Each year the students in second and third grade participate in the Levittown Fire Department poster contest. Pictured are this year’s winners as well as Fire Commissioner Joel Bearman, and Art Teacher Tracy Kozloff. The overall winner for 2nd grade was Amber Mohmand and the 3rd grade winner was Amanda Ruiz.
The newly-implemented Common Core learning system has raised issues across Long Island and New York State, however, the Levittown Board of Education has chosen to take a stand against the new system.
“Resolved, that Levittown Public Schools calls upon U.S. Congress and the Administration, to reduce federal testing mandates and support the role of and focus on multiple measures of student learning and school quality in accountability systems,” read Dr. James Grossane, superintendent of schools.
At the meeting, parents came out in droves to protest against the Common Core as well as inBloom, a company that hosts student data on a cloud server.
During a lively forum on Nov. 13, parents, teachers, taxpayers and students from Mineola and other local towns took State Education Commissioner John King and Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch to task over the “common core” standards, venting their concerns and outrage about testing, evaluations and student privacy. Despite being called a town hall-style forum, many local school districts were not invited to attend, many were not offered ticketed seating for the Mineola forum.
“We were disappointed that tickets were allotted to a few Nassau districts, but not to all; with that said, I hope Commissioner King and Chancellor Tisch listen to the concerns presented by school administrators, teachers, and most importantly, parents,” said Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy.
State Senator Jack Martins of the 7th Senate District moderated the talk. Martins’ team selected 38 questions out of 250 submitted by interested parties. The primary concerns stemmed from four main issues: application of the standards, teacher evaluations, testing and student privacy.
Parents angrily questioned the one-size-fits-all approach that seems to underlie the standards—the “common” in common core. Mineola parent Gina DaRocha was first up, and said that the new state standards will hinder teachers instructing students with disabilities, who need extra help.
Members of the Island Trees School Board will receive several bids from developers on transforming 11.3 acres of land containing the Geneva N. Gallow and Steven Karopcyc schools on Farmedge Road possibly by the end of this month.
The bids were sent out by Oxford and Simpson Corporate Real Estate Services of Jericho in September and are due in their offices by Monday, Nov. 25, remarked David Penetta, principal at the real estate service. The completed bids will then be passed to the school district.
He told the Levittown Tribune that bids were promoted several ways to garner the most interest among developers, including listing services for developers and property builders, advertising in publications such as Long Island Business
News other local papers, and through social media on a facebook page titled FarmedgeVision.
The Levittown Fire Department completed the 2013 Fire Prevention Program by selecting the winners of the Fire Prevention Essay and Poster Contests. Children in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade were asked to submit fire prevention posters to their schools, while students in grades 4 through 8 were asked to submit fire prevention essays.
The schools within the Levittown Fire District, which are: Abbey Lane, Summit Lane, Northside, Sparkes, Stokes, Wisdom Lane Middle School, and the Island Trees Memorial Middle School. These schools then selected one winner per grade and forwarded them to the fire department.
The week of October 28 marked the state’s official School Board Recognition Week. Levittown district’s schools honored members of their board, honored for their service to the Levittown school district, and their commitment to education.
During the Oct. 23 meeting, trustees were gifted with tokens of appreciation including cookies and chocolates from the Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center Key Club, education program T-shirts from Salk Middle School’s National
Junior Honor Society, a donation to the Levittown Food Pantry from Wisdom Lane’s student council and posters from each of the elementary schools.
The students and staff at J. Fred Sparke Elementary in Island Trees had a ball celebrating Halloween last week. The celebrations were capped off with a PTA-sponsored assembly program, “Mad Science Spooky Spectacular.”
Within our community, there are families that are economically at risk. These families are facing serious hardships and are often unable to provide basic-need items such as food and clothing for their family. The Holiday Gift Giving
Program was created to assist those families within our school district during the holiday season and provides a wonderful opportunity to make a meaningful difference to others. Your generosity can help bring a smile to a child this holiday season — a child who may share a classroom with your own child.
On Oct. 17, the Island Trees High School Marching Band and Kickline, under direction of Greg Warnokowski, and advisors Jerry Nobile and Nicole Santoriello, performed at the Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University. Leading the band were Drum Majors Gabriella Trezza, Bridget Lively, and Peyton Rutigliano, Captains Joseph Falco, James Muscarello, Corrine Carroll, Courtney Weinberg, Rosa Ardezzone, Brett Beiersdorfer, Lauren Darcy and Andrew Taylor.
Levittown’s MacArthur High School has turned 50, and in commemoration of its anniversary, the community has been invited to participate throughout the year in an anniversary brick fundraiser. During a recent school board meeting, a $3,000 donation from the Class of 1972 helped the engraved walkway move one step closer to completion.
Class of 1972 representatives Maria Bekkevold, Patricia Butt, Janette Smith Harden, Kathy Karr Menikos and Deborah Sablich were on hand to present the check to the district. The representatives also donated a tank watch owned by Tyrus Lee (Class of 1972), a highway patrol officer in former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s motorcade detail. The watch had been a present to Lee from the governor.
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