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From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Over the last few years, Island Trees has encouraged our students to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These are the most rigorous classes offered in our school district and the ones colleges covet the most. Happily, we have had many students take up the challenge and succeed. As a result, these students have placed themselves in a very advantageous position in the college selection process. 

Recently, I have been asked questions like this one: “My child is an average/good student and hopes to gain admittance to a competitive college, but AP classes are too challenging for her. If this is the case, what kind of high school program should my daughter take?”  

In this situation, our guidance department would create an “Advanced Regents” diploma schedule for your child. This is a step up from the typical high school diploma now called the “Regents Diploma” (New York State Education Department has engaged in a little word play. Years ago, students graduated high school with either a high school diploma or a Regents diploma. The new “Advanced Regents” diploma is really what was once called the “Regents” diploma and the new “Regents” diploma is more in line with the old high school diploma (though a little more challenging).  

An “Advanced Regents” diploma requires students to pass the following eight Regents exams: English; Global History; U.S. History; Science (2) (Life science and Physical science); Math (3) (Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2/Trig); and a foreign language requirement. The “Regents” diploma requires five passed exams: English; Global History; U.S. History; Science (1); and, Algebra. Competitive colleges desire students who take an academically oriented high school program. 

Therefore, it is important for students to include core curriculum classes into their annual schedules – the “Advanced Regents” sequence is the recommended program to accomplish this goal. Unfortunately, students who avoid the more rigorous math and science sequences will find themselves coming up short in the college admissions process. If you have any questions about this, please contact Mr. Grande or your child’s guidance counselor.


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

Island Trees Board of Education - September 17

Mini-College Fair - September 17

All-Star Comedy Show - September 18


Columns

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