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New Student Athlete College Signing Ceremony Protocols
A Plainedge Public Schools tradition has been established for all College Bound Student-Athletes that receive Athletic Scholarship offers as a result of their academic and athletic excellence:
Guidance in collaboration with the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics will generate a list of student-athletes who are registered with NCAA. Guidance counselors will arrange appointments to meet with all NCAA registered athletes from list to determine their present level of college bound candidacy. Based on the specific signing date, a letter will be generated from the District Athletic Department and co-signed by our High School Principal and Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics and mailed home to the student-athlete and their family congratulating them on this accomplishment. Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics will coordinate a date and time for the Student Athlete College Signing Ceremony where there will be a formal signing of the letter with the student-athlete, parents, family members, coaches and administration. For more information click here.
Attention Parents - Homework Survey
One of the initiatives we are working on this year is to review our current homework practices. As part of this project we are reaching out to parents to assess their views on homework. In order to collect this information, we are asking all parents to complete a brief online survey titled “Parent Perspectives on Homework.” The survey can be found at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/P6ZC7KS
If you have multiple children in the district, please fill out one survey per student. We appreciate your time and value your input. Our district homework committee will use the data to help inform our decision making as we move towards creating a more unified homework policy in the Plainedge School District.
Field of Honor at John H. West
On Monday November 4th students, staff and members of the Massapequa Kiwanis Club all gathered at John H. West for the annual Field of Honor ceremony. Hundreds of flags adorn the front lawn of the school in remembrance of our Veterans.
Red Ribbon Week at John H. West
Red Ribbon week is about drug awareness and is celebrated in all of our schools. At the end of the week-plus long event is the Halloween parade. Here are some of the students with their drug free banners promoting A healthy me is drug-free. Even Principal Muscarella is in on the fun!!!
Announcing the New Senior Citizen Gold Card Program
It is with great pleasure and excitement that the Plainedge School District announces its Senior Citizen’s “Gold Card” program. It is our way of saying thank you for your support of our schools. All residents of the Plainedge School district who are 60 years of age or over are eligible for FREE membership in the Gold Card program. Upon receipt of a completed membership form, Seniors will receive a Gold Card in the mail within a few days. For more information about the program click here. To print a Gold Card application please click here.
Gold Card members receive:
- Free admission to District-sponsored activities and events, including regular season home athletic events and concerts;
- Invitation to a special matinee performance of the HS musical in the Spring as well as a reception before the show;
- A private tour of the District Art Show, which showcases the very best artwork produced by our students throughout the year.
Varsity and Junior Varsity High School Athletics
- Medical forms are due to the HS Nurse by November 14th, 2013 - click here for forms
- Boys and Girls Basketball, Bowling, Winter Track and Boys Wrestling begin on November 18th, 2013
The PHS Orchestra Fall Festival Fundraiser on Saturday, October 19th at JHW raised $770 dollars. The money raised was donated to Michael Capolango's family and to Michael's Cause for Muscular Dystrophy.
Everyone Benefits with Bread
During recent assemblies hosted by King Arthur Flour, fourth- and fifth-graders at each of the elementary schools learned that with some math and science, a little baking instruction, and good flour, they can bake delicious bread from scratch while helping others. King Arthur Flour has donated baking ingredients, as well as a recipe book and dough scraper, to students so families can voluntarily bake two loaves of bread together at home – one for themselves to share and another to be donated to a community organization.
The Life Skills Bread Baking program directly connects to the fourth-graders’ Native American Enrichment unit: This Land Is Our Land; This Land Was Their Land. As students are immersed in this unit, they are reflecting in journals on things for which they are thankful. To empower students, many of whom shared their appreciation for food, this opportunity encouraged students to take action to bake bread with their families to help others. Participation also provides fifth-graders with a meaningful opportunity to use technology as they create iMovie trailers highlighting this unique experience and promoting service to others on their iPads.
New One-to-One Apple iPad Technology Learning Initiative Launches in September
On Monday, September 16 our Superintendent, Dr. Salina hosted a meeting at our Middle School to provide an overview of a new One-to-One Apple iPad and eSpark Learning Initiative for our 5th and 6th Grade students. For more information about our innovative instructional technology program please review our: Parent Informational Letter, Plainedge iPad Handbook and our Plainedge iPad One to One FAQ’s.
Plainedge teachers are infusing iPads into our classrooms to benefit our 21st century learners. For example:
In our fifth grade enrichment program at Schwarting, students immersed in the Earth's Movement unit recently participated in Our Planet Earth, an engaging videoconference with NASA. While communicating with NASA to learn how earth's systems interact and how we gather and use information about the earth from NASA satellites, students used the app Notes to take notes on their iPads which they later used to guide a class discussion. In another fifth grade enrichment activity, students used the app QRafter to scan a QR code and then collaborated to brainstorm a hypothesis to the scientific mystery that appeared before researching the Continental Drift Theory.
During the fifth grade enrichment Brown Bag workshop, Celebrate Earth Day Every Day, students were empowered to be a part of the GO GREEN movement by becoming advocates for Earth. Conducting school-wide campaigns, students explored various investigative resources such as NASA's free app Earth as Art and some chose to use iMovie to create public service announcements.
In our fifth grade classes at West, students eagerly completed their eSpark Launch Quests and then embarked on their first personalized eSpark ELA quest which uses videos, apps, and websites customized to help each child reach individualized learning goals.
In our fifth grade classes at Eastplain, students became multimedia authors as they created screencasts using Doceri including audio, illustrations and text to persuade others to read the novel War With Grandpa.
After designing projects using natural resources in our Native American fourth grade enrichment unit This Land Is Our Land; This Land Was Their Land, Schwarting students used the free app Book Creator to create multimedia handbooks documenting the steps in the collaborative natural resource project. Video, images and text were included in these multimedia books which can be viewed in iBooks or as PDF files.
A Message from Your Superintendent – Recent Newsday Article
As you may have read, Newsday printed an article on August 23, 2013 that discussed the new category of schools identified by the state as a result of the 2011-2012 school performance data. In addition to the previously announced categories of “Reward,” “Focus,” and “Priority” a new category was unveiled, “Local Assistance Plan (LAP).” Ironically, although the article does not mention it, Plainedge High School was identified last year and this year as a Reward School for high performance. The article does mention that Charles E. Schwarting School was listed as a LAP school. Read here for more detailed information
All-State Musicians Selected in Plainedge
Musicians Peter Han and Marisa Tyd will be representing Plainedge School District’s music department at the New York State School Music Association’s All-State Music Festival this December. The festival will feature high school student-musicians from throughout New York State. Additionally, fellow musician Jacob Friedman achieved alternate status and will be notified shortly about his final participation in the festival.
The district congratulates all three musicians on this phenomenal achievement. They are pictured with Principal Robert Amster, orchestra director Laura Ruotolo and choir director Peter Lakes.
Parent Reports for Math and ELA Tests
Today the New York State Education Department released the results of the ELA and math results for this Spring’s exams. As you may recall, throughout the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Education Department indicated that they fully expected that this year’s scores would be dramatically lower than in years past and the Commissioner of Education, Dr. John King has repeatedly stated that the old exams did not correlate to student’s progress toward being “college and career ready.” Read here for more detailed information
The New York State Department of Education has created a website with helpful tools for parents related to the new assessments. There you will find guidance for understanding the parent reports, as well as information about interpreting test results. The website can be found at : http://www.engageny.org/resource/parent-resources-grades-3-8-ela-mathematics-tests .
We are pleased to announce the opening of the New PowerSchool Parent Portal for all schools Grades K-12. Through this PowerSchool student information system, parents will have real-time access to attendance, schedules, and other school related information.
To begin using the Parent Portal for the 2013-2014 school year, you must create an account and link to your child's data. The new portal now has single-sign-on which allows parents to add multiple children under one account.
Please CLICK HERE to get started.
Inter-Scholastic Sports - New BOCES Website