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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy

Naturally, one of the main goals in our school district is to prepare students for college admissions. In fact, for most students this is their true culminating K-12 exam.  There are many things that go into the student admissions process, including SAT scores. Yes, the dreaded SAT – the bane of most high school students. Fortunately, Island Trees High School has developed a class that will put an end to sleepless nights, knotted stomachs and sweaty palms. 

SAT Preparation. This year-long class prepares students for the three sections of the SAT Reasoning Test – Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing.  The course begins preparing 11th grade students in September for the May SAT. 

The class discusses SAT Mathematics concepts on “A” Day and Reading/Writing on “B” Day. The rotating schedule ensures that our students are well prepared for both Mathematical and English Language Arts concepts leading up to this major springtime assessment. Like it or not, colleges use this standardized test to benchmark students in the highly selective college admissions process. In their mind, the scores provide a national standard for students where grade point calculation can differ from classroom to classroom in a given school less alone across districts, counties, and states. 

Colleges feel they’re able to compare apples to apples whether the student is in New York or Idaho. Of course, colleges use other factors, including grade point average, strength of schedule, essays and co-curricular participation. With that said, the SAT is and will be for some time a significant factor in the decision-making process for college admissions officers.  

In Island Trees, we want to give our students every opportunity to do well and this course is a vital part of our program. If your child is entering their junior year, then they need to add this class to their schedule. It’s that important! If you have any questions about the course, please contact your child’s high school guidance counselor.

News

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”

A little bit of Hollywood has come to Plainview. The Loft Sound Studio, a Plainview-based vocal and performance training facility, is the creation of lifelong music artist Donnie Klang

and Matthew LaPorte. The duo says that they draw upon their personal experience of the ups and downs of the recording industry to give kids today the chance to be superstars.

 

“Essentially, we’re looking for the next Justin Bieber, someone we can train and teach them how to really become an artist, put them on YouTube and hope they really blow up,” said

LaPorte. “If they do, through our connections that we made while we were in the music industry the past 15 years, we would try and get them a record deal.”

 

The Loft Studio, located at 1530 Old Country Road, already has a list of achievements, including protégé Madison Beer, who got attention after Justin Bieber tweeted a link to a video of her singing. She is currently signed to a record deal on Bieber’s label in Los Angles.


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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