Name That Teacher – Last one for the year!

27 May

Name That Teacher!

Get to know our KN Teachers!

Here’s how it works:

We will give you a hint, and you get to guess which teacher matches our clues.  Check back soon to see if you were right!

Klem North PTSA Needs You!

27 May

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May is PTSA Recruitment Month…there are 14 open Klem North PTSA positions for the 2015-2016 school year – below are 3 more of the openings for you to please consider stepping up for!

If you see one you’re interested in, or have questions, please contact Beth Steixner bethsteix@gmail.com or Laura Blair bustarla@hotmail.com.

Remember, there is documentation for each position and can connect you with the current owner for more information.

1) Box Tops Fundraiser

  • Organize two Box Tops drives each year (typically October and May).
  • Advertise drive, count, and submit Box Tops; announce winning class.
  • Besides picking up the Box Tops from school, this task can be done from home.

2) Outing Organizer

  • Plan and facilitate discounted Klem North group events to place of your choosing (Red Wings, Amerks, cultural arts, or recreational events).
  • Typically plan 1 in the fall and 1 in the spring.
  • This task can be from home!

3) PBIS Parent Rep

  • Attend monthly meeting with Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) committee to collaborate and contribute to group discussions.Meetings are usually held from 8:20-8:50am.
  • Group goal is to support and improve student learning, school climate, and positive behavior support for all students.
  • Topics include deciding on school-wide rewards for reaching CARE Cash goals, bus behavior, and many others.

 

Did You Guess the Right Teacher?

19 May

20% Did!

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Our mystery teacher is Mrs. Polk! Klem North’s Librarian loves to read! In fact, she was a library helper throughout her years as a student. She loves the color green and hopes to learn how to install cabinets this year. 

 

Congratulations to those who guessed correctly, and watch for another Name That Teacher game soon!

Klem North PTSA Needs You!

15 May

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May is PTSA Recruitment Month…there are 14 open Klem North PTSA positions for the 2015-2016 school year – below are 3 more of the openings for you to please consider stepping up for!

If you see one you’re interested in, or have questions, please contact Beth Steixner bethsteix@gmail.com or Laura Blair bustarla@hotmail.com.

Remember, there is documentation for each position and can connect you with the current owner for more information.

1) After School Coordinator.  This position is to Shadow the current Chair for the 2015-2016 school year, and then take it over the following year.

  • Organize and oversee the club instructors.
  • Handle communication with office and teachers for the after school programs.

2) Club Registrar.  This position is to Shadow the current Chair for the 2015-2016 school year, and then take it over the following year.

  • Setup online registration twice a year for after school clubs.
  • Provide information to After School Coordinator.

3) Morning Announcement Club Coordinator.  This position is to Shadow the current Chair for the 2015-2016 school year, and then take it over the following year.

  • Looking for a 3rd or 4th grade parent since the Club is for 4th and 5th grade students!
  • Current Chair says: “MAC club is generally not a big commitment. There is very little out of school preparation most of the time.”
  • Picks a day of the week for club. On the club day you arrive at school by 3pm and club ends at 4.
  • You teach the students how to find the information to fill in the announcements and assign weeks for each student to be in charge of. Place them in the red binder in the office.
  • There is a fall club and a spring club.

Also…While we have a parent who will be leading Chess Club for grades 3 – 5, we are still hoping for someone to lead our Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd graders.  If this is important to you now is your chance to either lead the club yourself or find someone who can!

 

News from Webster’s Central PTSA – Lawn Signs

15 May

 

Good morning,

 
On behalf of Webster’s Central PTSA, we wanted to offer all of you lawn signs to display either in your yard or for your friends’ yards. The signs promote a local effort called ‘ACT for Education,’ www.actforeducation.org. ACT for Education stands for A Community Together (ACT) for Education and is basically a positive, informational initiative by Monroe 1 and Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES districts that lauds our area’s outstanding public schools.  Area businesses and community members are also supporting the effort.

There are a limited supply of lawn signs with stakes available for pickup at District Administrative Offices, located on the 3rd floor of Spry Middle School. If you would like to display one in your yard, feel free to stop by DAO any time during the week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and ask for Webster Public Relations Coordinator Krista Grose. All signs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 


Thanks in advance for your support!

Denise Bellavia and Kris Canessa
Webster Central PTSA Co-Chairs

Cultural Arts Update: May 2015

13 May

The 2014-2015 school year is almost over at Klem Road North, but students are still having a blast enjoying field trips and assemblies sponsored by the Cultural Arts Program!

This spring the Wildlife Defenders came to visit grades K-2. The Boland Irish Dancers made a festive appearance on St. Patrick’s Day, this month Ms. Jennifer Sirey will give an Arts and Math workshop, all students will enjoy a Martial Arts showcase during gym class, and last month family square dance night was another success!

Grade specific events have included a kindergarten visit to the Strong Museum of Play for Garden Theme Day, Seneca Park Zoo’s Zoomobiles will visit the 1st graders later in the week, the 2nd graders will take a tour of Webster’s Arboretum, the 3rd graders will take a tour of Rochester’s Water Treatment Plant, Webster Artist, Ms. Mary Coy, joined Mrs. Pennington and the 4th graders for a workshop in the art room, and the 5th graders visited the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Challenger Learning Center in January.

It has been an exciting year at Klem North! We hope that next year will provide even more opportunities for students to experience outside of the classroom. All programs are completely sponsored by the PTSA. To learn more about Klem North’s PTSA visit the PTSA webpage.

Klem North PTSA Needs You!

12 May

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May is PTSA Recruitment Month…there are 14 open Klem North PTSA positions for the 2015-2016 school year – below are 3 of the openings for you to please consider stepping up for!

If you see one you’re interested in, or have questions, please contact Beth Steixner bethsteix@gmail.com or Laura Blair bustarla@hotmail.com.

There is documentation for each position and can connect you with the current owner for more information.

1) Secretary
  • Attend monthly PTSA meetings and record the meeting minutes.
  • Type up the meeting minutes and distribute.
2) Welcome Back Breakfast
  • Plan, order, and deliver breakfast for faculty and staff on the first day of school.
  • Detailed information available from previous years can be used as a guide.
  • Planning starts over the summer and task is complete at the end of the first day of school!
3) Welcome to Kindergarten
  • Organize our PTSA role in the Welcome to Kindergarten events.
  • Prepare flyer to handout at Kindergarten Orientation, flyer to provide parents at the Screening, order books to give to incoming kindergarteners.
  • Detailed information available from previous years (including flyers that can be modified)

Name That Teacher

10 May

Name That Teacher!

Get to know our KN Teachers!

Here’s how it works:

We will give you a hint, and you get to guess which teacher matches our clues.  Check back soon to see if you were right!

Did You Guess the Right Teacher?

5 May

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85% Did!

Mrs. Mee, a former Klem South student, has lived in Webster her whole life. She loves playing music and hopes to become a better violin player in the future. Her favorite place to eat is Taco Bell! She also loves reading and crafting in her free time.

Congratulations to those who guessed correctly, and watch for another Name That Teacher game soon!

May STAR Authors

4 May

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Congratulations to May’s STAR authors!  

 

Mrs. Bechtold’s Class:

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  • Jeylan Bay—Knockover Domino
  • Zac Montalto – DogsandBones

 

Mrs. Smith’s Class:

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  • Peter John Benzoni – Amazing Wolves!
  • Patrick Wood – All About Wolves
  • Kory Fiordeliso – All About Wolves
  • Sydney Elle Johnson – The Life of Wolves
  • Dominic Blekot – Amazing Wolves
  • Aidan Ramos – Wolf Facts

Mrs. Lawson’s Class

  • Logan Farney – The Importance of Friendship
  • Melissa Robinson – How I am a Good Friend
  • Gigi MacKenzie Weissinger – Friends
  • Anthony Marcellus – Good Friendship
  • Cate Rathnam – Friends
  • Ben Schmidt – Friends
  • Joey Crescimanni – I am a Good Friend
  • Dominic Housel – Friends Are Awesome
  • Liam Ernst – Being a Friend
  • Ryan Carlin – Friendship
  • Riley O’Neill – The Friendship Story
  • Ahsan Haidari – Friends
  • Chris Mendez – Friends
  • Parker Pugsley – Friends are Important to me Because….
  • Maksim Avlasevich – Friends
  • Shalin James Zerbe – Friendship
  • Victoria Smith – Friendship
  • Natalie Miller – I am a Good Friend
  • Henry “Jack” Maerleander – Friends
  • Rylei Altmire – Being a Good Friend
  • Craig McEneany – Friends
  • Ava Degen – I am a Good Friend

Mrs. Riddell’s Class

 

  • Martine Broikou – Favorite Season
  • Alanna Posella—My Life is Awesome
  • Jake Garman – All About Me
  • Ethan Wadhera – All About Me
  • Allison Winters – About My Life
  • Maddie Rothfuss – Maddie’s Life
  • Ella Maloney – Ella is Awesome
  • Jessica van Wichen – All About Jessie
  • Addie Schaeffer – All About Me
  • William Li – All About Me
  • Alex Mulcahy – Alex’s Life
  • Cameron Rittler—All About Cameron
  • Gavin Lawyer—How Good My Life Is
  • Christian Atallah—All About Me

Name That Teacher

20 Apr

Name That Teacher!

Get to know our KN Teachers!

Here’s how it works:

We will give you a hint, and you get to guess which teacher matches our clues.  Check back soon to see if you were right!

NOTES FROM THE NURSE – APRIL

16 Apr

Illnesses.

We continue to see a lot of illnesses in school – mostly sore throats (viral or strep throat), fevers, headaches and stomachaches. Remember to encour-age your child to wash their hands after blowing their nose, sneezing, or coughing. Medications may be given in school. Parents may bring any medi-cation into the Health Office, accompanied with a signed physician order and the medicine.

Seasonal Allergies.

As the weather starts to warm up, grass begins to grow, and flowers and trees start to bud and blossom, so are seasonal allergy symptoms. Symp-toms may include, but not be limited to, clear, runny noses, post nasal drip, dry cough, and watery or itchy eyes. If giving antihistamines to your child and they tend to make him/her drowsy, give the dose before bed. If the op-posite occurs (i.e., hyperactivity), give the dose during the daytime (morning or after school). Ask your physician for which medicine is the most appropriate for your child’s allergy symptoms.

Scoliosis Screening:

All 5th grade students will be screened for scoliosis the week of April 13th— 17th.

As usual, call the Health Office if there are any questions.

Board of Education Update: April 2015

13 Apr

Mike Suffoletto, President mikesuff@rochester.rr.com

Sue Casey, Vice President bcasey01@rochester.rr.com

Paul Benz paulbenz12@gmail.com

Ann Carmody ann.carmody2012@gmail.com

Mike Dedee madedee@rochester.rr.com

Mike Gustin mgustin@frontiernet.net

Tom Nespeca tnespeca@rochester.rr.com

Visit our web page: http://www.websterschools.org

Follow us on Twitter: @WCSDProud

“LIKE” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WebsterCentralSchools

Visit us on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/WebsterSchoolsProud

COMMUNITY ADVOCACY THANK YOU AND UPCOMING BUDGET VOTE!

The Webster Central School District Board of Education thanks all parents, students, faculty, staff, and community members for sending more than 2,500 letters and e-mails to our New York State legislators regarding the 2015-16 budget process. You may still visit the district’s Advocacy quick link found on our website (upper left side of the home page), websterschools.org, to send a letter, e-mail or call Governor Cuomo with your thoughts. Thank you for your continued advocacy on behalf of nearly 8,700 Webster students!

Some important budget-related board meeting dates to keep in mind for the months of April and May:

  • Thursday, April 9 – formal adoption of the 2015-16 budget by the BOE, Spry auditorium, 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 7 – BOE Public budget hearing, Spry auditorium, 7:00 PM ,
  • Tuesday, May 19 – Annual budget vote and BOE election, Webster Schroeder HS gymnasium, 875 Ridge Road, 6:00 AM – 9:00 PM

URBAN-SUBURBAN PROGRAM BEING RESEARCHED BY WCSD

Webster’s Board of Education and Superintendent, Carm Gumina, have approached the Urban-Suburban inter-district Transfer Program to explore this unique opportunity that would provide more diversity within our district. This is the 50th anniversary of the program originally established with the goal to “voluntarily reduce racial isolation and the segregation of academic opportunities in elementary and secondary schools in order to enhance and enrich racial and ethnic awareness among students, teachers, and in order to enhance and enrich racial and ethic awareness among students, teachers, and parents.” A total of 11 area districts (four that will begin in the 2015-16 school year) participate and all have reported positive feedback on the program. Urban-Suburban program administrators recently amended the original mission statement of the organization to include the goal of “deconcentrating poverty and enhancing opportunities for students in the city and suburbs.”

Your board and Mr. Gumina will continue to provide the community with information and research on the program and how it aligns with our district’s mission, vision, and “Core belief of putting all “Students First.” There is an informational Urban-Suburban link on our district’s website. Websterschools.org, that can be found under the “Parents”, “Students”, “Staff”, and “Community”.

FROM THE BOARD TABLE:

The board of education received a strategic planning update during the March 19 regular meeting from Superintendent Carm Gumina, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services Shelly Cahoon, and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Brian Neenan. The strategic planning team is continuing to understand and focus on what career, college, and community readiness means for Webster students, and wants to ensure that our educational program aligns with this goal so students are ready for their next steps. The team will present a final strategic planning report in June. The board also approved the 2015-16 school calendar during this meeting, which can be found under the “Calendar” tab of our website.

Earlier in the month during the March 5 meeting, the board approved a resolution to appoint Mike Dedee to the board of education. We welcome Mike and look forward to collaborating with him on our work with the Webster School District. All board presentations can be viewed by visiting the district’s website’s home page, websterschools.org and clicking on the “Board of Education” quick link.

PTSA Updates for April 2015

11 Apr

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Now that Spring has arrived and we are well into the last half of the school year, please stop and think about your goals for next year. If you are interested in actively participating in the PTSA, please let me (KNafterschoolclubs.registrar@gmail.com), Beth (bethsteix@gmail.com), or Laura (bustarla@hotmail.com) know as soon as you can. A list of open positions can be found on the BLOG (www.klemnorthstar.wordpress.com): At the main page go down a bit on the right, in a section called WE NEED YOUR HELP. I’ll also be sending the list in my weekly reminders.

In order to keep all the fun activities going we really do NEED your help. If you want to help but aren’t sure in what capacity, let us know and we will help figure out a role to match your skills. And this is not just for moms! Dads – you guys offer a great perspective and we’d love for you to join – after all – this is for our kids!

Our next PTSA meeting is on Wednesday, April 8th at 6:30pm at Klem North. Hope to see you there!

Diane Smith

Klem North PTSA Communications Chair

 

 

Principal’s and Vice Principal’s News

11 Apr
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April always bring thoughts of spring. Hopefully Mother Nature will begin to warm things up and bring us spring temperatures! The time following the Spring break is always so busy. This time of year always seems to fly by even faster. The end of the school year will be upon us before we know it. With this in mind we will be beginning the placement process towards the end of the month.
Over the next several weeks teachers will begin placement for your child for next year. Your child’s teacher begins the process by considering the learning styles and peer relationships within their current class. They then meet with their grade level colleagues, as well as support area teachers and special area teachers, to organize students into small instructional groups and eventually into a full- sized class. During this process, the teachers consider a number of factors, including learning styles, an even distribution of males and females, peer relationships and an equal distribution of students receiving special services, i.e. RTI, Special Education services, speech, math remediation, etc. Mr. Slack and I will then meet with grade level teachers; so that they may inform us of their rationale for the groups they have created. We will then take these newly formed class groups and assign them to a teacher for the upcoming school year.
We, as professionals, believe that we keep the best interest of children in mind as we make these decisions. We also understand that as a parent, you may have additional information about your child that you would like us to consider during the placement process. If you feel you would like to share this information as part of your child’s placement, I invite you to send the information to me in the form of a letter or email by May 5, 2014. I will share this information with the appropriate grade level teachers and make sure that it is considered in the placement process. Please do not request a particular teacher for your child. This is a policy in elementary buildings across the district and has been the practice at Klem North in previous years. If you have any further question re-garding the placement process please feel free to contact me.
The State ELA assessment period begins April 14th and will last through the16th. The State math assessment period begins April 22nd through April 24th. Students in grades 3-5 will take part in assessments in both ELA and math. The tests are administered in the mornings so it is important that students arrive on time.
Webster’s annual Community Arts Day will be held this Saturday, April 11th. This event is a celebration of the Arts with numerous displays and performances from our students. Community Arts Day is held at the Webster Schroeder High School. Student art work and performances are highlighted. Local community groups are present to share their programs and services. Food items as well as pieces by local artists are on sale. I hope you and your family are able to attend this wonderful event!
Think Spring!!
Mr. LaMonica and Mr. Slack

April’s STAR Authors

11 Apr

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Congratulations to April’s STAR authors!  

Mrs. Bechtold’s Class 

  • Madeline Throumoulos – The Story of Petselville
  • Michael Garritano – The Town of Smartie
  • Abby Richman – Hamster Hawaii
  • Carmen Ottina – The Disaster that Happened to Petsington D.C.
  • Mason Reid – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Shredder and Splinter
  • Sophie Shortino – Seeing the Puppies
  • Reilly Adams—Water Town
  • Avi Ramoutar – Sugar and Cake
  • Reid Doolittle – Skylanders
  • Boston DeWitte – Dimeandquarter
  • Anna Coppola – Stuffyanimalville
  • Andrew Syracusa – Waterville
  • David Kalterbach – Skylands
  • Olivia Ritchie – Pets
  • Nick Gaglio – Candyland
  • Jordyn Lewis – Petsster
  • Brendan Hall – Cloudy with a Chance of Kittens
  • Leah Lasky – Leah with a Chance of Pets
  • Makayla Oriel – The Mystery of Pet’inville
  • Nicky Dickson – The Over Flow
  • Adam Scipione – Candy and Candy

Mrs. Riddell’s Class

  • Matei Jucan – Hostile Mobs:  An Unofficial Minecraft Guide to Hostile Mobs
  • Ben Horvath – Favorite Season
  • Nathan Frye—Guide to Monsters in Minecraft
  • Michael McDonald—Pokemon History
  • Jack Centola—Minecraft
  • Jack Bovenzi – The Lacrosse Game
  • Kaitlyn Dushuk – My Favorite Season
  • Tyler Flood – Scott Flood the Fireman
  • Natalie Sperano – The Zoo
  • Andrew Baird – Eating with CJ
  • Charlie Bonin – The Thousand Islands
  • Jonathan Murtha – Minecraft Series
  • Eric Chung – Sneaking….
  • Leah Hurlbut – Baby Guinea Pigs
  • Michael Sudore – The Coolest Cruise Ever!
  • Isabella Barco-Dimaggio – Day 1 in New York City
  • Maxwell Benjamin Braithwaite—The Buffalo Bills Game
  • Daniella Gibson – Horse Club!
  • Aubrey Tucker – Canada

Mrs. Smith’s Class

  • Carter Warren – All About Wolves
  • Jessica Nau – Wolves
  • Taj Hamza – All About Wolves
  • Kaitlin Dowling – All About Wolves
  • Ally Mulye – All About Wolves
  • Nick Myers – All You Need to Know About Wolves
  • Ryan Stracke – All About Wolves
  • Rachel Lucas – Facts About Wolves
  • Annie Joy Smith – The Lives of Wolves
  • Maresa Girard – Information on Wolves
  • Michael Heller – Lives of Wolves
  • Max Sylvester – All About Wolves
  • Ellie Gramowski – The History of Wolves
  • Allison Volker – All About Wolves
  • Nicholaas Bakker – Wolves: Amazing Animals
  • Bridget McDonald – All About Wolves

 

April PTSA Meeting

10 Apr

Another great meeting!  The meetings are truly informational and casual.  It’s your opportunity to find out what is going on at Klem North (because not everything is publicized) and ask questions from curriculum to afterschool events.

Upcoming Programs and Events:

BINGO Night: Tonight 4/10 at 7pm (just bring yourselves! No fee, no sign up!)

Community Arts Day: Saturday April 11th 10 to 4 at Schroeder High School

Spring Book Sale: April 13th to April 20th (Family Night Thursday April 19th 6-8pm) volunteer at Book Sale Sign Up

Family Square Dance: April 29th

 

From Mr. LaMonica, Mr. Slack, and Mrs. St. James:

The April Newsletter has been uploaded: visit Mr. LaMonica’s News for the Principal News, Notes from the Nurse, BOE Announcements and Info, and so much more!

Letters To The Principal for information regarding your student and next year’s placement due May 5th.

Next 2 weeks will be state testing

PBIS is focusing on Bullying the next few months: definition, common understanding, tactics, etc

Spirit Week is upcoming. More information to follow.

“Thank You” from all the teachers for the special treats and overall support.  Parent/Teacher conferences went great and are a valuable tool for everyone.

 

PTSA programs are run by parents and some programs have been discontinued, not because of student interest, but because of the lack of parent involvement.  ALL OPEN POSITIONS ARE ESTABLISHED WITH PLAY-BY-PLAY DIRECTIONS AND ARE COMPLETED BASED ON THE VOLUNTEER’S SCHEDULE.  PLEASE support the programs your child is involved in.  Support Your Student 

 

Did You Guess the Right Teacher?

6 Apr

Almost 95% Did!

Our mystery teacher is Ms. Leszcynski !  Ms. Leszcynski has two miniature cats, Sadie and Mason. She lives in Rochester and loves the colors purple and blue. Her favorite movie is Frozen! In addition to singing and photography, she enjoys visiting Keuka Lake in her free time.

                                                 
Congratulations to those who guessed correctly, and watch for another Name That Teacher game soon!

The Voice of NYS PTA

6 Apr
Posted: 03 Apr 2015 11:35 AM PDT
Surprisingly, Tuesday’s state budget adoption linked the distribution of increased school aid to another revision of Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) elements. Assessments are one of two elements to be weighted in the APPR that must be approved by November 15.
With this news, the movement to promote test refusal*, as a means to make a political statement, has increased around our state.
We have heard from many members; some urging NYS PTA to endorse test refusal, but most appreciating our position to support every parent’s right to make the choice for their own child.
As the, “New York State PTA Position Paper: Use of Student Assessment & Its Impact on High‐Stakes Educational Decisions” states:
High‐stakes testing associated with political initiatives has changed the landscape of education in New York State and across our country. The effects of some of these changes may be unintended, but when devoid of a sound educational rationale, they can actually interfere with educational improvement.
We also support the need for meaningful pupil assessment and educator accountability. Current trends unfortunately exaggerate the use of narrowly defined results to judge educational performance and make high‐stakes educational decisions. These trends cannot be permitted to stifle student and educator creativity or to impede the imperative to educate the whole child.
The latest action by our state leaders, combined with member feedback on both sides of the issue, creates an urgency to reiterate that NYS PTA strongly supports the right of every parent to decide what is best for their child whether to take or refuse the test.
We strongly recommend that parents whose children will not participate in annual testing work collaboratively with their school district’s administration on a plan for the child that is agreeable to both parties.
Finally we ask that, no matter how you choose, everyone be respectful of another parents’ right to make either a similar or different choice for their child.
*Please note, we do not refer to this as “opt-out” as that is not an option in our state. One can “refuse the test” or “not participate” thereby causing the test to be coded 999.
Bonnie M. Russell
NYS PTA® President
Communicate to Advocate!
everychild.onevoice.®
president@nyspta.org

 

The Voice of NYS PTA

6 Apr
Posted: 01 Apr 2015 10:29 AM PDT
Today is a sad day for the students and teachers of New York.
The Governor, claiming to be the best advocate for children, has tied inadequate school funding to questionable education reform based on volatile state tests and tied to ethics reform.
Both the Assembly and Senate, who promised $1.8 to $1.9 billion of increased aid, sold out promised relief in order to ease ethics reform. They fundamentally short-changed the children they claim they care about.
Huge stacks of printed bill materials shared only hours before the votes last night left little time for thoughtful consideration and stakeholder input. Major educational reforms were ill-considered in the haste to meet a vote deadline.
While NYS PTA appreciates the decision to assign the APPR revision to NYSED and the Board of Regents, as we advocated for, we believe the parameters and time frame for consideration are completely inadequate for all stakeholders to provide input and thoughtful feedback. Specifically:
  •     Parent input was erased from APPR
  •     Questions remain on testing and proportions of standardized testing in APPR
  •     What formulates student growth is not clear
  •     What elements are part of a new matrix needs to be defined
  •     How schools will manage the use and costs of outside evaluators is unknown
Once again, tying release of aid to approval of negotiated APPR elements by November 15, DURING the school year, is indefensible.
The lack of reliability of the current NYS standardized tests along with these hastily adopted education reforms will fuel the already increasing opposition to participation in testing scheduled for this April.
The unfortunate message to the children of New York: your education and future are not worth the time and collaborative decision-making of Albany legislators.
With this latest state action it is even more urgent that we reinforce the right of every parent to decide what is best for their child, whether to take or refuse the test!
-Bonnie Bonnie M. Russell
NYS PTA® President
Communicate to Advocate!
everychild.onevoice.®
president@nyspta.org