Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
To The Editor:
A funny thing happened to me and my family only one week before school started in Port Washington. Somehow, my child’s schedule was (drastically) changed; yet nobody from the High School bothered to let us know — not by phone, mail, nor email. When we contacted the school to find out, “What was up,” the guidance department told us that the schedule changes were out of “their” hands. We were told the changes were made by the School Administration.
The guidance Chairperson told me I had to appeal directly to the principal. I found that odd, since the principal never met my child, yet recommended a course of study in direct contrast to the Guidance Department recommendations and the family wishes. Being a teacher and former Board Member, I knew my rights and the principal agreed to reverse the scheduling changes; although I never got an answer as to why we were never contacted.
Here is my theory: Our child decided to pursue the requirements for a Regents Diploma, and not an Advanced Regents Diploma. As a family, we discussed these options with the school’s guidance staff last June. It was all agreed that a regular Regents Diploma would be best for our child. So, why was my child’s schedule changed over the summer without parental notification? The administration thinks it looks better (in Newsday) if more students graduate with the Advanced Regents.
I felt the situation was handled poorly and I contacted the Superintendent. She informed me that several families agreed to the schedule changes (when they found out), and other families, such as mine who did not agree had their schedules reverted back to the original. So, if you are one of those families affected and you are “not yet in the loop”, you should not have a problem getting your child’s original schedule reinstated (even if those courses are now closed).
Friday, 01 November 2013 00:00
Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.
Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.
Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.
Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.
Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.
“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.
Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.
The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life. He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.
Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00
The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.
With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.