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Playing Hunger Away

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Three Babylon Memorial Grade School student-musicians recently raised more than $320 for Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, after participating for a month in the Harry Chapin Practice-A-Thon. The fundraiser supports New York State local food banks and improve their practice habits.

The students – fourth-grader Katie Channing, fifth-grader Talia Baker and sixth-grader Molly Higgins - marked down their daily practice schedules on their calendar, and accepted donations from sponsors based on the number of minutes that he/she practiced for the day.

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Spanish Class Fun

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Students enrolled in Spanish language classes at Babylon Junior-Senior High School are currently expanding their knowledge of the global language in the classroom.

Ninth-grade Spanish II students recently completed a unit in which they learned how to give directions and explain where things are located using multiple prepositions. The students wrote letters to imaginary Spanish-speaking students visiting Babylon for the first time to help them get around town, complete with recommendations for the best food and pastimes within the community.

Additionally, 11th-grade Spanish IV students researched Hispanic artists and created presentations that included a short biography of the artist, plus critiques of two of his/her works. Their findings were then presented to the class using a variety of web-based programs.


‘Partic-I-Paint’

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Art students at Babylon Junior-Senior High School recently invited students from Babylon Memorial Grade school to take part in a fun and collaborative “Partic-I-Paint” event as a means of sharing artistic insight with the younger students. Throughout the course of the evening, the grade-level students created nautical-themed paintings while following step-by-step instructions from the high schoolers.

Talents on Display

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The Babylon Junior-Senior High School Foreign Language Honor Society recently hosted the first student/teacher talent show, featuring teachers showcasing their talents alongside students in an effort to raise funds for the Promoting Health in Haiti organization.

Throughout the course of the evening, 10 teachers took to the stage alongside the talented students to sing, dance, perform musical numbers and recite poetry.

Babylon Junior-Senior Art School teacher Cheryl Schweider and the National Art Honor Society students also created "Home for Haiti" magnets and sold them to the community for additional fundraising purposes.

According to their website, the Promoting Health in Haiti organization seeks to improve health in the island country through enhancing nursing education and knowledge. With the combined efforts of so many volunteers, the community raised more than $1,500 for the organization. As a means of expressing her gratitude, the president of PHH shared a video message with the students and thanked them for their help.





Celebrating Student Achievements

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The May 8 Babylon School District Board of Education meeting recognized multiple district students for their achievements, covering scholarly subjects including academics, athletics and the arts.

To begin the night’s recognitions, members of the Babylon Junior-Senior High School varsity cheerleading team were recognized for being named Suffolk County Champions for the second year in a row and for qualifying for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association State Championships for the second year running.

The varsity gymnastics team was honored for being named runners-up in this year’s Suffolk County Championships. Additionally, the team was recognized as an All-American Team by the National High School Gymnastics Association. Student-athletes Heather Falconer, Sarah Franklin, Kristen Murray and Alexandra Singleton were named Academic All-American athletes based not only on their superior athletic skills, but also for maintaining a GPA above 3.5.

Babylon School District art teachers Patricia Stork and Cheryl Schweider introduced their talented art students who recently returned from their trip to Saratoga Springs, New York for the 2017 Olympics of the Visual Arts. They were able to display their work to the Babylon community, which included a beautiful carousel Pegasus dress made entirely of paper materials and a “Tree of Life” sculpture based on the works of renowned artist Gustav Klimt.


Honoring Joe DeLucca

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The district recently dedicated their baseball field in honor of community resident and Class of 1947 Babylon High School graduate Joe DeLucca due to his multiple accomplishments, both on and off the field.

Throughout the beautiful ceremony surrounding the baseball field, dozens of family, friends, athletes and district staff and administrators expressed their words of thanks and gratitude in honor of Mr. DeLucca and all that he has done for the district. Additionally, Babylon Town Mayor Ralph Scordino was on hand to personally congratulate Mr. DeLucca for his lifelong list of achievements.

Mr. DeLucca has had a long and prosperous career, serving multiple roles in the Babylon School District including former athletic director, teacher and coach of both the baseball and football teams. He was also a baseball scout, signing prominent athletes such as Manny Ramirez, Charles Nagy and Jeff Schaefer.

"Mr. DeLucca is a Babylon legend, and a true champion of the Babylon School District and the Babylon Athletic program in general,” said Superintendent of Schools Linda Rozzi. “He has been an instrumental force as a teacher and coach, as well as highly successful as a major league baseball scout. Our district could not have thought of a better person to honor. It was truly a very touching celebration honoring Joe; we are so grateful that many of his friends and family members were able to join us as we all celebrated this very memorable occasion with him."


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Achievements in Music

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Based on their musical talents Babylon Junior-Senior High School student-musicians earned tremendous success during their recent trip to Williamsburg, Virginia for the WorldStrides OnStage music competition.

The concert band earned a silver rating, while the jazz band, symphonic winds, concert choir, chordettes and senior high orchestra each earned a gold rating. Additionally, the senior high orchestra received the Adjudicator Award for earning an average score of 92 or higher and a trophy for Outstanding Orchestral Group.

Two students, cellist Scott Sgueglia and violinist Jack Bruno, were awarded with the Maestro Award, which is bestowed upon those students who display extraordinary musical ability and sensitivity.

Senior Lindsey Daily was the sole winner of the Ovation Award throughout the entire festival. Lindsay was chosen based on her contribution to the music program, which transcends the making of music, as she represents the spirit of determination, inspiration and service to others that exists in all musicians of Babylon Junior-Senior High School.

Additionally, the entire department won the Festival Sweepstakes Award. To qualify for this honor, schools must enter one choral group, one instrumental group, and a third group of their choice. The school that accumulates the highest number of points toward a perfect score of 300 determines the winner.


Positive Messages

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Due to the efforts of Babylon Memorial Grade School’s Broadcasting Club, students have been sharing uplifting messages of encouragement and compliments with their Pay It Forward Positive Post-it Wall campaign, which was initiated to maintain a high level of positive spirits throughout the school’s halls.

When passing the colorful board located conveniently in the school’s hallway, students are encouraged to select an encouraging message as well as leave a note to brighten the day of someone else. While each of the messages are unique, they have all been uniform in theme – positivity and encouragement. Recent notes have featured such messages as, “If you can dream it you can do it” and “Smile, because you’re amazing.”

Additionally, the club jumpstarted a sock drive to benefit the residents of the Bethany House. Since late April, students have donated dozens of pairs of socks to benefit those in need.

Laying Down the Law

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Babylon Memorial Grade School’s Mock Trial club members recently became trial attorneys, witnesses and legal aides as they participated in the Western Suffolk BOCES Mock Trial Tournament against two other Long Island teams.

With the support of a volunteer attorney, Patrick Shelley, and teacher advisers, Kerrin Brennan, Jessica Kurtz and Lisa Necroto, students tackled legal issues, engaged in legal analysis and ultimately tried a case in a mock courtroom before a judge.   
          
After intense trials and outstanding performances, both the plaintiff team and defense team were victorious; each winning their cases and also winning for overall presentation and style. Each team member was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a gold gavel pin.


Recycling Fun

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In celebration of Earth Day, first-grade students in Jennifer Brooks’ class at Babylon Elementary School created projects made entirely out of recycled materials and then presented their work to the class. Some of the creative projects included a piggy bank crafted from a seltzer bottle, a party favor made from a paper tube and a shoe box transformed into a working foosball table.

 

High Business Honor

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The district is proud to announce that the Babylon Junior-Senior High School has ranked 18th on the “100 Best Wise High Schools Teaching Personal Finance” national ranking released by Working in Support of Education. The NYC-based educational nonprofit focuses on promoting student financial literacy nationwide, and sponsored by Voya Financial®.

This recognition indicates that Andrew Marulis’ business students performed amongst the highest in the entire country on the WISE standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test.

First established in 2003, WISE’s award-winning Financial Literacy Certification program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and measure students’ financial literacy through WISE’s Certification Test. Students who pass the test are designated Certified Financially Literate. WISE students in 46 states receive close to six million hours of personal finance instruction annually.
 
According to Claire Reilly, director of business education at Babylon Junior-Senior High School, the district has consistently ranked amongst the top 100 schools in the past years of their active participation.

Sharpening Business Skills

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Student representatives enrolled in Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s Virtual Enterprises class recently traveled to Pier 92 in Manhattan to promote their mock business opportunity “LockedIN” and competed against fellow attendees at the Virtual Enterprises International competition.

The teams’ idea of LockedIN came to be in October based on the idea of an escape room activity which would serve as an opportunity for other virtual firms to perform a team building activity that combines physical and mental challenges covering various themes.

The event held at Pier 92 was the year-end convention for Virtual Enterprises International, an education nonprofit that operates in 500 schools nationwide and tasks high school students with founding and running virtual companies that do business with firms in a simulated marketplace. The students performed well, networking and generating ideas for their future college studies at Binghamton University, Bryant University, Boston University, St. John’s University, and Stevens Institute of Technology to name a few.

The Babylon Junior-Senior High School college-level Virtual Enterprises class is taught by business teacher Andrew Marulis and offers credits through Farmingdale State College.



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Winter Athlete Honors

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The Babylon School District is pleased to announce that many student-athletes received high honors both on and off the field this past competition season. Below is an overview of the achievements and accolades earned by the varsity winter sports teams.

VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL
League VII – Second-Place Ranking
Section XI – Second-Place Ranking
                               
NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award                       96.356 average
                                                           
All-League                                                                  Jeff Espinal
                                                                                 Shaun Kaminski
                                                                                 Aidan LaRock
           
All-Conference                                                           Jeff Espinal
                                                                                 Shaun Kaminski
                                                                                               
All-Academic                                                              Gregg Forstner


VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL

League VII  – Seventh-Place Ranking
                                                                       
NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award                       98.318 average
                       
All-League                                                                  Katherine Buser
                                                                                 Amanda Guerra
                       
Academic All-County                                                    Ece Bapcum
                                                                                  Su Ozlek
                                               
All-Conference                                                             Amanda Guerra







VARSITY CHEERLEADING

Suffolk County Division II Champions
Ranked 14th in New York State
           
NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award                            97.612 average

Competition Rankings:                                       3 -  Third place
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                                                                        8th at Empire Regional
           
All-County                                                         Christina Cappello
                                                                        Kathryn DiSanti
                                                                                               
Academic All-County                                          Alexandra Singleton

        
INDIVIDUAL COMPETITORS SWIMMING

NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award                100.100

                               
VARSITY BOYS WINTER TRACK

League V – Third-Place Ranking

NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award                 98.182 average

All-League                                                Zach Amelia, 600m
                                                               Ethan Barker, 55 Hurdles
                                                                Brian Corcoran, Triple Jump
                                           Vlad Cullinane, High Jump and Long Jump
                                                               Thomas Grimes, Triple Jump
                                                                Evan Parise, 55m Dash
                                                               Scott Sasso, 55m Dash

All-County                                                 Vlad Cullinane, High Jump


VARSITY GIRLS WINTER TRACK

League V

NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award                    99.542 average

All-County                                                  Gianna DeGrazia, Long Jump


VARSITY WRESTLING
League VIII – Third Place Ranking
NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award                    94.993 average
                                                                                       
All-County                                                               Sean Baudille
                                                                              Peter Pirgousis
                                                                              Taylor Tanner
                                                                                           
                                                                       
                                                                       





           





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Artistic Excellence

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The Babylon Junior-Senior High School Art Club recently attended the Olympics of the Visual Arts event, held in Saratoga Springs, New York, where students were able to showcase their artistic abilities and complete challenges based on their specific artistic medium.

In preparation for their competition, the students worked with art club advisors Cheryl Schweider and Patricia Stork for over the course of 12 weeks to create artwork that would be brought to the Olympics. Some of the projects they worked on included taking photographs, which portrayed a story in the style of comic book strips, constructing a merry-go-round-themed dress entirely out of paper materials and creating a still-life painting using human hands as the starting point.

According to their website, the Olympics of the Visual Arts invites students from across New York State to engage in friendly competition as they participate in a series of problems that require utilizing historical references, brainstorming, problem-solving and creative solutions.

Three Babylon Junior-Senior High School students took home second place in the Drawing category for their project on “The Light at the End of the Tunnel.”

“Each of the students did a fantastic job in all of categories, as their time, talent and persistence was evident,” said Patricia Stork. “Congratulations to the Babylon Panthers on a job well done.”





Working with the Weather

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Second-grade students at Babylon Elementary School recently applied their scientific knowledge as they researched and ultimately formulated their very own weather reports. Utilizing green screen technology, students presented their findings to classmates using various weather-related props and pictures of their designated areas throughout the United States.



Serving French Dishes

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School freshmen enrolled in Melissa Anderson’s French II classes recently put their culinary skills to the test as they prepared authentic French mayonnaise in the school’s new Family and Consumer Science room. Additionally, students enjoyed their creations with fresh cut “pommes frites” (French fries) in conjunction with their French food and culture studies.




Enchanting the Audience

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First-graders in Leah Weissinger’s class at Babylon Elementary School recently put on a magical performance for the entire school as they reenacted popular folktales they had learned about in class. Throughout the play, students told tales of three different stories, including the ever-popular “The Fisherman and His Wife.” The initiative served not only as an entertaining event for the school, but also helped reinforce several key skills students have learned in class, including public speaking, reading fluency and collaboration.


A Night of Musical Achievement

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The recent district Board of Education Meeting was full of celebrations as the school community honored the vast accomplishments of student-musicians throughout the district.

To begin the evening’s recognitions, 26 students from both Babylon Junior-Senior High School and Babylon Memorial Grade School were presented with commemorative certificates for taking part in the Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Music Festival this past March. These student-musicians are chosen to perform in the festival based on musical talent, NYSSMA scores and teacher recommendations.

Additionally, Babylon Junior-Senior High School student-musicians Lindsey Daily and Emma Schubart were celebrated for participating in the SCMEA All-Eastern Music Festival. These two seniors represent the top 5 percent of student-musicians from the east coast.


Sharpening Broadcasting Skills

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Fifth-graders at Babylon Memorial Grade School are learning real-life broadcasting and writing skills as they take part in technology teacher Danielle Weis’ after-school program called the Babylon Broadcasting Club.

While attending the club, which meets once per week, students take matters into their own hands as they write, produce and utilize iPads to film their own segments, incorporating factual information and humorous banter throughout. Examples of some of the segments students are producing include movie reviews, sports updates, video game reviews, answering fan mail and the class favorite, “Spotting Mr. Goldberg” feature, when students “candidly” find Babylon Memorial Grade School Principal Steven Goldberg taking part in a humorous activity.

“The project allows students a fun and exciting way to present school news and engage in collaborative work while using technology,” said Mrs. Weis. “Broadcasting teaches the students such valuable skills such as teamwork, public speaking, research, technology, digital literacy, internet safety and media usage.”





Leo Club Dinner and A Show

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Members of the Babylon Junior-Senior High School Leo Club recently hosted their annual “Dinner and a Show” event for local senior citizens, featuring a delicious meal and a special viewing of the Drama Club’s production of “The Pajama Game.”

Throughout the course of the evening, guests were served entrées such as pasta dishes, courtesy of Babylon’s Café Il Villaggio, and a delectable crumb cake whipped up by Babylon Junior-Senior High School’s own Jeanmarie Sheehan.

After being escorted to their seats by members of the Leo Club, guests enjoyed the Drama Club’s production of “The Pajama Game,” directed by Babylon School District music teachers Eddie Storey and Jordan Hue.

“As part of the Leo Club, our members recognize the importance of giving back to their community and always do so with enthusiasm,” said Babylon Leo Club co-adviser Lisa Brush. “The students are the heart of this event; they decorate the tables, put together the dinner, serve our guests and even select the music. It's a wonderful experience for everyone involved and we hope to continue this tradition for many years.”





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Students Serve Up A Winner

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Three Babylon Junior-Senior High School students enrolled in Jenna Schwartz’s culinary arts classes, along with one former culinary arts student, were recently awarded a third-place trophy at the Iron Chef Jr. competition held at the Whole Foods Market of Lake Grove.

The team, which consisted of Sean Cosgro, Hayley Swaine, Emilie Leibstein and Ms. Schwartz’s former culinary student Sophia Levine-Aquino, competed against 11 other schools in the high school division to claim their title.

Throughout the competition, the team worked collaboratively to create a vegetarian Shepard’s Pie main dish following certain nutritional criteria. They had one hour to prepare ingredients, make the dish and plate the finished product for the judges to taste. Despite being given the mystery ingredient of raspberries, which was to be incorporated into the dish, the students persevered and created a delicious raspberry sauce which impressed the judges. 

“I am so proud of my students,” said Ms. Schwartz. “They worked as a team to come up with a creative, healthy and delicious dish and didn’t let the pressure get to them throughout the course of the day.”




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Rock Your Socks

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In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, staff and students throughout the district recently showed their support for individuals with Down syndrome by participating in the “Rock Your Socks” awareness campaign, which asks individuals to wear exciting, colorful socks. 

With assistance from Babylon School District Director of Special Education Lisa Consolo and Babylon Buddy Club Advisors Jaime Harrison and Barbara O’Halloran, the day proved to be a huge success, as large numbers of staff and students participated. In addition to the colorful footwear they sported, the district also collected $600 to be donated to the Association for Children with Down Syndrome, Inc. 

“The Babylon students never cease to amaze me,” said Mrs. Consolo. “The event began as a celebration to increase awareness and celebration of our personal and unique attributes, but, in the end, it was clear that we all have more in common than we have differences.”

 




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World Language/ENL Week

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The district’s students and staff recently celebrated National Foreign Language Week through a variety of culture-themed activities.

During the celebration, students participated in games, trivia contests, scavenger hunts, crafts and more all in an effort to enhance their understating of the world’s multiple languages. 

Students in English as a New Language classes at Babylon Elementary School learned about other countries and spoke to their fellow students about their own heritage. Additionally, they created flags from their native country or those which were highlighted during the week.

Students at Babylon Memorial Grade School utilized globes to locate countries where Spanish and French are spoken, amongst other romance languages. 

To further their appreciation for different world languages, students at Babylon-Junior Senior High School listened to music in other languages and enjoyed foods from other cultures during the “International Dessert Buffet” held within their lunch periods.  




New Language Skills

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Sixth-grade students throughout Babylon Memorial Grade School recently learned how to count numbers in the Spanish language. They also compared and contrasted the various cultural similarities and differences in connection with the Foreign Languages in Elementary Schools program. Throughout the course of the FLES program, the sixth-graders have been introduced to the language and culture of France in the first half of the school year, and will now spend the remainder of the school year learning about the Spanish language.


Celebrating 100 Days of School

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Staff and students at Babylon Elementary School recently celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up to mimic themselves as how they envisioned themselves at 100 years old. Additionally, students within Laura Foerster’s kindergarten class took part in a collaborative STEAM-related activity, which allowed the students to use their imaginations and build structures while working in small groups.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017