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District Honors PS I Love You Day

District Honors PS I Love You Day photo

It was a sea of purple throughout the District on Feb. 8, as each student and staff member wore purple to school to support PS I Love You Day. The organization, founded by Ms. Brooke DePalma after the death of her father, is dedicated to standing up against bullying, helping to end depression, and preventing suicide. In addition to the purple attire, the district also purchased purple bracelets that say “PS I Love You” on them for every staff member and student in the district.

At Parliament, students and teachers wore purple to school to support PS I Love You Day. Each teacher was also given a small paper heart so they could write a message to each student in their class. Meanwhile, Ms. Staci Manning’s fifth-grade class made big hearts for every single staff member in the building to hang in the hallways. In addition, Parliament students also donated their snack money during lunch to the cause. At Belmont, fourth-grade students wrote inspiring quotes for all to see.

The RMMS hosted an assembly where Ms. DiPalma visited the school to share her life story and give students a helping hand. This year’s theme for the organization is “Be Proud of Who You Are.”

“At the end of the day, love is love. At the end of the day, you have the opportunity to really change someone with a few words, a few actions can change the course of someone’s life,” Ms. DiPalma said to the crowd. “I believe in you, I am so proud of each and every single one of you for not only coming here today, but getting up this morning and coming to school. If I could leave you guys with one piece of advice it’s to realize the little accomplishments in every single day. Be proud of who you are.”

Also attending the assembly was members of the Board of Education and administration. Ms. DiPalma also received proclamations from New York State Assemblyman Michael LiPetri and Town of Babylon councilmen Terence McSweeney and Antonio Martinez to make PS I Love You Day an official day. 

Ms. DiPalma also visited the High School to share the same message with those students. 

Chinese New Year Brought to Belmont

Chinese New Year Brought to Belmont photo

A museum exhibit was set up in the Belmont Elementary School library to display a variety of Chinese artifacts in honor of the Chinese New Year. Behind the display table stood a wall of student artwork that highlighted this Chinese New Year as the Year of the Pig.

In celebration of the holiday, third-grade students were brought to the library to witness these artifacts firsthand and learn about the history of Chinese New Year. This also supports the cultural studies lesson for third-graders.

The event completed with students watching a video of the colossal firework display that takes place in China in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Students Train for Vape Out


The District is working to prevent students from vaping and using e-cigarettes, through the Suffolk County Department of Health’s “Vape Out! A comprehensive Vaping Prevention Program.”

The three-pronged program includes parent education, alternatives to suspension and teens teaching teens. An eclectic group of High School peer leaders from grades 9-12 were selected and participated in the full day leadership training, with the purpose to bring this knowledge to students at RMMS. During the training, students participated in an interactive match game and improv activity, small group activity, and practiced the four “Wow, Really?” questions that help deflect peer pressure. 

Superintendent of Schools Glen Eschbach, high school Assistant Principal Jeffrey Raymond and middle school eighth-grade English teacher Kathryn Forman were able to pull together 32 students from the high school to receive this training, which was led by John Martin, supervising public health educator for the Suffolk County Department of Health, and Bonnie Anderson, senior health educator for the Suffolk County Department of Health.

Raymond said they selected inspirational and charismatic students who are known to have a positive influence over their friends, to educate them about some of the dangers related to these e-cigarette products and then have them bring this knowledge into the middle school.

“Students are tired of hearing it from grown-ups, teachers, parents and administrators but when a 15-year-old peer comes down there to tell them what to do, they kind of perk up a little bit and then it sometimes has more impact,” Raymond said. “The ultimate goal is to get ahead of it down at the middle school to provide awareness and education to students before they start experimenting with these things that are being advertised.”

High school students are currently working on putting together 30-minute presentations that they will present to middle school students. They will be refining these presentations in the next few weeks before selecting a date and heading over to the middle school.

MGV & WED represented at the Long Island String Festival Association

Fifth-grade students are all smiles after their LISFA concert on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The phenomenal performance came after only eight hours of rehearsal throughout the weekend. Wonderful work, ladies! Thank you for representing North Babylon schools!


Left to right: Marion G. Vedder’s Briana and Melanie, William E. DeLuca’s Lydia and Leah 

Sharpen Skills in Theater

Sharpen Skills in Theater photo
Members of the high school’s drama club had the exciting opportunity to participate in the 22nd annual New York State Theatre Education Association's Student Conference at Villa Roma in Callicoon. 

More than 700 students from across the state attended performance- and production-based workshops that were led by industry professionals. Performance workshops involved singing, dancing, acting and comedy, while production workshops entailed work in set, lighting, sound, costume and makeup.

Exploring Career Paths in Technical Theater

Exploring Career Paths in Technical Theater photo

The high school’s light and sound crew for the school’s theater productions ventured to the Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan to meet with the center’s lighting director Zakaria Al-Alami. In addition, students also walked a few blocks to Barbizon Lighting headquarters to meeting with Business Development Manager John Gebbie.

Students were thrilled to experience premier performance spaces and its equipment. The purpose of the trip was to have students meet with leaders in the field of technical theater to become knowledgeable in different career opportunities.

Museum Showcases Student Artwork

Museum Showcases Student Artwork photo
The Marion G. Vedder Elementary School’s fifth-grade students took a trip to the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City to view their works of art for the museum’s artist’s reception. Inspired by artist Keith Haring, the students’ artwork will be displayed throughout the month of January in the museum’s Community Gallery. 

Showcasing Talents at Prestigious Festival

Showcasing Talents at Prestigious Festival photo
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Four musicians from the High School showcased their talents performing in the prestigious Long Island String Festival Association’s Chamber Music Festival at the Staller Center at SUNY Stony Brook. 

Under the guidance of teacher Nicole Verderosa, students that participated in this opportunity were Bayinah Agant, Jaime Crafa, Esther Duclair and Heather O'Leary. Students were selected based on their exemplary recordings of pieces they performed in a rigorous audition process as well as teacher nomination.    
Students received coaching from members of a professional string quartet prior to the performance. The all-day training culminated in the public performance on the main stage.

This marks the fourth consecutive year that the high school has had students selected for this event.

Selected for Prestigious Award

Selected for Prestigious Award
The district extends its congratulations to high school seniors Brendan Didier and Sierra Echevarria on their outstanding Physical Education Awards from the Suffolk Zone of New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. 

Suffolk Zone selects one male and one female who demonstrate New York State learning standards for Health and Physical Education. These NYS standards include living a physically active lifestyle, high level of fitness during testing, leadership and exceptional achievement within physical education class. 

The district commemorates both students on this outstanding achievement. 

Scholars Program Semifinalist

Scholars Program Semifinalist photo
The high school is proud to announce that senior Jordan Fuentes has been named a semifinalist in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. This is an achievement-based scholarship that is awarded to students in recognition of their capacity to lead and serve in their schools and communities. 

Fuentes, who was accepted to attend Cornell University next fall, was one of 1,896 students across the nation that were selected as a semifinalist out of more than 95,000 applicants. He will be competing for 150 college scholarships valued at $20,000. 

Fuentes said the next step of the scholarship process includes submitting essays and responses that discuss his volunteer work, academics and school activities. The district congratulates Fuentes and wishes him the best of luck.

Sending Message Through Silent March

Sending Message Through Silent March photo

Fifth-grade students at Parliament Place Elementary School participated in a Silent March to pay homage to Human Rights Day.

Although students marched in silence, they relayed a powerful message by wearing T-shirts that highlighted the significance of the day and held up signs that listed an individual’s human rights. This march completes the students’ unit on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

Important Information from the Suffolk County Police

Important Information from the Suffolk County Police

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