06/14/2014 10:00 AM
Rebecca Chowske

Rebecca Chowske

While much seems to have been made in recent years about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — or STEM, as the subjects are known collectively — there’s at least one other thing that ties them all together: words.  (more…)

05/07/2014 10:00 AM
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Shoreham-Wading River school board members Richard Pluschau, left, and school board members Jack Costas and Mike Fucito at Tuesday’s meeting. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Shoreham-Wading River School District officials are considering a recent recommendation to lay off 15 teacher assistants in the special education department next school year.

Charles Althoff, the district’s special education director, said he took a hard look at his staffing levels in preparation for next year’s budget and found it was unnecessary to continue assigning two teacher assistants in some classes. (more…)

04/01/2014 8:00 AM
Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: File)

Shoreham-Wading River High School. (Credit: File)

The Shoreham-Wading River School District is expected to receive nearly $9.42 million in state aid next fiscal year, which represents a 8.04 percent hike for 2014-15, according to data released Monday by state Senator Ken LaValle’s office.

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03/27/14 1:00pm
03/27/2014 1:00 PM

Riverhead superintendent Nancy Carney, left, and Shoreham-Wading River Superintendent Steven Cohen.

Amid increasingly intense scrutiny of standardized testing as a means of improving teacher and student performance, the opt-out movement — which encourages refusal to take the tests used to measure New York’s educators — appears to be gaining some traction locally. This year, in the Riverhead and Shoreham-Wading River districts, and at the Riverhead Charter School, more parents than ever before are refusing to let their children sit for the upcoming state assessments.  (more…)