Long Island students in grades three through eight saw their New York State test scores plummet by 40 percent compared to last year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret because this year doesn’t compare to last year.
“The new Common Core assessments and standards are far different than anything New York State students have ever encountered; to compare the results from the Common Core to past exams would be a very unfair comparison,” said Dr. Charles Murphy, superintendent of the Island Trees School District. “These rigorous college readiness standards are far more complex than we ever imagined; in fact, New York State Commissioner of Education, Dr. John King wrote, ‘The change in test scores does not mean that students are learning less or that teachers and school are performing worse than last year.’,” added Murphy. “It’s the matter of more challenging assessments and a shift to a college readiness proficiency benchmark.”
Zachary Milack of Levittown and a student at Island Trees High School, was named the 2013 recipient of the Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience. The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Saint Michael’s, located in Burlington, VT, was founded on the belief that serving others is part of its Catholic tradition, and through the award seeks to honor those who demonstrate the true spirit of volunteerism.
Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes present town citations to recognize the 8th Annual Service Reception of the Builders Club of Jonas E. Salk Middle School. Pictured are Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Debbie Rifkin, Supervisor Murray, Daniella Derby, Shaylin Traiano, Kelsey Rosa, and Yingyue Liu. Board of Education President Michael Pappas, Kiwanis President Glen Lachow, Peter Ray of the Levittown Kiwanis, Councilman Hudes, Builders Club Advisor Jennifer Spiteri, and Principal John Zampaglione.
A new group of Gerald R. Claps Career and Technical Center Key Club officers were inducted at the Levittown Memorial Education Center as retiring officials prepare to graduate. The induction ceremony took place in the school’s Panther Room, complete with an audience filled with Key Club members and proud parents.
Sixty MacArthur High School business and marketing students were inducted into the New York State Business and Marketing Honor Society during the school’s third annual induction ceremony. Requisites for membership in this prestigious society include academic excellence in business and marketing classes, as well as a student’s display of merit, character, leadership and service.
Ryan Carroll of Island Trees High School has signed his letter of intent with Hartwick College. Carroll was the starting quarterback and co-captain of this year’s team as well as an all-conference and academic all-conference player. He helped the team achieve a 4-4 record which tied for 5th in the standings, making the team eligible again for the playoffs.
On June 19, the Stokes 4th grade students ended their five years (K-4) of studies in the district’s elementary schools with a spectacular day. Parents, staff, and students celebrated together with a day of competition and fun. Incredibly, Chili’s of Bethpage donated all of the food and refreshments, and served for more than two hours.
Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne, Sr. was extremely proud to present a certificate of recognition to Alicia Avery. Avery raised $266 selling lemonade and donated it to Levittown Kiwanis and St. Bernard’s Church Food Pantry. Pictured with Avery: her grandmother and mother, Legislator Dunne; and Ann Torcivia of Kiwanis.
Town Councilman Gary Hudes presented a Community Service and Academic Excellence Award to Samantha Burd of Levittown, a graduating senior from W. Trespar Clarke High School, who was honored at the school’s 2008 Senior Awards Ceremony.
Brittany Wilson, a senior at Island Trees High School (ITHS), has already demonstrated the qualities of a born leader. Elected senior class president, Wilson was the president of the National Honor Society and the Yearbook Club, Varsity Cheerleading Team Captain, and a peer leader. Her 90-plus grade point average has earned her a spot on the honor roll and in the Foreign Language Honor Society, while her overall affability and infectious spirit made her a shoe-in for Homecoming Queen.
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