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Help For Students Proposed

Two new programs were presented to the Glen Cove Board of Education at the meeting held on Monday, May 19 at Finley Middle School. Several school administrators provided information on a summer school program and school program changes at all three school levels.

“We would like to make sure that our students are college and career ready,” said Dr. Michael Israel, assistant superintendent for curriculum. “We are proposing the program to implement at all three levels: elementary, middle school and high school.”

 

The administration’s proposed “Summer of Success” program was designed to “more effectively support underperforming secondary students.”

 

Allen Hudson, assistant principal at the high school, said they looked at students who were struggling in middle school and began discussing last fall how to better support them and help them succeed. The program is designed for students currently at the middle school in grades sixth, seventh and eighth.

 

The program will “bridge the gap” by teaching ELA skills, mathematics skills, and organizational/study skills. Middle School Principal Nelson Iocolano said they have created a mechanism for teachers to target students and have already implemented certain interventions that are embedded in the program’s curriculum. The summer program will have a counseling component with exploratory workshops and will also seek to provide social emotional support. Additionally, the students will be monitored throughout the school year by meeting with the administration, guidance counselors and parents on a monthly basis. The goals are to not only help students improve academically but to also help them feel connected to school staff members.

 

The middle school program will include more science research and computer applications; the result of implementing the new, more inclusive program at the middle school will be losing the sixth grade honors program, which the board members said they need to discuss further.

 

New opportunities at the elementary schools include teaching simple problem solving in first grade, beginning keyboarding instruction in second grade and STEM instruction/JASON Learning for third through fifth grades.

 

“The goal is to prepare students for the 21st century and beyond,” said Israel.

 

At the meeting, the board adopted a district plan, which had been discussed at the meeting on May 9 and revised to reflect the suggested changes. It was approved with a 6 to 1 vote, with Trustee David Huggins opposed.

 

 The Glen Cove City School District Three Year Information and Technology Plan was also approved, though some of the board members expressed concerns over the language and terms.

 

“It expired last year and should be changed based on the progress made each year,” said Superintendent Maria L. Rianna, who explained that the plan is required to be in place in order for the district to be eligible for funding. “I’m concerned that if it doesn’t get passed now we might miss out on money that could become available.”


News

It was the second annual goal setting workshop at Glen Cove High School on Tuesday, Oct. 14 and both the board of education and the public came up with some sound ideas for the district. School Superintendent Maria Rianna presented a slide show of four main areas that are the focus of district goals.

 

“We began this process last year and these goals are representative of what the community wanted to see,” said Rianna.

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.”


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). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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