Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 30 May 2014 00:00
Two new programs were presented to the Glen Cove Board of Education at the meeting held on Monday, May 19 at Finley Middle School. Several school administrators provided information on a summer school program and school program changes at all three school levels.
“We would like to make sure that our students are college and career ready,” said Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum. “We are proposing the program to implement at all three levels: elementary, middle school and high school.”
The administration’s proposed “Summer of Success” program was designed to “more effectively support underperforming secondary students.”
Allen Hudson, assistant principal at the high school, said they looked at students who were struggling in middle school and began discussing last fall how to better support them and help them succeed. The program is designed for students currently at the middle school in grades sixth, seventh and eighth.
The program will “bridge the gap” by teaching ELA skills, mathematics skills, and organizational/study skills. Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano said they have created a mechanism for teachers to target students and have already implemented certain interventions that are embedded in the program’s curriculum. The summer program will have a counseling component with exploratory workshops and will also seek to provide social emotional support. Additionally, the students will be monitored throughout the school year by meeting with the administration, guidance counselors and parents on a monthly basis. The goals are to not only help students improve academically but to also help them feel connected to school staff members.
The middle school program will include more science research and computer applications; the result of implementing the new, more inclusive program at the middle school will be losing the sixth grade honors program, which the board members said they need to discuss further.
New opportunities at the elementary schools include teaching simple problem solving in first grade, beginning keyboarding instruction in second grade and STEM instruction/JASON Learning for third through fifth grades.
“The goal is to prepare students for the 21st century and beyond,” said Israel.
At the meeting, the board adopted a district plan, which had been discussed at the meeting on May 9 and revised to reflect the suggested changes. It was approved with a 6 to 1 vote, with Trustee David Huggins opposed.
The Glen Cove City School District Three Year Information and Technology Plan was also approved, though some of the board members expressed concerns over the language and terms.
“It expired last year and should be changed based on the progress made each year,” said Superintendent Maria L. Rianna, who explained that the plan is required to be in place in order for the district to be eligible for funding. “I’m concerned that if it doesn’t get passed now we might miss out on money that could become available.”