02/09/14 10:00am
02/09/2014 10:00 AM
SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Work by Pulaski Street School students will be featured in the April 20 edition of Newsday's Kidsday.

SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | Work by Pulaski Street School students will be featured in the April 20 edition of Newsday’s Kidsday.

Fifth grade student volunteers at Pulaski Street School in Riverhead recently met with Pat Mullooly, Newsday’s Kidsday coordinator, to brainstorm assignments including book and music reviews for an upcoming edition of Kidsday, a school spokeswoman said Thursday. (more…)

02/07/14 8:00am
SANDRA KOLBO PHOTO | Students in Riverhead Middle School English teacher's Mindy Benze classes recently initiated a "Water Challenge" to promote clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa communities.

SANDRA KOLBO PHOTO | Students in Riverhead Middle School English teacher’s Mindy Benze’s classes recently initiated a “Water Challenge” to promote clean drinking water in sub-Saharan Africa communities.

Drawing inspiration from “A Long Walk to Water,” a book they read in English class about a Sudanese refugee whose mission is to provide clean water to sub-Saharan African communities, students at Riverhead Middle School recently launched a “Water Challenge” — a venture that has raised more than a thousand dollars. (more…)

02/06/14 12:33pm
02/06/2014 12:33 PM
SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead RJROTC's First Year Drill Team at the NJROTC unit's annual inspection and Pass-In-Review Feb. 1.

SANDRA KOLBO COURTESY PHOTO | The Riverhead RJROTC’s First Year Drill Team at the NJROTC unit’s annual inspection and Pass-In-Review Feb. 1.

The Riverhead NJROTC Drill Team took home a number of wins at the NJROTC Drill Meet Feb. 1, making them eligible for the seventh consecutive year for the upcoming Area Four Championship Meet. (more…)

01/29/14 8:00am
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Pulaski Street School assistant principal Stephen Hudson giving a presentation about Common Core math that's being implemented in fifth and sixth grades.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | Pulaski Street School assistant principal Stephen Hudson giving a presentation about Common Core math that’s being implemented in fifth and sixth grades.

Riverhead School District’s fifth and sixth graders are learning how to compute math equations quickly in their heads and are outlining the process of working through a math problem before solving it under new Common Core curriculum. (more…)

12/05/13 2:30pm
12/05/2013 2:30 PM
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CARRIE MILLER PHOTO  |  Educators packed a forum at Eastport-South Manor High School last week to express their displeasure over Common Core.

Our local teachers and administrators are sounding an alarm.

They’re the “canaries in the coal mine,” says Terry Kalb, a recently retired Eastern Suffolk BOCES special education teacher. And they’re sensing something toxic.

Michael White, editor

Michael White

While nonprofits such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and political lobbyists like Students First flood statehouses with cash and bombard the Internet with buzz-word-laden propaganda in pushing for the Common Core State Standards, Long Island teachers are appalled by what they’re experiencing in classrooms.

Related: Numbers-driven Common Core initiative ignores life’s realities (more…)