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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

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - October 22

League Of Women Voters Talk - October 23

Lecture - October 24


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