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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

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Levittown Board of Ed - September 10

Patriot Day - September 11

Annual Country Fair  - September 13


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