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08/22/14 6:00pm
Kenny Simco, a senior quarterback, has a 4-0 record as a varsity starter. Last season he completed 39 of 55 passes for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Kenny Simco, a senior quarterback, has a 4-0 record as a varsity starter. Last season he completed 39 of 55 passes for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Just because two football players are friends doesn’t mean that they can’t be competitors, and just because they are competitors doesn’t mean that they can’t be friends.

That’s the nature of the game. That’s the situation Kenny Simco and Sharron Trent find themselves in. The Riverhead Blue Waves have an old-fashioned quarterback controversy, featuring both of them. (more…)

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08/22/14 1:00pm
White-tailed deer grazing in Southold Tuesday. Supervisor Scott Russell has called reducing the local deer population the town's number one priority.  (Credit: Katharine Schreoder)

White-tailed deer grazing in Southold Tuesday. Supervisor Scott Russell has called reducing the local deer population the town’s number one priority. (Credit: Katharine Schreoder)

Last year, a total of 30 deer that had wandered onto Half Hollow Nurseries in Laurel were shot and killed. The shootings were all legal, allowed by off-season nuisance permits issued by the state.

This year, not a single deer has been killed there during the off-season, said general manager Karl Novak.  (more…)

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08/21/14 4:00pm
Raheem Brown gives a teammate a lift during practice. Coach Leif Shay said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Brown is, pound for pound, one of the strongest players he has ever coached.

Raheem Brown gives a teammate a lift during practice. Coach Leif Shay said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Brown is, pound for pound, one of the strongest players he has ever coached.

When a high school football team loses a couple of dozen players, like Riverhead has, it’s comforting for a coach to know he has some returning players to count on. That’s what Leif Shay has in Raheem Brown and Ethan Greenidge.

“It’s great to have those building blocks,” Shay said. “You build foundations, and then those guys are solid, you know you can rely on them, and hopefully you put the pieces around them.” (more…)

08/21/14 2:12pm
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…)