Friday, 08 March 2013 00:00
The challenge of the Common Core Learning Standards continues to involve “unfunded mandates,” and yet due to the outstanding instructional leadership demonstrated by our administrators and their ability to professionally develop their staff, we continue to keep making inroads on helping our students excel with the diminishing resources we have. Currently each building principal has worked closely with each library media specialist to make sure the non-fiction library is strong and correlated to the students’ abilities and topics across the content areas.
Principals worked collaboratively with classroom teachers and reading specialists to make sure that they have an adequate supply of non-fiction, flexible group materials in each classroom throughout the school. Recordings on tape of non-fiction stories help to increase a student’s ability to read along with difficult concepts and perform close readings.
Teachers are continually integrating language arts skills in content areas subjects such as social studies and science. Teachers have begun to create instructional units that are integrated around themes and that answer essential questions.
Under the Common Core Guidelines students are expected to site the evidence from a passage whether it is fiction or non-fiction to answer the questions. Site-based evidence is the new catch phrase for all educators as we enter a new era of accountability of K- 6 standardized testing.
In the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, we want our students to do more than just site a sentence. Our standard is that students should understand the author’s purpose for writing and also craft their responses to writing for a specific purpose.
We want all of our students to be able to discriminate between a fiction/non-fiction reading or writing piece and then be able to write a comparative essay independently. We are working as a united team to implement the Common Core Learning Standards and raise the bar to address increased rigor in our students’ reading and writing skills in order to make them career or college ready.
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
This year, as in years past, the jockeys from Belmont Park, including Sam the Bugler, visited the families and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) as part of an annual partnership with the New York Racing Association (NYRA).
“This is a great event for our children and their families,” said Matt Campo, RMH-LI executive director. “It is a fun day that everyone looks forward to.”
Last Updated (Monday, 29 November 1999 19:00) Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
Sparks will fly in New Hyde Park when the Rolling Stones cover band Satisfaction perform live on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. in Memorial Park on Albert Street.
The band will perform famous songs such as, “Gimme Shelter,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Under My Thumb,” “Painted Black” and other classics.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Major League Baseball has selected Tori Parente from New Hyde Park Little League as The Sectional All-Around Champion. Parente outperformed all other sectional champs in the region. She will move on to MLB Team Championship held at Citi Field on June 15.
Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
The New Hyde Park Knights played at another Special Olympics Basketball Tournament held at Great Neck North High School’s gym on Saturday, May 11. The Knights came ready to play with smiles on their faces as they waited for the opening ceremonies. Two Great Neck Spirit torchbearers lead the way as the ceremonies started. Alan Someck, of the Spirit, managed the event.