09/23/15 2:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Shelter Island Board of Education met Monday evening.

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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07/31/15 4:20pm
COURTESY PHOTO In Norway, Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik took this photo of the midnight sun setting.

COURTESY PHOTO
In Norway, Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik took this photo of the midnight sun setting.

If your name is Skuggevik,  you’ve spent most of your life teaching others how to pronounce and spell it.

But in one small place in a Scandinavian country you have no problems. The baffling handle for most Americans is like the theme song for “Cheers” — everyone knows your name in Skuggevik, Norway. (more…)