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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

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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