Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
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.
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.