08/21/14 2:12pm
08/21/2014 2:12 PM
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON  FILE PHOTO

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO

The New York State Department of Education has released the results of Common Core-aligned math and English Language Arts exams taken this spring by students statewide, and outcomes from local districts fall in line with wider trends.

Those trends pointed to improved scores in math overall, with ELA results generally falling or staying flat.

Statewide, proficiency rates (the number of students scoring at levels 3 and 4) increased more in math than in English. In 2013, 31.2 percent of students achieved proficiency on the math exam; that number jumped to 35.8 percent in 2014. In English, the proficiency rate ticked up one-tenth of a percent, to 31.4 percent.

The tests were — and remain — a source of conflict for many parents and teachers throughout the state. Part of New York’s Common Core State Standards, state legislators delayed some of the impacts the tests have in evaluating teacher performance in reaction to opposition from the public. The standards came after New York opted into the federal program, which supplies the state with education funds otherwise not available.

This year’s results provided the first opportunity to compare students’ test performance in consecutive years. Educators with the state’s Board of Regents, which has been implementing Common Core, said that despite what some may consider low proficiency levels – numbers that opponents say defeat the students taking the tests — long-term, the plan is going as scheduled.

“This is still a transition period,” said New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch. “It will take time before the changes taking place in our classrooms are fully reflected in the test scores.”

This year’s results are below:

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08/21/14 12:00pm
A new weight room was constructed this summer at the high school, part of a $78 million construction project taking place districtwide. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

A new weight room was constructed this summer at the high school, part of a $78 million construction project taking place districtwide. (Credit: Joseph Pinciaro)

Don’t be fooled while driving down Harrison Avenue: Riverhead School District officials say they’re pleased with the progress made this summer over at the high school and expect construction to be completed on time in the fall of 2015.  (more…)

08/11/2014 10:00 AM

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The Shoreham-Wading River Board of Education’s bond committee has scheduled a public meeting for Wednesday night to discuss developing a capital improvement plan.

In April, the school board agreed to create a bond committee tasked with addressing the district’s crumbling infrastructure. The tennis courts have remained closed since the district’s insurance company deemed them hazardous and unsafe.

The meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the high school library, according to the district’s website.

08/06/14 6:00am
08/06/2014 6:00 AM
Danielle Allen and Patrick O'Brien play a married couple in the opening act of Neil Simon's comedy 'Plaza Suite.' (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Danielle Allen and Patrick O’Brien play a married couple in the opening act of Neil Simon’s comedy ‘Plaza Suite.’ (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Members of the McGann-Mercy Theatre Company in conjunction with Trinity Theatre Company will perform Neil Simon’s comedy “Plaza Suite” at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Aug. 7-9 and 14-16, at Bishop McGann-Mercy High School in Riverhead. (more…)

08/03/14 12:00pm
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Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo (right) at a Common Core forum last year in Eastport. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)

There may be another party line on the November ballot for state office seekers.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the GOP challenger facing Governor Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming election, has launched a petition effort to establish a Stop Common Core party line focused on capturing voters unhappy with the controversial Common Core State Standards initiative.  (more…)

07/29/14 2:48pm
07/29/2014 2:48 PM
The Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts Knowledge Bowl team consists of: (from left) faculty advisor Andrea Glick, Lynn Bohlen, Vincent Sperling, team captain Satoko Matthews, Lillian Senior and team manager Sherry Mazze. (Credit: SCCC courtesy)

The Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts Knowledge Bowl team consists of: (from left) faculty advisor Andrea Glick, Lynn Bohlen, Vincent Sperling, team captain Satoko Matthews, Lillian Senior and team manager Sherry Mazze. (Credit: SCCC courtesy)

There’s more to cooking than just following a recipe or throwing some ingredients into a pot. In fact, even budding chefs need to be aware of numerous technical terms and procedures.

The Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Team was tested on many of those facts at the American Culinary Federation’s National Culinary Knowledge Bowl.  (more…)

07/29/14 8:00am
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(Credit: riverhead.net)

Gather round the computer and have a listen of a new podcast that’s all about the Riverhead School District.

James Richardson, a fourth-grade teacher at Roanoke Avenue Elementary School in Riverhead, hosts the bi-weekly podcast “Afternoon with Mr. Richardson” and plans to interview the district’s teachers and staff about different topics.

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07/27/2014 2:18 PM
Kieran Corcoran returning a shot Sunday when he and Chris Ujkic won their eighth straight men's doubles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Kieran Corcoran returning a shot Sunday when he and Chris Ujkic won their eighth straight men’s doubles title in the Bob Wall Memorial Tournament. (Credit: Garret Meade)

BOB WALL MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

It takes two tennis players to form a doubles team, but Kieran Corcoran and Chris Ujkic play as one.

They share a great understanding, talking, flashing signals and encouraging each other on the court. (more…)