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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

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.”

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.”


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!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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