Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 07 November 2013 00:00
The Wheatley School is a considered a top school in the country after making the recent Newsweek/Daily Beast Top 1,000 in the United States. It was ranked 92nd (62nd in 2012) 25th in New York State and fourth on Long Island.
According to the Daily Beast, the list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).
Wheatley sports graduation rates and SAT scores of 100 percent and 1,739, respectively, with all of its students being college bound.
Wheatley principal Sean Feeney feels institutions like charter schools and magnets (public schools with specialized curriculum) keep true public schools from moving up on the list. Furthermore, the rankings are more of a testament to the districts dedication to educating its students toward college-ready levels. Wheatley students averaged a 3.2 out of 5 on AP exams, according to Newsweek.
For the last few years, Feeney has presented the rankings to the East Williston Board of Education to “put them in context.” He noted in a recent presentation that Newsweek’s list tends to have magnets, selective and charter schools at the top of the list.
Newsweek ranked The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky, a public academy and early college entrance program as the top high school in the country. Only three of the top 50 schools have open enrollment and the average special education enrollment is about 3.6 percent.
“Once you take away the charter schools, there’s a huge movement [in the list],” Feeney said. “It’s important for our parents and community members to understand the nature of the rankings.”
The rankings don’t factor heavily into the school’s thinking, according to Feeney.
“The Newsweek list tends to be more interesting because it has a couple different layers and factors,” he said. “What I like about [the list] is you include things like the graduation rate and college acceptance rate. Those are important factors for schools.”
While the list may rank the top schools, Feeney sees companies that put out these rankings benefit from website clicks.
“The rankings are a fact of life,” he said. “Quite frankly, those organizations that put out rankings...[the lists] inevitably produce a lot of revenue for those organizations,” he said.
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola Village Board approved the much-debated, revised plan for Bolla Market to build a gas station and convenience store at 449 Jericho Turnpike last week. The property was hotly contested at hearings in October and November due to the property abutting village residences and the proposal calling for a 24-hour gas station and convenience store.
The 2,250-square foot business will be open seven days, 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days per week, according to papers obtained by the Mineola American. Bolla reps confirmed that this is the first non-24 hour Bolla Market station in the entire company.
Forty-two of CEO Harry Singh’s 85 Bolla locations have a convenience store. The Mineola site will hold six 2-sided gas pumps and one store.
Saturday, 14 December 2013 00:00
Mineola High School senior, Jennifer Vasek and her mother have suffered for years from a rare disorder called Chiari malformation. Both have endured several brain surgeries yet still suffer from Chiari symptoms on a daily basis. They include headaches, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision and loss of balance. Chiari malformations occur when the base of the brain protrudes through the lower skull and touches the upper part of the spinal cord, creating numerous neurological symptoms. The only accurate way to identify Chiari is with an MRI of the neck.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Students in the Karatatot Kids program at Charles Water Karate And Fitness in Williston Park get a chance to participate in “Special Time” at the end of each class. This is an opportunity for them to share something special in their lives with their teacher. It was created by Charles Water for the Karatatot class students to have a productive and fulfilling class and the children wait to the end to share their thoughts.
Karatatot is a combination of exercise and karate in a format specifically designed for children ages 4½ and up. In a fun filled and nurturing setting children learn concentration, discipline, respect, as well as an understanding of self defense at his or her own level. The results are improved strength, coordination, and flexibility and the self confidence for children.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
MAA Soccer is offering an indoor soccer program during January and February for soccer players born from 2006-2009. Each registrant will enjoy six, one-hour training sessions on Saturday’s during the first two months of 2014. The program is managed by MAA’s training partner, Empire Soccer Academy, and is designed to encourage soccer skills improvement through fun and challenging drills and games.
The clinics take place at the Mineola Village Community Center gym at 155 Washington Avenue. For more information, please visit www.mineolaaa.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.