06/13/17 10:42am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Celebrating their academic achievements with proud mothers on hand are the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2017. From left, mom Katurah Yeaman daughter and valedictorian Olivia Yeaman and salutatorian Will Garrison receiving a kiss on the cheek from his mom, Katherine Garrison.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Celebrating their academic achievements with proud mothers on hand are the valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2017. From left, mom Keturah Green and daughter valedictorian Olivia Yeaman, and salutatorian Will Garrison receiving a kiss  from his mom, Katherine Garrison.

How do students become the valedictorian and salutatorian of their graduating class?

“I stayed up all night,” Shelter Island High School valedictorian Olivia Yeaman said at an unveiling ceremony Monday of her picture on the Academic Wall of Fame at school.

“If you want something, it’s not going to be handed to you,” salutatorian Will Garrison said, agreeing that it took many late nights. “You just have to power through it.” (more…)

06/06/17 10:21am
COURTESY PHOTO

COURTESY PHOTO

Since its inception in 2010, the Common Core Standards Initiative has met with scrutiny and often disdain from parents and educators across the country.

The system of standardized tests and its connection to teacher evaluation has been labeled such a failure by some that the headline of a December 2015 New York Daily News article on changes to the program dubbed it “Common Corpse.” (more…)

05/31/17 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Winners all are (from left) Matthew Strauss, Emma Teodoru, Jane Richards, Katharine Doyle and Luke Lowell-Liszanckie. The first four took home trophies from the Long Island Science Congress while the ASM International Long Island Chapter presented Luke with a $50 check for his science achievements.

COURTESY PHOTO Winners all. From lef, Matthew Strauss, Emma Teodoru, Jane Richards, Katharine Doyle and Luke Lowell-Liszanckie. The first four took home trophies from the Long Island Science Congress while the ASM International Long Island Chapter presented Luke with a $50 check for his science achievements.

Shelter Island students are among a small group statewide who have undertaken scientific explorations for which there was no technology even a few years ago.

Thanks to the cooperation of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the students are engaged in projects that will move scientific knowledge forward and put them on the road to careers where they can continue to provide new knowledge to the wider scientific community. (more…)

05/16/17 10:20pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO A nervous Tracy McCarthy awaits the vote with board member Mark Kanarvogel that saw Ms. McCarthy gain a seat on the Board of Education.

JULIE LANE PHOTO  Tracy McCarthy awaits the vote with Board of Education member Mark Kanarvogel in the polling place at the school gymnasium.  Ms. McCarthy won a seat to the board.

Residents gave a resounding vote of confidence to the Shelter Island School District’s $11.3 million budget Tuesday, approving it with a vote of 345 in favor to 176 opposed. The proposition that would have increased mileage for off-Island students to attend Our Lady of the Hamptons School lost with 367 voting against the change and 156 voting in favor.

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