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Glen Cove Aims To Improve Test Scores

Board of Ed begins discussion of primary district goals

The first discussion relating to the primary district goals took place at Monday night’s Glen Cove School District Board of Education meeting, held at Robert M. Finley Middle School. Despite the absences of Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria and Trustees Ida McQuair and Gail Nedbor-Gross, the meeting progressed smoothly and the discussion covered a lot of ground.

The evening’s discussion centered around the goals the board created pertaining to improving the percentages of students meeting or exceeding state proficiency standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessment tests for grades three through six; improving the percentage of students graduating from high school, earning a Regents diploma with advanced distinction and reaching a college preparedness performance level; improving the number of students taking advanced placement (AP) courses as well as improving test scores; and completing the alignment of the grade level curricula with the common core standards, which should result in an improvement of scores on the ELA and math assessments in grades three through eight.

“Tonight’s meeting is about disbursing the data and making observations, not trying to identify the cause or offer solutions,” clarified Board President Joel Sunshine. He explained that the board would discuss setting goals of passing grades at the next meeting on September 24, and ask the administration to present recommendations on how to fix the problems at the following meeting, slated to take place on October 15.

Handouts were available showing the data of students’ test scores over the past six school years on ELA and math state assessment scores, Regents exams, AP scores and graduation rates, indicating the changes in percentages of students receiving passing grades from year to year as well as comparing scores to other districts in Nassau County.

Dr. Michael Israel, the newly appointed assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology, was on hand to present some of the discussion items, and he, along with Dr. Hinton, principal at the high school, were able to answer questions from the board members and the public.

“Now we have the data, we have challenges ahead that we need to work toward,” said Dr. Israel. “We are at work at it, and have a lot of work to do.”

While the data presented was meant to give the board an idea of where to begin for making improvements, based on the trends, some felt that it still did not give a complete picture as to what is happening with the district.

“The AP scores is a tool for measuring the upper end; what tools do we have for measuring the kids in the middle, or those who are struggling at the lower level?” said Trustee Donna Brady.

Resident John Maccarone said, “I’ve seen a trend where lower level kids are not getting the attention they deserve. The top 25, they will be fine. You should focus on the other kids.”

The board requested more numbers from the administration to break down the scores of the Regents exams and the district’s dropout rates to get a more accurate idea of where the problems lie and how to proceed.

“The Regents scores have gone up, but we still have more work to do,” said Dr. Hinton.

News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


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