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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

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



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