JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik speaking at the November 18 meeting of the Shelter Island Board of Education meeting.
Are students being awarded more credit than they deserve for their performances in honors courses?
That’s the concern of at least one parent father who questioned the Board of Education about so-called “weighted grades” that are given to honors students at Shelter Island School. (more…)
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School social worker Jennifer Olsen (left) and new town social worker Andrea Nydegger want Island residents to know they are here to help.
A year ago, it appeared to make sense that the Shelter Island School’s part-time social worker could fill her work week by also serving as a part-time social worker for the town.
But Jennifer Olsen, the woman appointed to those two positions, says she quickly realized holding those posts could lead to potential conflicts of interest as kids realized their school social worker could also be talking to their parents. As a result she asked to resign from the town.
“I was worried about it affecting my relationship with the students,” Ms. Olsen said. (more…)
In the beginning, the Shelter Island School Garden began with a ground breaking and in a short two seasons has come a long way. Now the district hopes to share in a grant that would help all such projects here and throughout the North Fork. (Credit: JoAnn Kirkland)
Sometimes the fertilizer needed to help a garden grow is green: the color of the money used to purchase seeds, gardening supplies and the educational materials students need to learn what works and what doesn’t.
School districts from Riverhead to Orient and Shelter Island combined forces recently to seek $100,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School program to enhance their educational garden programs. (more…)
SHARON GIBBS PHOTO | Preparing with Mashomack Preserve’s environmental educator Cindy Belt for their participation in the ‘Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary’ are Shelter Island students (from left) Theo Olinkiewicz, Bradley Batten and Tyler Gulluscio.
On Friday, 20 young Shelter Island “citizen scientists” will be deployed at North Ferry and Bass Creek at Mashomack Preserve taking samples that in time will reveal important information about water quality. (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | From left, School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik, Academic Administrator Jennifer Rylott, Director of Physical Education and District Operations Todd Gulluscio and School Board member Alfred Brigham at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.
The Shelter Island Board of Education Tuesday night approved filing a hardship waiver to extend a deadline before signing off on a plan for the state-mandated Annual Professional Performance Review. (more…)