Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
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.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
Communities value their libraries, and at the Levittown Library, the library staff, in turn, truly appreciates their patrons. Employees at the Levittown Public Library, with a talent for knitting, demonstrate their commitment to the community’s teens by making “amigurumi”—small knitted or crocheted stuffed toys—for use in the reading program.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:27
Who says you have to travel into Manhattan for a fun-filled evening of delicious food and drink? YES Community Counseling Center hosted its 7th Annual “A Taste of the Town”, featuring many of the South Shore’s finest culinary establishments. All proceeds from the event benefited YES, a non-profit community-based organization providing services to children and families in the community.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:32
The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.
Friday, 17 October 2014 08:31
With six second half goals, the Farmingdale State Rams men’s soccer team picked up a 6-0 conference victory over the Sarah Lawrence Gryphons on Oct. 11, to improve to 5-8-1 overall, 2-2-1 in the Skyline. The visiting Gryphons fell to 2-9, 0-5 in conference play.