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State Ed. Common Core And Commendations

New York State Education Department Update

You can read the latest communication from the Commissioner of Education John B. King, Jr. by clicking on the following link http://usny.nysed.gov/docs/reflections-on-the-core.pdf . With respect to state testing, Commissioner King informs us that the state education department has reduced the number of questions and testing time on the federally required assessments for grades 3-8. In subsequent news, the SED has received the waiver requested from the federal government so that eighth graders taking ninth grade algebra and the algebra Regents exam will no longer be required to take the eighth grade New York State math test.

 

Guidance Department Update 

Thank you to the Interview committees of parents, teachers and administrators who have provided such important insight and assistance to the search process for two new high school guidance counselors.  Candidates commented on the rigor and intensity of the process as we committed to finding truly excellent candidates for these key positions.  In addition to several interviews, the semi-finalist/finalist candidates made a presentation to a group of parents and students so that we could further assess their communication skills.

 

The candidate being recommended to fill the vacancy created by Mr. Wang’s resignation is anticipated for appointment at the Jan. 27 board of education monthly business meeting and will begin at Wheatley that week.

 

We are continuing the search process for a second guidance counselor to take over Mr. Wasserman’s case load when he transitions into the director of guidance position.  

 

Dr. Sean Feeney will be sending out a letter with plan details to the families involved in the guidance transition process early next week.

 

Thank you to the parents who attended my two recent Coffees with the Superintendent. I appreciate the insight and informative questions. A topic of interest was the college admission process. The high school guidance department and Wheatley administration will present an updated workshop and information on this topic at an upcoming board of education work session. 

 

Kindergarten Registration Time

Registration for the incoming 2014-15 North Side Kindergarten class will be taking place at The Wheatley School in the Library/IMC on Feb. 4, 5 and 6.

 

A child is eligible for kindergarten next year if they are 5 years of age on or before Dec. 1 (that is, a child born between Dec. 2, 2008 and Dec. 1, 2009).  To start the kindergarten registration process and receive a Kindergarten Registration Packet from the North

Side School, please call North Side School’s main office at 516-333-6860. Additional information can be obtained on the website at www.ewsdonline.org > go to schools on the horizontal navigation bar and click on North Side > go down the vertical navigation bar to kindergarten registration Information. 

 

Children with last names beginning with A-F register on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Children with last names beginning with G-L register on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 3:30 to 4:15  p.m. Children with last names beginning with M-Z register on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

 

How To Make Math Count: Common Core Workshop

On Jan. 9, several district staff members attended and presented at the How to Make Math Count—A Conference for K-8 Teachers at Molloy College.  The sponsors, the Nassau County Mathematics Teachers Association and the Nassau County Association of

Mathematics Supervisors were pleased to present Steve Leinwand, principal research analyst and author of Common Core at Work in the Math Classroom as the keynote speaker.  North Side and Willets Road teachers presented engaging workshops with innovative ideas to share with fellow teachers who were in attendance.   

 

North Side teachers Henry Lim and Tracy Kasschau presented "Math and Movement" for grades 3 - 5 – The workshop presented ideas that can be used in or out of the classroom. These ideas increase student engagement, boost self-confidence, reach kinesthetic learners and increase math fact fluency for all.

 

Willets Road teachers Sloane Sepe and Diane Viola presented differentiation in middle school math classes for grades 6 - 7. The workshop presented strategies for differentiation in the middle school classroom.

 

North Side teacher Mike Mazur presented Got iPads? for Grades K – 2 – An in depth look at using iPads in the classroom.

 

North Side teacher Lisa Minerva presented Building the Foundations of the Common Core: Numeracy and Place Value for Grades 2 – 4 . The workshop presented many activities for the classroom.

 

East Williston Teacher Talent And Recognition

Over the break, The New York Times on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 featured an exciting review of a musical running in New York City, “The Greatest Pirate Story (N)ever Told,” directed by our very own Wheatley English teacher Rick Leidenfrost-Wilson.  It is an hour-long family musical that features audience participation and actor improvisation.  To read the review and find out performance information go to www.nytimes.com/2013/12/27/arts/spare-times-for-children-for-dec-27-jan-2.html?_r=0


News

Educating The Underprivileged Girl

As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what

exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

 

Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.

East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd.  Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”

 

Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.

 

“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said.  “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”

 

The Third Precinct declined to comment.


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


Calendar

Exercise Class - September 24

Silver Sneaker Fitness - September 25

International Night - September 25


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
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