in a community service project to benefit families experiencing a difficult time.

Over the past three months, the students worked to collect toiletry items for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. With the support of several parents and their teacher, the students packaged the items for delivery.

This is the seventh year Ms. Poelker has organized a similar initiative.

Publishing Original Works


With the help of school media specialist Teri Polis, Babylon Elementary School kindergarten and second-grade students are working to become published authors.

To complement their science curriculum and upcoming trip to the aquarium, the kindergarten students researched aquatic animals using iPads. They investigated and documented information about the animals’ bodies, habitats, diets and life cycles before writing statements to share in a class e-book. They also sketched original drawings depicting their marine animals and recorded a voiceover to highlight their research findings.

The second-grade classes completed a similar e-book project as they learned how to research using the WISER method and create animal riddles. Their stories focused on animal habitats.

Copies of the published books are accessible via the grade level’s tab on the library e-board.


Supporting ALS Research


As a follow up to an in-school assembly program with members of the Ride for Life organization, Babylon Memorial Grade School students and staff organized several fundraising activities to support the cause this spring.

They sported comfortable pajamas during “Put ALS to Sleep” day and took part in a walk-a-thon during recess periods. Students who wished to participate in the events donated $1 to the cause.

Students also created colorful signs to support the Ride for Life’s efforts, which they plan to hold as the mission passes the school in May during their annual journey.


Sunday, May 24, 2015