12/19/14 12:00pm
12/19/2014 12:00 PM
Maddie Joinnides, a sophomore at McGann-Mercy, lays out the main design for their Christmas card. (Credit: McGann-Mercy courtesy photo).

Maddie Joinnides, a sophomore at McGann-Mercy High School, works on the Christmas card’s main design.
(Credit: McGann-Mercy High School)

When Bishop McGann-Mercy High School sophomore Maddie Joinnides and her classmates decided to sell Christmas cards to raise money for charity, they had no idea how far the cards would spread across the country.

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12/12/14 1:44pm
12/12/2014 1:44 PM
 Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in 2012 with a lawyer. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

Joe Johnson (top) leaves court in 2012 with a lawyer. (Credit: Tim Gannon, file)

A former Phillips Avenue teacher fired this year after pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge has filed a federal lawsuit against the Riverhead School District, its superintendent, school board and several administrators.

He claims he was fired because he is black. (more…)

The Shoreham-Wading River school board harshly criticized a recent state proposal to mandate additional standardized testing called “field tests” for grades 3 through 8.

In a resolution read aloud at its meeting Tuesday night, the board denounced the planned change as benefiting the companies that provide the tests more than the students. The change would result “in the reduction of students’ learning opportunities” and was proposed to create more ways to evaluate teachers based on testing scores, according to the resolution.

In the resolution, the board called the proposal a way to “subsidize private enterprise without public discussion.”

Previously, any participation in the tests was on a voluntary basis. The Board of Regents is currently considering the State Education Department’s proposal.

The district has previously taken stances against standardized testing. The school board called on state and federal educators to end the “over-reliance” on state testing for students.

This March, as the “opt-out” movement over standardized testing grew, Superintendent Steven Cohen issued a letter detailing how district parents could refuse to have their children take the tests.

Mr. Cohen has previously expressed concerns over standardized testing and its effect on students’ educations.

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12/11/2014 1:00 PM
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Supporters of the Shoreham-Wading River school bond review a map of where to place signs around the district. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Sets of tables and chairs were arranged in the Miller Avenue Elementary School gym Tuesday night, right next to a row of display boards showing overhead construction plans with alterations highlighted in yellow and green.

At the tables sat Shoreham-Wading River School District administrators and school board members, ready to answer questions about the district’s proposed $48.5 million plan to refit and repair district schools.  (more…)

12/10/14 10:29am
12/10/2014 10:29 AM
The current bus ban in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The current bus barn in Riverhead. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A new proposal to relocate the Riverhead School District’s bus barn to Calverton could appear on the May ballot — nearly two years after residents voted against a measure to move it to Riverside.

The school board approved an environmental study Tuesday of a nearly 7-acre lot located near the intersection of Edwards Avenue and Route 25. The property, which is owned by Edward Partridge, was previously used as a bus garage and currently operates as a tractor trailer facility, Superintendent Nancy Carney said.  (more…)

12/09/2014 2:00 PM
A view of two of Shoreham's tennis courts last spring, which have become unplayable after years of neglect. A proposed $48.5 million construction project would repair the courts. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

A view of two of Shoreham’s tennis courts last spring, which have become unplayable after years of neglect. A proposed $48.5 million construction project would repair the courts. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister, file)

Want to find out more about Shoreham-Wading River’s proposed school bond before the big vote next month? Clear your Tuesday night plans.

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