Tools for parents listed on district’s website
More than 60 concerned parents of Island Trees children filled the auditorium at the January PTA meeting, which took place at Stokes Elementary School on Jan. 2. The meeting focused on the new Common Core learning initiatives that are being rolled out this year. Led by Dr. Penny Fisher, principal of J. Fred Spark Elementary School, and Robert Harrington, interim principal of Michael F. Stokes Elementary School, the meeting focused on the major differences that will appear on the New York State tests this spring. And the differences, both said, are major.
“We are competing with other countries for the economic dollar,” Harrington said about the reasons why the U.S. is stepping up education standards, before adding that the curriculum has dropped down a grade – meaning that what children were once taught in fourth grade, they will be taught in third grade. “Full day kindergarten now allows for an enriched curriculum,” he explained.
The Joey Foundation and Bowling Green K-Kids have spent much of December engaged in service projects directed toward helping children who are ill or who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
However, the K-Kids and Joey Foundation received the help of many other individuals and groups, including Alan Finchly of Nassau County Craft Fairs who invited the K-Kids to a recent fair to collect toy donations and generously donates a table for the Joey Foundation to fundraise at all of his events, and Jimmy Hudak whose visit to the party made the event extra special for the children.
The hundreds who gathered in Mineola for the last meeting of the Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission on Jan. 3 didn’t throw any tomatoes at the front of the room, but some came close. For more than four hours, approximately 50 speakers lambasted the map proposed by the Republican side of the commission, generally characterizing it as a transparent power play with no consideration for the public good or even the law. The Democratic commissioners were not completely spared the public’s ire, but most of the anger was directed at the Republicans; the Democrats’ map, proposed at nearly the last minute on Dec. 31, was praised, although somewhat tepidly, as a fair plan.
Considering that hundreds of angry people were crammed into the Legislative Chambers demanding answers from the Republican commissioners, who by and large didn’t respond, it’s remarkable that tempers didn’t flare more.
Angela Susan Anton, publisher and CEO of Anton Community Newspapers, has named John Owens editor-in-chief of the 17-newspaper chain. Owens is an award-winning journalist and long-time publishing executive known for building strong editorial teams and producing targeted, must-read publications.
“John is a proven editorial leader with fresh ideas, energy and vision,” said Ms. Anton. “Our organization has long been the source for community news, and now, with John spearheading the effort, our editorial success can soar to the next level.”
Owens will direct the news-gathering operations of the editors and writers covering 70 communities in Nassau County.
After serving in the New York State Assembly for six years, the 17th Assembly District will shift drastically beginning next year. Whereas the district previously went from the western Nassau border to East Meadow, it now extends from East Meadow to the eastern border of Nassau, including a huge portion of Levittown. Tom McKevitt has represented the district since early in 2006 and will continue to do so with the new boundaries.
So what about his relationship with his new constituents?
“I am looking forward to a great relationship with them, trying to help our people,” McKevitt said. Some in Levittown may already know McKevitt, as serving the neighboring district, and others may have already met him while he has been out in the community. For those who haven’t, he hopes to meet everyone in his newly redefined district soon.
Editor’s note: The following is an essay submitted by Anthony Molligo about his father, Anthony Molligo. This is part of a series of essays, which were submitted by our readership for the Anton Newspapers Military Heroes Essay Contest with the American Airpower Museum of East Farmingdale and The Collings Foundation. Essay winners recently flew in historic aircraft stationed at the American Airpower Museum.
My dad, Anthony Molligo, like the 1.7 million World War II veterans still alive today, rarely, if ever, speaks of his service during WWII. The few snippets he shares usually occur when we are watching old WWII movies together and he would open up and tell me “how things really were.”
This year marked the 71st anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. The American Airpower Museum in East Farmingdale presented its annual Dropping of the Roses ceremony on Friday, Dec. 7, honoring five Pearl Harbor survivors present for the ceremonial blessing of the roses. Hundreds attended to pay honor and respect to those who perished and those who fought.
This year, Richard Abeles, USS Dale; Gerard Barbosa, USS Raleigh; Bernard Berner, Schofield Barracks; Seymour Blutt, Hickam Field; and Michael Montelione, Schofield Barracks were the guests of honor. Remaining survivors on Long Island, like Frank Castronovo, of Elmont, were unable to attend, due to health issues.
As 2012 draws to a close, it’s time for an update on what’s being done to ensure that Levittown students are getting the same education and opportunities their peers are elsewhere. To that end, each department sent their curriculum associate to the Board of Education meeting at the Levittown Memorial Education Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12.
The common theme was making sure subject matter measured up to the common core standards established by the state. An associate from math, English, social studies, science, world languages and art/technology each gave a brief presentation on what’s going on in their department.
Highlights include the creation of new student learning objectives (SLOs) in math to align with new APPR requirements and the creation of new baseline exams, which were administered in September.
News of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, CT, struck fear in parents around the world. Although 90 miles away from the tragedy, local schools, including those in the Levittown and Island Trees school districts, checked and rechecked their safety procedures and policies.
“Over the weekend, I was in contact with our central administration team, principals, psychologists and social workers regarding strategies on how to best deal with this traumatic event,” said Levittown Schools Superintendent Dr. James Grossane in a statement. “Today, Monday, Dec. 17, all building principals reviewed the district safety plan and procedures with staff. This annually updated plan was developed in the aftermath of previous national tragedies with input from staff, community and law enforcement.
Sit. Stay. Come. Heel. This December, Orlando, Florida will be filled with the most well-behaved, highly trained dogs in the nation, all vying for the top spot at the prestigious American Kennel Club National Obedience Invitational (NOI). Local resident, Karen Lechner and her Labrador retriever, Pepsi, will be among the contenders.
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