Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00
New York State has adopted a new curriculum K-12 – The Common Core. The Common Core is a nationwide effort to introduce new rigorous content and knowledge-based problem-solving standards into all subject areas. The Common Core initiative is intended to produce students who are prepared to compete with students from high performing international educational systems. In fact, 45 states have signed on and are modifying their curriculum to meet these new lofty expectations.
Earlier this summer, the New York State Education Department (SED) finally provided a few sample questions for the upcoming “Common Core” assessments, grades 3-8, planned to rollout in April.
The model questions are very challenging and far more complex than the prior subject matter revamped in 2005. Despite the fact that State Education Department has not completed the Core Curriculum maps for school districts to follow, our students will be assessed on the new concepts.
At present, our staff is working to prepare the students for the known and unknown associated with the new curriculum. We hope to have the students prepared for this challenge by springtime.
Naturally, parents can help support the school by reinforcing schoolwork at home. In English Language Arts, the new Core Curriculum focuses on more informational reading passages. Reading more non-fiction will be an immense help to your children in all grade levels.
In addition, the Core Curriculum calls for more math fluent students. This is a fancy way to say they need to have their facts memorized. There’s no easy way to learn this, but by hard work through drill and practice—flash and index cards still work best after all of these years. If you hope to learn more about the Core Curriculum, please see the State Education Department’s “EngageNY” website at http://engageny.org/common-core/.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.