Inducted into Prestigious Societies

Having satisfied the requirements for membership, many Babylon High School students were inducted into the building’s honor society chapters this October. During the joint ceremony, students were honored for their achievements in the areas of business, Spanish, French and science and inducted into the corresponding honor society.

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Supporting Cancer Research

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Babylon High School’s DECA club coordinated their annual charity car wash earlier this October.

The event raised approximately $250 for the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition. These donations will aid in the BBCC’s work to provide patient support services, education and advocacy programs, as well as support in the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

Throughout the month, the school coordinated additional fundraisers and awareness campaign events for the cause. The staff took part in a jeans day (participants made donations to wear jeans to school), and the senior high school student council organized an evening Breast Cancer Awareness walk.

Superintendent Search Commences

Earlier this school year, Superintendent of Schools Richard Rozakis announced his plans to retire from the Babylon School District in June 2015. As the selection of a new superintendent is one of the most important decisions a board of education can make, the district has retained the services of District Wise Search Firm to assist with the selection of a new district leader.

In consultation with the firm, the Board will be meeting in the coming weeks to establish criteria for screening potential candidates and outlining the qualifications and characteristics the next district leader should possess. The community is encouraged to stay informed of this important decision by attending regularly scheduled Board meetings and reviewing updates posted to the district website.

District Wise Search Firm, established in 2009, was created from the perspective of school board members. They have worked to secure the most qualified candidates for school districts throughout New York State.

Fire Safety Program

Shiny red fire trucks lined the main driveway at Babylon Elementary School as students celebrated Fire Prevention Month this October.

During the event, firefighters from the Babylon Fire Department spoke to students in their classrooms about the important safety steps they should take in the event of a fire, and reinforced their messages by putting on an outdoor puppet show using one of the fire trucks.

At the end of the program, each student received an activity book that recapped the lessons they learned during the program.

Innovative Learners

Ordinary brown boxes sparked the imagination and creativity of the sixth-grade students in Eric Solnick’s class at Babylon Memorial Grade School when they took part in this year’s Global Cardboard Challenge.

The event was inspired by the documentary "Caine's Arcade,” a 2012 film about a 9-year-old boy’s work to create an arcade out of cardboard at his father's auto parts store in Los Angeles.

Working under the guidance of art teacher Patricia Stork and library media specialist Lisa Lindeman, the students collaborated in small groups to plan, build and test arcade games. They also worked with family and friends to create another, smaller cardboard creation. Throughout the project, they learned the real-world values of imagination, creativity, trial and error, and teamwork. The class shared their original projects with Jennifer Brown’s third-graders during a “Day of Play” event at the school.

The arcade event was sponsored by the Imagination Foundation, a nonprofit group aimed at finding and fostering creativity and entrepreneurship in children around the world. This year's event was comprised of more than 106,000 participants from more than 39 countries.

Healthy Steps

As part of their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and protecting the environment, Babylon Elementary School students, staff and families participated in International Walk to School Day in early October.

Forgoing traditional means of transportation, participants joined the event by walking from their homes or nearby locations to the school. Upon arrival, students received a paper sneaker, created by art teacher Kristie Hirten, to memorialize their involvement in the program.

This is the seventh year the school has participated in the event, which was once again coordinated by physical education teacher Rob Andrews.
Friday, October 31, 2014