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.

Social Studies Lesson Becomes Work of Art

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Fifth-graders at Memorial Grade School were recently challenged with taking what they had learned in their social studies lesson and transforming it into art.
  
Students in Lisa Necroto’s class spent the last month learning about their Underground Railroad as part of their fifth-grade social studies curriculum. After studying the different people involved and how they overcame many obstacles, the students were tasked with making their own Freedom Quilt.
The class researched designs from old quilts and also read “Sweet Clara’s Freedom Quilt” to get inspiration for their own patches. The fifth-graders choose one element from that period of time and designed a square piece of a quilt using felt and glue.   

Memorial Grade School art teacher Pat Stork worked with the class in their designs, which ranged from the North Star, depictions of Harriet Tubman and Joe “Pegleg” Morgan to the Bear Claw and Monkey Wrench symbols. Stork took the squares and sewed them together to form their own Freedom Quilt, which will hang outside the school’s cafeteria.

Launching into Learning

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Elementary School students designed and tested their own catapults on April 28 as part of a hands-on experiment using the forces of motion and the effects of gravity.

Second-graders in Beth Dieterich’s class have been writing lab reports, generating hypotheses and writing conclusions in their “writing like a scientist” unit. As a culminating activity, the students designed and tested their own catapults.

Using popsicle sticks, tape, rubber bands, plastic spoons and a wooden block, the second-graders worked in teams of three to build a catapult. The groups then tested their designs using a cotton ball and Ping-Pong ball after making educated predications on which ball would launch the furthest distance.

After carefully measuring and recording their results, the second-graders will write lab reports based on their findings.



Poets for a Purpose

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In the outdoor courtyard at the Elementary School, first-graders in Bernadette Forthmuller’s class celebrated spring with a poetry reading on April 27. Invited guests gathered in the courtyard to hear each student share their special poem on the topic of Arbor Day, Earth Day or spring.

After filling a whole book with their poetry, the first-grade students had the option of choosing an acrostic, shape or free-verse poem to share with the audience. The poets reflected on how much they cared for the planet as well as their excitement for all the new happenings now that spring is here. With that idea in mind, each student participated in a planting project, digging and planting flowers in both the courtyard and boxes to be placed in front of the school.

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Buddies Pair Up for Learning

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Kindergartners in Mary Jo Graffagnino’s class at the Elementary School paired up with their fifth-grade buddies in Deirdre McIntee’s class at Memorial Grade School to share their nonfiction writing assignments on April 27.

The kindergartners were excited to share the fantasy stories they developed with the fifth-graders, showing off their writing skills while also spending time learning from the older students. The fifth-graders were equally excited to see the improvements their young buddies made since the two classes came together earlier in the school year to work on reading skills.

Art Olympics

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Junior-Senior High School students participated in the 34th annual New York Art Teachers Association Olympics of the Visual Arts in Saratoga Springs on April 21. Nineteen students, along with art teachers Pat Stork, Cheryl Schweider and Stacey Famiglietti, competed in four teams.
 
More than 800 students from 34 school districts throughout New York State participated in the art competition in categories including fashion design, architecture, photography, sculpture, drawing, painting, illustration and graphic design. Babylon students worked as teams and were required to create a project prior to the event. At the competition, each team worked together to complete a spontaneous team challenge. Students were judged on brainstorming, research, creativity, how they solve the problem given and craftsmanship.
    
One junior high school team worked on “Trashy Fashion,” creating a wearable garment entirely out of reused paper products. The other junior high school team created a sculpture based on the theme “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” The senior high school team created a sculpture using one of Adele’s songs as the subject. The second senior high school team, a graphic design team, created stamps based on American artists.

Amusement Park Serves as Lab for Physics Students

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Junior-Senior High School students in Steve Silipo’s physics classes attended Physics Day at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey on April 22.

Using the preselected rides as their laboratory, students collected real time data on their cell phones. During their time at the park, they made valuable connections between STEM disciplines.

“It was a unique opportunity for the students to engage in performance-based tasks with real-world applications that demonstrate the meaningful application of knowledge and skills that they have been discussing in class throughout the year,” Silipo said.

Students spent the day collecting data using cutting edge technology. They had access to apps that analyze video, measure distance and even used a three-axis accelerometer app. “This is the type of learning experience that truly prepares our students as college and career ready,” Silipo added.

Back in the classroom, they compiled the data collected and analyzed it using a powerful program called DataStudio. Combining this program with their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills learned throughout the year, students were able to solve for the variables included in the rides that could not be directly measured.

Video Reviews Add Technology Element

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The first-grade classes at the elementary school spent the last six weeks recording video versions of the book reviews they presented in class for their writing assignments. The students learned how to record video, make comments on peer videos and work collaboratively with other classes.

Poem in Your Pocket Inspires Creativity

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In celebration of National Poetry Month, Junior-Senior High School’s English department hosted a Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 21.

Students embraced their 21st century skills by using the 4Cs – creativity, communication, collaborative and critical thinking – by analyzing and writing poetry in their classrooms.
 
Throughout the day, classes gathered together in the library during their English periods to share their favorite poems with their peers, either original works or a poem by one of their favorite authors. Students were invited to share a poem with the audience.

Walking for a Cause

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Memorial Grade School held its annual walkathon to support the ALS Ride for Life organization to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease on May 5.

Student participants donated $1 to spend their recess walking the perimeter of the school. On May 12, students will again have the opportunity to support the cause by donating $1 to “put ALS to sleep” by wearing their pajamas to school.

All donations will be presented to Chris Pendergast and ALS Ride for Life when they make their annual ride from East Hampton to Manhattan on May 17, stopping at the Grade School and Junior-Senior High School. The donations help families with medical expenses and fund research efforts for ALS.

In March, students and staff at the Grade School attended a presentation about the importance of perseverance and hard work, hosted by representatives from the organization.

Making Tunes with Trash

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As part of an Earth Day celebration, the elementary school held an assembly featuring a special performance by Bash the Trash on April 21. A combination of science, music and environmental awareness, Bash the Trash taught students about sound and sustainability by using recycled and reused items in their musical performance. 

Top Honors for Babylon Researchers

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Tenth-grade research students from the Junior-Senior High School recently competed at the Molloy College High School Science Fair. This is the first time Babylon students have presented at this fair.

Four total projects represented Babylon in both the biology and environmental science categories. The project by Emily Demieri, Anna Glynn and Kyra Pitagno placed in the top 10 percent of the almost 500 projects at the fair. Their winning project, “The effects of differing SPF sunscreens on E. coli K12 bacteria under UV light,” investigated how different SPF sunscreens impacted the morphology and life cycle of bacteria to demonstrate the importance of sun protection.  

A Taste of Paris

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Junior-Senior High School students in French 3 and 4 and College French, along with students from Global History classes, recently visited New York City. The students viewed a performance of “An American in Paris” on Broadway and dined at Cafe Un Deux Trois.

First-Graders Bring Folktales to Life

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As a culminating activity to their studies of folktales, Leah Weissinger’s first-grade class at the elementary school took to the stage on April 20 for a presentation of three classic folktales. Dressed in their costumes, the first-graders performed the tales of “The Fisherman and His Wife,” “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” and “The Little Red Hen” to their peers.

Nature-Minded

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On April 20, Babylon Rotary Club members presented each first-grade student at the elementary school with a seedling, planting and care instructions as well as an Earth Day Celebration proclamation. Students promised to bring their trees home to plant, care and protect them through the seasons so they will remain a part of nature for life.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016