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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

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


Calendar

IT Board of Ed - September 17

All Star Comedy - September 18

Irreversible Paul Lynde - September 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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