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Letter: Our Community Should Be Proud

Our community should be very proud of all that has been accomplished in the Glen Cove School District over the past five years. Our students, parents, teachers and administrators have worked very hard to improve achievement and develop fine institutions of learning.

I would like to clarify some key points that could be misinterpreted from the latest Coalition for Glen Cove meeting, which was reported on in last week’s Record Pilot.

We do not teach to the test. As all good school districts do, we teach test taking strategies and practice for New York State assessments.

New York State does administer science tests. These are done in grades four and eight and are program assessments meant to assess the program, not each individual student. In grade four we have a passing rate of 96 percent, and in grade eight Earth Science, our passing rate is 100 percent.

We revamped our social studies curriculum as of this school year and as has been announced publicly at board meetings, we will be working on science next.

In the past six months, this school system has received two national honors: the Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology and the Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Achievement. These two honors were awarded by outside agencies recognizing the distinguished merits of our school system. Both of these awards are well deserved and something for our community to be proud of.

Our teachers and administrators have worked very hard to successfully implement research-based teaching methodologies that nurture intellect, and a culture of learning. I, for one, am very proud of the work that has been done. Our teachers have put forward a great effort to improve instruction. There is no down side. Our kids benefit. Our families benefit. Our school system benefits. Our community benefits.

Thank you to all who have been involved in this effort and a happy holiday to all!

Dr. Shari Camhi,
Assistant Superintendent for
Curriculum, Instruction and Technology