REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Shelter Island Board of Education met Monday evening.
While Shelter Island School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik remains skeptical about the value of Common Core testing, he told the Board of Education Monday night that students appear to be a step ahead of their peers throughout Eastern Suffolk.
The one area where Island students need work is in writing, an area the district previously identified as a weakness. Administrators and teachers have already begun to ramp up the effort to raise students’ writing abilities.
“We know more about our kids than the tests show,” Mr. Skuggevik said. (more…)
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Alfred Brigham Sr. was the top vote-getter in 2014 when he sought re-election to the Board of Education.
Alfred Brigham Sr., a member of the Shelter Island Board of Education has colleagues questioning his commitment since he has missed a total of nine meetings since January. (more…)
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School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik wants Common Core changes to reflect more local control.
Shelter Island School Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik is “cautiously optimistic” about what he’s hearing from Albany about Common Core.
That applies to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s critical statements he’s directed to new State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia about the implementation of standardized student testing. Mr. Cuomo, who had been a vocal supporter of state-mandated tests, has obviously changed his mind after facing a growing chorus of parents and educators across the state protesting the new standards. (more…)
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Sean Brennan will be teaching social studies courses at Shelter Island this year.
In a special Board of Education meeting Wednesday, Sean Brennan was appointed to teach social studies courses at Shelter Island School this year. (more…)
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Some kids are eager, some worried, and most a little of both for school to start. Keeping the last of summer alive last week, from left, Riley Renault, Elijah Davidson, Nathan Cronin, Hayden Davidson, Cooper Renault and Pacey Cronin on the slide. Seated in back, from left, Abby Kotula, Susan Cronin and Kate Davidson.
Katie Springer was asked if she was busy this time of year getting her children ready to go back to school. “I’d like to talk,” she said. “But I’m too busy getting the kids ready to go back to school.”
It’s a given that this is a busy time for parents and children. Busy, and at times stressful, on the emotions and on a family’s pocketbook. (more…)