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South Side High School in Rockville Centre is among the best on Long Island, according to new rankings. (Patch file photo)
john peri Jr April 24, 2014 at 06:52 am
Apparently US News excludes religious high schools. How do you rate the best high schools byRead More excluding schools?
Marlene R April 24, 2014 at 06:54 am
Sachem didn't even make the list! I guess we need higher school taxes...
brookhavenconfucius April 24, 2014 at 06:56 am
Ditty51 April 23, 2014 at 08:27 pm
@ Bob Zahm: thanks for clarification
Pat Godfrey April 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Common core problem is that some one sitting in a Wash. DC office decides what's important forRead More children across the nation to learn. Children in Maine, Florida, California, and Washington state learn. The parents have no input. In NYS the problem still exists. Common core is still being implemented here.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:45 am
communist core=Obamas whore
Photo courtesy of Stony Brook University
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 .
prof mom April 23, 2014 at 09:37 am
Wait. Flanagan gave them $100,000 towards these fields? That our community used to rent and lostRead More them to the University?? shame on you Flanagan. Enjoy your term. You are such a disapppointment.
Wendy April 23, 2014 at 07:03 pm
Lee is absolutely right.
Andrew Scott April 18, 2014 at 03:21 pm
Sorry, Mike. Wrong again. It would indeed be different if the flag in question were a swaztika, forRead More swaztikas are MUCH more widely understood for the symbol that they are. From very early on in New York - and I assume for the rest of the country - Swaztikas are understood - without question - to be symbols of death, genocide, and the Holocaust. (And please don't bring up the Jains of India.) IF the student in question had brandished a flag with a swastika, an appropriate punishment would indeed be a short suspension. I would NOT consider throwing the student out, however, unless he were also found guilty of verbal or physically harassing students, or inciting violence on campus. I WOULD hold a administrative hearing where all involved parties would be present. And then I would demand an apology from the student, one private to the school leaders, and then one made publicly to the student body. I would also make sure that the student UNDERSTOOD WHY what he did was wrong. Some sort of community service or charitable work may also be added to the penalty. This kind of response would be much more of a service to the current (former) student. It is healthier solution, and in the long run, would do far greater good than the present unforgiving, unyieldingly abhorrent alternative.
lizbeth smiley April 18, 2014 at 10:53 pm
Andrew Scott, you are spot on.
Chuck W. April 19, 2014 at 12:11 am
First off, if these kids were star football players, they would not have been expelled (editor'sRead More note: I went to Chaminade, and they pretty much always beat us). One of the things a private catholic school education is supposed to drive home is a broad knowledge of social contexts and a general sense of maturity and decorum.....this act was a complete lack of that. If anything it shows that these kids were complete knuckleheads that probably shouldn't have even made it to senior year. That said, the confederate flag, regardless of your beliefs is a legal act of free speech, just as it is to desecrate a crucifix. Kids have gotten less severe punishments for far worse behavior. A stiff suspension, ban from the prom or graduation would have been fine, maybe a message to the students. This punishment is knee jerk and reactionary.....If the Bro. Cregan's students are truly living the catholic faith, they will heal and forgive...but give them that chance.
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.
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
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
Case closed April 23, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Parents are being told to attend tutoring for common core so they may help their children. If theRead More wheel ain't broke Stop trying to fix it. Case closed
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.
knee jerk February 3, 2014 at 08:08 am
This is the last of the taxpayer funded snow days. Next we dip into the taxpayer fundedRead More "personal" days and after they run out, we dip into the taxpayer funded "vacation" days.
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!
Patch file photo.
pbug56 January 29, 2014 at 09:41 pm
If reports are correct, he may have been killed trying to cross the highway to get to work fromRead More parking on the other side due to a lack of space for drivers to park near where they pick up their buses to drive back to Commack for their daily runs. That would make a sad death even harder to accept!
knee jerk January 22, 2014 at 05:44 pm
I was relaxed, until you mentioned that bi_ch. No hard feelings though Kim, most people think theirRead More job is very important and that it couldn't be done without them, until they get laid off and find out it can be done.
Doc January 22, 2014 at 05:44 pm
Kim- clearly this guy has a lot of time on his hands. Not only is he posting here. He's posting hisRead More hatred everywhere. Want to talk about evaluating jobs. Clearly you're not getting enough pay to sit here and bash teachers. Let's raise his salary!
knee jerk January 22, 2014 at 05:53 pm
Now you're on the right track, Doc. And I thought you couldn't evaluate talent unless it was a leftRead More handed pitcher, throwing in the high 80's with a 6-12 breaking ball. Raise my salary, the more you make the less you do. Kick me upstairs, I love it.
The class of 2014 will graduate two days earlier and at night to avoid excess heat, Commack High School announced Jan. 7. Photo by Amanda Lindner.
Jmm January 16, 2014 at 08:31 am
I agree that they should move it to a cooler time of day because the heat is excessive, especiallyRead More under the caps and gowns they have to sit baking under the sun in during the whole ceremony. I remember melting in a pool of sweat during my Commack graduation many years ago. You can't concentrate on or even enjoy the ceremony because it's so hot, you just want it to be over and done with. I think, though, that it would be better after sundown as it would be cooler out. I don't think that will be considered because parents will be too concerned that they won't be able to take good photographs at that time. However, with enough good lighting brought in, I think that could be fixed.
knee jerk February 3, 2014 at 07:38 am
If it rains that evening will they be passing out free umbrellas? Of course at taxpayer expense.
MOM23 February 20, 2014 at 03:23 pm
Its about time they made this change. People have been asking for it for years. My son was 1pm inRead More the afternoon on Sunday. Talk about heat!!! At that time the district came up with every excuse to not but it on Friday evening. Glad they finally got smart!!
CommackMom January 8, 2014 at 11:59 pm
Bravo to Joshua! You've made Commack proud! Good luck in the future. You are our winner!
Susan January 9, 2014 at 09:54 am
Great Job, Josh! All your hard work paid off! Kudos to Mr Kurtz and his research program too!
Patricia Beckham January 9, 2014 at 05:57 pm
Wow! Congratulations!!! Wishing you luck!!!
knee jerk January 7, 2014 at 05:34 pm
When the districts pull a last minute stunt like this they should have alternate options postedRead More also. For instance, have the school open at the previously "normal" time so parents who work can possibly drop off their children and maybe get to work on time themselves.
Enough Is Enough January 7, 2014 at 05:49 pm
The educrats don;t care if parents have to work, they are concerned with themselves and their ownRead More greed and needs that's all. I guess the genius who made this decision doesn't realize in New York it gets cold in January.
knee jerk January 7, 2014 at 05:59 pm
@Enough is Enough: I would guess that depends on which department the "genius" who madeRead More this decision is from. Phys Ed, Math ,English, Social Studies (although there is that clue from the famous picture of "Washington Crossing The Delaware") probably not. He would more likely have to be from the Science Dept to know it gets cold in January in New York.
Hugh Han and teacher Richard Kurtz after learning that their paper was accepted and published by the "Journal of Emerging Investigators." Photo by Brenda Lentsch.
GLENN January 6, 2014 at 11:42 pm
Did Billy Gates fund this "research" race to the top.
knee jerk January 7, 2014 at 09:48 am
What a great day to print this article, a high of about 50 and a low of about 10 with wind gustsRead More around 30 (howling). Talk about extremes. Global warming is not all bad. Everyone wants waterfront property, and in a few hundred years all this Commack real estate may well be.
Fortified- AKA Mungo Jerry January 25, 2014 at 02:42 am
200 YEARS AGO WE WERE STILL IN THE LITTLE ICE AGE!! We have been coming out of the little ice ageRead More since before the industrial revolution. Convenient timeline to "prove" AGW. That LIA coincieded with the Maunder Minimum and other some Earth events. The Sun cycle peaked with temps 15 years ago. We are now moving toward what may be more cold. Funny also the study was with 60 year cycles wich also coincides with some sea, and other cycles. Their is always more to any global warming story before the facts are found out READ FROM THIS LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION: ( http://altadena.patch.com/groups/global-warming-on-ice--/p/465a21f0-ae81-4e9a-a0fe-b77dfbbc4469 )