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Students Represent District in Prestigious Parade 

Robert Moses Middle School Marching Band were proud to march in the Garden City St. Patrick's Day Parade, where they performed “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” arranged by Paul Murtha.  

This is a very prestigious parade and is one of the oldest parades in Long Island. This is the band's 12th year performing in this event, where they previously won the Chancellor’s Trophy nearly eight years ago. The Marching Band along with Kickline and Color Guard were very honored to be a part of such a wonderful parade.





Go APE Advanced Placement Exhibition
February 15 through March 1, 2020 
Artists' Reception and Awards Presentation
Sunday March 1, 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Now in its 13th year, the Art League of Long Island's
"Go Ape" exhibit celebrates the exceptional artwork, as selected by their teachers, of AP art students in Long Island High Schools
Exhibit is on view Feb 15, 22, and Feb 24 through March 1


Prize winning artist at NBHS

Congratulations to Vinny Maio for his win in the Mixed Media category at the All County Show this past weekend.  The exhibit is sponsored by the Suffolk County Art Leaders' Association.  Mr. Maio's teacher is Miss Sarah Lambert.  

 


Sneaker Designers 

Belmont School art students administered their creative skills into the world of fashion by designing sneakers. 


District Celebrates Student and Staff Accomplishments 

The District’s Board of Education and administration had the honor of recognizing the efforts of two students for their participation in the New York State School Music Association All-State Conference in Rochester and presenting a certificate of tenure to a staff member during its December meeting. 

North Babylon High School seniors Sophia Bonventre and Esther Duclair were commended for their performance in the 2019 All-State Choir earlier this month. Sophia performed as a soprano 1 with the Treble Chorus Ensemble and Esther performed with the Mixed Chorus Ensemble. They were selected based on having scored an A+ on a level six All-State solo.

The district was also proud to present science teacher Gayle Estrada with a certificate of tenure for exhibiting hard work and dedication to her position.

Under the direction of Choir Director Tiina Buehler, the North Babylon High School’s Vocal Point Ensemble also serenaded board members and the crowd with festive melodies in honor of the holiday season. 


Students Represent District at Local Tree Lighting Ceremony 

District students were proud to once again represent North Babylon during the annual Belmont Lake State Park’s 2019 Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festive celebration was held on Dec. 7, when fourth and fifth graders joined together and performed holiday melodies for the crowd.


Stage the Change 

High School students proudly displayed their talents during the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post’s seventh annual Stage the Change, the Arts as a Social Voice conference. 

North Babylon was one of sixth local schools to participate in this prestigious event and performed “See Me, Know Me.”

The mission for Stage the Change is to help students become global citizens through creativity and performance and to provide communities with inspirational original performance which serve as a catalyst for change.


Club Creates Magical and Colorful Artwork 

Members of Belmont Elementary School’s Art Club are sharpening their skills through fun and interactive lessons. 

They have crafted expressive and unique pieces of artwork through a magical jar activity, in which they used markers, crayons, colored pencils and metallic markers to create their own interpretation of what is in their jar. 

During a still-life design lesson, students crafted beautiful construction paper vases and filled them with an array of different types of flowers. Their designs were finished off by painting them with shimmer, earth-tone and colorful touches of watercolor paints.


Students Offered Thrilling Entertainment in ‘12 Angry Jurors’ 

Tensions were high at the NBHS, as the drama club took the auditorium stage and showcased their production of “12 Angry Jurors.” Each student delivered outstanding performances, portraying their characters’ frustrations as they tried to reach a unanimous decision of guilty or not guilty in a murder trial. 



Annual Marching Band Festival 

The NBHS’s marching band lit up the field at the Mitchel Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale with a powerful performance during the 57th annual Newsday 2019 Marching Band Festival. Students and staff from across the district cheered them on and showed their support by crafting signs. The district is proud of all students who participated in this popular event.



Bulldogs Dominate Homecoming Weekend

The District kicked off its homecoming weekend with the High School pep rally, where Dylan Diaz and Sara Madsen were named the homecoming king and queen.

The following day, the rest of the community, district staff, administration and board of education members joined together for its annual homecoming game, as the varsity football team defeated Deer Park by the score of 43-6. 

The varsity cheerleading team kept the crowd in high spirits throughout the game, and during halftime high school’s marching band, flag team and kickline team provided an energetic performance.

 

 


Band Camp Progresses Students Forward

Students of the High School marching band geared up for a new school year and participated in the summer band camp program.

They worked diligently each day to sharpen their technique for several upcoming performances, including the Newsday Marching Band Festival, varsity football home games, and the Nov. 21 pre-game show at Met Life Stadium for the New York Jets. The show is “NBelieveable!” and will include numbers like Imagine Dragons’ “Believer,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” and The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer.” 


MGV Artists exhibit at Long Island Childrens Museum

Mrs. Lisa Gregorek and her students have a collection of artwork on exhibit in Garden City at the LICM.  The pieces are all based on the children's book The Dot .  Mrs. Gregorek and her students have visited the Museum for an "artists' reception" and have already been invited to show there again next year.  Congratulations to all of these students and their wonderful leader, Mrs. Gregorek.

  


Soloists Serenade Local Honoree

 

Congratulations to Sophia Bonventre, Esther Duclair and Nikolas Murillo for their wonderful rendition of the National Anthem on January 21, 2020 at the Anthony Tatti Youth Center naming ceremony.  We congratulate Mr. Tatti on his many years of service to the community and wish him well.


NBHS String Quintet:  STELLAR at STALLER!

Congratulations to Ms. Verderosa and the NBHS String Quintet members:  Esther Duclair, Thomas Bruggemann, Molly Battaglia,  Heather O'Leary and Ruby Haberman.  Their performance at the invitational LISFA Chamber Music Festival was fantastic!  What a wonderful representation of our community.  Congratulations to all.

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Long Island Secondary String Festival Honorees!

Congratulations to Gavin Aquino, Thomas Bruggemann, Jake Cosentino and Esther Duclair on their successful participation in the invitational Long Island String Festival weekend.  Their performances on January 12 were the result of much hard work and resulted in an amazing concert.  Congrats also to Ms. Verderosa for all of her hard work chaperoning and coaching the students.  

On January 26, the following students will perform with the LISFA Elementary Festivals:  Eren Alptekin, Cynthia Chen, Marilin Chicas, Jason Cusumano, Kendel Wilson, Melanie Kamalic and Andrea Ramirez.  We congratulate all of these students, their families and their teachers, Ms. DiVito and Ms. Rzewinski for this terrific recognition.  

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How arts-based lessons improve science performance:  Integrating the arts into science lessons helps the lowest-performing students retain more content, and doesn't require much funding to do.
By: Alison DeNisco | Issue: June, 2019


Integrating the arts into science lessons helps the lowest-performing students retain more content, according to a recent study published in the journal Trends in Neuroscience and Education.  In a randomized control trial across 16 schools, fifth-grade classes were assigned to either an arts-integrated or a control condition. During a chemistry lesson, for example, students in the control group read about different states of matter and completed a worksheet. Students in arts-integrated instruction were split into groups to use their bodies to depict how solids, liquids and gases move. For science vocabulary lessons, the control students wrote out definitions while the arts-integrated learners drew them.  When tested 15 days after instruction, there were no differences between groups. However, 10 weeks later, the lowest-performing students in the integrated classes remembered significantly more content than their peers in the control classes.  
“Rather than being a victim of school reform, we suggest that the arts can be a driver,” says Mariale Hardiman, study author and director of the Neuro-Education Initiative at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Maryland. “If we can begin to close the gap for children who are at the lower levels of achievement because they are learning through the arts, that’s something leaders and policymakers need to know.”

Arts from the start
Hardiman first began testing arts integration in the early 2000s as principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, part of Baltimore City Public Schools. Today, the school has 1,400 preschool through grade 8 students, about 30% of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.  “There was a groundswell of enthusiasm from a few teachers to make the arts more visible, and we began to coordinate with the traditional content teachers,” says Clare Grizzard, arts integration specialist at the school.  Grizzard trains teachers and writes lessons using Hardiman’s Brain-Targeted Teaching model, which involves adding arts to curriculum planning for all subjects from the start. While teachers at Roland Park have been trained to use the model, it was never required before. Teachers adopted it on their own over time, with ongoing support from the school, Grizzard says.

The school now integrates the subject in three ways:

• Education: All students take courses in visual arts, theater and music.

• Experiences: The school partners with local cultural institutions for assemblies, performances, field trips and guest speakers.

• Integrated curriculum: Arts-infused lessons align to traditional content standards.


Train or fail
Blending the arts into other academic subjects does not require much funding, Hardiman says. However, teachers must be trained in the arts-integration technique, and be given the freedom to use their own content and materials, Hardiman says.  Arts-infused lessons must also achieve learning objectives in language arts, STEM and other core subjects, she adds.  “You could waste a lot of time doing crafty activities where kids have fun, but don’t learn content,” Hardiman says.  Administrators must offer scheduling that allows for teacher collaboration, and should ideally provide a specialist for training.  “It’s a real paradigm shift in the approach of teaching,” Grizzard says. “It reaches the goals administrators want to reach, getting there in a richer, more long-lasting way.”  


Bay Street or Bust:  Theatre Trip!

On Wednesday, November 27, Mrs. Drance, Mrs. Raymond and 75 theatre students travelled to Sag Harbor to see a production of "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Bay Street Theatre.  Part of their annual literature series, all tickets are free for this event and include a productive "talk back" with the actors following the performance.  This is a wonderful way to bring required reading to life and for students to have a chance to envision their future as part of the theatre world!  

     


Princesses & Pizza Video


Arts College Fair

Students of all ages visited our free college fair for students interested in music, visual art, theatre and dance in the Yellow Cafeteria of the HS from 4-8 pm on 10/22.   Representatives evaluated portfolios, answered questions and considered futures with students and families!  "It's never to early to start looking when you are an artist!" said some parents of students as young as 10 who attended.  Future events are planned and we are grateful to members of Tri-M and the NAHS for their help in sponsoring the event.

 

Presentations in the Auditorium included:

5:00 pm  Alvin Ailey School at Fordham University

5:30 pm  Savannah School of Art and Design  Portfolio Advice

6:00 pm  Savannah School of Art and Design:  Careers in the Digital Age

6:30 pm  University of the Arts at Philadelphia

7:00 pm  New York State Summer School for the Arts

 

Adelphi University

Berklee College of Music

Fashion Instittue of Technology (SUNY)

Five Towns College

Hofstra University

Hunter College (CUNY)

LIU Post

Manhattan School of Music

Marymount Manhattan College

Molloy College

Montclair State University

Nassau Community College (SUNY)

NYS Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA)

Parsons School of Design / The New School

Potsdam: State University of New York (Crane School of Music)

Purchase College (State University of New York)

Queens College, City University of New York

State University of New York at Fredonia

Suffolk County Community College

The Academy of Art University

The Ailey School/Fordham University

The College at Brockport (SUNY)

The College of St. Rose

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

The Savannah College of Art and Design

The University of the Arts (Philadelphia)


Congratulations to our NYSSMA All State Musicians:  Esther Duclair and Sophia Bonventre.


Electrify Your Strings with Mark Wood

Join us for our rocktober event, "The Ultimate Tour" concert performed by students of the NBHS and RMMS Orchestral ensembles.  Teachers Carolyn Rzewinski and Nicole Verderosa will join the students in selections including "Crazy Train", "Eleanor Rigby", "Carry On My Wayward Son",  "Wood's Bolero" and "Hoedown". 

Students will experience a two day residency with the renowned electric violinist and founding member of "Transiberian Orchestra", Mark Wood.  Our Concert begins at 7pm in the NBHS Auditorium and is free.  For additional information, contact the Music Department at 631-620-7044.

PASA will be conducting a raffle for a grand prize of an electric violin designed by Mark Wood.   

 

Please be advised that this is a rock concert and volume will be louder than usual.    

 

Highlight Reel from Meet The Teacher

Congratulations to our students and their supervisor, Ms. Askinazy, for their terrific performances at NBHS Meet the Teacher Night.  Enjoy the video!


   Newsday Marching Band Festival


The North Babylon High School Marching Band will perform "N-Believeable", featuring the music of Imagine Dragons, Journey and the Monkees at the Newsday Marching Band Festival on Thursday, October 17th.  Performances begin at 7pm at the Mitchell Field Stadium in Uniondale, NY.  Tickets are available by calling Mr. Wink at 631-620-7139 or emailing him at cwink@northbabylonschools.net.

 


 

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Congratulations to our students who have had work selected for the "Nightmare on Main Street" exhibit at the Huntington Arts Council:  Mia Bacchi, Hailey Lepik, Casey Losinski, Alexa Villanueva.  The exhibit is open from October 18 to November 16, 2019 at the Huntington Arts Council Main Street Gallery in Huntington, NY.  Great job Ms. Lambert and students!

 


 


 On Sunday, November 24,  the NBHS Marching Band performed a pre-game show on the field at Met Life Stadium!  Over 270 North Babylon football fans braved the rain and enjoyed the show and a great game, a win over the Raiders!   We are grateful to Mr. Bremer of the NY Jets Organization for all of his guidance in making this event possible for us.