The sound of squealing school buses and kids at recess filled the air last Tuesday in Jericho and Syosset, where children headed back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd for a short two-day week.
In Jericho, kids of all ages were ready for the first day of school at the Craig Street bus stop. At Cantiague Elementary School, Principal Tony Sinanis, teachers and staff enthusiastically welcomed students as they arrived.
The Syosset Board of Education is interviewing for the position of interim superintendent through the end of August, following the surprise announcement last month of now outgoing Superintendent of Schools Carole Hankin’s retirement after 23 years of service to the district.
“The individual we choose will share our vision to maintain the district’s academic excellence,” said the board in a statement. “In addition, as a practical matter, the selection of an outstanding and experienced interim superintendent will provide the board with the necessary time to conduct a search for and eventually hire the very best possible superintendent for our district.”
Dear Parents of Students in Grades 3 through 8,
As you are aware, two weeks ago, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released scores for grades 3-8 ELA and mathematics assessments that were administered during the spring. While our students’ scores continue to be at the highest levels reported in the state, we know that there are many concerns regarding the significant drop in students receiving Levels 3 and 4 in both assessments. Please know that we share those concerns and question the methodologies that generated those scores. However, we need to place the scores in the context of the changes that have been made in both curricula and testing.
New York State test scores in grades three through eight plummeted on Long Island by 40 percent this year, but education administrators are telling parents not to fret. It’s not a sign of decline in either teachers or students, but reflects results of a completely new test based on the “common core learning standards,” developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices in conjunction with state education officers and voluntarily adopted by the state Board of Regents in 2010.
“There has been much conversation and attention to the state’s change in the curriculum,” Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeffrey Streitman said, who explained that the NYSED transistioned all the districts in NYS to what curriculum they had been using in the past to what is now called the Common Core.
Eishdeep Cattry has been named to the spring 2013 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences. Selection for this award is based on completing and passing all assigned courses with no grade below a “C” and attaining an academic average of at least 3.4 for courses taken in the spring of 2013.
Cattry of Syosset is a doctor of pharmacy student.
The tradition continues at Robert Seaman with the recently held fifth grade circus pulling into town.
There were stilt walkers who didn’t just take steps but walked on stilts over each other - the whole group did the devil sticks expertly with a finale of a giant roll. Balancing acts with feathers that wiggle and move with every breath you take.
The diablos tossed and displayed fancy foot works with tricks, and the spinning of plates and salad holders wowed the audience.
Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers, Nassau BOCES Barry Tech Automotive Technology Instructor John Gaare, and Nassau BOCES Board President Stephen B. Witt, recently congratulated SkillsUSA award winner Emily Witteck of Jericho, who was part of the Nassau BOCES Barry Tech team at this year’s SkillsUSA New York Leadership Conference and Skills Championship, held in Syracuse. The mission of SkillsUSA is to empower its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. Nassau BOCES Barry Tech is a state-of-the-art career and technical education center in Westbury.
Fifth grade students at Robert Seaman Elementary School recently participated in a consumer lesson that involved creating a business plan, marketing their products and learning how to write out a check and balance a checkbook. Fifth grade teachers Ms. Gladd, Ms. Horowitz and Ms. Trieber facilitated the activity, that allowed students to shop in the other classrooms using funds that they earned during class time.
- Denise Nash
Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School recognized the achievements of its outstanding students at its Annual Honors Banquet held on June 11 at the Fox Hollow Caterers in Woodbury. Among those honored was Woodbury resident Francesca Filandro, a LuHi Junior.
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