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.

Celebrating Veterans Day

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Babylon Elementary School recently hosted a music-filled “Patriotic Sing Along” in order to showcase the love and respect that both the students and community residents harbor toward those who have served the country.
    
Led by Babylon Elementary School music teacher Ed Storey, students from kindergarten to second grade were asked to join together and sing their hearts out to patriotic anthems as Mr. Storey exuberantly accompanied them on his guitar. United States military veterans, district administration and parents of students alike all watched in awe as they performed for the crowded gymnasium audience.
    
Additionally, with the assistance of Babylon Elementary School art teacher Stacey Famiglietti, students transformed the lobby into a “Hall of Heroes,” filled with decorative banners listing the names of family members who served. They also thanked the service members for their contributions to America’s freedom.

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

Fall 2016 Newsletter Now Available!

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A Visit to MetLife Stadium

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School students enrolled in college-level business classes recently traveled to MetLife Stadium to participate in the New York Jets Sports Business Day.

Alongside more than 1,000 high school students from the tri-state area, the Babylon students heard from a variety of speakers in departments such as finance, marketing, promotions and social media. Additionally, students were able to hear from the Jets personnel regarding their educations, backgrounds and former internships, which all contributed to where they are today.  

Students highly enjoyed the opportunity to be down on the field and experience the behind-the-scenes view of the stadium. The visit helped to bring many of the concepts the students are learning in class to life, including key aspects of accounting, marketing, virtual enterprise and sports law.

Halloween Parade

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School students enrolled in Lisa Brush’s college-level child psychology class recently helped facilitate a spirited Halloween parade for the building’s preschool students.

During the event, the preschoolers followed the lead of their teachers and proudly marched around the building to showcase their colorful costumes. The building’s unique child psychology program pairs the high school students with preschoolers who attend twice a week.

As part of the program, the high schoolers prepare lessons to ensure that the younger students have a rich preschool experience, complete with story time, snack and play time.

Water Quality Testing Letter

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Exploring Local Ecosystems

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s STEAM 9 students recently joined approximately 250 students from other local schools to study the Carlls River ecosystem.

 With the help of teacher Mary Schappert and scientists from both the Seatuck Environmental Association and the Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, students worked to collect water samples, analyze their composition and conduct biodiversity inventories in the water.

The experience allowed students to work with scientists in the field and gain further knowledge regarding local water systems.  


Superintendent's Fall News Update

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BOE Recognitions

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Babylon’s mid-October Board of Education business meeting was full of recognitions for both staff and students.

The night began with the recognition of the current Babylon Junior-Senior High School students who were named Advanced Placement Scholars. These students were commended for their academic dedication and presented with commemorative certificates. AP Scholar awards are bestowed upon students by the College Board based on the number of AP exams taken and the scores they received on the tests.

Babylon Junior-Senior High School football coach Rick Punzone was celebrated for recently being named a New York Jets High School Coach of the Week by Chase. Under his leadership, the team has won five Long Island and 12 Suffolk County championships, all within the past 20 years.

To finish up the evening’s recognitions, the Board of Education members were recognized for their selfless volunteer work toward the community and numerous hours given to ensure that students are getting the best education possible. The representatives were given many tokens of appreciation throughout the night, but perhaps the most memorable was Babylon Memorial Grade School’s gift of red superhero capes and a presentation portraying various members of the Babylon school community as superheroes.



Studying Sea Life

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s ninth- and 10th-grade STEAM students were recently invited to participate in the first annual Oyster Gardening Program at Great Atlantic Shellfish Farm in East Islip.

After receiving a “behind the scenes” tour of the farm to understand how oysters are being raised for distribution along the south shore of Long Island, the students rolled up their sleeves and took part in the hands-on aspect of the program.

The hatchery donated 200 juvenile oysters for the students to place in oyster cages that were engineered in their classes. Students then tagged and set their cages in water at both Gilgo Beach Marina and the Carll’s River in Babylon to test if these oysters would be able to grow and survive within these conditions. The ongoing studies will allow them to determine if oysters can be used to clean and filter local water systems.

“We’re excited to monitor the data throughout the year so that we can expand and continue the program for next year,” said Science Director Kristen Dixon, who accompanied the students on the trip along with teachers Mary Beth Schappert and Andrew Sheltz.

Celebrating Our Nation

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


Wednesday, December 07, 2016