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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

Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.

New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.

If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.

“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”


Sports

The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.

This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.

All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24. 

 

The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at  Roosevelt  Park.


Calendar

Zumba-Thon Fundraiser

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Live Music

Wednesday, Aug. 27

School Supply Program

Saturday, Aug. 30



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