More time is needed on task on math and English/language arts on the middle school level. So says a committee made up of the principals from both district middle schools and their curriculum associates. The committee made their presentation at the Levittown Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.
Currently, 7th and 8th graders spend five periods a week on both math and ELA. Six graders spend five on math and 10 on ELA. Those students that score a one or a two on the state assessment test get an extra 2.5. periods for either subject.
Marking success for twelve years running, the Levittown Community Council hosted its annual WinterFest at Levittown Hall recently. There was entertainment, crafts, raffles prizes and a chance to meet and mingle with neighbors and it was all free.
Before heading out to the LEADD Walk/Run on Sunday, April 7, fill up at the Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Breakfast. The breakfast, which will take place from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Panther Room at Levittown Memorial, is a great place to build up some energy for the run/walk. The pancakes will be hot, the sausages tasty, and the fellowship fun! The committee of Club President Glen Lachow, DPP Gary Crozier, Fred Interdonato, and chef DPP Pete Ryan will be flipping pancakes and frying sausage for hungry people looking to start their morning off right.
The turbulent redistricting process in Nassau County came to an end last week with a party line vote approving a map drawn up by the Republican majority. But the strong possibility of a lawsuit by those opposed to the new map looms.
Republican legislators were booed by members of the audience as they voted for the GOP map. Critics of the map had held out hope that Legislator Denise Ford, who had voted against a similar Republican map in 2011, would vote against her caucus, but she voted with the majority. The map passed 10-9.
The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team opened the 2013 season on Sunday, March 10, with a 21-13 victory over visiting Manhattanville College. The Farmingdale Rams had three players scoring four goals, while sophomore midfielder Christy Thoden (Bayport) finished with four assists, two goals and 15 draw controls.
Farmingdale State jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead with goals from sophomore attack Nicole Marzocca (West Babylon), sophomore midfielder Jackie Kennedy (Massapequa Park) and Thoden. The Valiants got on the board with 22:12 left to make it 3-1. Senior attack Carly Schneider (Merrick) added a goal seven seconds later for a 4-1 Rams advantage, but Manhattanville scored three straight to tie the game at 4-4.
Farmingdale responded with five consecutive goals and would hold a 10-5 lead at the break. In the second, the Rams led by more than four the entire way, leading by 10 goals with 21 minutes left to play.
Schneider finished with a team-leading four goals and three assists, while Marzocca and senior midfielder Jillian Pironti (Seaford) also had four goals.
Though he has to contend with Tom Suozzi to challenge Ed Mangano for the Nassau County seat, Democrat Adam Haber said he knows what will happen.
“I’m not going to get the nomination,” the Roslyn resident said in a sitdown with Anton Newspapers last week. “I’m going to run a primary. I’m going to do exactly what Suozzi did against [Thomas] DiNapoli. He didn’t get the nomination. He ran a primary and I’m going to win the primary.”
In the age of “spell-check” and “auto-correct” the accurate spelling of words independently from smart phones and computers seems to no longer be of relevance. However the tradition of the spelling bee still reigns.
Recently, students from schools across Nassau and Suffolk County competed for the winning title of the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University. Participants from grades 4 through 8 competed in hopes of advancing to the National Bee in Washington D.C. later this spring. Anxiously sitting under stage lights and fidgeting in their seats, students waved to reassuring faces in the audience.
At the Island Trees Board of Education that took place on Feb. 13 in Sparks Elementary School, two main topics were on the agenda: The use of breathalyzers as well as preparing for the upcoming budget season.
“In more recent years, we have had some issues with alcohol at the prom,” said Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees superintendent. “In fact, we had to ask a number of students to leave the prom because of this. In many cases, we have students and parents who have denied that their child had been drinking – sometimes creating tremendous scenes at these venues.”
During the Feb. 13 gathering, the board covered its usual range of topics, while also taking the time to honor the work of Levittown PTA members and presidents during a brief reception and awards ceremony.
Levittown resident Mike Scully inspired the discussion on school security during a passionate speech in which he urged the district to install panic buttons in classrooms. Though the subject came as no surprise, the responses were interesting.
Despite a snow delay, the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Center at North Shore-LIJ second annual walk exceeded the financial success of the first one by more than $600, raising $5,001.
While attendance was down, donations were up as members of the downstate area K-Family rallied to support the KPTCenter at North Shore-LIJ.
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