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From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

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.

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

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Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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