12/11/14 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik shared thoughts about preparing students for college and the workforce. Behind him are a list of his own goals to ensure students leave Shelter Island primed to pursue their ambitions.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik shared thoughts about preparing students for college and the workforce. Behind him are a list of his own goals to ensure students leave Shelter Island primed to pursue their ambitions.

When Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik saw statistics reporting Shelter Island School graduates had poor results completing two- and four-year college programs, he questioned the accuracy of the numbers. (more…)

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12/08/14 2:00pm

 

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Cindy Belt at Mashomack, grateful for work she loves in a place she feels lucky to have found.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO
Cindy Belt at Mashomack, grateful for work she loves in a place she feels lucky to have found.

The American humorist Garrison Keillor tells of a mythical small town where, “All the women are strong, all the men are good looking and all the children are above average.”

When you speak with Cindy Belt — environmental educator, wife, mother and Shelter Island School girls volleyball coach — you can’t help thinking she lives in that town. (more…)

11/18/14 12:00pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Ninth grader Francesca Frasco working on a Science Fair project in teacher Daniel Williams’ laboratory after school hours as she prepares for the 50th annual event to be held at the school December 5. At rear is ninth grader Emily Strauss working on her Science Fair project.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Ninth grader Francesca Frasco working on a Science Fair project in teacher Daniel Williams’ laboratory after school hours as she prepares for the 50th annual event to be held at the school December 5. At rear is ninth grader Emily Strauss working on her Science Fair project.

Francesca Frasco, 14, is exploring estrogen mimics — artificial hormones that can affect our bodies.

Like any good scientist, the Shelter Island School freshman chose the topic because she wanted to break new ground. No one in the 50 year history of the school’s Science Fair has explored her subject.

“I thought it would be cool,” she said about the project she’s calling “Flies and Guys.”
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