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From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Parents are their child’s teacher. In fact, out of the scores of teachers your child will have during their lifetime, there is no teacher more important. Parents will spend more time and have more at stake with their child than any classroom teacher ever will.  Therefore, it is important for parents to create a rich learning environment that will enable their child to succeed in school.  

Simple questions to ask about whether your home is one that fosters an environment of learning: Does your home have books for your child? More videogames or books? Is there a quiet place for your child to complete their assignments, as well as to read and study? Does your home have limitations on television viewing? Do you spend time together as a family? Do you check your child’s assignments daily? From the get-go, parents must set high expectations.  

Academic success is largely based upon the time your child spends engaged in educational activities. Do you want a child who reads well...knows their math facts…earns good grades. 

Naturally, high academic achievement is produced through hard work and application to task. Just like most things in life. In short, educational success will come from parents who expect more from their children. It’s rather easy to tell the parents who do and the parents that do not. It doesn’t cost you any money and your child will be able to reap dividends for the rest of their lives. Henry Adams said, “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” In a parent’s case, their influence never stops.

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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