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From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Annually, the country celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Day on May 7th. It’s a nice reminder to acknowledge the positive impact teachers have on our children. Clearly, in this era of high stakes testing and accountability, it’s even more important to have quality teachers who work well with students in and out of the classroom. 

 

Letter: Vanishing Bees, Vanishing Humankind

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

The old saying, “Busy as a Bee” comes from the fact that bees pollinate at least 70% of our crops, which is 1 out of 3 bites of food that we eat - encompassing at least 95 varieties of crops. 

The world’s bees are in jeopardy of extinction.  Bees have been dying off in droves since the mid 1990s.  This disaster began in France and kept spreading throughout the world, hitting the U.S. in 2006.  It was given a name – colony collapse disorder, or CCD.  Much has been made over the so-called mystery surrounding CCD.  

 

From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

This week our high school students take their Advanced Placement exams. It won’t be long before middle and high school final and Regents exams begin. Although many people stay up late in an effort to study, cramming is not an effective way to prepare for these summative assessments.  

 

From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

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. 

 

Letter: Durkins Thank Community After Devastation

Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

Our lives changed on Jan. 9 forever. We awoke to the high-pitched shrill of smoke alarms and a house filled with smoke and flames. Thank God for the quick response of my husband Robert we just got out of the house in time.  

 

It is very hard to lose your home and all your possessions.  It is very overwhelmingly.  

 

We were deeply touched by the response of our Island Trees and Levittown community, especially Island Trees MIddle School, Mrs. Previdi’s class, Principal Dr. Roger Bloom, and staff and all organizations who had fundraisers for our family.  

 

Letter: Save Our Libraries

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

In today’s climate of ever-shrinking funding, hard decisions need to be made in order to balance the school budget. As you consider where to make cuts and what programs to eliminate, please consider the following information about school library programs and school librarians.

 

While all school libraries are important, we believe that school libraries, especially elementary school libraries, and the certified school librarians to staff them, are needed now more than ever. As you know, elementary school provides the basis upon which all further education is built. A strong school library program in elementary school will result in the future success of your students as they move toward college and careers.

 

From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

The district continues to cultivate a strong partnership between our parents and teachers. We realize communication is an important component of this relationship.  

Next school year, 2013-14, we plan to open the “parent portal” feature of our student management system for our secondary school parents. Specifically, the parent portal will allow parents to access their child’s attendance, grades, and quarterly reports.  

 

From The Desk Of Dr. Charles Murphy

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

There was no bigger annual event during my childhood than The 4:30 Movie popular episodes Planet of the Apes week.  Once The 4:30 Movie opening movie cameraman graphic began rolling and the iconic melody humming, Dada-dada-dada-dada-dada, my friends and I would jostle around our old RCA television for a prime viewing spot.  For 90 minutes, we were glued to the TV and after five afternoons of movie classics like Planet of the Apes, Beneath the Planet of the Apes and Escape from the Planet of the Apes, we were brainwashed with the idea of man-like apes roaming the Earth at some future date. 

 

Letter: Very Bad, But No Worse

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

While I’m in total agreement with John Owens’ “Buttafuocoed” views about Long Island, I have some disagreements with John Collins’ reaction letter published last week (“Joey’s Legacy”). 

 

Collins is absolutely right when he says that “[Long Island] lacks political leadership that has any sense of vision for this area. The politicians are too vested in partisan politics and patronage. They lack the intelligence, experience and commitment to develop any bold, creative solutions to Long Island’s challenges...how dysfunctional the governmental process is in both counties. It is a half-century history of one stupid decision after another.” 

 

Nassau County Comptroller’s Report

Written by George Maragos Friday, 12 April 2013 00:00

Do-It-Yourself Grievance 

Homeowners who have not filed property assessment appeals in the last two years should file prior to May 1, 2013 deadline. 

Home prices fluctuate annually throughout Nassau County due to market conditions. In some cases, the price fluctuations may be uneven within the same area or amongst individual homes. The annual property re-assessment process, from the creation of the tentative roll to the end of the grievance process, is intended to deliver a final roll, which is as fair as possible, and free of errors. The grievance part of the process is intended to give homeowners the opportunity to point out and correct any errors in their individual assessment. 

 

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