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Editorial: Observe Veterans Day

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

With the passing of Hurricane Sandy and the mid-week Nor’easter storm, many routines, traditions and normal day-to-day tasks have unintentionally been overlooked, canceled and even rescheduled. This weekend, Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans’ Day. Many organizations, schools and municipalities are maintaining their scheduled observances.

It’s easy to forget or not take a few minutes to observe, while trying to get back to normal after displacement and disorientation. Being able to recover quickly and establish some sense of normalcy is one of the great characteristics of many veterans. The sooner we get back to some routines, the easier it will be to recover from the regional weather mess. This Sunday, if you are able, thank a veteran or even extend a gracious gesture.



Letter: Levittown Housewives Possess Wealth Of Character

Friday, 09 November 2012 00:00

Although reality TV “Housewives” draw the attention of millions, personifying the idea that money can’t buy a richness of character, the real “housewives” of Levittown demonstrate that they possess a vast wealth of character.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, one only had to drive through the streets of Levittown to see the spirit of the people…the neighbors…the community. I watched neighbors help each other clean up the debris and damage. During the height of the storm my neighbors with power offered refuge to my family in their home, as we had no power.   


From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: November 7, 2012

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Wednesday, 07 November 2012 09:51

Two years ago, The Wall Street Journal and Cambria Consulting conducted research to find the colleges that job recruiters favored most. In fact, they surveyed the nation’s top companies seeking their input for the best, brightest and most highly skilled students – the universities where students have shown the greatest potential for future success.   

Naturally, with parents and students investing tens of thousands of dollars for a college education, future employment opportunities should be considered before applying to any school. Clearly, this information would benefit both parents and students since the job market is so competitive right now. Undoubtedly, most parents would want their children to attend schools where their skills are coveted by Fortune 500 companies.


From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: October 25, 2012

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

Recently, information released by Northeastern University reports that 51 percent  of college graduates from 2011 are either “un” or “under” employed. Just imagine spending four years working toward the ultimate goal of entering the nation’s workforce to discover there are few opportunities in your field. Clearly, the Great Recession has impacted our best and brightest students.   

With the cost of college at a record high, many people are asking if higher education is worth the cost. After all, the pursuit of a college diploma has left many students with mortgage-like debt. 


Letter: A Lesson In Teacher-Student Relations

Friday, 26 October 2012 00:00

My name is Patricia Block. I teach sixth and seventh grade students at Salk Middle School in Levittown. I’d like to share a lesson I did with my colleague, Mrs. Clingen, that stood out to me as brilliant demonstration of teachers working closely with students to help them succeed in the classroom. I think it is important to share some insight into one class through one experiment that takes part within a full day of learning so many different things.

This lesson was an experiment entitled, “M&Ms Melt in Your Mouth, Not in Your Hand and Here’s Why....”.


Editorial: Jack O’Lantern Tour Thrills Long Island Again

Written by Christy Hinko Friday, 19 October 2012 00:00

This weekend, I chaperoned a Girl Scout Troop to see Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns tour at Old Westbury Gardens where more than 5,000 carved pumpkins returned to Long Island for its annual display; the carving talents are unreal. The girls were most impressed with the commercial character carvings such as Angry Birds and the Disney princesses. The fathers who chaperoned were attracted to the sports team carvings, although everyone was in amazement at the “tribute” pumpkins, carved to honor the greats like Neil Armstrong, Lewis Carroll, Albert Einstein, and Whitney Houston. Others adored the scenic carvings like Coney Island, Statue of Liberty, the Montauk Lighthouse, and the Brooklyn Bridge.


Letter: Farm Bureau Thanks McDonough

Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named Assemblyman David McDonough to our annual “Circle of Friends” list. This legislative award is granted based upon his record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.

Assemblyman McDonough joins a number of other legislators in the Senate and Assembly that have a superior voting record on issues and have shown strong support for New York farming during the 2012 state legislative session. Each member of the Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” has demonstrated an understanding of the important issues impacting farmers and the considerable impact the industry has on our economy and quality of life.


Letter: Heroin Prevention Task Force

Friday, 12 October 2012 00:00

(Police Chief Charles Gennario of the Rockville Centre Police Department, is a member of the Nassau County Heroin Prevention Task Force and submitted this letter on behalf of the Task Force.)

Prescription drug abuse in the nation is at an unparalleled height and it’s having a detrimental impact on our society.  Nassau County is no different than the rest of the country and we are seeing ever-increasing abuse in our communities.  It is affecting people of all ages, but is having the greatest impact on our youth.


From the desk of Dr. James Grossane: October 4, 2012

Written by Dr. James Grossane, Levittown Superintendent of Schools Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you back to the 2012-2013 school year. The district’s administrators, teachers and staff worked hard to ensure a smooth opening for our students, who arrived at their respective campuses ready to learn and grow.

During my first year as superintendent, our district realized many notable achievements by both our students and staff. Both U.S. News & World Report and Newsweek placed Division Avenue and MacArthur high schools on their lists of the top-ranked high schools in the nation. Most recently, Summit Lane Elementary School was identified as one of 250 New York State Reward Schools for its high performance. This honor places Summit Lane in the running for federal grant monies in accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. These honors are indeed a testament to the supportive families and committed educators who assist students in reaching their goals each day. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Board of Education who have continually provided our students with opportunities for educational growth and success.


From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: October 4, 2012

Written by Dr. Charles Murphy, Island Trees Superintendent of Schools Friday, 05 October 2012 00:00

New York State has adopted a new curriculum K-12 – The Common Core.  The Common Core is a nationwide effort to introduce new rigorous content and knowledge-based problem-solving standards into all subject areas. The Common Core initiative is intended to produce students who are prepared to compete with students from high performing international educational systems. In fact, 45 states have signed on and are modifying their curriculum to meet these new lofty expectations.

Earlier this summer, the New York State Education Department (SED) finally provided a few sample questions for the upcoming “Common Core” assessments, grades 3-8, planned to rollout in April.


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