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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

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently nominated 19 students from the Fourth Congressional District to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Kevin Seery of Wantagh has earned one of the nominations to the United States Military Academy from McCarthy. Seery is presently attending Norwich University. 

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 

 

McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 


Sports

Dowling College’s Mike Groenthal, of Levittown, was recently named as Honorable Mention All-Conference selections from the East Coast Conference (ECC) in men’s soccer, as a forward. Groenthal is a junior at Downling. He is a graduate of Island Trees High School. 

 

The ECC was formed in 1989 to enhance intercollegiate athletic competition among member institutions and to assist them in integrating athletics into their academic program in a fiscally sound way. 

John Kane, of Levittown (pictured), scored as the 10th finisher overall in the Greater Long Island Club’s 15th Annual Six-hour 16th Birthday Run, which was recently held at Sunken Meadow State Park. Kane logged a total of 38.22 miles over the six hours, to earn him the 10th slot out of 140 participants.


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