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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

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


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Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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