BOE Recognizes Student Musicians

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The Jan. 9 Babylon School District Board of Education meeting recognized the members of Babylon Memorial Grade School’s Swing Chorus for their recent performance during the biannual Veterans Reunite event. The students, led by Babylon Memorial Grade School music teacher Colleen Angerami, sang patriotic songs honoring our Vietnam Veterans during their Dec. 10 performance at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage.

World Languages Club Celebrates Holiday Success

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Members of Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s World Languages Club recently held a holiday-themed party in recognition of their collection of more than 30 toys for the Toys for Tots drive. The students celebrated their accomplishment with an after-school pizza party, during which music sung in Spanish, French and English played in the background.




Parent University Presentation - January 9, 2017

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Buzzing to Success

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently hosted a school spelling bee, challenging the top spellers from each seventh- and eighth-grade classroom to out spell their fellow classmates in a fun and friendly competition. After several exciting rounds, eighth-grader Owen Gaskill was named the contest runner-up and eighth-grader Megan Flaugher secured the championship title by correctly spelling “hors de combat.” Megan will now advance to the regional spelling bee held at Hofstra University this February.

Souper Bowl of Caring coming to BHS January 28th

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Superintendent's Holiday Greeting - December 2016

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Helping Out for the Holidays

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The Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently started collecting food items through the “Rock CAN Roll” food drive initiative in an effort to help out the less fortunate members of the community during the holiday season.

According to their website, Rock CAN Roll, Inc., is a nonprofit hunger relief organization and think tank. They often collaborate with rock concerts, schools, corporations and private individuals to collect healthy, nonperishable food and basic necessities for distribution. The school’s drive will run throughout the course of the weeks leading up to the holidays, during which students and staff members will be able to donate items such as canned soups, mixes and pasta.

“The food items that the students collect are going to be distributed to local charities, such as the United Methodist Church of Babylon, before being sent out on a wider scale,” said Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone. “We’re a small, tight-knit district, so we do everything we can to ensure that community families are happy around the holidays.”

Suffolk Zone Athletes

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School seniors Jason Carlock and Sarah Franklin have been named 2016-2017 Suffolk Zone Physical Education Award recipients.

The students were selected for this prestigious honor based on their effort, leadership, athleticism and outstanding character. The award was presented on behalf of the Suffolk Zone chapter of the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.


Testing the Mind

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In an effort to further study just how powerful the human mind can truly be, Babylon Junior-Senior High School students enrolled within Dr. Mark Malaszczyk’s recently reintroduced Advanced Placement Psychology course were treated to a special visit from certified hypnotherapist and Babylon JSHS parent, Eileen Berry.

During the workshop, Mrs. Berry shared information pertaining to hypnosis, saying that most clients utilize hypnotherapy in order to change negative behaviors and maximize skills. Such factors that a client might need help with are assistance with quitting smoking, weight management and stress management.

“A common misconception of hypnosis is that a person will be able to be controlled entirely,” said Mrs. Berry. “However, this is not true, as the conscious mind will not allow an individual to do something that they know to be wrong.”

After taking part in an activity that asked participants to concentrate on the swinging of a handheld pendulum, the class was asked to participate in a soothing mediation session to help ease their minds and prepare them for the rest of the day.

Bond Information

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For bond updates and information, please visit our bond information tab or click the link: http://www.babylon.k12.ny.us/our_district/capital_projects

A Literary Visit

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Babylon Elementary School was recently selected to host a collaborative workshop for six educators from the Tuckahoe Common School District and share information about the district’s robust teaching techniques and approaches to literacy instruction.

“Learning is a lifelong process,” said Babylon Elementary School Principal Travis Davey. “This collaborative meeting afforded our staff the chance to collaborate with colleagues, offer perspectives and ideas, as well as spark a deeper conversation about the ways in which students learn.”

Throughout the workshop, Babylon teachers modeled classroom lessons, met with the Tuckahoe representatives and shared information about how the district is working to strengthen literacy instruction at the kindergarten through second-grade level.

"Babylon is very enthused to share our instructional successes with other school districts,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “Hosting such visitations is a testament to the authenticity of the workshop model and to our staff's commitment of delivering a well-rounded literacy experience to all children."

Celebrating Students

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In celebration of the wonderful students of Babylon Junior-Senior High School, Principal Al Cirone and Assistant Principal Jennifer Mangone created the “PAWsome” initiative, which asks the staff to nominate one student for whom they are grateful to work with every day and who inspires and motivates them.

The nominees were videotaped and given “PAWsome” pins in recognition of their outstanding attitudes and work ethic. Mrs. Mangone plans to hand out pins to students three more times during the school year. The video can be seen here:
https://youtu.be/A0wQiLxM5nY

Committing to Athletics

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As a result of their unwavering commitment both in the classroom and on the athletic field, four Babylon Junior-Senior High School seniors were recently selected to continue their athletic journeys at some of the nation’s premier schools this fall. In recognition of this honor, the seniors were joined by proud family members, district administrators and staff members as they put pen to paper and signed letters of intent this November, whereby committing themselves to play college-level sports. 

“These young men and women are wonderful examples of today’s students who can effectively balance their academic studies while pursuing their athletic talents at a collegiate level,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “We are very proud of these fine young people representing Babylon High School.”

Amongst those students who recently made their college commitments were Montana Craft (LIU Post/lacrosse), Gwendolyn Donaldson (SUNY Oneonta/softball), Kenneth Gordon (Flagler College/baseball) and Shaun Kaminski (SUNY Old Westbury/baseball).

Giving Back for Thanksgiving

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In an effort to give back this holiday season, Babylon Memorial Grade School fourth-grade students in Kelly Arcoleo’s and Donna Hendrickson’s classes recently took part in a selfless and collaborative activity for those less fortunate members of the community.

With the help of volunteer family members, students used their math skills to properly measure out ingredients and create tasty loaves of banana bread and apple pies. The finished products were delivered to the United Methodist Church of Babylon, for use in their soup kitchen.




Local Petitions Targeting Law Changes

The Babylon School District is committed to protecting the safety and security of its students and staff. Most recently, the district joined together with local elected officials and professionals to host an informational event focused on the current laws regarding sex offenders. As a follow-up to that meeting, there are several petitions circulating the community regarding legislation to change current laws pertaining to predators. In the interest of our residents, the district has included the links to those petitions below:

https://www.change.org/p/new-york-state-protect-our-children-save-suffolk-s-community-protection-act

https://www.parentsformeganslaw.org/legislation

District Goals 2016-2017

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Celebrating the Day of the Dead

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Students enrolled in Spanish classes at Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently celebrated “Dia de los Muertos,” or Day of the Dead, to learn about the rich culture behind the Mexican holiday. Students participated in several different activities, such as creating altars and sugar skulls to honor those that have passed. From this lesson, students discovered that “Dia de los Muertos” is a celebration of life, and is a favorite holiday for many individuals, as it offers the opportunity to remember the good times shared with loved ones.

Technology Committee Presentation: Classrooms for the Future

You can view the Technology Committee Presentation from the Board of Education Work Study Meeting on December 19, 2016 by visiting the technology department website or by clicking here (PDF | PowerPoint).
Friday, January 20, 2017