Summer School Scores and Summer Regents Scores

Students who attended Regional Summer Schools or who sat for Regents Exams in Regional Summer Schools will be receiving all scores from those schools in the mail during the week of 08/29/16

Students who sat for Regents Exams at the Babylon Junior Senior High School will receive a phone call from our Guidance Office sometime early in the week of 08/29/16

District Welcomes New Director of Guidance

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Dennis Murphy has been named the new District Director of Guidance for the Babylon School District, effective July 1.

Prior to joining the district, Murphy most recently worked as a school counselor in the Half Hollow Hills School District. Working at Half Hollow Hills High School East, Murphy provided academic, personal and career counseling to students in a highly competitive educational setting. Additionally, he was the co-founder and co-facilitator of the school’s Peer Ambassador Program, overseeing a group of students who sought out to bring a positive change to their community.

In addition to his counseling position, Murphy served as the administrative intern for the high school, conducting formal and informal observations with the high school administration in various subject areas in order to further his knowledge of counseling.

Murphy has also coached various sports teams, most recently the Herricks High School varsity golf team during the 2015-16 season.

Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in education, both from LIU Post. He holds a number of professional certifications, including a New York State school counselor permanent certification and a New York State coaching certification, as well as CPR and First Aid certifications.

In his spare time, Murphy enjoys spending time with family and friends. His wife, Stacy, is also a guidance counselor, and together they have two sons, Collin and Riley.
    

Conversations with the New ES Principal

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In preparation for the start of school, members of the Babylon Elementary School community were invited to meet the building’s new Principal, Travis Davey, during an informational summer “Meet and Greet” event.

Upon arriving, attendees were invited to complete a brief survey and share information about their experiences at Babylon Elementary School. Questions included “What makes our school different than any other school?” and “How can we continue to shape the trajectory of the school culture in a positive way?”
During his opening remarks, Davey noted that he intends to use the survey feedback to guide the development of a central mission and vision for the school’s future.

“Together, we will be the co-authors for this year’s educational story and this shared experience begins today,” Davey said.
After briefly speaking about his personal educational philosophy and experiences, Davey said he was drawn to the district’s small town and tight-knit feeling and he plans to embrace that history while working to help create well-rounded scholars.

Those who were unable to attend the event are invited to join in on the conversation during Davey’s second “Meet and Greet” on Aug. 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Babylon Elementary School library. Parents who wish to provide feedback but are unable to make either event can visit the www.babylonschools.org for a link to the survey online.



Summer 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

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District Welcomes New Director of Technology and Accountability

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The Babylon School District is proud to announce that David Dileo has been appointed the new District Director of Technology and Accountability.

Dileo comes to the district from the Tuckahoe School District, where he taught a wide range of technology courses and was instrumental in the development of new technological initiatives. While teaching in Tuckahoe, Dileo introduced the district’s pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students to modern technologies including 3D printing, alternative energy sources and design and manufacturing. Additionally, within his administrative capacity, Dileo worked to develop a three-year technology plan and implemented a one-to-one computing device initiative.

Prior to his educational career in Tuckahoe, Dileo taught high school technology and worked as a teaching assistant in the Long Beach School District from 2002-2009 and taught high school technology in Phoenix, Arizona for a year.

Dileo holds a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, a master’s degree in administration from Grand Canyon University of Phoenix, Arizona and a master’s degree in computers in education from Long Island University.

Aside from being an accomplished educator, Dileo enjoys history, traveling, live music and spending time with his family and their French Bulldog.

Babylon Booster Club Accepting Wall of Fame Nominations

The Babylon Boosted Club "Wall of Fame" committee is accepting nominations for induction into the Babylon Athletics Wall of Fame. The Wall of Fame honors past Panthers who have achieved excellence in athletics, academics and community service. Please visit the athletics webpage to access nomination forms. All nomination forms must be submitted by September 1, 2016 for consideration. A Wall of Fame class will be honored in October 2016.

Babylon Board Commences New Year

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The Babylon School District Board of Education commenced the start of the 2016-17 school year during its annual reorganizational meeting on July 11.

During the meeting, Ann Donaldson was elected to serve as board president and Tricia Pane was elected to the office of vice president. Both members were sworn in by District Clerk Linda Pesce. Additionally, re-elected members Elizabeth Altbacker and Dominic P. Bencivenga took the official oath of office and began serving their new three-year terms of office.

New Elementary Principal Welcomed

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The district appointed Travis Davey as the new principal of Babylon Elementary School, effective July 1, 2016.  

Mr. Davey comes to the district from the South Country Central School District, where he served as principal since 2010. For the last two years, he worked as principal of Bellport Middle School and, prior to that, he served as principal of Brookhaven Elementary School.

During his time in South Country, Mr. Davey oversaw the implementation of such programs as the Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units of Study and the introduction of evidence-based social-emotional curriculum and mindfulness training. Furthermore, he worked to strengthen the home-to-school partnership through such initiatives as the Shared Decision Making Team and by creating end-of-unit writing celebrations in classrooms throughout the elementary school.

Prior to his work in South Country, Mr. Davey worked as the assistant principal at St. Michael the Archangel School, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Here he oversaw a student population spanning preschool to eighth grade and was an integral part of the building earning the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award in 2010.

Throughout his career, Mr. Davey has been awarded a number of professional accolades, including a Regional Excellence in Teaching Award and being nominated for Administrator of the Year by the Empire State School Administrators Association three consecutive years. He holds two master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame – a Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Notre Dame in 2001.

Aside from being an accomplished educator, Mr. Davey prides himself in being a devoted family man to his wife and four children.

Members of the Babylon community are invited to learn more about Mr. Davey during an informal Meet and Greet event on Wednesday, July 20, from 10-11 a.m., at the Babylon Elementary School.

Moving Up to Middle School

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Babylon Memorial Grade School sixth-graders celebrated their achievements and closed the chapter on their elementary school careers as they moved up to the Junior-Senior High School in a ceremony on June 23.

Marching to “Pomp and Circumstance,” the soon-to-be graduates filled Rowe Hall and were welcomed by family, friends, administrators and Board of Education members. Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi urged students to cherish every moment of the next six years and take with them the lessons they learned in elementary and grade school. Sixth-graders Bridget Hannon and Kenneth Graham offered a look back on the year’s past and a look ahead into the future Class of 2022.

Before awarding each student a diploma, Memorial Grade School Principal Steve Goldberg reminded students to find a balance between academics and extracurricular activities. Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Circone welcomed the incoming seventh-graders to their new building.

The symphonic band offered their rendition of “Star Wars” and the entire sixth-grade class joined together to sing “America the Beautiful” to conclude the ceremony.



A letter from our new Director of Guidance, Dennis Murphy.

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An Introductory Letter from Our New Elementary Principal

Dear Babylon Elementary School Community,

It is an honor to introduce myself as the new principal of Babylon Elementary School and to join this extraordinary school community. I hope that this note finds you enjoying the rejuvenating days of summer and that you and your children are looking forward to beginning a wonderful school year together in September. I can assure you that I share in this school community’s commitment to caring for your children each and every day while providing them a world-class learning environment.

I arrive to Babylon as a seasoned elementary teacher and building principal, but in addition to my role as an educator, I am first and foremost a father and husband. In September, my daughter Scarlett begins third grade, my daughter Quinn begins second grade, and my son Ashe joins his big sisters for the first time as a Kindergartener in the Three Village School District. My three-year old son, Graham, will be in “Mommy School” learning the important lessons of life from the best teacher I have ever met, my wife Danielle. I look forward to introducing my family to the many wonderful people that call Babylon “home” in the near future.

The 2016-2017 school year will mark my 16th year in education. Since graduating from the University of Notre Dame, I have served communities in under-resourced schools in Mississippi, in a resource-rich educational center in Rockefeller Center, New York, in a Blue Ribbon school located in the Research Triangle of North Carolina, and as a tenured principal at the elementary and secondary level here on Long Island. Although I have always felt at home in the classroom, it is in my position as an elementary principal where I have been most fulfilled in my life’s work. The elementary principalship provides me the chance to work collaboratively with teachers on a daily basis, while also remaining connected to young students learning and growing in the classroom. I firmly believe that every child can excel and that the partnership between home and school builds confidence in students to use their powers to shape their future and the future of our community and our nation.

My conversations with district staff and families over the last few months have brought me privileged insights into the core beliefs and values that underlie the Babylon School District. With my goal of continuing the tradition of excellence here at Babylon Elementary School, I am committed to always exploring new ways to meet the needs of all students and to more effectively communicate with parents and community members. We will be meeting with parents, students, and as a staff throughout the year to identify specific goals in the areas of student achievement, school climate, and parent communication. Our first Meet and Greet opportunity will take place on July 20th, from 10-11 a.m. at Babylon Elementary School. We will serve light refreshments, juice, and coffee. Please feel free to stop by on your way to the beach, during your work break, or after your morning workout to join the conversation.

To our students, I cannot wait to meet you all! I hope that you are excited for this coming school year and that you are out this summer playing and reading tons of books with your family and friends. It is going to be a fun year learning together. If you are nearby the school at all this summer, please stop by and say hello!

In closing, please know that my door is always open to you. I heartily welcome your conversation and positive input throughout this year. Let us always keep our students the primary focus of our work. I look forward to celebrating our collective successes during the 2016-2017 school year.

Enjoy the remaining days of summer!


Sincerely,

Mr. Travis Davey
Principal
Babylon Elementary School

Faster Than the Speed of ‘Light’

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Sixth-graders at Memorial Grade School tested their environmental ingenuity as they designed, engineered and raced their own solar-powered cars on June 17.

During their environmental engineering enrichment course, the students learned about the environment and the impact of pollution. They explored alternate forms of clean energy. After discussing how photovoltaic cells work and their current uses in real-world technology, students designed, engineered and constructed a solar energy race car as a culminating activity. Race day activities were postponed due to some cloud coverage but the sixth-graders were still impressed with their engineering skills.




Countdown to Blastoff

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Memorial Grade School sixth-graders took part in a cross-curricular lesson on June 15, counting down from 10 to blastoff as they took their individually designed rockets and launched them in the field outside of the school.

The students were charged with constructing their rocket, along with a parachute set to deploy on descent. Using their STEM skills, the sixth-graders learned how different factors – including wind velocity, direction and ergonomic design ¬¬– could have an impact on how their rocket soared.

Back in their classrooms, teachers discussed the activity and explained why certain factors were critical in the rockets launching or failing to take off.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016