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Encouraging Parents Read To Kids

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools Dr. Charles Murphy Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00

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.


Board Members Support Less Testing For Eighth-Graders

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

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.


The Levittown Museum

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools DR. Charles Murphy Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

This week I was invited for a personal tour of the Levittown Historical Museum. At the time, I thought I was receiving the red carpet treatment because of my position with Island Trees. Surprisingly enough, I soon discovered that all patrons are shepherded through the museum with this personalized service. A wonderful group of volunteers. One nicer than the next. 


Letter: Thanks To Constituents

Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00

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.


Share Your Holiday Spirit

Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00


Have you decked your halls? Have the children shared their wish lists? The Levittown Tribune wants to help the community celebrate the season. Send us photos of your decorations, your tree, or your children’s holiday-themed artwork. Share reminiscences of past holidays or your hopes for the coming year. Send by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the old-fashioned way to 132 E. Second St., Mineola, NY 11501. 


Eighty Percent Of Success

Written by Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools DR. Charles Murphy Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

“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.  


Maragos Thanks Supporters

Written by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00

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. 


Letter: Veterans Should Speak To Their Doctors About Risk For Lung Cancer

Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

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.


ABCs Of College Admission, Kindergarten Registration

Written by DR. Charles Murphy Island Trees Superintendent Of Schools Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00

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.


Letter: Wanted: A Discussion Of Form In Educational Reform

Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00

The United States in 2013 possesses as system of public education that is demonstrably inferior to that of other developed nations and to the public education system it had enjoyed in 1910 when urban classrooms overcrowded with immigrant children nonetheless produced students who grew-up to become talented and highly-accomplished productive citizens. We can blame teachers, administrators, unions, school boards, the Board of Regents, the Department of Education, parents, too much TV, too many video games, and the Core Curriculum. Each, in their own manner, is less than guilt-free. Nevertheless, blaming them merely exonerates the culture from the fact that in 2013, all the lip-service and billion-dollar expenditures notwithstanding, education is not expected, rewarded, or respected the way it had hitherto been and still is in many other countries. And this distain for learning is no longer confined to the experiences of academically gifted students ostracized as nerds, geeks, and dweebs by their future minimum wage/drug rehab/correctional facility peers; in this nation where museums, art galleries, historical societies, churches, and civic organizations don’t enjoy as much funding or regard as the tobacco, gamboling, alcohol, professional sports, tattoo, pornography, and body-piercing industries. Children are growing up in households where there’s more passion and enthusiasm for celebrities, gadgets, and shopping than for math, science, books, and art. Adults, even college-educated adults, have joined what Isaac Asimov in 1980 called “the cult of ignorance” whereby tolerance, open-mindedness, and the egalitarian spirit is expressed in the notion that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge”.


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