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Musicians Perform In NYSSMA Festival

The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District congratulates students enrolled in Mattlin Middle School’s sixth-grade band and John F. Kennedy High School’s string and chamber orchestras for participating and earning distinction in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Major Organization Festival at Hofstra University.  

JFK High School’s chamber orchestra earned level six gold with distinction, JFK’s string orchestra was awarded level give gold honors, and Mattlin Middle School’s sixth-grade band was honored with level two gold.

The festival hosts students throughout New York State to perform three separate pieces in front of expert judges. The judges assess the student music groups on their tone, intonation, technique, accuracy, interpretation and additional musical elements.

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If you’re like most people, your medicine cabinet might be a jumbled assortment of boxes, bottles and tubes.  

That innocent bit of disorganization in your medicine cabinet might actually pose a risk if you’re not careful, according to Leonard Langino, a pharmacist with North Shore Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Group, who recently held a lecture on the subject at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.

In a pronounced response to the New York State Common Core standards, more than 800 Plainview-Old Bethpage students opted out of the English Language Arts and Mathematics exams, according to New York State Allies for Public Education.

In response to concerns from school officials, parents, and teachers regarding the level of testing administered to children in grades 3-8, U.S. Rep. Steve Israel joined 12 of Long Island’s school district superintendents, on Sept. 8, to present new legislation that would reduce the number of tests taken by students in grades 3-8.  


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