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Human Pink Ribbon

Human Pink Ribbon photo
The high school’s soccer turf field displayed the color pink, as 190 students filed onto the field to form a giant human pink ribbon. The collaboration recognized the month of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, where students raised funds for the Kathy Scottaline Scholarship. A portion of the proceeds were also donated to the Babylon Cancer Coalition.

Students Honor Veterans with March

Students Honor Veterans with March photo

William E. DeLuca was filled with patriotic spirit, as students and staff honored its local veterans during the school’s third annual Veterans Day March.

For the event, students lined up in the hallways and waved American flags as veterans walked two laps around the building. Following the march, third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students joined the veterans in the school’s all-purpose room. There, the Robert Moses Middle School’s marching band honored veterans with a performance. DeLuca also presented a video that paid homage to the efforts and sacrifices veterans have made for the country.  

“One thing we can all agree on is that the men and women who have put their lives on the line for our freedom should always be cherished, praised and acknowledged for their sacrifices,” DeLuca Principal Vincent Fantauzzi said. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for doing the incredible and truly being the superheroes that our kids need to look up to.”

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Students Takes School to Oz

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The stage was booming with talent in the Robert Moses Middle School’s auditorium, as seventh- and eighth-grade students performed the “The Wizard of Oz” for its fellow sixth-grade classmates. The students dazzled the audience with classic songs like “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead,” “Follow The Yellow Brick Road,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard,” and more.

The performance is the result of a three-month residency with Plaza Theatrical and is supported by North Babylon’s Arts in Education funding.


All-County All-State Musicians

All-County All-State Musicians photo
The district is proud to announce the selection of several extremely talented student-musicians to perform in the New York Suffolk County Music Educators’ Association All-County Festival and the New York State School Music Association All-State Music Festival. The NYSCAME All-County Festival concert will take place on Nov. 16 at Half Hollow Hills East High School, and the NYSSMA All State Music Festival will take place from Nov. 29-Dec. 2 at Eastman Theatre in Rochester.
The NYSCAME All-County students include Sophia Bonventre (chorus), Julia Williams (chorus), Jacob Lesko (mixed chorus), Esther Duclair (orchestra), Evgenia Kennedy (band), and Carlos Sabogal (band). Their teachers are Christina Henderson (chorus), Chris Wink (band) and Nicole Verderosa (orchestra).

Bonventre (chorus) and Lesko (chorus) will also be performing in the NYSSMA All State Music Festival. They are both students of Ms. Christina Henderson.

Students Donate 1,500 Food Items

Students Donate 1,500 Food Items photo

Part of Phelps Lane in North Babylon was blocked off on Nov. 1, as grades K-5 students from William E. DeLuca formed a human food chain across the road to pass along donated food items to St. Paul’s Reformed Church’s food pantry.

This was the result of a monthlong food drive hosted at the school, where students competed throughout the month of October to see which class would be the top contributor. The school raised a total of 1,500 items of food for St. Paul’s food pantry, which feeds between 350-500 local families a month.

“DeLuca’s Human Food Chain is one of our favorite traditions,” DeLuca Principal Vincent Fantauzzi said. “It is a great way for our students to be directly involved in giving back to those members of our local community that are in need.”

After the food was passed along to the pantry, fourth- and fifth-grade Student Council representatives helped stock and organize the donations into the pantry shelves.

In addition to the school’s contribution to St. Paul’s food pantry, the school also contributes to the district’s North Babylon Bulldog Cupboard through its seasonal donations from the student-run organic garden.

Model UN Club hosts first workshop

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The High School’s Model UN Club students attended the first of two in-school Model UN workshops, which were conducted by teachers from Columbia University MUN. 

Adviser Mrs. Diana Simulcik organized the event for student delegates to provide them with a unique opportunity to hone their debate skills as they face and practice solving current international issues. With that, student delegates covered additional topics such as delegate etiquette and parliamentary procedure. 

The school’s Model UN Club is open to all students from ninth- to 12th-grade.

Encouraging New Friendships

Encouraging New Friendships photo

The lunch room at Parliament Place featured a variety of colors like blue, yellow, orange, purple and red on Oct. 24 for the school’s Mix It Up Day. Before the start of each lunch period, students in grades K-5 were given a color and instructed to sit at the matching color-coded table after receiving their lunch.

While sitting at their assigned table, students were then encouraged to interact with new people and engage in conversation starter questions, which were provided at every table. Questions included, “What is your favorite video game?” “What will you be for Halloween?” “What do you do when you get home from school?” “What was your favorite holiday gift?” and more.

The purpose of the event was to encourage children to interact with others outside of their immediate circle of friends to develop new friendships, tolerance, and cultural awareness of others.  

Students Get Crafty

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Mrs. Jodi Rebholz’s kindergarten class of William E. DeLuca participated in a pumpkin report, where students analyzed and compared pumpkins with parents and then decorated their pumpkin for display in the school courtyard. 

To warm up for the activity, Mrs. Rebholz read Linda William’s “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” where students participated in describing the sounds in the book’s narrative. After that, students were put into groups for the pumpkin report and were guided by parents throughout the activity. 

Students had to identify the size and texture of their pumpkin, and draw what the inside of their pumpkin looked like. Students also estimated what shapes can be used to decorate a pumpkin. 

Mrs. Rebholz then directed each group to start decorating their pumpkins. Using stickers, glitter, cutouts and other decorative tools, students eagerly adorned their pumpkins to make for a perfect display. 

All five pumpkins can now be seen in the school’s courtyard. 

Students Ward Off Drugs with Scarecrows

Students Ward Off Drugs with Scarecrows photo

William E. DeLuca grades K-5 students, staff and PTA members teamed up to create scarecrows as a way to send a message about saying no to drugs. This event honored Red Ribbon Week, which is an annual campaign that raises awareness to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and violence.

With 20 classes participating in the event, students marched outside the building and were put into groups, where they took handfuls of hay and eagerly stuffed the dressings of different scarecrow heroes and characters. This included characters such as Peter Pan, Mr. Incredible and Mrs. Incredible from Disney’s “The Incredibles,” Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen,” The Tin Man from “The Wizard of Oz,” a North Babylon football player, and other creative scarecrow versions. After students were done stuffing and decorating their scarecrow, they strapped them to the fence along the building, as a way to ward off drugs.    

DeLuca Principal Vincent Fantauzzi said that the premise is that these newly scarecrow transformed heroes and characters will help students be brave when taking a stand against drugs. 

Homecoming 2018

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HS Names 26 AP Scholars

HS Names 26 AP Scholars photo
Twenty-six current seniors at the high school earned the designation of Advanced Placement Scholars from the College Board for excelling on the 2018 AP exams. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on a student’s performance on AP exams. With 15 students named AP Scholars, five were named AP Scholar with Honor and six were named AP Scholars with Distinction. 

Congratulations to the following students on achieving this honor:

AP Scholars with Distinction
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams.

Rene A. Amaya-Ayala, Evgenia G. Kennedy, Olivia R. Kennedy, John A. Rivera, Joseph A. Shepherd and Anna M. Veintimilla.

AP Scholars with Honor
Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

Bayinah R. Agant, Astrid G. Bucaro, Elpida Manolas, Meaghan E. Sardi, and Jason P. Valverde.

AP Scholars
Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

Homerra Akbar, Justin T. Arranz, Arianna Chavez, Asher Choudhry, Jaime N. Crafa, Rosalie O. Eliacin, Brianna J. LaValle, John E. Michele, Arianna Pentecost, Luis J. Perez, Farrah N. Roesch, Valerie T. Roth, Alicia M. Ruggiero, Maryam Sadiq, and Samantha Yanez.

Johnny Appleseed Collaborative Workshop

Johnny Appleseed Collaborative Workshop photo

Ms. Helayna Campo’s third-grade class and Ms. Jodi Rebholz’s kindergarten class at William E. DeLuca received a special treat during a collaborative workshop that centered on the book “Johnny Appleseed,” by Patricia Demuth. The two classes learned the story of Johnny Appleseed by watching a read aloud of the book and then teamed up for crafts and apple tasting.

Students crafted an illustration of Johnny Appleseed using colored paper and then were called to a table to taste pieces of cut up red, yellow and green apples. Each student then contributed to a graph on the classroom smartboard and picked which apple was their favorite flavor. 

The purpose of the lesson was to allow students from different age groups the opportunity to learn from one another, and guide and help each other through the assignment. With that, students also practiced how to properly use a smartboard, while perfecting their math skills by assessing the number of apples on the graph.

Important Information from the Suffolk County Police

Important Information from the Suffolk County Police

Bond Work Updates

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