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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

Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied. 

 

“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.

The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State.  The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS

Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).


Sports

After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events. 

 

After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer. 

Cross-Country Crowned Champs

The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park.  This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought. 

 

Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20.  Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.


Calendar

Mineola School Meeting - November 20

Fools Rush In - November 21

Mustangs Face Roosevelt - November 22 


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