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.

Riding for a Cause

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Three Junior-Senior High School students – Matthew McGaley, Andrew Szuchy and Jack Hartigan, along with their childhood friend Emmett Chapey – participated in a 30-mile bike ride to benefit Feed the Children on May 21. Starting in East Hampton and finishing in Montauk, the foursome completed their journey in less than three hours.

The boys surpassed their initial goal of $15,000, raising $15,770 which will allow Feed the Children to send a truck filled with enough food and essentials to provide help for 400 Long Island families. In mid-August, the boys will work with Feed the Children to personally package and distribute boxes of food to specific families.

 The fundraising idea began after the four boys saw a notice in their parish bulletin looking for gift card donations for struggling families in their community. They chose Feed the Children because it offers domestic programs that provide both food and education for children in need. Feed the Children collects the food and supplies and works directly with other organizations to help needy families on Long Island.

Spring Sports Wrap-Up

Babylon’s spring sports season finished up strong, with many players and team receiving recognition for their performances.

The varsity boys lacrosse team took first place in Division II and were named the Suffolk County Class C Champions. The team was named a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team with a GPA of 92.986.  All-League award were presented to Sean Quigley, K’Sean Reid and Brian Boehm. All-County honors went to Adam Gumbardo and Nick Antolini.

The varsity baseball team finished in second place in League VIII and also took second in the Section XI Class B. The team won the Umpire Sportsmanship Award and a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team Award with a GPA of 93.230. All-League honors went to Brandon Beierle, Anthony Vano and Chris Botto. All-County awards were given to Sean Flynn and Kenneth Gordon, and Cole Middleton was awarded Academic All-League.

The girls varsity lacrosse team placed ninth in Division II and fifth in Class C. The team received a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete/Team Award for a GPA of 96.465 and an Outstanding Sportsmanship Award in Division II.  Nicole Holder was named an All-Division player and Shayne Antolini, Emma Ward and Megan Nerney received All-County honors. All-Tournament player was awarded to Madeline Peplinski and Emily Guerra received the Unsung Hero award.

The varsity softball team placed second in League VIII and also second in Suffolk County Class B. The team received a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete/Team Award for a GPA of 92.847. Erin Going received an All-League award; Julia Vella and Alexa Tenety were named All-Division; and Gwen Donaldson, Allie Stanya and Molly Cummings were named All-County.     

The varsity boys tennis team placed third in League IV and received a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team Award for a GPA of 95.252. All-League awards were represented to Andre Cornejo and Gerard Gravina.

The varsity boys spring track team received a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team Award for a GPA of 96.155. Ethan Barker was named an All-League player. The varsity girls spring track team received a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team Award for a GPA of 97.196. Sophie Ryan was named an All-League player.
The varsity golf team placed fifth in League I and was named a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team with a GPA of 96.566.

Hats Off to the Class of 2016

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The 126 members of the Junior-Senior High School Class of 2016 celebrated their commencement on June 25 on Coach Williams Memorial Field.

Led by the Color Guard and the American Celtic Pipe Band, the seniors marched onto the field to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Michael Logan, senior class president and Haley Watt, Student Council president, offered a reflection on year’s past and a look ahead to new beginnings.

Valedictorian Adam Gumbardo and salutatorian Ryan Cosgro spoke about the support they received from their community, school and peers, support which will serve as a stepping stone to future success. After the presentation of diplomas by Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi and Board of Education president Ann Donaldson, the concert chorus joined together one last time to sing “Time of Your Life” by Green Day. For more on graduation coverage, check out the summer edition of “Babylon Highlights.”

Recognizing Achievements

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The Board of Education recognized outstanding citizenship, academics, athleticism and teaching excellence at its June 6 meeting.

Three students were awarded certificates for becoming Eagle Scouts, the highest ranking in the Boy Scouts. Suffolk County Zone Physical Education winners were recognized, as were the district’s 2016/2017 Student Delegate Council Representatives for the Board of Education meetings. Sarah Logan was presented with certificate for placing second in an essay contest about social harmony.

Teacher Claire Barone was honored as a Teacher of Excellence and tenure was granted to teachers and administrators in the district, followed by a celebratory reception after the Board meeting.  

STEAM Lessons ‘Sink’ In

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It was a race to the finish, or at least keep from sinking, as Junior-Senior High School students in Mary Beth Schappert’s Project Based Learning and STEAM classes competed in the first Cardboard Boat Regatta. The regatta was the culmination of a project in support of the district’s new STEM/STEAM initiative.

Using just cardboard and duct tape, 16 teams of students were challenged to design and engineer a boat that could sail two people across the length of the floating dock in the Gilgo Beach Marina. After weeks of applying their design and engineering skills, students took their completed boats to the dock on May 26 for race day.

Two students paddled inside their boats and did their best to stay afloat. Those with the fastest times, best design, most school spirit and best “sinking” were recognized with cardboard trophies.




Second-Place Honors for Student-Writer

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Sophomore Sarah Logan recently won second place in an essay contest about social harmony. The contest was sponsored by the Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board.  Sarah was presented with an award at the eighth annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration at the Vajaradhammapadip Buddhist Temple & Thai Cultural Center in Centereach on May 14. She placed second in all high school entries in Suffolk County and was awarded a $150 prize.  

Catch a Career

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Business students at the Junior-Senior High School participated in a Catch a Career business panel on May 26.

Six business professionals from different areas of expertise took part in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session with students to offer insight into their careers and backgrounds.

Participants included Richard Finelli of Finelli & Co. CPA; attorney Kelly Crosman; Linda Milano, associate specialist of digital marketing at Canon; Molly Corcoran, publisher of Runner’s World; Marc Howard, owner/president of Plesser’s; and Jenny Dellafranca, owner of Bubble Learning.

History Lesson Comes to Life

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Memorial Grade School fifth-graders had a chance bring history back to life when they dressed up as influential figures during the fifth-grade wax museum on May 11.

Students chose a historical figure to research and study important facts about their life. The fifth-graders dressed as the historical person and remained still as if a wax figure. When their activation button was pushed, the figures came to life and told the visitors about their significance in history.

Some of the famous individuals included Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Theodore Roosevelt, Jim Henson, Daniel Boone and Neil Armstrong.

The hands-on, interactive event was the culminating activity in the grade’s biography unit. The museum was open to fourth-grade students, who were invited to tour the different classrooms.

Not only did the wax museum help fifth-grade students with their writing, research and communication skills, it provided them the opportunity to preview the curriculum for next year.



Honor Society Inductions

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The Junior-Senior High School inducted more than 100 students into the Spanish, French and English National honor societies during ceremonies on May 24.

Babylon’s chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society welcomed 21 new members, while the French National Honor Society inducted 12 new members. To be eligible for inductions, students must maintain an average of 95 or above in their respective foreign language.

The Junior-Senior High School started its first chapter of the National English Honor Society this school year, the Babylon Bards. The new chapter welcomed 93 members into the society.



Board Honors Science Fair, DECA Winners

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The Board of Education recognized Memorial Grade School science fair winners as well as DECA members who placed in the top 10 at the New York State DECA Career Conference at its May 9 meeting.
   
In the annual science fair, third-grader Olivia Muller was named the winner for her project “Which Material Grows the Biggest Crystals?” Logan Marrin was the fourth-grade winner for his project “Will Dog or Human Saliva Kill Bacteria?” In fifth grade, Ryan Lulley won for “Moldy Bread,” while the sixth-grade title went to CJ Kappauf for “Marshmallow Madness.”
   
DECA members who placed in the top 10 at the NYS DECA Career Conference were also recognized with certificates by the Board of Education. They are: Jack Corcoran, Michael Logan, Maggie Higgins, Ryan Cosgro, Jillian Gaare, Agnes Goldin, Quinn LaRock, Scott Zeterberg, Alexandra Singleton, Joseph Conti, Sophia Sherman, Rachel Camilleri, Alexander Alessi, Michael Steffanetta, Olivia Lulley, Mollie Walsh, Celina Saffioti and Thomas Rigelhaupt.
                                            
                                            
                                            

Educator Named ‘Teacher of Excellence’

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Junior-Senior High School science research teacher Claire Birone was recognized at the inaugural “Teachers of Excellence” Awards Ceremony sponsored by New York State Sen. Phil Boyle on May 5.

Ms. Birone, who as nominated by Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi, shares her love of teaching as she continuously strives to promote research in science education and the communication of knowledge generated by the research.

A graduate from Siena College with a Bachelor of Science in biology, Ms. Birone first taught biotechnology for several years until becoming a high school teacher. She went on to complete her master’s degree at Stony Brook University. She is certified in both biology and chemistry and spent many summers working at Brookhaven National Laboratory as well as conducting her own research in the Costa Rican rainforest.  

Coming back to the Junior-Senior High School, she was soon the driving force behind starting the district’s popular science research program. Students as young as eighth grade can enter into the program, and many who matriculate go on to study research in their post-secondary years.

Throughout the years, the research pathway has grown considerably, where serious high school science research students have been conducting hands-on research projects on a variety of complex topics.
 
In addition, Ms. Birone enhances the research program experience with multiple opportunities for her students to work in the field alongside practitioners. Whether it is ongoing visitations and collaborative study while at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, going behind the scenes at Stony Brook University’s Cancer Research Center or inviting world-renowned researchers into her classroom, her students always walk away with an authentic learning experience.
   
Ms. Birone was also recognized and selected as a top educator in the state with her acceptance into the prestigious New York State Master Teacher program. The Master Teacher program is designed to create a statewide network of the highest-performing STEM teachers who are also dedicated to sharing expertise with peers and deepening their own scholastic and professional development.

“The entire Babylon educational community is extremely proud of the hard work and dedication of Claire Birone,” Ms. Rozzi said. “She is seen as an instructional leader within our district and continues to set the bar high for Babylon research. We have no doubt the program will continue to be a bright light within our school district with Ms. Birone’s continued commitment and dedication to research education.”

Walk of Fame

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The Class of 2016 was all smiles as they walked through the hallways of the Junior-Senior High School, grade school and elementary school for one last time on June 10.

Donning their “Straight Outta Babylon” shirts, the seniors started their Walk of Fame in the Junior-Senior High School, proudly waving their last good-byes to the underclassman as they lined the hallways to get their final glimpse of the senior class.
At the grade school and elementary school, students lined up outside their classes and held up signs congratulating the seniors, cheering and clapping as they passed.

Fall 2016 Athletic Information

1) Summer physical dates:
Boys' Varsity/JV sports- Thursday 8/4 @ 8:30 am in the HS nurses office
Girls' Varsity/JV sports- Thursday 8/11 @ 8:30 am in the HS nurses office
Boys' & girls' JH sports- Thursday 9/1 @ 8:30 am in the HS nurses office
Please refer to the attachment (SUMMER PHYSICAL DATES) for further directions regarding sports physicals.

2) Fall 2016 sports start dates:
Varsity/JV football- Monday 8/15
Varsity/JV boys' & girls' sports (all but football)- Monday 8/22
JH boys' & girls' sports (including football)- Tuesday 9/6
Visit the Babylon Athletics website for a list of seasonal sport offerings: CLICK HERE
* Please be advised that no student-athlete may participate in any practice and/or contest without a sport physical and all paperwork verifying eligibility.


3) Rank One Sport will be the software used for team eligibility, please use the online method of paperwork submission:

*RANK ONE SPORT WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY SUBMISSIONS PRIOR TO MONDAY 7/18*

The Babylon athletic department has teamed with Rank One Sport in an effort to streamline and expedite your ability to complete all required paperwork concerning your child's athletic eligibility. Rank One Sport will offer our District the unique opportunity to register athletes online and manage teams while eliminating all paper work (hard copies) involved. You will need your child's ID number- the same number used on the eSchoolData Parent Portal. ***Note: If you child's ID number begins with a "0", please enter the ID without the "0" at the beginning.

*ALL SECTIONS MUST BE COMPLETED ON RANK ONE FORMS*

Directions:

a. Log on to: rankonesport.com
b. Click: FILL OUT ELECTRONIC FORMS (RIGHT TAB)
c. Follow the drop down STATE menu: select NY
d. Select: Babylon Union Free School District
e. Click: ELECTRONIC PARTICIPATION FORMS (RIGHT TAB)
f. Complete all four forms: 1. Pre-Participation Interval Athletic Health History; 2. Health and Permission Slip Packet; 3. Athletic Emergency Information; 4. Concussion Questionnaire
g. You will receive confirmation emails once forms are complete (enter email at end of form).

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Raising Money, Awareness to Fight ALS

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Faculty and staff dressed in orange and black, held up their signs of support as they celebrated the arrival of the ALS Ride for Life team when they stopped at Memorial Grade School and Junior-Senior High School on May 17.

The 19th annual Ride for Life, led by Christopher Pendergast, occurs each May to celebrate National ALS Awareness Month. Beginning in Riverhead on May 9, Pendergast and his team spend 12 days traveling across Long Island and into Manhattan to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

This annual event encourages students to take action in the face of adversity. At the Grade School, students raised money with a walkathon and “Put ALS to Sleep” pajama day. Together with the Junior-Senior High School, the district raised more than $1,000 to support families who are afflicted with this debilitating disease.

A Rainbow of Flavor

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Throughout the week of May 9, students at the Elementary School and Memorial Grade School were encouraged to “Eat the Rainbow.”

A collaboration between the district’s Food and Nutrition Department and the K-6 PTA Health and Wellness Committee, Eat the Rainbow Week is designed to encourage healthy eating habits and introduce students to new fruits and vegetables. In the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch, a new color of the rainbow was featured each day of the week. Students were also asked to pack a snack of the same color and wear that color to show their support of healthy eating habits.

Before the week kicked off, elementary students were treated to a lesson on the rainbow of fruits and vegetables on May 6 by Carol Ann Grodski, food service director and chef Marianna Dayton. Students learned about all the nutrients and vitamins provided by the different colored fruits and vegetables and were challenged to eat all the colors of the rainbow each day during the week. The students also sampled some vegetables in beet hummus.

Kindergartners Recycle Creatively

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After learning all about the Earth and how to protect it, kindergartners in Jennifer Brooks’ class at the Elementary School brainstormed different ways to reduce, reuse and recycle items. The students were tasked with hunting through their recycle bins at home and finding a way to repurpose the item. They were quite creative with their recycling projects, making a bank out of an old coffee can, a vase out of a discarded glass bottle and even a jet pack from an old cardboard box.

Green-Minded Researchers Score Scholarships

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Three Junior-Senior High School research students were awarded scholarships for their research and work on green projects as part of the Babylon Covantage EcoTech Scholarship Contest. They were presented with their awards on May 7 at the Town of Babylon’s Earth Day celebration at Town Hall.

Senior Jack Corcoran’s project, “The Effect of Heat on the Potency of Pheromone Trails Produced by Pogonomyrmex barbatus,” placed third overall, earning him a prize of $500. He studied how rising global temperatures impact pheromone signaling in harvester ants.

Juniors Samuel Caponi and Gerard Gravina’s team project, “The Effects of Salt Tolerant Bacteria on the Growth of Pisum sativum in a High Salinity Environment,” placed seventh overall and earned them a scholarship of $125 each. The team forced a novel symbiotic relationship between pea plants and soil bacteria that enables these non-salt tolerant plants to withstand and thrive after salt water flooding has taken place.

The Babylon Covantage EcoTech Scholarship Contest is designed to encourage students who are conducting science fair projects or advanced study projects in environmental science courses to focus on renewable energy sources, greenhouse gas reduction, development of alternative building materials or any other means to reduce global warming and environmental degradation.

Top Honors at DECA Finals

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Seven Junior-Senior High School students, accompanied by adviser and business chairperson Claire Reilly, traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, from April 23-26 to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference.

In order to compete in this event, students had to qualify by placing at the state level in Rochester, New York, in March. There were more than 18,000 students from all over the country competing at the international competition. 

The team of Michael Logan and Jack Corcoran placed first in the Travel and Tourism category. Ryan Cosgro came in second place in Restaurant and Food Service Management, while Agnes Goldin placed fifth in Principles of Hospitality.

In the Visual Advertising category, Maggie Higgins came in first place and Jillian Gaare placed third. Quinn LaRock scored fifth place in Sports and Entertainment Marketing.

DECA is a cocurricular club that focuses on preparing students for careers in business, entrepreneurship, marketing and finance. DECA students are also enrolled in business classes at the Junior-Senior High School.

Spring 2016 Newsletter Now Available

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Lights, Camera, Learning at Grade School

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Fifth- and sixth-grade students at Memorial Grade School had the opportunity to hone their communication, technology and editing skills this school year by taking part in the Broadcast Club.
    
The new club launched in November and more than two dozen students participated in the year’s first broadcasts. The two grades worked separately, with sixth grade working on broadcasts through March followed by fifth-grade broadcasts running through the end of the year.

Headed by adviser and technology teacher Danielle Weiss, the club members were tasked with conceptualizing their segments, researching their topics, conducting interviews, working the camera, laying pictures on a green screen and editing footage. BBC broadcasts included segments like school news, teacher words of wisdom, movie reviews, weather and sports.

Broadcast Club segments can be found on the district’s Vimeo channel.

Trash to Fashion Show

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Cardboard shoes, Dorito dresses and paper towel roll hairclips are just some of the few designs that made it to the runway at the Memorial Grade School Trash to Fashion Show on May 5.

Sixth-graders have been spending the last few weeks conceptualizing, designing and fabricating clothing out of discarded items found in the garbage can. They used these recycled treasures to create one-of-a-kind fashions for the runway.

Grade School librarian Lisa Lindeman, art teacher Pat Stork and special education teacher Pat Hauk have been working with the students in the art room during their lunch and recess periods. The sixth-graders and their recycled fashions participated in the Students of Long Island Maker Expo at Bay Shore Middle School on May 7.

Student-Musicians Raise Funds, Boost Skills

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Memorial Grade School student-musicians recently took part in a musical effort that strengthened their skills, while also supporting a community food bank. Katie Channing, William Brown, Talia Baker, John Cloherty, Allison Higgins and Molly Higgins raised $262.50 for Long Island Cares, the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  

During the month of March, music students across New York State were invited to take part in the Harry Chapin Practice-A-Thon with all proceeds going to local food banks. The goal of the Harry Chapin Practice-A-Thon is to strengthen students’ practice habits while supporting New York State local food banks.  

Students who participate in the Practice-A-Thon document their daily practice on a calendar. Sponsors pledge an amount of their choice for every minute that student practices in March. Pledges can be anywhere from $.01 per minute and higher.  

Research Pair Earns High Honors

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Junior-Senior High School research students recently competed at the Long Island Science Congress at St. Anthony’s High School.

Four total projects represented Babylon in both the biology and environmental science categories. The research conducted by Freddy Nocella and Sneha Kumar earned a High Honors award for placing in the top 15 percent of more than 2,000 participants in the fair. Their project, “The use of clove and neem oil as a natural repellent against Acyrthosiphon pisum on Pisum sativum,” focused on using essential oils in home gardens to repel damaging pests while maintaining the health of the plants and the people who will eventually consume them.

Four Named Zone Winners

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Four Babylon students were recipients of the Suffolk Zone Physical Education Leadership Award for their outstanding leadership qualities in physical education.

Sixth-graders Sophia Corrado and Lucas Montalto and eighth-graders Meghan Green and Evan Parise were honored with the award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. To be selected, these students excelled in the following areas: physical education achievement and leadership, overall academic achievement and leadership, outstanding character and being a positive role model.
Sunday, July 24, 2016