Thursday, 10 July 2014 00:00
At a time when the focus is allegedly on academics and raising standards via the Common Core, the Mineola School District chose to induct eighth grade Junior National Honor Society members at 4 p.m. on June 19 during test week.
Parents received only 24-hour notice of the event. In his letter to parents, Principal Edward Escobar stated “Attendance is not mandatory. Students unable to participate will receive their certificates, honor
society medal and acknowledgment during the school day.” Classes were no longer in session, students had exams including Regents the next day and no mention was made as to where students could obtain the aforementioned items.
Eligibility is determined based on maintaining a 90 percent average throughout seventh grade and the first three quarters in eighth grade. The third quarter ended in April.
I see no reason why the ceremony could not have been scheduled earlier in the school year and families given more notice. Furthermore this is not the first year this has happened. I doubt recognition in sports is given the same short shrift.
If we are really serious about raising academic standards in Mineola, then recognition of those students who excel in meeting them should not be treated as an afterthought.
— Norma Busching