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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.
The Nassau County Science Competition is set for June 8. Credit: Center for Science Teaching and Learning
Christopher Wendt April 10, 2014 at 07:32 am
Very strange that the names of the officers of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (an IRSRead More 501C3 organization in RVC) cannot be found anywhere. CSTL is running this competition. WHO ARE THEY? Let me know if anyone finds out. ----------------------------------------------------------------- My other question is, what does Nassau County have to do with education? The answer is, actually, nothing. Nor should they.
Cosmo April 10, 2014 at 08:48 am
It is another opportunity to put Mangano's name on something that he has nothing to do with.
Frank T April 10, 2014 at 09:11 am
An historic building was just demolished at Old Bethpage Restoration. Thank you Ed Mangano!
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.
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
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.
Concerned graduate February 14, 2014 at 01:32 pm
You keep pulling me back in. Admittedly, I did not read the entire 4 1/2 year old document. I didRead More however see a chart towards the end of the site that cites a 2.7 percent increase between 2000 and 2008. That continued based on the numbers posted on the census page.
My Taxes Are Too Damn High February 14, 2014 at 04:36 pm
I am not sure where you graduated from ... but a person of your intelligence should know that theRead More census is done once every 10 years. As a result of the last census, NY lost 2 congressional seats. We will lose more after the next census
Concerned graduate February 14, 2014 at 04:55 pm
Losing seats does not mean that your population has gone down. Other places have enjoyed a largerRead More increase, giving them a larger share of the pie. The number of reps is currently fixed at 435.
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BRIAN WATERSON February 4, 2014 at 03:38 am
Everyone should stay off the roads and let the plows do their jobs!
NYB February 4, 2014 at 10:42 am
As noted, the first time this happened, the truck did not have a plow and was not actively sanding.Read More They need to slow down and obey the traffic laws.
Irene February 4, 2014 at 11:04 am
Unfortunately, many of us do have to get to work. They really should obey the traffic signals. IRead More have seen them go through red lights, smash mailboxes, people's fences on South Oyster Bay Road have been badly damaged because they just go too fast and the heavy wet snow smashes the fence and then brings the fence down. Granted, they are not working in the best conditions possible because it is cold but the law works for all of us, not just some of us.
Diane Livingston February 3, 2014 at 08:40 pm
Once you tie a super-secret test that 70% of kids fail to a teachers evaluation, job security andRead More their own bread on the table, it becomes impossible to change anything for the better. Many teachers who were initially in support of the standards as well the parents of students taking these absurd unreliable make-corporations-rich tests have done an about face. The NYSUT, representing 600,000 teachers have withdrawn their support of the standards themselves, have called the practices of many administrations abusive and are in full support of parents opting their kids out of the tests. As far as college and career ready, you should start doing some research. The math standards are written for a community college ready, and no higher university will accept them. Listen and watch the writer Jason Zimba admit that. It's not whether it's hard or not hard, it's about whether it's appropriate for everyone. Some standards are dumbed down, some shifted, some too high. If you have a child who excels, the emphasis on test prep (lots of kindergartners a get test prep bubble sheets everyday as homework practice) stifle creativity. If you have a child who lags, there is no provision for slowing down. It's not a fight about my own children. It's the fight about a generation of children being used as guinea pigs. Our Ed Chancellor Tisch likens it to being thrown into the deep on of pool to learn to swim and our Commissioner King likens it to building a plane midair. No thanks. The tests themselves don't matter to me personally, they never have, but if you refuse them, then you starve the datapalooza beasts of their data mining and the corporations who get rich off our children. And if you think for a second that Americas test scores are too low, do your research. First off they've never been higher since PISA began and second off, who cares as we are country that thrives off of not being common. Standards shmanders. Give me a teacher who does no test prep and follows the kids lead on learning and I will show you a saint.
Julie Edwards Lofstad Wsm February 3, 2014 at 09:05 pm
Dear sandy surf, As a parent, I will NEVER stop standing up for not only my child, but for thoseRead More children whose parents are either too uninformed to question things or too uninvolved to care.
Diane Colbert February 3, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Sandy surf - I think you need to educate yourself a little before you start blaming the parents. TheRead More parents had utmost trust in our education dept UNTIL we realized the corporate involvement and drive for profits was taking priority over children's learning. Go do some research.
Chris J January 28, 2014 at 02:32 pm
i recommend to the girl in the photo having her necklace clasp in the back during her interview ...Read More drives my ocd nuts.
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My Taxes Are Too Damn High January 21, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Early dismissal today ... off tomorrow And they claim to be underpaid !!!
Port Citizen January 22, 2014 at 02:26 am
Snow storm and teachers salaries... anyone see the connection? What am I missing? What an absurdRead More comment.
My Taxes Are Too Damn High January 22, 2014 at 05:59 am
NYC Schools are open !!!! No reason schools here could not open as well ... Another paid holiday forRead More Port's smartest
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hank ratner January 8, 2014 at 01:21 pm
My congratulations to Dillon, Harry & Simon!
Dawn Andrew January 8, 2014 at 01:34 pm
Great job!! These are all wonderful students who worked really hard on their projects.Read More Congratulations!!!!!
Allison White January 9, 2014 at 12:41 am
Congratulations to these students and the parents, teachers and mentors who supported them
Karen Sloan, president of the Port Washington Board of Education.
Port North Resident January 7, 2014 at 11:54 am
"Health and Safety" give me a break, we are not having a Blizzard or a Hurricane, it'sRead More going to be really cold outside. It's like everyone's Mother told them bundle up and wear layers!
Schreiber seniors walk the red carpet at a recent Gambol. (Patch file photo.)
BeachGal January 27, 2014 at 11:41 am
When I went to the Gambol, there were students at Salem School, and when my mother went to theRead More Gambol, Salem School had not been built yet! So this really is not the issue. When Salem was closed it did make it easier for the parents to create scenery, etc. I agree with Lori ablove, that instead of this being an event for the kids - it seems more about the parents. If you don't believe me, see how the parents act at the ridiculous (and unnesasary) red carpet arrival. And if you moved to Port Washington because you liked the community-you should try to respect their traditions. Lastly, both Port and Manhasset went to the Gambol/Frolic in the gym on the night of graduation because there was a terrible accident in the past. I would hate to see that happen again because now these kids will be graduates on Thursday and don't have to be anywhere until Friday night. If you don't think these kids aren't going to party somewhere, you are kidding yourselves! And how is it that Manhasset still has the Frolic in the gym on the night of graduation?
lori January 27, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Great point about partying. I specifically recall being too busy to party before going to the gambolRead More and had forgotten that that was one very good reason why it was on the same day. it was a lot of running around and a very busy day for sure, if it is too much how about they eliminate the ridiculous red carpet. I am fine when traditions change for good reason, but in this case it seems to go against the very real reasons for the waY it was in the first place.
Richard Sussman January 27, 2014 at 01:50 pm
I understand the Gambol existed before Salem was closed but I think given all the space, theyRead More expanded it and embellished it even more. When Salem reopened I know they were looking for space and to rent the space at that time was over $1000,000 per year. I would love for it to return to the gym but let's do it after we have all the facts including logistics, finances etc. We can then have an informed discussion.
Allison White and Deborah Brooks. Credit: Courtesy Photo
Allison White December 19, 2013 at 05:50 pm
All taxpayers should be concerned. If NYSED is allowed to continue with this plan the lawsuits willRead More soon be flying and it will be taxpayers who get to foot the bill. Even if you don't have children, please read, sign, and share the petition http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/protect-new-york-state
Deborah B. December 20, 2013 at 08:58 am
Our collective efforts here in Port Washington and across NYS are working. Speaker Silver andRead More Assemblywoman Nolan are calling for a suspension of the inBloom plan until "cloud security" assurances are given. We have Speaker Silver's attention. Please thank him (speaker@assembly.state.ny.us), as well as Assemblywoman Nolan (nolanc@assembly.state.ny.us). If/when you do, please stress that cloud security assurances are not enough. WE DEMAND THE RESTORATION OF OUR "PRE-ARNE-DUNCAN" FERPA PARENTAL CONSENT RIGHTS. That way, WE decide whether the cloud is secure enough to hold our children's data, and WE decide who has the privilege of accessing OUR children's data. This is a slippery slope. Erosion of privacy rights begins with the kiddies....
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