Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
With the weather warming up, we find summertime is on the horizon. As most parents understand, summer is a wonderful time for students to relax and recharge for another school year. Unfortunately, the summer vacation has been known to erode many of the skills and concepts learned during the school year.
In this era of high stakes testing and student performance, it is important to begin planning a summer reading regiment for your child.
The old adage “Fail to plan...plan to fail” is so important to consider in today’s highly competitive world. Therefore, I’m sending out this notice early, so parents can begin to prepare and schedule summer goals for their child.
In truth, I’m also selecting summer reading materials – fiction and non-fiction - for my child because I understand that the State’s benchmark for excellence has been raised. It’s going to take a lot of extra work to even achieve at a “passing” level let alone a level of excellence, so children do need to work on their skills during vacation and holiday periods.
As a matter of fact, we found out last week from the new Core Curriculum assessments that New York State means business. The exams were more demanding and challenging than expected and for children to be truly successful they will need to be involved in educational related activities twelve months a year. As touted, the assessments focused on non-fiction passages. Therefore, it is important to share these texts with your children.
Clearly, parents want to be proactive and find “high interest” non-fiction materials that their children will enjoy. This isn’t an easy task because a great deal of non-fiction can be dry and tedious reading for children. The easiest way to find high interest selections is to stop by the Island Trees Public Library and ask the wonderful staff there.
They really go out of their way to find the right books for your particular interests. In fact, they’ll even search through the Nassau County database for you. We’re really fortunate to have that small town service in the Island Trees community.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.