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Moving Forward With The Common Core

Much has been written and debated about the merits or pitfalls of the Common Core Learning Standards, but one thing is certain in the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District: our teachers and students are moving forward to provide and master the necessary skills in language arts and mathematics, so they are prepared for a rigorous curriculum when they enter New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

 

This year in English language arts, all teachers have been receiving additional training in writers’ workshop and focusing on getting students to organize, plan, focus, revise, edit and publish their writing with a focus on going deeper and supporting their topic sentences with details that are rich, specific and text-based when using printed materials that are both from fictional or informational texts. Students have learned the process of doing “close reads” when faced with challenging and rigorous materials that may be above their instructional level. Teachers have been trained and are implementing instructional techniques for students to use what they know and read in the text to provide them with greater insight, understanding and comprehension in their reading and writing work. Furthermore, students are working in pairs and in teacher writing conferences to expand their thoughts, clarify their messages, and create a more vivid picture of what they want to say. 

 

Common Core aside, New Hyde Park-Garden City Park education continues to raise the bar and challenge our students daily. We are proud of our staff and the efforts and accomplishments of the students
they teach.

News

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV- D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The disease disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 22

International Night - October 23

Halloween Dance - October 24


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