District Arts Honors Assembly
Tuesday, May 21
10am High School Auditorium
Spring Concert Schedule
Tuesday, May 28, 7pm @ NBHS Woods Concert
Wednesday, May 29, 7pm @ NBHS DeLuca Concert
Thursday, May 30, 7pm @ NBHS Belmont Concert
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RMMS SELECT CHOIR
AND THEIR TEACHER, MRS. BUEHLER
ON A SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE
AT THE 5/14 DUCKS GAME!
“Hairspray” Is In the Air Again
On Friday May 17th at 7pm, in our auditorium, North Babylon High School will be hosting this year’s Babylon Arts Council “TOBY Awards”.
Along with our own students performing excerpts from our spring musical, “Hairspray”, theatre groups from neighboring schools in Babylon Town will be performing excerpts from the plays and musicals that they produced this year.
Much like the actual “TONY Awards”, recognition will be given for outstanding performances in many different categories. In fact, “Hairspray” is nominated for a total of 9 awards.
The evening is free and open to the public, and will surely be an energetic and fun night for all.
- Also don’t miss our musical selections from “Hairspray” at the NB LIONS Club street fair on Sunday May 19th. Our talented cast will be performing at the stage area on Deer Park Ave from 11:00 – 11:30am.
MUSIC AND ART HONORS ASSEMBLY
TUESDAY, MAY 21 10AM
Two NBHS Performers Nominated for Gershwin Awards
On Saturday May 18th, two of our lead actors from “Hairspray”, Lauren Coccaro and Elijah Andrews will spend the day in New York City at workshops and auditions with students chosen from high school musicals all over the Tri State area. They will be competing for the 2013 Gershwin Award and the honor of representing the New York area in the 2013 National High School Musical Theatre Awards.
“Maraca and Guiro: Taino Instruments in the 21st Century”
During the week of May 7, fifth grade students at Belmont Elementary School are enjoying seminars with Mr. Jose Obando, curator and special consultant for the Salsa collection of instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Together, they are studying the Carribean islands and their music, geography, traditions and people. The residency, planned by Dr. Lowenborg-Coyne through our partnership with the Great Neck Arts Center, will culminate in a salsa dance concert on Friday morning, May 10, 2013, at Belmont with a live salsa band.
To see video from the residency as featured on newsday.com, go to this link:
On Tuesday, April 16, 2013, the NBHS Concert Choir performed at New York's own Carnegie Hall. Led by Choir Director Mrs. Christina Henderson, the 104 students sang several selections including Whitaker's "Water Night" and Copland's "The Promise of Living". We are very proud of all of their hard work and practice, practice, practice in preparing for this wonderful concert.
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
NB Festival of the Arts
Get ready for the annual District-wide art show from April 23 - May 15, 2013 at Babylon Town Hall.
The exhibit is open during business hours at Town Hall (9am - 4pm) and features approximately 500 pieces from students in Grades K-12. We congratulate all of the students and art teachers who have prepared pieces for this show.
Congratulations to Amanda T. for winning the Supervisor's Award and to Angad S. for winning the Superintendent's Award for their artistic achievements. Congratulations also to Amaya F. for winning the Director's Award.
Babylon Town Hall is located at 200 Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst. We thank Supervisor Schaeffer for his gracious hospitality in hosting our show and Awards Ceremony.
The Parliament Place Elementary School Spring Concert, originally scheduled for April 25th has been postponed due to State Testing. The new date for the concert is Tuesday, May 7th at 7pm in the High School Auditorium.
The RMMS Concerts will all be held in the RMMS Auditorium, NOT at the NBHS Auditorium.
Please mark your calendar.
Award Winning Art
Congratulations to NBHS art student Amanda, whose pastel art work called "HOPE" received an honorable mention at the "Journeys" art exhibition at Nassau Community College. We are very proud of Amanda, as well as Kevin, Angad and Anthony who also have work included in the Show. Congratulations to the students, their families and their teacher, Ms. Tobi Shinnick on this wonderful accomplishment.
"Let's go Moses Band"
On Wednesday April 9, 2013, the Robert Moses Middle School Marching Band and Color Guard performed at Nassau Coliseum for a New York Islanders game. The students all did a fie performance and were able to stay and enjoy the game afterwards. We are very proud of the Color Guard and Marching Band and wish them continued success in the remainder of their performances this year.
Vedder Artists featured at local Museum
Artwork by third grade students from Marion G. Vedder Elementary School is currently on exhibit at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City, NY. The children were recently welcomed by the Museum staff to an artists reception, where they were invited to spend a day enjoying their exhibit and the museum free of charge. We congratulate the students and their teacher, Mrs. Lisa Gregorek.
North Babylon Student-Musicians Are Tops
The District is proud to congratulate the talented students who were selected to participate in the Suffolk County Music Educators Association Division I, II and III All-County Festival concert events during the weekend of March 9 and 10, 2013.
“We had so many gifted musicians selected to participate this year,” stated Director of Fine Arts Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne. “This is a great accomplishment for our students and schools.” The district congratulates the students and staff members who were involved in the preparation for these concerts, and the families who support our musicians throughout the year.
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Garden City
RMMS Marching Unit - You did a great job!
Students of Mrs. Renee
Blank at Parliament Place Elementary School warmed their February days
with studies in the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy and brush
painting. Together with Director of Art and Music Dr. Kim
Lowenborg-Coyne, Mrs. Blank arranged to have artist Sung-Sook Setton
visit art classes from February 19-21, 2013. During the residency,
students were able to write Chinese characters, create a "Year of the
Snake" painting and the basics of brush ink painting. This program was
funded by the North Babylon School District and the Huntington Arts
Council Journeys Program.
High Arts Showcase
Congratulations to the NBHS Art Students who have artwork exhibited at the High Arts Showcase sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council. This exhibit features top student work from seven local high schools, including North Babylon. The exhibit is open from February 26 to March 22, 2013. The gallery is located at 25 Melville Park Road in Melville, NY and the art-trium is open Monday thru Friday 7am - 7pm and Saturday from 8am-1pm.
We congratulate our High School string quartets who performed at the Opening Reception and NBHS Artist Taylor, who was awarded a ribbon for her drawing.
Fabulous Founders' Day!
Congratulations to the RMMS Select Choir and their teacher, Mrs. Buehler
on a great performance at the PTA Founders' Day Celebration on
Wednesday, February 27, 2013!
Parliament students celebrate the "Year of the Snake"
RMMS Choir Sings the Praises of Dr. King
The Robert Moses Select Chorus performed on February 7, 2013 for the Long Island DDSO at the Pilgrim State Psychiatric Center. They held their annual Affirmative Action/Human Relations Committee Annual Tribute to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr..
The students sang 2 selections, "Already Home" and "Seeds to Sow". After an uplifting speech by the keynote speaker Ret. Colonel Carl Williamson, the students returned to the stage for the Finale with the Sensational Signers from UCP Suffolk. Congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mrs. Buehler.
MGV Shares Their Love....of Art!
On Thursday, February 14, 2013, Mrs. Lisa Gregorek and her art students from Vedder Elementary School visited the North Babylon Senior Center as part of our ongoing partnership with the Center. Students were greeted by a happy crowd of Seniors and together they created beautiful valentines in the style of American pop-artist Jim Dine. Enjoy this video posted by Newsday from the student's visit to Spangle Drive:
Parliament Artists in Suffolk County Exhibit
The Suffolk County Art Leaders’ Association is currently sponsoring a Children’s Art Show for students in Grades K-8. The exhibit is open to the public at Old Town Hall, located at 47 West Main Street in Babylon, NY. The artists reception is Saturday, March 2, 2013 from noon to 2pm, at which time the exhibit will close.
The artwork of five North Babylon Parliament Place Elementary school students is included in the exhibit. We congratulate them and their teacher, Ms. Blank.
Hairspray -- A Hit!
Congratulations to cast, crew, directors and all advisors on a wonderful production of "Hairspray". Postponed due to the blizzard of 2013, the students danced and sang their way into the hearts of all who packed the NBHS Auditorium on February 10th at 2 and 7pm. Thanks also to PASA for their assistance at the production and for their terrific support of the musical.
PASA of NB
Next Meeting: Monday, May 20, 2013
7pm in the Blue Cafeteria, High School
All are welcome to attend.
RMMS artists are GEMS
These pictures show students in the art club working on making beads and bracelets to sell as a fundraiser for The Little Blue Shed, a cooperative in Uganda that provides employment opportunities for women. We thank them for their work and for that of their teacher, Mrs. Joyce Orrigo.
You Can't Stop the Beat....at NBHS!
These fine North Babylon High School musicians put the “Music” in “Music-al” this year for the Drama Club's production of HAIRSPRAY! And they were really put to the test by playing two shows in the same day! Mr. Rizzo, orchestra pit director, was amazed at how well they played . “These students really stepped it up and helped bring the house down!” The pit and Mr. Rizzo would like to thank the cast, crew, advisors and Mr. Signorelli for such a professional and rewarding experience. At North Babylon High, it's true, we really CAN'T stop the beat!
Music to soothe you....
Click on the play icon on the bar above to hear NBHS music student Brian play Chopin's "Revolutionary Etude". On the basis of this recording, Brian was chosen as an alternate to the NYSSMA All State Piano Showcase.
In addition to his fantastic accomplishments as a classical pianist, Brian plays baritone horn, trombone, euphonium, french horn and organ. Brian also plays in the Gemini Youth Orchestra, has 8 consecutive years as an All County Musician and currently serves as Drum Major for the NBHS Marching Band. Thank you for this wonderful music for our site, Brian!
Letter: Arts are important for sciences
Photo credit: Daniel Brennan, 2011 | An empty classroom at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach.
Congratulations to the 53 students from Nassau and Suffolk counties who were recently named national Intel Science Talent Search semifinalists ["Intel contest," News, Jan. 10]. What is so impressive is the number of them who are involved in their school arts programs -- 26 in total.
Among the winners this year are student musicians -- several of whom were selected for countywide and statewide ensembles -- as well as visual artists, and those studying computer graphics and architectural design.
This should come as no surprise. Research shows that students involved in the arts score higher on standardized tests and show greater achievement in science and math. Students of the arts go on to careers not only in the arts, but into science, medicine, law and education.
While Long Island school arts programs are strongly supported by our communities, it is alarming that the arts are being pushed out of school curricula all over the state. The inordinate amount of test-taking is taking more time away from the ability to cultivate students' creativity. Because of funding pressures, districts have been forced to make the difficult decision to reduce unmandated classes, including the arts.
The arts provide students with self-confidence, creative problem-solving, the ability to critique work, and teamwork and time management skills. According to business leaders, these skills are all needed for 21st century employment.
John J. Gallagher, Middle Island
Editor's note: The writer is the Longwood school district's director of fine and applied arts.
Do Pull Out Music Lessons Harm Students Academically?
Those of you who worry about the effects of pull-out band lessons on the academic achievement of students can breathe a sigh of relief today! A new study (Hash 2011) has confirmed previous findings that students who are pulled from traditional classes to participate in band lessons perform just as well--if not better--than non-band students in state testing. Similar findings have been found for orchestra students. (Kinney, 2008).
This does not imply that participation in band makes one smarter; however, it does help to alleviate fears that pull-out lessons may harm students academically. According to this latest study, even the lowest-performing band students still out-perform the majority of the highest performing non-band students, even after several years of pull-out lessons. This may be good news for parents who worry about their children’s progress and for classroom teachers who may eventually be evaluated by their students’ performance on standardized testing.
Elmo Supports STEAM
For its 43rd season, Sesame Street is again focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. However, the show has also added the arts to the curriculum, creating STEAM. "Incorporating the arts into our STEM curriculum was an exciting and natural addition, as Sesame Street has always used music, visual and performing arts as tools to educate and entertain children," stresses Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop. To read more about this topic, click on the link below:
Meanwhile, John Maeda President, Rhode Island School of Design, echoes the importance of STEAM in a blog post, "STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 is Key to Building a Strong Economy," on Edutopia. Read the post here
Will my child's grades suffer when he's "pulled out for lessons? NO!
In this study, data indicate that “students did not suffer negative academic effects when compared to students of similar academic capability who remained in the classroom. We can also conclude that the overall Ohio Proficiency Test performance of the students who participated in string pull-out lessons was better than the performance of the students of similar ability who did not participate in the string program.
When string students are excused from their classrooms for string class, they are not leaving instruction. They are moving to another classroom in a different area of the building. The concepts taught in string [lessons] go far beyond pitch and rhythm.
(1995 results of the Ohio Proficiency Test (OPT) given to fourth-grade students in Hamilton, Ohio)
“'Pull-Outs', the label attached to these elementary instrumental classes, have been the object of criticism from non-music school personnel for years. In a recent study, interpretation of the data shows that the elementary instrumental program is not harmful to students' academic growth, even if these students are "pull out" of classes considered basic.
This conclusion from the statement from our statistician was: "Students in the instrumental music program appear to have as good or better academic growth (development) in Reading and Math as the District as a whole. A strong case can be made that it is, in fact, superior growth!” (David Circle, Shawnee Mission, Kansas)
N. Babylon Schools Honored For
School district receives national honor for
fifth consecutive year.
If the music emanating from schools across North Babylon sounds a bit better than surrounding communities, there is a good reason.
For the fifth year in a row, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has named North Babylon School District a “Best Community for Music Education.” The honor, given to 166 school districts and 10 schools across the country, acknowledges schools for their commitment to and support of music education as part of the core curriculum.
This year’s award is the seventh over the past nine years for North Babylon.
According to NAMM, the Best Community designation is a distinction worthy of praise, but is also a call to action for local music education advocates to help preserve and potentially expand access to their current music education programs.
“We know that communities are struggling to maintain funding for many education programs and we applaud these communities that remain committed to a complete and quality education that must include music and the arts,” said Mary Luehrsen, executive director of NAMM. “We urge communities to celebrate the designation as a national recognition for their commitment to children and most of all, keep the music playing in their schools for years to come.”
Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne, director of art and music programs for North Babylon schools, noted that the school district’s administration and board of education consistently focus on maintaining its arts education programs for all students.
“Our principals and administrators work together to observe mandates and always make time for music and art, regardless of time constraints,” she said.
Lowenborg-Coyne continued, “In North Babylon, we realize that study in the arts is indeed study, and that students who are able to successfully participate in band, orchestra, chorus, and musical theater are applying every basic skill they’ve learned in school…just at higher levels of complexity.”
(as seen in the PATCH)
Does engagement work to increase student achievement?
from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at correlations between arts activity among at-risk youth and subsequent levels of academic performance and civic engagement. Data was pulled from four large-scale, longitudinal studies that tracked a nationally representative sample of children and/or teenagers over time. The following key findings emerged:
Socially and economically disadvantaged children and teenagers who have high levels of arts engagement or arts learning show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their low-arts-engaged peers;
At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied; and
Most of the positive relationships between arts involvement and academic outcomes apply only to at-risk populations (low-SES). But positive relationships between arts and civic engagement are noted in high-SES groups as well.
PASA of North Babylon Schools
(Performing Arts Support Association of NB)
The purpose of PASA is to encourage interest in an attendance at the many varied activities of the performing arts groups of the North Babylon Schools. PASA supports North Babylon students by advocating, promoting and lobbying, community wide, the virtues of the performing arts. Performing Arts includes music and dramatic performance, as well as art, dance, visual arts and technical theatre. (By Laws, 2007)
For just $5, you can be a member of PASA and show your support for the fantastic program here in North Babylon. Just click here, fill out your form and send it in to your child’s music or art teacher, or to one of our the PASA mailbox, located in the North Office of the High School.
For additional information, email President Joan Zangerle at email@example.com
Membership forms are available in the Music and Art Office in Room 105 at the High School (just inside the West Entrance).
Organized music lessons appear to benefit children's IQ and academic performance--and the longer the instruction continues, the larger the effect, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of Educational Psychology (Vol. 98, No. 2).
books for orchestra and
Method book information:
Elementary Orchestra: Mr. Lazarek or Mr. Schultheis
String Explorer, Book 1 or 2
Middle School Orchestra: Ms. Verderosa
Essential Elements for Strings, Book 2
OR Essential Technique for Strings, Book 3
Elementary Band: Mr. Orig, Mrs. Gembinski or Mr. Lazarek
Accent on Achievement
Middle School Band: Mrs. Pino
Standard of Excellence, Book 2
"Study in the arts can help students to pay better attention in school due to structural brain changes created when the students were engaged in practicing their art form. When students pick up an instrument and practice a tricky passage, they are not merely improving their solo. They are also developing a high level of concentration that will aid them when they are working on their next algebra problem."
M. Posner, University of Oregon, 2008.
North Babylon is one of NAMM's Best Communities for Music Education in 2003, 2006, 2008 , 2009, 2010 and 2011!
North Babylon High School's Music Program is a five-time finalist in the Grammy Foundation's Signature High Schools Competition.
Only 100 schools in the nation are selected as a finalist each year.