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Billy Joel applauded and smiled during at the “The River of Dreams: A Billy Joel Tribute Concert” in Glen Cove. Credit: Glen Cove School District
loving lindy April 11, 2014 at 03:38 pm
I have not been on the Patch in some time and see this nice story about Billy Joel and of courseRead More there is a negative comment by "Get Off My Lawn." Why can't you just say nothing. Why need to comment. This is why no one reads the Patch anymore. Everyone gets so tired of the toxic people. I agree with Carol H. Enough already. Nicely done Billy! Now I am officially done with this on-line news thread. So please Get Off My Lawn, educate us all how "you are entitled to your opinion." No one cares!
teena April 11, 2014 at 07:05 pm
so sick of hearing everyone blaming the parents. the show ended, the parents were all leaving (toRead More get back to work!) and billy joel was sitting right by the exit. all the parents had to pass him. the 'mob' that bothered him for autographs was teachers who brought out their soloist along with their parents. he left because half the auditorium was leaving!
Gabe Gonsalves April 14, 2014 at 10:34 am
Billy Joel is a class act.......I know him from my younger days. The man is true to his roots.
Photo: @EARizzo57 Twitter
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm
Liz, my point is a reality about home values. Not a stretch as you suggest. I know a principal whoRead More invited local realtors in for open houses to demonstrate how well the school was doing to offset the negative publicity portrayed by media. I saw firsthand parents who relocated to another school based on test scores. Parents don't trust realtors, they look on Greatschools.com and see a test score. Newspapers and news outlets report test scores, they don't take the time to break down why they schools score low let alone why they score high. Most parents won't spend the time to interview or do a walkthrough for a public school before attending.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Liz, not to beat a dead horse, do your own research about test scores and home values. I think youRead More will be convinced.
Irish Rover April 9, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Disgusted, you are talking about teacher union leadership. IMO Tenure and teacher unions are killingRead More the quality of American education. Be accountable or get out of the profession.
Kwasi Enin has a tough choice to make. (Photo courtesy of the William Floyd School District)
Mrs. Sea April 6, 2014 at 09:12 am
I always have a hard time understanding why contributors to sites like this one cannot read a happy,Read More joyful, success story and not make bitter, negative and political comments. Can't you just be happy for this boy who worked hard all his life to get to this point? His self-motivation, brains, family, family history, school, community and perhaps church all contributed to his success. Be happy for and proud of Kwasi.
Scooter Libby April 6, 2014 at 09:25 am
@sea It is a wonderful story. But a major part of the story is Kwasi's race. As I stated before ifRead More all things were the same except his skin color there would be no story. Kwasii is not even the #1 ranked student at his school-there are ten ranked higher. Maybe they didn't get good SAT scores, didn't apply to these schools or did and we're not accepted. All I'm saying is that his skin color was a factor to his success.
CHRIS April 6, 2014 at 01:25 pm
Mrs Sea that would be boring. It's much more fun to dive into the story and pick it apart. It'sRead More about asking questions and finding out what your fellow Americans are thinking. Would you rather all of us blindly read a story and accept it as it is written?
Lorraine DeVita April 6, 2014 at 01:40 pm
And it was BECASUE of the warm fuzzy teacher that we spent hundreds of dollars monthly for tutors.Read More I would send her a belated bill if she is still around..
yeahitzme April 6, 2014 at 02:18 pm
We all agree what a vital impact teachers have on their students and all of our children...whoRead More surely are the future of society. We all want what is best for all and there is no one exact road or method to get there...adapting and being flexible depending on any situation is a skill that that garners best results...finding what works and building upon that will most likely have positive results. And yes...mushy is definately not the desired method of instruction and yes...those tutoring bills can add up quite fast with the going rate...Unfortunately...my child had one of those no nonsense teachers and that was the subject I was paying those tutors for...A child that shuts down...can't learn...that approach did not work for them. I am sure there is a comfortable middle ground where both firm and supportive instruction can coexist successfully for both teacher and student. I think it comes down to a respect from and for the teacher! We all know it only takes a short moment to tear something down that may have taken years to build up....Teaching is not easy in any regard...but the rewards are great...as Marion accidentally found out on Facebook when feedback from long past students confirmed...she had gotten things "right" in her instruction along the way... Great effort from all involved is required to achieve success in most cases..albeit that natural prodigy genius that is very rare to come by! May we ALL be successful...and joyful...whichever road we choose!
Lorraine DeVita April 6, 2014 at 05:52 pm
Excellent points! Going too far in either direction has consequences...mostly negative. RespectRead More to me must be earned or at the very least in some cases retained , title or position, alphabet soup before or after a name , does not automatically grant respect. The PERSON earns the respect ...... ie- .the OFFICE of the president deserves respect despite WHO is sitting in the chair, the Person who is IN the job needs to earn the respect OF the title.
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
NYCLU LHV March 19, 2014 at 03:44 pm
We will be holding a free public forum on our students' right to learn. Among the topics to beRead More discussed will be about the Common Core. Please join us at the Greenburgh Public Library on March 25 at 6:30 PM. Thank you, lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org
Commack Resident March 21, 2014 at 11:02 am
My son is a top student in 4th grade. He easily passed the new Common Core State ELA and Math testsRead More last year. This year, he is NOT taking them. I have no doubt he would "pass" again, but, really, is there any real value to passing a meaningless test? He consistently earns top scores on all classroom exams. He reads at an 8th grade level. He has nothing to prove, and I will not allow my 9 year old child to sit through more than 12 hours of tests to prove what we already know...he can read, write and do math at, at least, a 4th grade level. It is not kids like my son that I am concerned about. Other children are the ones hurt most by these tests. Like the little boy we know, who is one of the best math students in his grade, yet gets pulled from the classroom to attend mandatory remedial math instruction because of poor performance on last year's state tests. No one- not his parents, his teacher, or the remedial instructor-thinks this boy needs remedial instruction. Yet, it is mandatory because of a poorly written, ambiguous exam, that failed to test the concepts that the children were taught in the classroom. Many, many students are in similar situations. I am not against standardized tests in general. I allowed my son to take them last year and he performed well. Now that I realize how utterly meaningless the state tests are in their current form, and also just how many hours these poor little children are forced to sit through to take them, I am vehemently opposed to them. We have notified the school, in advance, of our decision to refuse the tests this year. I urge all parents to do the same. We will continue to refuse the tests every year, until the subject matter being tested actually has a real relationship to what the kids are being taught in the classroom, and until the 12 hour-long evaluation is reduced to a more reasonable length, one that 8 and 9 year olds can actually be expected to sit still and concentrate for.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm
http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2014/03/17/how-common-core-standards-kill-creative-teaching
Protesters stand outside of the News 12 studio in Woodbury on Monday to demand Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fix or scrap the controversial new Common Core curriculum. Credit: Monica Gleberman
Bob Zahm April 11, 2014 at 10:23 pm
@Aidan - you're turning into a spammer! the same url on three different threads. really necessary?
Aidan April 13, 2014 at 05:56 am
Just trying to educate you … over and over again.
David April 13, 2014 at 02:18 pm
@Elsie I'll grant that it's a hard question for second grade. Students can show divisibility byRead More showing 12 being split into 4 equal parts, and again into 6 equal parts, with a diagram, but I think few second graders would get this right. Any second grader who gets this right is showing unusual mathematical talent, or at least unusual advancement in meeting common core standards. Don't we want to allow such unusual talent to be recognized? Especially in elementary grades these days, there seems so little opportunity for it these days.
Bronna Silverman February 4, 2014 at 05:56 pm
I think News 12 might have made a mistake. I think it was for today and they put it in forRead More tomorrow...
Debra Gange February 4, 2014 at 05:59 pm
Not posted on Sachem site! It would be a good idea considering whats expected!
Teresa Baldinucci January 30, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Well done!! We need to keep informing parents of their right to protect their children from theRead More abuses being fostered upon them. Common Core is nothing more than corporations and federal government attempting to take over the school districts that our tax dollars have paid for - and here on Long Island, we've paid plenty!! Fight back, parents!! Stand up for your kids and the education they deserve!! REFUSE THE TESTS!!!!
Brian January 31, 2014 at 12:44 am
I just want to clarify two things in this original post 1. I am not an educator in the Sachem SchoolRead More District, I am just a parent there. I am a Technology Training Specialist at a local college. 2. In the paragraph below: And, with data to be collected from the time a child is a newborn to its 20th year of life, Wasson said a workforce database is being compiled up to the first four years of a child's later employment. "The goal is literally to profile these kids." I never actually said the data is collected from the time the child is born. That was mentioned by an audience member. In the section of my talk where I talked about NY's P-20 Database I explained the P-20 means pre-K through 20, with the 20 being 8 years after high school. Not 20th year of life. At that time the young adult would potentially be 25 or 26. A newborn to 20th year of life would be a different database entirely going from 0-20. The state's planned P-20 database goes from roughly ages 3-4 through 25-26. -Brian Wasson
brookhavenconfucius January 31, 2014 at 09:20 am
You mean at St Joseph College ?
Credit Matthew McGevna
Sachem Dad January 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Did this get reposted in light of the BOE is getting ready to hear the facility study committeeRead More presentation on 02/05/14 for the next budget?
Brian January 30, 2014 at 09:06 pm
Um, what's up with this post? Is this new or old? It is all last year's info, but has a date stampRead More at the top for this week.
Sachem Dad January 31, 2014 at 12:40 pm
It is old news, there appears to be a glitch. There are articles here and there across all theRead More topics from quite some time going back that have recirculated some how. This one is good though, it will grab the public's attention to the upcoming BOE budget and facility hearings on 02/05/14.
Stephanie January 25, 2013 at 12:10 am
Oh wow good for them! I have heard horror stories. It is sad!
Team Dawg January 26, 2013 at 12:26 am
As children's book authors and character education workshop presenters it is particularly disturbingRead More to continue to read of such going on in our schools. We at Team Dawg have always felt that there is a need to change the overall culture in our children's lives. We need to foster open communication and trust between children and adults. We also need to continue to recognize and celebrate the positive role models that exist within our schools and communities. It will take time and teamwork but we need to change the culture....and we need to start now.
Dirk Parham October 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm
''are not vampires." fat fingered. Even vampire bats, Desmodus Rotundus, do not leave twoRead More holes. They cut a shallow trough. A flying bat has little in the way of leverage to even manage a bite.
margaret callahan October 5, 2013 at 08:05 pm
If a child were REALLY bitten by a bat in a school bathroom, wouldn't she be frightened, traumatizedRead More or at least upset. Wouldn't she immediately run out and tell her teacher, go to the nurse? And why wouldn't she at least go home and tell her mom that she was bitten....especially since the child says it hurt so much. I don't know of any child that would keep quiet about that. And put that together with the look of the so-called bite......which are not consistent with bat bites. Did she have the stable mind to wash off the blood with the bat in the room before going back to the classroom and not say a word? I've lived on Long Island and have seen many bats flying at dusk and they don't bother with humans. Sounds like this little girl has a future as a fiction writer.
SUMMER Resident October 8, 2013 at 07:46 pm
There were bats flying around all the ball fields 30 years ago. The bright lights bring them out.
Sachem North varsity football's Fall 2013 team. Photo Credit: Michael Sorrentino
Larry McKenna January 29, 2014 at 09:02 am
Great job boys, we are all very proud of you.
Laura Slattery January 29, 2014 at 10:07 am
So proud of all the boys and the coaching staff! And Congratulations to Coach Falco on being namedRead More NYS Class AA Coach of the Year by the NYS High School Football Coaches Association. Well deserved!!
MT Poquets February 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm
glad to see Patch is up to date on the local robberies but a tad behind on school closings.. 2/3/14
Ryan Bonner (Editor) February 3, 2014 at 12:49 pm
We posted a school closing story this morning:Read More http://sachem.patch.com/groups/schools/p/sachem-schools-closed-monday_5eb052f4
Stephanie January 21, 2014 at 05:47 pm
Hi Chrissy! I'm so sorry you had to go through this-it had to be terrifying. I posted this at theRead More beginning of the school year. http://sachem.patch.com/groups/riding-the-bus/p/bus-drivers-responsibilities It really needs to be addressed.
Carol January 26, 2014 at 03:54 pm
@Jim D, that would be in a perfect world where the driver would actually know the address of all theRead More children (they don't necessarily have that info) and if it wouldn't take the driver out of their route. If they had to drive a child home and had to go down a block they weren't familiar with, how do they know how to get out of there? It is one thing for them to return the child to the school, an entirely different thing to bring them to their homes. And if they brought them home, what happens now if there isn't anyone home for them? Bringing them back to school is preferential in my mind, but that is NOT the current procedure for this district.
MT Poquets February 3, 2014 at 01:01 pm
The bus driver was wrong in dropping off the child without a parent present. Of course this couldRead More have been avoided if the parent was close enough to the bus to address the driver on the where abouts of his child instead of questioning an 8 year old who was oblivious to where his sister was. Sometimes you have to put your big boy pants on and take responsibility.
Dr. Bernard January 15, 2014 at 01:03 pm
A response to Long Island’s 15 Most Obese School Districts by Dianala Bernard, EdDRead More Recognizing the importance of an educated society, the role that knowledge plays in economic stability, and shifts in demographic patterns, underscore the need for inquiries which address the impact of obesity on children locally and nationally. Correspondingly, the notion of obesity as a correlate to health issues has been fundamental to inquiries on factors that may impact student performance in schools (Hurlburt, 2013; Kesten, Cameron, & Griffiths, 2013; Pan, Sherry, Park, & Blanck, 2013; Taras & Potts-Datema, 2005). In research by Hurlburt (2013), “childhood obesity is associated with poorer academic performance in school, lower teacher ratings of social/emotional well being, and increased absenteeism” (p. 100). Hurlburt goes on to say “Eighty percent of overweight/obese 10-15 year olds were still overweight or obese at age 25” (p. 100). Therefore, furthering the present research, it would be interesting to see if there is an association between obesity and dropout and graduation rates and overall student performance in these districts, incorporating a longitudinal approach and retrospective perspective may provide for multiple measurements of change over time, giving greater strength to the correlation analysis. A retrospective approach may also take into consideration the impact of historical demographic shifts in these school districts. Of equal importance, what has been the community and familial readiness in addressing children obesity concerns? (Kesten, Cameron, & Griffiths, 2013; Latzer & Stein, 2013) References Hurlburt, W. B. (2013). Lots to lose: Reversing the obesity epidemic. Circumpolar Health Supplements, 72, 99-100. Kesten, J. M., Cameron, N., & Griffiths, P. L. (2013). Assessing community readiness for overweight and obesity prevention in pre-adolescent girls: A case study. BMC Public Health, 13(1), 1205-1205. doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-1205 Latzer, Y., & Stein, D. (2013). A review of the psychological and familial perspectives of childhood obesity. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1, 7. Pan, L., Sherry, B., Park, S., & Blanck, H. M. (2013). The association of obesity and school absenteeism attributed to illness or injury among adolescents in the United States, 2009. The Journal of Adolescent Health : Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 52(1), 64. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.04.003 Taras, H., & Potts-Datema, W. (2005). Obesity and student performance at school. The Journal of School Health, 75(8), 291-5.
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