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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: October 4, 2012

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/.

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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