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Herricks Stands Firm Against InBloom

The Herricks Board of Education held its monthly trustees meeting on Thursday Jan. 9. New York State and the new policy of student data mining was at the forefront of the conversation.

 

Trustee Brian Hassan also gave an update on the Herricks District and their slow-but-sure progress on combating the encroachment of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and sharing of personal student information with a third party data collection company called InBloom.

 

“It looks like, from the most recent New York State Legislative session, that our cause is gathering some support in Albany,” he said. “The next round of data scheduled to be sent by the State Education Department I believe is February...I don’t know if they’ve made a decision about that data and if it’s going to be released yet.” 

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris stated that he has been having regular meetings regarding the InBloom situation, including one scheduled for next week Ken Wagner, associate commissioner of curriculum, assessment and educational technology for NYSED; however, he didn’t sound hopeful for a positive outcome.

 

“He’s going to tell me how great it all is and the whole bit,” he said. “And I actually had a conversation Saturday at another meeting with a consultant for InBloom, and I told him it didn’t really matter who he consulted for...we just didn’t want to be part of it any longer, because they’re can’t give us assurances of our student’s data being secure and what they’re planning on doing with it.”

 

Budget Talk Approaching

Another topic at the meeting was the news that the shaping of the preliminary 2014-15 Herircks School District budget was underway, and would be covered in more depth in the upcoming February meetings.

“We began our contract negotiation discussion with the administrators unit two weeks ago, and we begin tomorrow with the Herricks Teacher’s Association,” Gounaris said. “We’re all looking into good things to come out of all of those negotiations.””

 

Students Talk With Board

Prior to the start of the trustees meeting, the board held a Q&A session with assorted Herricks High School students, covering topics that ranged from security, scheduling, and curriculum to student and teacher performance.


News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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