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The North Babylon School District congratulates high school student Kevin White for being the top-place finisher in the 2013 Babylon-Covantage Ecotech Scholarship Program. The Town of Babylon website, in partnership with Covanta Energy Inc., awards these scholarships annually to students who create the top-ranking school science projects with eco-tech themes. The projects are designed to help introduce new and creative ways to reduce our carbon footprint.
“Kevin’s accomplishment of being the top winner in Covanta Energy is beautiful and we are all very proud of him,” said North Babylon Math and Science Director Mariana Ristea. “We are also very thankful to his wonderful mentor Annette Kuruc for all her support.”
Following their first-place wins at their individual school-level science fairs, two North Babylon students were awarded honorable mention at the Brookhaven Lab Kids Inquiry Competition for Elementary Science, where they competed against more than 500 other science projects. The North Babylon School District congratulates William E. DeLuca Elementary School first-grader Reese Rowland and Belmont Elementary School third-grader Brendan Bulger. Reese's project, “Will Noise Change How Many Numbers Can Be Remembered?” and Brendan's project, “Pollution and Plant Growth,” were among the top in their respective categories.
Through the use of modern technology, the fifth-grade students of the North Babylon School District participated in an in-house field trip to a traveling planetarium, Star Lab. The inflatable room-sized planetarium travels to schools across the island to further science curricula by giving students the opportunity to receive a clear and up-close look at a simulated night sky. As part of the fifth-grade curriculum, students study the solar system and all of its components. During the Star Lab program, the students learned about Greek mythology, constellations and the planets.
Prior to entering the lab, the fifth-graders participated in a 20-minute astronomy lesson with BOCES naturalist Richard Meyer regarding the Big Bang theory, in which they learned the age of the known universe (13.77 billion years), the sun (4.6 billion years) and the earth (4.56 billion years).
Ally K. makes the School Girls National Lacrosse Team. Congratulations.
HS Spring Musical Nominated for Seven Teen Theatre Awards
North Babylon High School is pleased to announce the individual and group nominations received by the theater department from the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts for the Teen Theatre Awards for their production of “Hairspray”:
Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical – Lauren Coccaro
Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical – Katie Schneider
Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical – Elijah Andrews
Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Maria Pigatti
Outstanding Female Vocal – Maria Pigatti
Outstanding Stage Crew
Additionally, special awards will be given to Adora Abanishe, Derve Jean, Wanita Lipscombe, Leah Petraglia, Skye Prosper and Kaitlyn Rivera.
The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the North Babylon High School auditorium.
Moses Plays the Coliseum
On April 9, prior to the start of the New York Islanders hockey game, North Babylon’s Robert Moses Middle School marching band and color guard performed outside of Nassau Coliseum. “We are very proud of the color guard and marching band and wish them continued success in the remainder of their performances this year,” said band director Teresa Pino. Following their performance, the students and their parents were able to enjoy the Islanders defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1.
Woman of Distinction
For her dedicated commitment to the students of North Babylon School District, longtime Board of Education trustee Audrey Jacullo was recognized as the “2013 Woman of Distinction” for the 17th Legislative District in Suffolk County. To present Mrs. Jacullo with her award and thank her for her service, Suffolk County Legislator Lou D’Amaro attended the April 18 Board of Education meeting. According to Mr. D’Amaro, Mrs. Jacullo is an “integral part of our community” and all North Babylon residents “are very lucky to have this wonderful and dedicated woman on our team.”
Dear Mr. President
Following their English language arts unit on writing persuasive and informative letters, the first-graders in Karen Bender’s class at North Babylon’s Woods Road Elementary School wrote individual letters to President Barack Obama. In their letters, the students asked questions of President Obama, including queries about his favorite color, food, etc. To the surprise and elation of the first-graders, the class received a response from the president, as well as a map of the White House and information on the life of Bo, the first dog.
In his letter, President Obama thanked the students for their thoughts and told them that the success of our nation depends on them and their generation. “As you grow and learn, remember that our country is counting on you to be a dedicated and hard-working student,” the president wrote in his letter. “I encourage you to set your sights high, aim for excellence in all that you do, and try each day to improve the lives of others in your community.”
Later in the spring, the students will practice their letter writing when they draft letters to the famous fictional characters at Disney World.
School Budget Vote Open Registration
School Budget Vote Open Registration. Please go to Central Office to Register to Vote for the upcoming School District Budget Vote on May 21, 2013. The last day you can register for this budget vote is May 15, 2013. If you are not sure if you are registered, please contact the District Clerk, Erin Aristy at 620-7012.
A Hopeful Journey
The North Babylon School District congratulates North Babylon High School art student Amanda Tonelli, who received honorable mention for her pastel artwork “Hope” at the Nassau Community College “Journeys” art exhibition. Amanda worked on her piece in Tobi Shinnick’s drawing class. Her artwork will be on display for two weeks at the college.
Collaboration Proves Rewarding
North Babylon Teachers Named Winners of the Claudia A. Balach Teacher Researcher Award
Joan Carlino and GinaMarie Petraglia, teachers from North Babylon’s Belmont Elementary School, in partnership with Linda A. Catelli, a Dowling College professor of education, have been named winners of the Claudia A. Balach Teacher Researcher Award, which is sponsored by the Professional Development School (PDS) Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the American Educational Research Association.
The purpose of the award is to encourage collaborative research in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 schools between faculty and administration and university teacher preparation programs on important challenges of practices, professional development and student outcomes. They were the recipients of the award because of their collaborative and longitudinal action research that was conducted over the years of the partnership with the Belmont Elementary PDS teachers, Dowling College’s graduate students, teacher candidates, partnering professors and administrators. Also included in their application was a brief history of their collaborative action research and their proposed research paper, “Measuring Classroom Teacher Effectiveness: A Professional Development School (PDS) Video-Based Action Research Study,” which was accepted for presentation by the AERA.
The three educators will be honored at the AERA’s annual meeting in San Francisco at the end of April.
Sharing Best Practices
In the spirit of collaboration and in an effort to share common practices, teachers in the North Babylon School District hosted elementary teachers and administrators from West Babylon School District to discuss the new state curriculum modules, which are lessons put out by New York State that align with the Common Core Learning Standards. The goal of the visit was for the North Babylon teachers, who began using the modules in October 2012, to support the West Babylon teachers with their implementation of the new modules, offer tips and strategies, and answer any questions the visitors may have.
“Our teachers have really embraced the curriculum format, taking the initiative to go above and beyond,” said North Babylon Superintendent of Schools Patricia Godek when she visited North Babylon’s Belmont Elementary School.
NBHS Choir Set for Carnegie Hall
Following months of rehearsal, the North Babylon High School concert choir and select choir are set to play Carnegie Hall as part of the “Four Winds Tours and Travels” concert, presented by Beset Bands & Choirs International, on Tuesday, April 16. Under the direction of Christina Henderson, the students will perform Randall Thompson's “Alleluia”; “The Promise of Living” by Aaron Copland, a four-hand piano piece which will be played by senior Brian Manzo and the district’s Director of Art and Music Programs Dr. Kim Lowenborg-Coyne; “Selah” by Dan Forrest; “Water Night” by Eric Whitaker; and “You Are the New Day” by the King’s Singers.
Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are still available and may be purchased through Mrs. Henderson at the high school (631-620-7110) or through the Carnegie Hall website, www.carnegiehall.com
. Tickets are $50 each.
In the Spirit of Music
In celebration of Music in Our Schools Month, choir students at North Babylon High School hosted the Central Islip High School choir as part of a choir exchange concert. To begin their morning, the choirs enjoyed a breakfast together, before taking the stage to perform mini-concerts for one another.
Kicking off the program were the North Babylon students, directed by Christina Henderson, who sang songs from their upcoming concert repertoire at Carnegie Hall on April 16, including Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia” and “Water Night” by Eric Whitaker. Next up to perform were the Sweet Adelines, Central Islip’s all-female barbershop choir directed by Theresa O’Connor, who sang the jazz standard “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone” and other selections.
Closing out the concert was the John Anthony-directed Central Islip choir, whose four selections also included Eric Whitaker’s “Water Night,” as well as “Love Psalm” by Darmon Meter.
For more than eight years, the North Babylon School District has been celebrating the diversity of its community through the annual Multicultural Celebration. The nearly three-hour event invites community residents to the high school to enjoy an assortment of activities, crafts and music.
This year, students from a number of the district’s schools and clubs sponsored a variety of stations focusing on specific cultures. Members of the high school’s National Honor Society welcomed all guests and handed out multicultural certificates, while Art Club members hosted a face painting station, Life Skills students helped visitors created Chilean rain sticks, and the Students for a Better World club supplied cookies representing flags from multiple nations. Elementary students from Belmont and Marion G. Vedder painted guests to their stations with Native American body art and created multicultural buttons, Polynesian leis and Guatemalan worry dolls. Additionally, William E. DeLuca and Woods Road English as a Second Language students sponsored a station that allowed those in attendance to create country flags.
Culminating the night was a performance by Napoleon Revels-Bey, who presented his “Rhythm Kings – Al Andalusia to Dizzy” program.
“Tonight is a celebration of our various cultures,” stated Dr. Maureen Fallon, director of social studies and language arts, who organized the event. “Our goal is to keep our own identities, but to also take the time to enjoy and respect the cultures of those around us.”