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From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Last week I discussed the benefits of an Advanced Regents Diploma for high school students. This is the diploma all students should aim for in our school district. The requirements for an Advanced Regents Diploma are a little more challenging than the regular Regents Diploma – one extra Regents level science course, two additional Regents level math classes, and a foreign language component.  

It’s not that much more than the typical Regents diploma, but state colleges in New York review high school transcripts for this particular program sequence. Students who take this type of schedule are telling colleges that they took an academically oriented schedule in high school. Conversely, those who decide to avoid a challenging program might be on the outside looking in.  

If you were the school admissions officer at a SUNY college, what would you expect of a prospective student? Exactly. The bottom line is student schedules matter.  

In most cases where a student fails to attain an Advanced Regents Diploma, they avoid the third Regents level math class, Algebra 2/Trig. 

If your child tells you that he/she doesn’t want to take the third math Regents, you now know the benefits of the Advanced Regents Diploma. In truth, colleges want to see students take four years of English, Math, Science and Social Studies – an academically oriented program. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Grande or your child’s high school guidance counselor.

News

Firehouse Subs announces the grand opening of its first Long Island location in Levittown on Oct. 17. The award-winning fast casual restaurant chain is famous for serving premium meats and cheeses steamed piping hot and piled high on a toasted sub roll, which is served “Fully Involved” with fresh produce and condiments. Founded by former firefighting brothers, the restaurant’s firehouse décor is based on the founding family’s decades of fire and police service, and the new location is decorated with firefighter memorabilia from the Levittown Fire Department.

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - October 22

League Of Women Voters Talk - October 23

Lecture - October 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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