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Superintendent’s Column

Around The District

Strategic Planning – Can You Help?

Thank you to those of you who helped us ‘try out’ the important priority survey we will be distributing to the entire East Williston School District community in March. 

Dr. Feeney On The Radio

On Monday, Feb. 18,  Dr. Sean Feeney, Wheatley Principal, was a special guest on WNYC-FM’s The Brian Lehr Show, which featured a Principals’ Roundtable.  The discussion focused on being a principal in today’s world.   You can hear a recording of the broadcast by going to http://www. wnyc.org/shows/bl/2013/feb/18/principals-roundtable/  

Leveled Literacy Intervention

Recently, North Side reading and other support teachers participated in a two-day training session in Leveled Literacy Intervention for third grade. (Note: This training is supportive of one of this year’s curriculum goals, implementing our District Response to Intervention Plan.)  The Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System (LLI) is a small-group, supplementary intervention program designed to help teachers provide powerful, daily, small-group instruction for children in the early grades.  Next month reading teachers and grade K, 1 and 2 support teachers will participate in the training. 

High School Course Selection

Wheatley is now in the process of scheduling for the 2013-14 school year.  

A Reminder from the Guidance Department:  Have a thoughtful conversation with your child about their course selections.  Students are encouraged to choose courses that challenge their intellect and stimulate their minds. Building a schedule that provides opportunities for research, exploration and critical thinking is important as students look forward to the college years.

New College Seminar Courses Added 

Next year’s juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to take two brand new courses.  One is the Junior Seminar, which will involve preparation for the SAT and ACT exams as well as support students in the college search process.  Seniors have the opportunity to sign up for the Senior Seminar where they will work on essay writing, building a resume and other activities designed to support them in their college application process.

Budget 2013-14

Wednesday, Feb.27 was the first Budget Workshop.   At this meeting the district presented an overview of the budget, as well as the administrative and capital components of the budget. Other parts of the budget will be highlighted at upcoming workshops, the calendar of which is listed on our website. Each Friday, I will highlight the key details from each budget meeting in this newsletter. You will also find the Budget Info page on the website updated after each workshop.  [Start at www.ewsdonline.org and click on the District tab > Departments > Business & Finance > Budget Info > 13-14 Budget Info. You may also find the Budget Info page in the news box on the home page of the website.]  

Boys Varsity Basketball – What a Team!

Congratulations to Wheatley’s Boys Varsity Basketball team, the number one seed in the Nassau County Class B Championship Tournament.