Common core state testing standards dominated the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education held a work session meeting on Monday, Oct. 21. The bulk of the meeting was spent discussing the standards and the methods of evaluating teachers as “effective” or not. The common core functions in conjunction with the Federal Race to the Top reform efforts and were implemented to establish a “common core of standards that are internationally benchmarked.”
Not all schools have found the CCSS effectively. Many of the tests were put in place before teachers had a full year to prepare students for the new curriculum’s, according to district officials.
Herricks High and New Hyde Park Memorial High School are considered top schools in the country, according to the Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States. Herricks was ranked 177th (96th in 2012) and 30th in New York State while New Hyde Park came in at 256th (373rd in 2012) and 46th in the state.
According to the Daily Beast, the list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).
On December 7, 1993, Colin Ferguson opened fire with a handgun while on board a Long Island Rail Road train in Garden City; when he was finally subdued by surviving passengers, the hateful and mentally unbalanced man had claimed the lives of six people and injured 19 others, tearing countless lives asunder in the process.
Ferguson was convicted for his crimes, which sparked a national debate on gun control at the time, and is currently serving a sentence of 315 years and 8 months to life in a New York correctional facility; his earliest possible parole date is in 2309, thus ensuring that he will never hurt another innocent soul again.
Residents For A More Beautiful Garden City Park is hosting a presentation from the Sewanhaka Central High School District on the proposed bond referendum on Nov. 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the Garden City Park School on Central Ave. The vote is on Wednesday, Dec. 4.
This bond referendum is to address the needs for all five high schools and their grounds through out the district. There will be an opportunity for questions from the community to address the representative from the school district after a PowerPoint presentation.
New Hyde Park resident battles breast cancer, offers help
New Hyde Park resident and breast cancer survivor Debra Taylor is one of 11 women newly trained for the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program.
Taylor was inspired to volunteer at the program after attending its support group herself. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2012 and has since undergone a double mastectomy and several other surgeries. In February she discovered the eight-week support group offered by the Adelphi program, which she described as “inspiring.”
The Sewanhaka Central High School District will put up a $99.5 million bond referendum for voter approval on Wednesday, Dec. 4. If approved, all five district high school buildings would see considerable renovations including technology, security, roofing and athletic field upgrades. Roughly 40 percent of the bond would come from state aid.
District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said the annual tax levy increase across the entire district resulting from the bond will be $144.26 per household with the increase phased in over the next three to four years. According to Ferrie, the school district has never floated a bond before voters.
Herricks High School senior Joslyn Thomas has been selected as a member of the 2013 NAfME All-National Honor Choir sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Thomas will join more than 670 high school students in the United States to perform at a gala concert on Oct. 30 in Nashville, TN in the Presidential Ballroom of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.
Thomas will sing under the baton of one of the most prominent choral conductors in the United States, Rollo Dilworth. She is among only 32 students on Long Island and 74 in New York State to be selected for this honor.
As Election Day draws closer and the Town of North Hempstead will soon have a new supervisor, several pressing issues have surfaced. With Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth seeking the office as a Democrat and Town
Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio running on the Republican ticket, three major points stand out: transparency in government, problems with the town’s building department and the question of what the town does for the villages.
All along both candidates have emphasized a real need for transparency in government. Discussing the issue with Bosworth, she reiterated the need for a very open government, with town board meetings streamed live on the Internet, as well as eventually televising them on public access channels. She also spoke of making better use of the town’s website, with pertinent news regarding village boards.
Money and grades were the main focus of last Thursday’s Herricks Board of Education meeting, ranging from taxes and health insurance premiums to the results of recent state-wide student assessment testing, and the board did their best to cover all the bases for the many concerned parents present that evening.
Board of Education President James Gounaris first addressed the district’s financial situation as it pertains to their current health care system for employees.
The Pierson family didn’t know what to expect when it returned to the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island after its major renovation, dubbed “Project Design 2013” was completed. Jack Pierson was in shock to see the updated digs, which he and his family called a home away from home during his daughter Jocelyn’s cancer treatment.
“It’s fabulous,” Pierson said at the Oct. 10 gala event. “It’s like a new home. We consider this our home and any family who has ever stayed knows that. So when someone does something like this, there’s no better gift.”
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