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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy

As many of you know, New York State plans to test students, in grades 3-8, on the new Common Core Learning Standards. Last year, Kentucky was the first state to test their students with these new lofty standards. Unfortunately, the results in Kentucky plummeted from the prior year. Reading proficiency fell from 76 percent to 48 percent in Kentucky’s elementary schools and 70 percent to 46.8 percent in their middle schools. 

Equally concerning, math scores dropped from 73 percent to 40.4 percent in their elementary schools and 65 percent to 40.6 percent in the state’s middle schools. 

 

Many of their state officials predicted there would be a drop; however, very few thought the decline would be so dramatic. As a result of Kentucky’s experience with the new common core assessments, many educators feel this is a predictor of what may end up happening in New York State.    

In fact, both New York and Kentucky employ Pearson—one of the largest educational publishing companies—to create the new, more rigorous Core Curriculum assessments. This is something parents in New York State should be aware of, as their children get ready for these new state tests in April. If you have any questions about the common core assessments or the new requirements, please contact your child’s teacher.

News

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently nominated 19 students from the Fourth Congressional District to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Kevin Seery of Wantagh has earned one of the nominations to the United States Military Academy from McCarthy. Seery is presently attending Norwich University. 

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 

 

McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 


Sports

Dowling College’s Mike Groenthal, of Levittown, was recently named as Honorable Mention All-Conference selections from the East Coast Conference (ECC) in men’s soccer, as a forward. Groenthal is a junior at Downling. He is a graduate of Island Trees High School. 

 

The ECC was formed in 1989 to enhance intercollegiate athletic competition among member institutions and to assist them in integrating athletics into their academic program in a fiscally sound way. 

John Kane, of Levittown (pictured), scored as the 10th finisher overall in the Greater Long Island Club’s 15th Annual Six-hour 16th Birthday Run, which was recently held at Sunken Meadow State Park. Kane logged a total of 38.22 miles over the six hours, to earn him the 10th slot out of 140 participants.


Calendar

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Rick Bailey Memorial Turkey Bowl - November 29

St. Nicholas Craft - December 5


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