A majority of Wednesday’s Sachem Board of Education meeting was spent honoring dozens of deserving individuals in the school district for an array of achievements.
The recognition portion of the evening took up nearly an hour as countless certificates were presented, songs were sung and honors were bestowed.
After students from Sachem North sang “Silent Night” to open the meeting, elementary students from Grundy Avenue rapped about Covey leadership skills, again bringing out the best in the future generations of Sachem.
Sachem North swim coach Al Scott was present to honor a handful of individuals who helped save his life in November. They performed CPR and used an AED to bring him back when he collapsed at the Sachem North pool.
“When those things come up, our Sachem students know how to react,” said Sachem North Principal John Dolan.
Jessica Campo was presented with the American Red Cross Life Saving Award for Professional Responders for selfless and humane action in saving a life and a proclamation from New York Assemblyman Al Graf.
The team was honored for their New York State title winning season, and head coach Tina Moon took a bow for being recognized as the Coach of the Year on Long Island.
Sachem East’s sat and listened as her coach, Dan Schaub, praised her fall season as she competed with the best in the country at the Nike Cross Country National Championship. Paul, who still has winter and spring track to make her mark even more this year, has committed to run at Georgetown.
Sachem East football coach was recognized for his New York Giants Coach of the Week honor he won earlier this year after Week 3 in the football season.
The “” from Sachem North also accepted certificates for their help in gathering supplies and food for 1,200 families this Thanksgiving holiday season.
Math Curriculum Council Presentation
In the only presentation of the evening, the district’s Math Curriculum Council spoke about their combination of the Race to the Top team, chair people and remedial and class room teachers to form the council and look at shifts in state standards that are presenting massive changes.
“Once again the state of New York has given us a daunting task of aligning our current math curriculum 9-12 with the common core standards,” said Sachem North math chair William Miller. “The staffs at both East and North seem enthusiastic at the new approach, but like anything new are quite nervous and anxious.”
Miller said with all the topics they are required to cover over the year, they always seem rushed and these goals of coherence, fluency and deeper understanding seem to stray.
“The mile deep instead of a mile wide process is the goal of the common core,” Miller said, “and with that goal in mind we should be able to meet the goals of these particular shifts.”
The next Sachem Central School District Board of Education meeting will be a work session on January 4 and the next regular board meeting is scheduled for January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the usual location at the Administrative Annex at Samoset Middle School in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.