July 2008

New Rochelle Police Department Open House

July 31, 2008 - 01:59

6-8 p.m.
NRPD Headquarters

475 North Avenue
* Equipment Demonstration * Tours * K9 Unit * Child Fingerprinting * BICYCLE LOTTERY *
* Bicycle Safety Demo by Metro Bicycles


Sponsored by the New Rochelle Police Department

In partnership with Project FOCUS and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office


Goose Poop Field (as the children affectionately call it)

July 29, 2008 - 12:11

On Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 the first graders were directed to play in the field adjacent to the Trinity playground. The field contained a considerable amount of "goose poop". We did not think that is a good idea to have the children play during their lunch recess in a field littered with fecal material left by geese. We communicated this to the school. It was not healthy and frankly very disgusting. There was also some dog feces as well, marked by an orange cone (as directed by the Assistant Principal).

Checks and Balances

July 29, 2008 - 00:28

Here in the United States our democracy was purposefully engineered to include a system of Checks and Balances. Theoretically speaking, the system is a sound approach. The effectiveness of this system if translated to the context at hand, hinges on the willingness of stakeholders in the democracy holding our leaders accountable. We do not believe that all our parents, stakeholders, educators and taxpayers have exercised their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of this system of Checks and Balances. Many of us have been socialized to embrace mediocrity.

A Harsh Lesson to Learn in First Grade

July 27, 2008 - 00:23

On Friday, March 7, 2008, two entire classes of 1st grade students from Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle, were forced to walk the perimeter of the playground area for a period of approximately 20 to 25 minutes during recess as punishment for “alleged” earlier behavior. The children were lead by two staff members.

Are Some Minority Students at New Rochelle High School Tracked?

July 20, 2008 - 00:17

Last week, I was speaking to a former student from New Rochelle High School. He happens to be a Latino student from the West End of New Rochelle. He is now 23 years old. I asked him about his experience at New Rochelle High School. He commented about the low expectations some of the staff at New Rochelle High School had for him. Also, when it came to applying for college, how he was steered towards a community college. He further commented how an overwhelming majority of Latino friends were also are steered towards 2 year community colleges instead of four year institutions.

Equity For All Students?

July 17, 2008 - 00:16

According to the most recent available data (2005-2006) from the New York State Report Cards, Limited English Proficient Students made up 7.6% of the total of all three North End Elementary Schools in New Rochelle (Davis, Ward and Webster). In contrast, Limited English Proficient Students made up 31.3% of the South End Elementary Schools (Trinity, Jefferson and Columbus). Unfortunately, the New York State Education Department has not released more current data. It is important to note that the City School District does not allow Parent Choice between South End and North End Schools.