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…)

04/18/17 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Tracy McCarthy is running for an at-large seat on the Board of Education, hoping to unseat one of three incumbents in the election to be held May 16.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO Tracy McCarthy is running for an at-large seat on the Board of Education, hoping to unseat one of three incumbents in the election to be held May 16.

Four candidates are seeking three seats on the Shelter Island Board of Education this spring.

Three incumbents, whose terms expire at the end of June, are running in the May 16 election and Tracy McCarthy hopes to unseat one of them. She’s not targeting any particular candidate — all candidates are running for at-large seats, meaning the top three vote-getters will each be elected to a three-year term on the seven-member board. (more…)

03/27/17 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino

JULIE LANE PHOTO Board of Education President Thomas Graffagnino

Between 1986 and 2017, eight different people have sat in Shelter Island School superintendent’s chair, with one serving two different terms.

If an immediate full-time successor is named by September to replace outgoing Superintendent Leonard Skuggevik as the Board of Education hopes, that will make nine, averaging approximately three years each. (more…)