Written by Jessica M. Semins Wednesday, 10 June 2009 17:34
During the June 8 Glen Cove School Board meeting, the board announced the district’s 2008-09 math scores for grades three-eight, which were declared the highest in Nassau County. The district’s BOE claims that the reasons for the significant increase over the past four years are due to the methods applied to prep students to take the state assessment and improvements to the curriculum. A great deal of professional development has also gone into training teachers in the new academic approach.
The Gribbin School Site Committee discussed some of the goals associated with developing diversity awareness. The school keeps a Diversity Bulletin Board which is based on the book, We Are All Alike, We Are All Different. The goals of the program are to celebrate and embrace diversity as well as understand differences in order for the children to develop their own sense of self. Some of the topics teachers have been incorporating into classroom discussions are matters such as teasing, isolation, alienation and the creation of barriers. In addition, the Landing School’s Site Committee presented a list of its goals and accomplishments. Throughout the 2008-09 school year, Landing School was able to improve communication with parents of students through technology and discussions. The school also sponsored many events and activities with the participation of the community. The necessary improvements to the facilities have been identified and are being undertaken and include upgrading several aspects of the cafeteria, recycling implementation and bathroom renovations.
Rick Smith expressed concern regarding the chemical analysis of the materials of a new track to be laid down in the district as well as safety issues concerning the ability of students who are able to find their way to the high school roof.
Superintendent Dr. Larry Aronstein remarked, “The safety and health of our children comes before anything else does.” The board agreed to further investigate, through the appropriate channels, the track materials. The board has recommended adjusting the fencing project to incorporate a 4 foot fence, in lieu of a 6 foot fence around the track in order to save money. A 6-foot fence would still be in place on the outer edge. The track is expected to be finished as early as July.
Changes in the sixth-grade English curriculum were brought up, which Dr. Aronstein called, “a good step forward.” This year, the department incorporated a reader’s workshop every day and a writer’s workshop every other day. This marks a curriculum change from the previous year.
“The reader aspect is very, very important where our kids are concerned,” Dr. Aronstein remarked.