A New Year – A New Way

As we come to the end of 2013, we also see the beginning of the end of the district’s five year plan, presented in December 2009. Strategic goals Overview To clearly define our path and frame our agenda, we have established five goals: GOAL 1 We will ensure that each of our students is academically […]

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More Un-Accountability

On January 2, 2014, there will be an “organizational meeting” held by the Board of Education. The Items to be discussed and voted upon: Resolution No. 2013-14:397 Gary Smith, concomitant with and distinct from his appointment as Director of Procurement & Supply…be and hereby is reappointed as Purchasing Agent…(No salary adjustment is noted) Resolution No. […]

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Nothing New Under The Sun

“We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” Michelle Alexander. In her book “The New Jim Crow” Michelle Alexander describes how the wealthy use fear to control the masses and money in America. As an institution, quite a lot was learned from the early years of slavery. When you control […]

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The Expectation Factor

In Chapter 10 of “The Rules of Persuasion” published by Westside Toastmasters, For Public Speaking and Leadership Education, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe writes, “The Rule of expectations uses expectations to influence reality and create results. Individuals tend to make decisions based on how others expect them to perform. As a result, people fulfill those expectations […]

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Experiential Poverty

One of the most prestigious elementary private schools in New York State is Green Vale School. Green Vale has three levels, Early Childhood: Beginnings – Young Three’s – Nursery – Pre-K – Kindergarten, Lower School: Grades 1-5, Middle School: Grades 6-9. The Early Childhood class size is capped at 8 while the Lower and Middle […]

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The Reality Of Poverty

Poverty: The state of one who lacks a usual or socially acceptable amount of money or material possessions. Poverty is being blamed for the educational failure of children in America. Reducing mis-education to a problem of poverty or race is simply a distraction keeping people from realizing the real cause for the failure of our […]

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Everyone Has A Voice

Last night at the Board of Education’s monthly business meeting the choir from Pinnacle School #35 sang holiday songs before approximately thirty people which included parents, district staff, Board Members, press, and community members. There were approximately twenty students performing. Sadly, there was No holiday cheer, No cookies or punch, Santa or reindeer No cavalcade […]

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