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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

 

While Island Trees School District officials plan to reexamine a proposal to develop senior housing on 11.3 acres of property currently used to house the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow schools, district officials have so far been unwilling to identify the developer. 

 

The plan to sell the Farmedge property was first conceived in 2010, when BOCES dropped its lease on the Gallow school. The school district issued a request for proposals. After reviewing its options, the Island Trees Board of Education selected and presented to the

public a proposal to develop 160 to 247 housing units for seniors over 55.After public outcry against the project, the district said it would go back to the drawing board, re-opening discussions and engaging a wide range of stakeholders. However, despite requests from the public and the press, the district has steadfastly declined to identify the developer of the initial proposal—which may yet end up being the winning bid. 

 

After announcing his resignation from the Levittown School District last January, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane has accepted a new job as Superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District. 

 

“I look forward to the new challenges awaiting me in the Smithtown Central School District,” Grossane said. “I wish the Levittown Public Schools and its students, parents and staff all the best as they continue to move forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”


Sports

The Farmingdale State College baseball team earned an 8-2 victory over the College of Staten Island in a recent non-conference home game.

 

In the bottom of the second, left fielder Richard Sullivan of Farmingdale broke broke the scoreless tie on a two out RBI single. Senior third baseman Sal Sanquini of Levittown would go on to hit an RBI single through the left side to increase the lead 2-0. Sanquini was 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high of 3 RBIs.

The Island Trees varsity softball team had an amazing 8-3 win in extra innings on April 2nd against a previously unbeaten Clarke team to improve their league record to 2-0.  Ashley Melendez opened up the scoring with a solo homerun to lead off the 4th inning. 

 

Although the team relinquished the lead in the 4th and 5thinnings, they did not let the negative turn of events get the best of them.   Down one with three outs left, Sam Scharff led off the top of the 7th with an amazing bunt for a hit.  Christie Ciaramitaro and Kelly Cembrale both reached on errors to keep the inning and team’s hopes alive.  Morgan Petry roped an RBI single up the middle to score courtesy runner, Kim Ahrens with the tying run.   


Calendar

Bellmore FD Fundraiser - April 25

Earth Day Cleanup - April 26

Bowling For Scholars - April 26


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