Dear Island Trees School Community,
This year New York State has required all homeowners to re-register for the STAR tax reduction program. This is an approximate $700 rebate for the average New York State home. Recently, New York State has announced that about 800,000 homeowners have failed to re-register for this program. We hope that all Island Trees homeowners take notice and make sure they have re-registered for the STAR program. The deadline is December 31, 2013. Please find the following link for registration information. http://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star13/default.htm.
In this era of high stakes testing, reading is still the key to success. Simply put, the more children read, the more successful they will be with the new Common Core assessments. Naturally, the foundation for reading success starts at home.
Generally, children learn by imitating their parents – they watch our every move as they learn to make their way through this very complex world.
School board members in New York overwhelmingly support eliminating double-testing of eighth-graders in math, according to a new poll by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).
Eighty-four percent of board members believe the state should seek a waiver from the federal government to allow eighth-grade students who take the Regents Algebra 1 exam to skip the regular eighth-grade math test. Twelve percent of respondents believe the state should not seek a waiver, while 4 percent were not sure.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the residents of the Town of Hempstead for their overwhelming support on election day. As my history as a local businessman and community activist has served as my foundation, I have continually done my best to build upon that foundation through community service. Government must be “customer friendly,” government representatives must serve with dedication to those we are elected to represent.
“Eighty percent of success is showing up” is a quote attributed to Woody Allen. Although Mr. Allen may have been facetious with his delivery, in truth, being present is very meaningful.
Too often in recent times, individuals who miss work, classes, practices or tryouts have a very difficult time understanding why they didn’t receive the promotion, the good grade or the coveted spot on the team. Naturally from time to time, people don’t feel well.
I want to thank everyone who voted on November 5 and participated in the most important part of the democratic process. The results clearly show that Nassau County residents want lower taxes, less expensive government and high quality services. These are not incompatible objectives. These objectives can be accomplished by continuing to make government more efficient by finding and eliminating waste, fraud, and unnecessary expenses while growing our economy to provide jobs, opportunities and additional sales tax revenues.
As we salute the men and women who served our nation on Veterans Day, the American Lung Association wants veterans and their loved ones to know that those who served have a higher incidence of lung cancer than the general population. November is also Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and the message that veterans have an increased risk for acquiring this dreaded disease is an important one that’s too often overlooked in the stories we typically read about both veterans and about lung cancer.
On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., we will again present the ABCs of College Admissions for parents and students at the Island Trees High School. This program is geared for students in grades 8-11. This is a repeat presentation of the program we held in June. The ABCs of College Admissions will provide insight and preparation strategies to the complex college admissions process. It’s never too early or late to prepare for the college process. If you missed our last discussion, we invite you to attend.
Believe it or not, our Student Registration Office has already started our Kindergarten registration process for the 2014-15 school year – the Island Trees High School Class of 2027. Children born from December 2, 2008 to December 1, 2009 are eligible to attend Kindergarten in September 2014. To be included in all of our community mailings, please contact Carole Lofaso in our registration Office at 516-520-2111. Registration appointments will begin shortly. If you have any questions about our Kindergarten programs, please feel free to contact Sparke principal, Dr. Penny Fisher, 516-520-2126.
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