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Board Takes Stand On Common Core

Last week, the Glen Cove Board of Education sent a letter to Commissioner John P. King Jr. of the NYS Education Department requesting reassessment of the Common Core implementation schedule and the system of teacher assessments as well as reconsidering the department’s method of student data collection. The board has passed two resolutions—one in December, the second on Jan. 16—as a result of their frustrations over these two issues and has now officially voiced their concerns to the NYSED.

“As an outcome of the new regulations regarding teacher and principal evaluations, coupled with untimely and inappropriate implementation of the Common Core, the Board of Education has recognized the detrimental effect upon not only our children but that of children across the state of New York,” the letter says.

 

The board members note the importance of enhancing students’ learning in the letter, but state that the positive effect of  the curriculum will take time, and that the growing reliance on standardized testing is “eroding student learning time” and impacting the educational system as a whole. Additionally, they state that the manner in which regulations guiding the teacher and principal evaluation system (APPR) is “flawed.”

 

“It is apparent to educators and parents in our community that the current assessment system fails to recognize the diverse student population we serve,” says the letter.

 

The letter also mentions the board members’ concern with the data collection system used by the State Education Department (SED), stating that some of the data is “unneccessary” for placement in vendor data systems like InBloom.

 

“The Board has serious concerns regarding the intrusiveness of the data collection and storage decisions of SED as it relates to the state’s goals for preparing students for career and college readiness,” it says.

 

The topic has been a hot debate among parents and educators in the community, so this is welcome news.

 

“I am grateful and proud to live in a district that is taking a stand against the harmful SED policies affecting our students, teachers and parents,” says Kimberly Velentzas, Glen Cove parent and liaison to Long Island Opt-Out. “The Glen Cove BOE  and Superintendent

Rianna have shown they put our children first.  Once excessive testing and APPR is removed from our schools, they will flourish.”

 

Velentzas noted that the group started a Facebook page called “Glen Cove Parents for Common SENSE Education” to help educate parents on this topic and to share information.  She encourages anyone wanting more info to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or check out the Facebook page.


News

Sea Cliff author Margaret Gay Malone is one of 11 authors whose short stories have been selected for publication in the Tuscany Press Anthology in 2015. 

 

The story, Jimmy’s Gift, centers around a boy whose generosity and selflessness put him in danger on a brutally cold and snowy day. Malone says it is based on a true story after reading a blurb in Reader’s Digest a few years ago about a 12-year-old boy who walked through the snow to help deliver food baskets to those in need; and it turned out that his family’s name was also on the list of those in need of help in the community.

Members of the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club and their families will be treated to a scrumptious Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, Nov. 25, an event that has become an annual tradition for local families. 

 

This will be the 14th year that Andrea Correale, the president of Elegant Affairs Caterers, has donated this festive dinner, which in the past has served more 250 adults and children with a full turkey with all the trimmings followed by the always-fun ice cream bar. 

 

I can’t even believe it’s been 14 years,” says Correale. “And so many of the same people come back year after year.”


Sports

The Glen Cove High School girls basketball team was invited to participate in the prestigious KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament that will be held in Orlando, FL, this December. The tournament brings to the court teams from all over the United States that would otherwise not be competing. It is held in the finest professional and amateur athletic venues around the nation with teams seeded into brackets that will provide an appropriate level of competition. 

The North Shore Women’s Cross Country Team won the Nassau County Class I Championship for the eighth consecutive year. They will be competing in the State Qualifier Competition at Bethpage State Park this month.


Calendar

Annual Shop Glen Cove Showcase - November 19

Native American Feast - November 22-23

NSHS Fall Musical - November 21-22 


Columns

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