Celebrating Our Nation

Third-graders in Lisa Lang’s and Kristine Best’s class were recently introduced to a meaningful lesson on the history of the United States and why it is so important to learn about patriotism.

After watching an informative video about how the flag was created, students had the chance to create their own paper versions of the American flag. Throughout their work, the class discussed the details of the flag and what those aspects represented. The third-graders enjoyed discovering facts such as why there are 13 stripes on the body of the flag and more.
“We’re trying to have the students learn about the symbols of the United States, and how they’re important to us,” said special education teacher Kristine Best. “We want to show students the proper way to respect our country, and for them to learn about the importance of being able to live in a country that has so many freedoms.”

Third-grade classes throughout BMGS are going to continue these types of hands-on lessons on the nation’s history throughout the school year.

Celebrating Homecoming


Under picture-perfect skies, the school community joined together to show support for their Babylon Panthers during the 2016 homecoming weekend.

The events began on Oct. 15 with a spirited parade through the Village of Babylon. Community members lined Main Street to cheer on the homecoming royalty nominees, Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s marching band, varsity cheerleaders and several student organizations.

Prior to the start of the game, four individuals were recognized for their athletic contributions to the Babylon community and were inducted into the Athletic Booster Club Wall of Fame. This year’s inductees included former football coach Tom DiNuovo, along with Babylon alumni and decorated former athletes Drew Peters (’01), Christine VanSchaick (’98) and Hans Seidenberg (’73).

This year’s homecoming was special for the school community, as it marked the first one played in the renovated football stadium. As the varsity football team raced down the field and tore through a giant “Homecoming 2016” banner, they showed they were ready to take on their opponents, the Center Moriches Red Devils. By the end of the second quarter, the Babylon Panthers had a commanding 42-0 lead over the Center Moriches Red Devils.
Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi began the halftime ceremony by thanking the community for their overwhelming support and helping to rededicate the new turf field to Coach Walter F. Williams. Joseph DeLucca, a 1943 Babylon graduate and former athlete coach under Mr. Williams, also shared a reading celebrating the late coach’s life.

In addition to the ceremony, both the marching band and cheerleading squad performed entertaining routines and Robert Lum and Celina Saffioti were crowned homecoming king and queen, respectively.

Top Place to Teach in Nation

The Babylon School District has made Niche.com’s “Best Places to Teach in America” list. The online ranking assesses school districts based on factors such as health and safety, the student-teacher ratio and the overall learning experience.

“It has been my distinct honor and privilege to work alongside the wonderful students and staff here in the Babylon School District,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi. “I consider myself very lucky to be part of such a motivated and hardworking learning environment.”

Walk to School Day


As part of an international movement, Babylon Elementary School students and their families left their cars at home and walked or biked to school for the annual Walk to School Day on Oct. 5.

The event drew in a large crowd of students, family members and staff, all donning orange and black clothing to raise awareness for an active and healthy lifestyle. Principal Travis Davey welcomed students before they entered the school and helped them place paper foot cut-outs on a “Walk to School” poster on the side of the building.

“We’ve hosted this event every year for the past few years, and everyone always has a great time taking part in it,” said physical education teacher Rob Andrews. “It gives students the opportunity to get in their exercise for the day while having fun along the way.”

Football Coached Honored by New York Jets

In recognition of his dedication and commitment to coaching, Babylon Junior-Senior High School head football coach Rick Punzone has been named a New York Jets High School Coach of the Week.

Punzone has been teaching at Babylon Memorial Grade School for 27 years and has been the head coach of the football team for 14 years. Under his leadership, the team has won five Long Island and 12 Suffolk County championships, all within the past 20 years. 

“The team recently stopped Shoreham-Wading River’s 25-game winning streak,” said Punzone. “Although I received this award as the head coach, that achievement was possible because of the 42 players who played in that game. I am extremely proud of their hard work and preparation that went into that game.”

Punzone had been the running back and linebacker for his own alma mater, Walt Whitman High School, from which he graduated in 1981. He then attended SUNY Albany and played tailback for three years, winning the ECAC Division III Championships in his senior year.

Homecoming Weekend

Babylon High School will celebrate its homecoming on Oct. 15 with festivities beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the induction of the Athletic Booster Club Wall of Fame inductees with a ceremony at the high school. The official "step off" to the Homecoming Parade will travel down Main Street at 12:30 p.m., with student performance groups, floats and the high schools' homecoming court in the procession.
Kickoff to the annual Homecoming Game begins at 2 p.m. against Center Moriches on the new turf field, and at halftime there will be rededication to the new turf field in honor of Coach Walter Williams.
All Babylon families, alumni and community members are encouraged to join the homecoming festivities. 

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AP Scholars Recognized

The district is proud to announce that 33 Babylon Junior-Senior High School students have earned Advanced Placement Scholar Awards from the College Board.
Of those awarded, 23 were designated AP Scholars for receiving a score of 3 or higher on three or more exams, and five were named AP Scholars with Honor for achieving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of those exams. In addition, five students, three of whom are Class of 2016 graduates, received the notable AP Scholar with Distinction Award for earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of those exams. Included in these AP Scholar with Distinction Award winners are current seniors AJ Bapcum and Gabriella Albanese.

Musicians Hit the Right Notes

Babylon Junior-Senior High School is home to six seniors who have earned high honors in music and have been chosen to perform with state and county ensembles.

The New York State School Music Association has selected Emma Schubart and Scott Sgueglia for the All-State Orchestra, and Lindsey Daily for the All-State Women’s Chorus. They will perform with their respective ensembles at the 2016 NYSSMA Winter Conference in Rochester, New York, Dec. 1-4. In addition, Matthew Fama, Olivia Lulley and Maxwell O’Handley have been selected by the Suffolk County Music Educators Association to perform with the All-County Mixed Chorus in the SCMEA All-County Festival on Nov. 18 at Northport High School. Emma, Scott and Lindsey will also be performing at the All-County Festival. Emma and Scott will take part in the symphony orchestra and Lindsey will sing with the women’s chorus.

The six seniors attained these honors based on their exceptional performances at NYSSMA solo and ensemble evaluation festivals last spring, along with teacher recommendations.

“Both I and the district are very proud of all that these students have accomplished,” said Director of Fine Arts Angela Turk. “They have been working very hard toward their goals, and it definitely shows in their musical capabilities and work ethic.”

Kindergarteners Get Ready for New School Year

To help ease any fears or anxiety they had about the start of the school year, Babylon Elementary School faculty and staff hosted a “Getting Ready for Kindergarten” program for parents and incoming students in early September.

The event, held at the Babylon Public Library, included an introduction and welcome from faculty members in attendance, a read aloud, and a question and answer session.

The annual event was coordinated by Babylon Elementary School teacher Beth Dietrich and librarian Ann Burke.

New Year for Students


Students and staff members throughout the district were warmly welcomed back for the 2016-17 school year on Sept. 7.

The day was filled with smiles and high fives as students reconnected with their fellow classmates and quickly settled into their new school routines. To visually mark the start of their last year of high school, the senior class proudly donned their self-designed T-shirts, which featured their own custom names on the back.

This year will feature several new district initiatives geared toward preparing students for success both in and outside the classroom. These updates include the introduction of Advanced Placement physics and psychology courses and new extracurricular offerings, such as a debate club at the junior-senior high school and a new art club at the elementary level. Additionally, as part of the district’s approved bond project, several instructional spaces have been updated to meet 21st century learning standards, including Rowe Hall, several science labs and the culinary and photography classrooms.

The back-to-school feeling was radiant throughout all three buildings, and students were eager to begin a wonderful new school year in the district.

New Students Get Familiar With Building

Babylon Junior-Senior High School seventh-graders took the first step in the next phase of their educational journey during an informative summer orientation held in late August.

Throughout the program, the students and their parents learned about the various opportunities offered at the high school from building administrators and members of the school’s student council.

Additionally, the seventh-graders toured the building with the help of upperclassman volunteers, and parents were introduced to more staff members and discovered ways to strengthen the home-to-school connection by joining the PTA.

Superintendent’s Conference Day Commences New School Year


District faculty and staff were recently welcomed during an informational Superintendent’s Conference Day and joined together to kick-start the 2016-17 school year.

After a warm welcoming address, Superintendent of Schools Linda J. Rozzi honored eight staff members for their individual commitments to the district. These employees were recognized for serving the school district and community over the past 20, 25, 30 and 45 years, respectively. The district is proud to celebrate the professional milestones of the following staff members:

45 years:
Theresa Altieri   Elementary School                                              

30 years:
Donna Cabral     Elementary School
Patrick Chatterton    Elementary School

25 years:                                          
Laura Jayne             High School         
Constance O’Shea    High School        
Richard Punzone    Grade School     

20 years:
Susan Scalfani    Grade School
Anthony Sparacio    High School

In addition to the remarks shared by Ms. Rozzi, two senior student council members were on hand to address their goals for the upcoming school year and provide valuable insight as to what they hope to see from the senior class.


Letters from our Superintendent of Schools


Sunday, October 23, 2016