It is important for students to begin visiting colleges during their junior year of high school. It is during these visits that they will be able to narrow down their list of schools to a more manageable number. Not surprisingly, many colleges consider these visitations in their decision-making process. If a student has not visited the school, the admissions office may question his or her true interest and commitment. In fact, for borderline students, it could be the reason why a student is or is not selected for admittance.
Therefore, it is important that you sign in during one of these visits so the schools have a record of your child’s personal contacts. In many cases, however, it may be impossible for your child to see all of the schools on his/her list. Under these circumstances, it is essential that your child make multiple contacts with the college representative for our area.
On behalf of the Island Trees Board of Education, I would like to thank the community for their continued support of the educational programs, services and activities in our school district. While a number of other Long Island school districts have reduced their school programs, Island Trees has been able to sustain these vital structures in these very challenging economic times.
We are fortunate to have such supportive community who give their approval to our school budget year after year. Again, our sincerest thanks to the Island Trees community for their commitment to our school district, and most importantly, our students.
Dr. Charles Murphy,
Superintendent of Schools, Island Trees
I enjoyed John Owens’ article “When The Goose Poop Hits The Fan.” In England (I am English), this is a problem that has been dealt with humanely for many years by feeding corn or other feeds treated to interfere with the egg laying; a form of birth control.
Something similar is available here: www.idausa.org/ida-offers-free-birth-control-for-geese/
Gavin E. Pike
There are some events in the news that are easy to track and follow what’s going on, for example, the NBA playoffs, or The Voice.
And then there are the debates in Washington. By the time the legislative maneuvering is underway and the rhetoric is streaming from both sides, it can be hard to figure out what’s happening, why it’s happening, who benefits from what’s happening, and whether what’s happening will be of any use.
But here’s one thing that should be clear to all of us: immigration reform will save us all money. Let me repeat that: immigration reform will save us all money.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan to restructure the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) would take giant steps forward in improving the quality of life for every Long Islander.
Every minute, of every hour, of every day, Americans enjoy the blessings of a peace-loving nation; blessings protected by the selfless service of men and women in uniform who, when necessary, stand fast against the forces of fear, tyranny and terrorism. For more than two centuries untold numbers of Americans have answered the call to duty.
This May marks the 50th anniversary of Older Americans’ Month. It recognizes the valuable contributions senior citizens make to our communities. With so many older Americans under economic assault, we need to take action so this anniversary is more than just another ‘Hallmark’ holiday.
Thank you, Pete Sheehan, for the excellent in-depth article on the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. You helped put a “face” to the poor and “make it personal.” It was my pleasure to speak with you. God bless.
Editor’s note: This letter is in response to “On A Mission” that appeared on page 3 of the May 10 edition of the Levittown Tribune.
Annually, the country celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 7th. It’s a nice reminder to acknowledge the positive impact teachers have on our children. Clearly, in this era of high stakes testing and accountability, it’s even more important to have quality teachers who work well with students in and out of the classroom.
The old saying, “Busy as a Bee” comes from the fact that bees pollinate at least 70% of our crops, which is 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat - encompassing at least 95 varieties of crops.
The world’s bees are in jeopardy of extinction. Bees have been dying off in droves since the mid 1990s. This disaster began in France and kept spreading throughout the world, hitting the U.S. in 2006. It was given a name – colony collapse disorder, or CCD. Much has been made over the so-called mystery surrounding CCD.
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