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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 Innovation & Discovery Center will join the Center of Excellence for Wireless and Information Technology and the Center of Excellence in Advanced Energy Research Technology in the University's Research & Development Park.
anne seader April 8, 2014 at 08:06 am
Another building? More students? More services? What's next?
brookhavenconfucius April 8, 2014 at 08:14 am
brookhavenconfucius April 8, 2014 at 08:19 am
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.
Janene Gentile March 19, 2014 at 09:57 am
Congtatzzzzzzzzzzzz NSYC.com kids say your are amazing !
Laurel Sutton March 25, 2014 at 08:53 pm
So love hearing about our wonderful MPSD students - very encouraging - Congrats to Gregory, as wellRead More as to his very proud parents!
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.
Justin Time February 4, 2014 at 06:58 am
Schools should either be open or closed..no delays. Kids have enough trouble to focus on learning onRead More a daily schedule..the only ones gaining from this jerking around are the teachers.close the school for the week, after all, it is ALREADY Tuesday!
brookhavenconfucius February 6, 2014 at 08:19 am
GOTTA GET that State and Federal $$$$, anyway they can ! To HECK, if it disrupts ANYONE'S life !
Frank Esposito February 7, 2014 at 04:26 pm
brookhavenconfucius, Justin Time is a silly guy... :-)
Justin Time February 3, 2014 at 07:10 am
Bad news for those who really want to teach..Great news for those who bacame teachers because of theRead More ridiculas high salaries and benefit packages! Enjoy the time off..you are used to it. Are businesses closed today too? If not..how come?
Candace Lindemann February 3, 2014 at 01:02 pm
Wlodek: There is an e-mail address for those unable to attend meetings -- I encourage all to submitRead More input, concerns, and questions. Your opinions about the bond and the board's process are an entirely different issue. This is just a value-neutral statement that there is a way for people to submit questions and input to the board if they are unable to attend the meetings. While commenting here is certainly valid, it is an echo-chamber. If you want your remarks to be part of the official record or want to hear the board's answers to questions, then you need to speak up to them. If you do not like the answers, then you need to get new people to run for the board. Three people ran for three spots last election.
Wlodek February 3, 2014 at 01:08 pm
Candace: Thank you. You are right. Your comments here are of great value.
Thomas Lynch March 2, 2014 at 05:57 pm
I posted this on the MPRP Patch Facebook page, but it got buried in their timeline. There is noRead More current article here either after the 27th BOE meeting and Wlodek's Beacon Article, so here is my post repeated here outside of Facebook: ================================ MPUFSD $7,500,000 BOND (or $2,300 per student or $535 for every man woman and child in the MPSD) ~~~~ All these updates on the weather - but I am hearing CRICKETS here in the Patch and social media? Seems even though astro turf was voted down before (2010) , and lots of people are against it (seems like all my neighbors and the 34 comments in another article a month ago!!), as well many studies say its sustainability, end replacement/disposal, and long term maintenance is MORE expense???? WHERE was this data? Same with the lights? (OpEx - operational expense and that is after a significant CapEx front end expense) additionally study after study has shown its bad and dangerous for the kids (and pro athletes ) - http://turf.uark.edu/turfhelp/archives/021109.html Contrary to history, past voting, and even other districts research, it seems this is STILL being somehow knitted into the BOEs plans - by WHO & WHY? We still have **** over 10% of the bond stuffed like a sausage with all this "pork"*** that is tied to obvious and mandatory security and repairs we probably must/should do? But the media is silent! (except in the Beacon and its pubs on the 27th but you have to subscribe or buy their stuff newsletters so nobody knows it) What happened to the Patch? Were is the social media discussion? I know there were cutbacks at the Patch and etc. but we got Oscar reports, weather, and potholes and drugs, how the gov is voting in AZ, .........why has there been no reporting or updates on the very important and local $$$$$$$$ item that affect 100% of MPSD taxpaying households? Most of us are working (if we are lucky enough to have a job in these still very hard times) trying to pay for all this and don't have the luxury to go hang out for all these painfully long meetings. (yes yes, I am a bad parent and could always come to a meeting and change the world - but look what comes out of these meetings?) We voted and expected the new board members to uphold our majority wishes as THEY have a fiduciary responsibility NOT to let this happen???? They pledged to be AUSTERE (when it comes to anything NOT tied directly to education or instruction) - after reading the preso, looking at the discussions, seeing Vlodek Guryn's article in the Times Beacon Record - there are still a lot of possibly purposefully unanswered questions. The first is WHY is turf and lighting BACK in the bond and now tied like an anchor to the rest of the repairs and security items? I am voting NO and emailing , advising, communicating to all friends/neighbors/taxpayers and supporting SANE (Sound Academics Neighborhood Economics) to make this message VERY clear to the BOE. Hopefully they can re-swizzle this after it fails, blow another $10 grand for a re-vote, and get this done in May. The current bond proposal is Lipstick on the Pig (pork) This family's votes are VOTING NO. If we don't have the representation and protection we thought we had - all we have left is our VOTE. "it's a NO for me" ==================================
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