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Pat Richards April 22, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Bill L. writes: "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is nothing but a group of rich agendaRead More driven liberals." "Liberals"??? LOL!! I guess Bill L. doesn't know any liberals. Watch "Pirates of Silicon Valley" if you think greedy, lying bastards are "liberals".
GLENN April 22, 2014 at 09:38 pm
monkey lewis April 23, 2014 at 12:36 am
Gates is against higher education for the masses he has stated educated people consume more goodsRead More and services,he is a AGENDA 21snake.Look for the word sustainability and Mark Lesko signed up the town of Brookhaven.
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brookhavenconfucius April 20, 2014 at 11:12 am
Office of the President Stony Brook, NY 11794-0701 TEL: 631.632.6265 FAX: 631.632.6621Read More stonybrook.edu Dear Neighbor, As I am sure you are aware, the business of illegal housing has raised concerns about the safety of Stony Brook students and the quality of life in the community. I personally want to assure you that I share the community’s concerns. http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/community_relations/docs/oc_housing_letter_10-13.pdf
brookhavenconfucius April 20, 2014 at 11:15 am
I would like to eliminate some misperceptions that are circulating about the University and shareRead More with you the actions taken by the University to help break this cycle of improper housing practices. CONCERN: There is a perception in the community that the University has tripled in size in recent years, and that there are not enough beds on campus to house all the students wanting rooms. FACT: This is simply not true. The number of available on campus beds has kept pace with the increase of students. Over the past ten years, we have increased enrollment in the area of 200 students per year. Over the next five years, enrollment is projected to increase by about 163 students per year. Over the course of this same time period, we have increased and will continue to increase on-campus housing by an average of 217 beds per year. These are verifiable numbers that show student enrollment has grown at a very modest and planned pace and that on-campus housing has increased accordingly. http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/community_relations/docs/oc_housing_letter_10-13.pdf
Lee Krauer April 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm
If these statistics are correct why are your PR folks making public statements to the contrary? IRead More was present and spoke at a Brookhaven Town Board meeting when the SBU folks indicated there was a large shortage of on campus housing. Your students tell us there are many two bed rooms that are assigned to three students and there are some instances of non students staying n the dorm rooms . You need to work with the community, as Dr. Marburger did, to work out these issues. The residents of Stony Brook are not a part of the university the university is part of us. Our taxes keep all state schools open and we deserve to be treated as your benefactors, which in fact we are .
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
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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
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
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.
Elsie April 18, 2014 at 04:23 pm
@David -- Talent should be recognized by differentiating instruction. Those 2nd graders who can doRead More this should, those who can't should be taught at a level that is more developmentally appropriate for them. There is very little room for enriching those students who should be or helping those students who need it using the Engage NY Modules. I am not a teacher but I have looked at the NY modules and the CC standards. I believe that teachers can address CC standards without the developmental inappropriateness of the NY requirements.
Scooter January 31, 2014 at 06:32 am
Write a letter to your school's principle and "Reject" Common Core testing for your child.Read More Don't write "opt out". Include that during testing you want your child to read or work on other projects.
Elsie February 1, 2014 at 09:11 am
This is what fuels the common core: Overall, the market for K-12 instructional resources is $9Read More billion, according to Jay Diskey, the executive director of the pre-K-12 learning group for the association. His organization tracks monthly sales of K-12 educational publishers. It recorded a 25 percent spike in sales in September, followed by a 9 percent increase in October, over the previous year for the same months, Mr. Diskey said. The organization has been collecting the information since the 1970s.
Sticks60 February 2, 2014 at 03:30 pm
I agree not all students can learn at the new levels but should we let thoes who can waste theirRead More time with lower instructional standards. Maybe it is time to realize we are all different and start setting up different educational experiences to match those differences.
James Rodgers February 6, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Sally. About these accusations... "We have the lowest level of morale in this district everRead More and it's been low before. " #### How would you know? Do you spend your time doing surveys of KP staff? I can only hope you and your negative attitude are talking to any KP children. "NO contract for the teachers in THREE+ years, while she has given raises to district office employees ( non-contracted), administrators and also added administrators with increased salaries after she stated (it's in the minutes) that these changes would not cost the district any additional funds. " ### It's amazing that as a former board member you don't recall that it is the board of education that approves all employment and salaries for the district. "She also increased her benefits while trying to reduce others." ### Again, the elected School Board increased the Superintendent's compensation. Not the Superintendent. "Great way to LEAD. " ### I doubt you understand real leadership as it does not involve posting notes to the Patch. "She has targeted employees for ridiculous reasons, spent countless hours checking out anonymous tips, moving employees as punishment for not obeying her and even threatened others that they should not attend BOE meeting and if they did...! " ### Where is your proof? These are unsupported and undocumented accusations that are really slanderous. You should put this on paper and mail it in so the district can take you to court. "Great way to lead.....Even was deeply involved in Ms Barrett's on going situation and Mr. Weber not running again for the BOE...." ### You keep bringing up people who USED to be involved in KP Schools; like yourself. Maybe Weber didn't want to run because he didn't want to hear from you again and again and again. Barrret's decision to leave was her own. Maybe Superintendent Agruso is causing the pot holes in front of the post office? Get ANOTHER hobby Sally! All of KP would be better off if you would.
Cathy c.r February 10, 2014 at 09:15 am
The board gave her a raise even with all the cuts and layoffs. The board should retire with her
Charlie Gardner February 23, 2014 at 02:08 pm
Subjective opinions are, of course, just that – subjective - and each one of us determines ourRead More own. Like our current Superintendent or dislike her – the choice is yours. But don’t try to put down her or the school board by substituting subjective opinions as fact. To constantly tie together the Superintendent’s raises with the lack of a new teacher’s contract implies that she has been cavalierly lining her own pockets while the teachers have been working hard without similar compensation. Similar rants have expressed negative views about other staff and employees receiving raises in the past few years. First of all, because the District has not settled a contract with one bargaining unit does not mean that the District can’t settle with other units or employees. That would be irresponsible. And to imply that our Superintendent is somehow being grossly overpaid is to conveniently disregard the facts. I believe that her salary today is about $216,000. Her salary when she started six years ago was $205,000 so that is about a 5.5% cumulative raise for six years, not even one per cent per year. To me, $216,000 is too much to pay ANY Superintendent here on Long Island but, unfortunately, that is not the case given the obscene compensation packages handed out by other school boards with their heads in la-la land – as we know, with the half million dollar packages some have been granting. It’s a shame that $216,000 is “only” in about the middle of the lower half of all Superintendents’ pay. But to somehow demean and castigate our Board while referencing the failure to settle with the teachers and implying that our teachers have been unfairly treated while Dr. Agruso has been raking it in disregards the fact that all of our teachers have received raises during the current negotiation period. And, in fact, almost all of our teachers who have been on the payroll for the past three years have received raises far in excess of our Superintendent – dollars-wise as well as per cent-wise. Don’t believe me? Check it out. I would hope that the District continues to negotiate with the teacher’s union with the well-being of our taxpayers uppermost in their thoughts. The union’s responsibility is to get the best deal possible for its members. The union’s leadership works hard in that regard. The board’s responsibility is to get the best deal for our community, educationally and financially. As to statements representing the “poor morale” among district employees, are we talking about the poor morale among our younger, newer teachers who are upset with the older, established leaders for not working hard enough to save some jobs? I don’t know – it’s easy for someone to throw that canard out there just as it’s easy for some to say that they don’t like the Superintendent because she “doesn’t smile enough.” Meanwhile, the important stuff and this from the KPCTA in case you missed it: 1) Our students outperform many surrounding districts in State assessments, Regents exams, and Advanced Placement exams. 2) Our high school’s 2013 graduation rate was 97% with a 94% college attendance rate. 3) Over 63% of our high school students met the learning standards with distinction. 4) 100% of our teachers are certified and teaching in their areas of expertise. 5) Our high school was rated #562 in Newsweek’s Top 5000 U.S. high schools for 2013. 6) Our district has lost almost $7.5 million in State aid over the past 3 years. Not a bad job by our District leadership and all of our employees considering that last bullet!
Joseph M. Barton building within Smithtown Central School District (Patch file photo)
scsddad January 28, 2014 at 04:55 pm
The BOE thought the Smithtown School District app was the greatest thing when they announced it at aRead More board meeting. It hasn't been updated in almost a year. If you look at it you will see it still list Anthony Annunziato, Joan Niles and Maria Rianna on the app. Another great job by the district and board
scsddad January 28, 2014 at 05:02 pm
Tough decision tonight do I listen to the BOE bullsh.t or the Presidents bullsh.t
john January 29, 2014 at 08:03 pm
It was nice to see the meeting run by someone that acts like a professional
Elsie January 22, 2014 at 11:06 am
Too little, too late Senator Flanagan. Everyone knows where you stood and the campaign contributionsRead More you took from testing pundits. Hope you're voted out and your earlier words come back to haunt you. We know that the bill you just championed is the same one you quashed months ago.
Smithown Central School District's New York Avenue building. (Patch file photo)
Elsie January 18, 2014 at 02:00 pm
The information is from other parents at SEPTA and people at some employees that I won't mention.Read More There was a lawsuit because they tried to 2020a (? not sure what this is or if I got it quite right). She didn't get reimbursements from Medicaid. She also made abusive comments and gestures. I doubt the information is available because it was a personell matter. But she was on a paid leave and then they settled the lawsuit and let her come back. The previous superintendent started the procedure. Harry, I attend every SEPTA meeting but it is very divided in my opinion. (g) A school district may include integrated co-teaching services in its continuum of services. Integrated co-teaching services means the provision of specially designed instruction and academic instruction provided to a group of students with disabilities and nondisabled students. (1) The maximum number of students with disabilities receiving integrated co-teaching services in a class shall be determined in accordance with the students’ individual needs as recommended on their IEPs, provided that the number of students with disabilities in such classes shall not exceed 12 students, unless a variance is provided pursuant to subparagraph (i) or (ii) of this paragraph. (i) Variance by notification. A board of education or trustees of a school district may submit written notice to the commissioner to temporarily add one additional student with a disability to an integrated co-teaching class for the remainder of the school year, provided that at the start of classes in September of the current school year it is in compliance with the standards specified in this paragraph. Written notice to the commissioner shall be submitted on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall sufficiently demonstrate educational justification and consistency with providing an appropriate education for all children affected. (ii) Variance with Commissioner approval. If the school district has enrolled one student with a disability beyond the maximum 12 students with disabilities in an integrated co-teaching services class pursuant to the procedures established in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, and it determines there is a need to temporarily add one additional student to such class, the school district may submit to the commissioner for approval an application for a variance to enroll the one additional student in the same class for the remainder of the school year. The application to the commissioner shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner and shall sufficiently demonstrate educational justification and consistency with providing an appropriate education for all children affected. (2) School personnel assigned to each class shall minimally include a special education teacher and a general education teacher.
Hasyayoga January 18, 2014 at 03:51 pm
Elsie, thank you for the info. So its 12 students and 13 if a variance is approved. I still thinkRead More that is a high number of students for one gen ed class and 120 min of sp. ed teacher per day...especially w/CCSS. As far as Dr. Clark, I have no knowledge of her leave due to personnel issues and staff interactions. I would assume that's confidential, but I am very interested in millions of dollars that were not reimbursed by Medicaid regardless of who was at the helm. It would seem to me that Mrs. Niles and Mr. Ehmann were also a part of that process. They have both retired. That is something the public would be interested in & can SCSD reapply for those reimbursements. Good to hear you attend every SEPTA meeting. All the PTAs are somewhat divided and sometimes frustrating...but its Principles before Personalities and SEPTA- I am sure- is glad you attend. Our struggling students need more advocates like you.
Pam January 18, 2014 at 09:43 pm
@Elise thank you- the information can be gained even if they redact it. It is easy to figure outRead More the names they are redacting if you know the circumstances- just like when Steve Epstein was fired because of the millions in building aid projects. They should have fired his boss J Niles, but he was the patsy instead.
Smithtown High School East's football field (Patch file photo).
scsddad January 14, 2014 at 06:24 pm
It sounds like they plan to cut middle school sports
Hasyayoga January 18, 2014 at 11:31 am
They cut JV II Track and Field 2 years ago...and those amazing coaches turned no one away.Read More Especially the students who enjoyed the outdoors, but were not stellar athletes. Do middle school children have the physical body development (ie: growth plates) to compete with such older athletes...or are we setting ourselves up for personal injury lawsuits??
Mills Pond Elementary School (Patch File Photo).
EPG January 14, 2014 at 07:22 am
Thank God! I was sweating this one out!
Harry January 14, 2014 at 08:25 am
Believe it when you see it.
Hasyayoga January 18, 2014 at 11:32 am
What if our new Super does not agree?
Mills Pond Elementary School (Patch File Photo).
Hasyayoga January 19, 2014 at 08:23 am
PS Courtesy of Smithtown Kickers website via cut and paste job:)
Elsie January 19, 2014 at 09:42 am
According to the housing committee there wasn't enough room at Nesconset to use for Administration.
Katy February 7, 2014 at 07:22 am
We need a YMCA here. No doubt!
knee jerk January 10, 2014 at 07:45 pm
Oh, you got fired from that job because you had a "sh_tty attitude?
Melanie Brink January 10, 2014 at 08:04 pm
At what point was our argument close, you lost from the onset. You state I am pulling a race card,Read More I am white female that makes more in a month than you Make in three. What I am is a compassionate human being that would like to see everyone in our society get equal access to health benefits and be properly feed. As per your vibrator comment, I would imagine it difficult to change the batteries of something that it crammed 6 inches up your ass, if you want I can go in laparoscopically, I would not want to damage you for future prospects. At no time did you argue for starving children as your last post suggest. This will be my last post as I can not waste anymore time on the scum of society that persists on putting money/profits first and people last.
Bo Jangles January 10, 2014 at 08:25 pm
Melanie, you not only lost this argument but you started it the second you opened up your argumentRead More with an insult. Your inability to present a rational rebuttal caused this entire topic to get out of hand. And I couldn't care less if you have a PHD or not.
Smithtown High School East. (Patch file photo).
localguy January 7, 2014 at 10:36 am
The high temperature for today will be about 14 degrees. It was about 7 degrees at 9:30 thisRead More morning. I don't think opening schools 2 hours late will help with the icy roads.
ralph January 7, 2014 at 01:05 pm
It probably got colder later in the day Who make's these decision's Is the Governor going to closeRead More the LIE again too
Brian January 8, 2014 at 01:33 am
Give me a break! Can we get over this?