01/13/16 10:17am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Private preschool students peforming at a pre-Christmas concert. From left, Jayla Jones, Joseph Rasmussen, Emily Shepherd, Lila Nalley, Elizabeth Weslek, Maeve Purcell, Michael Matz and Tucker Ward.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Private preschool students performing at a pre-Christmas concert. From left, Jayla Jones, Joseph Rasmussen, Emily Shepherd, Lila Nalley, Elizabeth Weslek, Maeve Purcell, Michael Matz and Tucker Ward.

Board members of the private Shelter Island Preschool (SIP) are trying to avoid a financial collapse.

The crisis for the 37-year-old program is due to the loss of too many of its 4-year-old students to preschool classes now taught at the Shelter Island School.

But the public school might be coming to the aid of the private program. (more…)

01/12/16 2:00pm

 

JULIE LANE PHOTO The Shelter Island Board of Education granted tenure to Nurse Mary Kanarvogel Monday night.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | The Shelter Island Board of Education granted tenure to Nurse Mary Kanarvogel Monday night.

Tears ran down Mary Kanarvogel’s cheeks Monday night as a member of the Board of Education spoke about her contribution to the Shelter Island School and the wider community.

The occasion was the granting of tenure to the school nurse who board member Kathleen Lynch called a “mother” to everyone. (more…)

01/12/16 10:00am
NICOLE SMITH PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin — joined byGreg Blower from Senator Kenneth LaValle’s office, County Legislator Al Krupski and SUNY Plattsburgh student Adam Siccardi — speaks at Long Island University’s Riverhead campus on Monday.

NICOLE SMITH PHOTO | Congressman Lee Zeldin — joined byGreg Blower from Senator Kenneth LaValle’s office, County Legislator Al Krupski and SUNY Plattsburgh student Adam Siccardi — speaks at Long Island University’s Riverhead campus on Monday.

Congressman Lee Zeldin announced that he’s working on making changes to the way people pay back their student loan debt after graduation to curb a growing student loan crisis facing the nation.

Called the Earnings Contingent Education Loans (ExCEL) Act of 2015, the legislation would allow graduates to pay back their student loans at a rate determined by their annual income. And while income-based payment plans are already in effect, the way in which the loans are administered should help reduce the number of defaults, the congressman said.

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01/11/16 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Superintendent of Schools Leonard Skuggevik presented the Board of Education with a progress report on meeting goals for the 2015-16 school year.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | Superintendent of Schools Leonard Skuggevik .

The closer you are to students will determine your ability to make the best decisions about their education.

That’s the way Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik sees it and why he’s inclined to agree with his predecessor, Michael Hynes, who has called for dissolution of the United State Department of Education.

Mr. Hynes made his thoughts clear in December, writing that federal initiatives through the years — from “No Child Left Behind,” “Race to the Top” and the soon to be implemented “Every Student Succeeds Act” — fail to improve education. (more…)

12/22/15 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO | English teacher James Bocca wants to ensure his students can think, not simply parrot back material they’ve memorized.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | English teacher James Bocca wants to ensure his students can think, not simply parrot back material they’ve memorized.

What is justice?

Most people can come up with a single word synonym. But Shelter Island English teacher James Bocca is certain that when students are asked to apply the word to different situations in the time-honored Socratic method of teaching, it produces thoughtful discussions.

It’s how he teaches concepts in the literature his students read. It requires they not only master the material, but explore it intelligently from varying perspectives. (more…)