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From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

With the weather warming up, we find summertime is on the horizon.   As most parents understand, summer is a wonderful time for students to relax and recharge for another school year. Unfortunately, the summer vacation has been known to erode many of the skills and concepts learned during the school year.   

 

In this era of high stakes testing and student performance, it is important to begin planning a summer reading regiment for your child. 

 

The old adage “Fail to plan...plan to fail” is so important to consider in today’s highly competitive world.  Therefore, I’m sending out this notice early, so parents can begin to prepare and schedule summer goals for their child.  

 

In truth, I’m also selecting summer reading materials – fiction and non-fiction - for my child because I understand that the State’s benchmark for excellence has been raised. It’s going to take a lot of extra work to even achieve at a “passing” level let alone a level of excellence, so children do need to work on their skills during vacation and holiday periods.  

 

As a matter of fact, we found out last week from the new Core Curriculum assessments that New York State means business. The exams were more demanding and challenging than expected and for children to be truly successful they will need to be involved in educational related activities twelve months a year. As touted, the assessments focused on non-fiction passages. Therefore, it is important to share these texts with your children. 

 

Clearly, parents want to be proactive and find “high interest” non-fiction materials that their children will enjoy. This isn’t an easy task because a great deal of non-fiction can be dry and tedious reading for children.  The easiest way to find high interest selections is to stop by the Island Trees Public Library and ask the wonderful staff there.  

 

They really go out of their way to find the right books for your particular interests.  In fact, they’ll even search through the Nassau County database for you.  We’re really fortunate to have that small town service in the Island Trees community.

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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