The District's Summer Newsletter 2015 and Full 2015/2016 School Calendar are available to view on the website.

Click here for to view the newsletter.

Click here to view the calendar.

Fall 2015 Athletic Information

Please refer to the attachment for important summer physical dates and permission slip submission instructions. All student-athletes will be required to have a sports physical, permission slip and emergency contact sheet completed and submitted prior to participation in practices and/or contests. CLICK HERE for the athletics website for all required paperwork and a list of Fall, Winter and Spring sport offerings. If you choose to have a physical performed by a private physician, the physical form on the website must be completed by your doctor and returned to the HS nurse's office.

Start dates (practices):

Varsity/JV football- 8/17

All other Varsity/JV sports- 8/24

All JH sports- 9/8

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Please contact the athletic office, (631) 893-7933<tel:(631) 893-7933>, if there is any question/concern regarding this information. I hope you enjoy a safe and restful summer. Thank you.

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Welcome A-Board

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The district’s Board of Education commenced the new school year with its annual reorganization meeting on July 13.

During the meeting, newly elected Board member Tricia Pané and re-elected member Ann Donaldson were administered the oath of office to begin their new three-year terms. Subsequently, Ms. Donaldson and Dominick Montalto were elected to serve as the 2015-16 president and vice president, respectively.

A Welcome from the New Superintendent

Dear Families, Faculty/Staff and Residents:

I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for the warm welcome during my initial transition into Babylon as your new superintendent of schools. I am extremely honored to serve as your superintendent and I thank you all for giving me the ability to lead and work beside you.  

I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about myself and my family. Aside from being an educator, I am a wife and a mother. My husband and I have two children.  Our son, Connor, is entering the ninth grade at Southampton High School in September and our daughter Brynne will be entering her final middle school year as an eighth-grade student at Tuckahoe School, also in Southampton. Professionally, this July marks my 11th year as a superintendent of schools in Suffolk County. July also signifies moving forward together as we embark on writing another beautiful chapter in the rich history of our district, with an eye toward building on our successes and traditions of the past.

I truly believe that successful outcomes are accomplished when there is determined leadership working in partnership with members of a team. During my initial conversations with many educational stakeholders, I was struck by the pride and talents that abound in our schools, as well as within the greater Babylon community. I see bright teachers, support staff, building leaders and non-instructional staff who work hard to meet the needs of our students and parents every day.  I see central office leaders working collaboratively and taking a team approach to achieving excellence. I see a Board of Education supporting the work of our students and school system while holding the district accountable to the community’s needs. I see a greater community that understands the value and purpose of meaningful school/community partnerships. Exploring the landscape, I ultimately see that we are all representatives of an exceptional team that believes in our public schools.

The best organizations have a clear vision with a determined set of priorities that will drive successful outcomes. This summer, I’ll be working with the Board of Education and the leadership team on establishing such priorities and coordinating goals. Put simply, we’ll define who we are, where we are at the current moment, where we desire to go and how to get there. They already know what winning looks like, and this important work continues the conversation, moving us in a forward direction. Such conversations cultivate a sense of professional pride and optimism.

To that end, I wrote and am working my way through my own “Superintendent’s Entry Plan,” which represents a roadmap of my first 100 days. I wish to post this to my new website shortly!  

In the meantime, this summer allows me to continue getting to know the truly terrific people of our school district and community and the gifts they bring to our students. It also allows me time to work through typical summer initiatives, such as disseminating the results to the public of a recent transportation study that the Board of Education embraced, overseeing field and facility upgrades, and helping the leadership team prepare well for a beautiful opening of our schools on Wednesday, September 2.

I hope each one of you will become informed about the educational program as well as the goals of the district. Attend meetings, ask questions and offer positive input. I know you will come to appreciate the exceptional efforts of the administrators, teachers and staff members and the great commitment of your Board of Education trustees.  

During the summer, please also continue to check the district website to remain updated on important items. Even though it is summertime, important information continues to be posted for your convenience (e.g., registration information on the Regional Summer School sponsored by Western Suffolk BOCES as well as August Regents administration schedules). You will also be hearing from us in an upcoming newsletter, as well as through additional correspondence in August. Please also feel free to email me at lrozzi@babylonufsd.org. I welcome your suggestions as to how the district can be the best it can be.

Our students bring us great joy and happiness. It is with them in mind that I urge you to continue being partners in their education. I wish you all a very restful and enjoyable summer vacation.  

Yours in education,
Mrs. Linda J. Rozzi
Superintendent of Schools


Regional Summer School 2015

• Registration Directions
• Summer Regents Schedule

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Graduates Celebrate Commencement

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School celebrated the achievements of the 147-member Class of 2015 during a graduation ceremony rich in tradition and pride this June.

Led by the American Celtic Band and color guard, the students entered Coach Williams Memorial Field and took their seats surrounded by proud parents and friends.

Among those addressing their peers were Senior Class President Kathryn O’Sullivan, Student Council President Emma Rende, valedictorian Mohankumar Chintariapalli and salutatorian Ronald Pashen, all of whom provided sage advice and words of reflection. Principal Al Cirone gave the welcome address, and Superintendent of Schools Richard Rozakis extended his best wishes to the soon-to-be graduates.

In addition to musical selections by the band and concert chorus, the senior class’s singing of the Babylon alma mater and the traditional release of white doves, the students heard a farewell address by junior class advisor Frank Mancuso before receiving their diplomas.



Moving Up the Academic Ladder

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Babylon Memorial Grade School sixth-graders took a step toward their future and participated in a traditional moving-up ceremony this June.

Surrounded by parents, teachers and friends, the graduates marked the momentous occasion through written reflections, musical interludes and words of praise from administrators. To commemorate the occasion, each graduate was called to the stage to receive a moving-up diploma and paused to celebrate the occasion with classmates.

Babylon Junior-Senior High School Principal Al Cirone concluded the program by welcoming the incoming seventh-grade class and leading them on a recessional following a singing of the grade school’s alma mater.  

 

Miles Add Up

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Babylon Memorial Grade School’s Walking Club celebrated the thousands of steps its members took throughout the year toward leading a healthy lifestyle. The school congratulated the following walkers and presented each top walker with a commemorative certificate to honor their accomplishments. 

Third Grade:
Bailey Becker 12,250
Kayla Casale 11,600    
Olivia Consentino 10,000
Sofia Conti 13,000
Brooke Gengler 12, 250
Elizabeth Orifici 10,000
Cassandra Roberts 14,250    
Cameron Wright 11,000    
Top Walker for Third Grade: Kayla Hayes 15,250

Fourth Grade:
Natalie Lutz 10,750    
Lisa Petraitis 10,500    
Top Walker for Fourth Grade: Sofia Weiss 13,000

Fifth Grade:
Samantha Cannetti 17,450    
Lily Hagan 10,250        
Gregory Herbst 11,250        
Rebecca Scharf 10,250    
Top Walker for Fifth Grade and for the entire Babylon Grade School: Molly Baldwin 18,250

Sixth Grade:
Alexa Boniberger 10,500    
Kayle Boyce 11,750
Mary DiPalma 10,750        
Sarah McDonough 15,500    
Autumn Rodriguez 11,250    
Ashaunna Simpson 13,650    
Breanna White 15,000
Top Walker for Sixth Grade: Ashley Darcy 16,000




Seashore Safari

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Babylon Elementary School second-grade students attended an in-school workshop with marine educator Tracy Marcus from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County.

During the visit, the classes met in the building’s science lab to observe and learn about different local marine life, including those living on the south shore of Long Island. They had the chance to handle and touch such living specimens as a sea star, shellfish, snails and a horseshoe crab.

As part of the second-grade science curriculum, the students have been learning about these types of animals, their habitats and their lifecycles. The in-school presentation enabled them to relate the classroom discussions to sea life on the south shore of Long Island.

 

Athlete Competes Nationally

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Babylon Junior-Senior High School eighth-grader Erin MacQuarrie has been named as a 2015 Brine National All-Star and has been selected to represent New York at the 2015 Brine National Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic in Virginia from June 29-July 2.

The Brine National Lacrosse Academy brings the top middle school lacrosse players in the country to one venue, where regional teams are coached by NCAA lacrosse coaches and compete to become national champions.   

Moving Up From Second Grade

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Babylon Elementary School second-grade students marked a milestone this June as they completed the first chapter in their educational journey and moved up to the grade school. They celebrated with a family breakfast and by joining together with their peers in song and a spirited field day.

Focusing on Reading

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Celebrating Achievements

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Babylon School District’s Board of Education took time during its second June meeting to celebrate and commend several students on their recent scholastic and athletic achievements.

The members of Babylon Memorial Grade School’s fifth-grade National Current Events team was honored for their first-place ranking in the National Current Events Olympiad Program. Each team member was presented with a commemorative certificate, and Derek Hulahan and Kevin Mroczka received medals for their individual first-place and second-place nationals ranking, respectively.

Christian Martino was recognized for receiving the Christopher D. O'Connell Memorial Scholarship in honor of his unselfishness, commitment, dedication and ‘team first’ attitude. This annual award is sponsored by the Christopher D. O’Connell Wings Memorial Scholarship Fund in the name of a former role player on the Sayville football team. 

Although they were not in attendance, the Board also recognized the members of the varsity softball team for capturing the Class B Championship and the 2015 Dellecave Award-winning student-athletes Rachel Gregory and Stephen Schweitzer.

The district also thanked outgoing Board President Lisa McKeown for her dedicated service to the schools and community since joining the Board in 2009.

Publishers Walk the Red Carpet

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Babylon Elementary School rolled out the red carpet this June to celebrate the writing achievements of the first- and second-grade book publishing club members.

The club, which met under the direction of school media specialist Teri Polis, worked through the year to learn firsthand about the book publishing process and the journey to becoming a printed author.

Seeking inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s book “If I Ran the Zoo…”, the second-grade students researched animals they would like to see in a zoo, wrote and illustrated pieces for a book they called “Our Interesting Zoo.” The first-grade students researched a topic of interest and created entries for their book “Amazing Fun Facts.” The students sought inspiration from the school’s subscription-based databases, Scholastic’s PebbleGo Animals, Science, Social Studies and Biographies.

Proud family members and friends gathered during the celebration to hear excerpts from the two published books and help celebrate the writing advancements the students have made over the year.



Learning From a Leader

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Babylon High School students in Christopher Ryan’s Advanced Placement U.S. History class had the chance to speak with a political leader about current events when they were selected to take part in a special taping of Cablevision’s “Meet the Leaders at School” television series.

During the event, the students engaged in a question-and-answer session with Congressman Peter King and observed his interview with host Patrick Halpin. The topics of the discussion surrounded the 9/11 terrorist attacks, including the aftermath, role of government officials and representatives and current policies.

The event enhanced the conversations the students were having in class and tied into their recent visit to the 9/11 museum in New York City.


Applauding Achievements

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Babylon’s June Board of Education meeting was filled with celebratory remarks and praise for a number of students and teachers. The Board and administration honored the following students and presented each with a certificate of recognition:

Max O’Handley, Madison Pergolotti, Meghan Pashen and Ronnie Pashen, who served as student delegates during the Board meetings throughout the year to share information about happenings at Babylon Junior-Senior High School.

Babylon Art Festival Award of Excellence winners Amanda Crowley, Chandler McMillan, Rori Sutkowski and Mabel Ye, along with honorable mention winners Stephanie Herbst, Anna Romero, Paula Romero and Penelope Scharf.

Amanda Crowley for her second-place win in the inaugural eSchoolData Login Page Art Contest with the theme of “STEM + Art.”

Babylon Junior-Senior High School band musicians, who performed at the 2015 World Strides Heritage Performance Music Festival.

Additionally, Class of 2015 valedictorian Mohankumar (Kumi) Chintarlapalli and salutatorian Ronnie Pashen were presented with commemorative plaques.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015