On Sunday, June 20th the Journal News ran a front page "Print Exclusive" by Hannan Adely. It was an article about the school crossing guards in New Rochelle who work a lunch shift with no students to cross. Now that kindergarten is full day in New Rochelle, there is no need for the two hour lunch shift of 18 crossing guards citywide.
UPDATE: The Journal News article is now online.
The crossing guard issue was first disclosed on this site. The Journal News gave Talk of the Sound credit for its original reporting which can be found here: Why Is New Rochelle Paying Over $100,000 for Guards to "Cross" Invisible Students?
Under the Journal News headline of "Crossing guards guiding no one" it says "Schedules unchanged despite end of half-day kindergarten". The article was only available in print, but will be available online on Tuesday. I will link it up, when it becomes available.Read more
New Rochelle, NY. On June 15, the second grade classes of Mrs. Barnes, Mr. Bergamini, and Mr. Minei, of Daniel Webster Elementary Magnet School completed the three part Seeds of The Revolution program with a tour of the Thomas Paine Cottage. Signature Bank generously donated the cost of bus transportation.
In his biography of Paine, Moncure Daniel Conway characterized the man as one who loved “...the flowers and birds of his garden...” The three-month living history program, developed by Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association (HNRHA) board-members, Rosemary McLaughlin and Kathleen Gallagher, aimed to provide an interactive learning experience by planting a native garden. This was achieved with help from teachers and administrators at Webster; wonderful students; volunteers Charles and William McLaughlin and Garden Club Members Virginia Peyser, Carol Dellafemina, and Clarie Lynch; Thomas Paine Cottage (TPC) staff; and donations from Heather Sasso of Rose Hill Nurseries.Read more
CHART SHOWING DECLINE IN NEW ROCHELLE RANKINGS IN NEWSWEEK SURVEY 2005-2009
The long slow slide of the reputation of the New Rochelle school system under the management of Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak continued yesterday when Newsweek announced its latest annual high school rankings. For the first time since the survey began in 1998, New Rochelle did not make the Newsweek survey.
Organisciak inherited a district ranked #466 in 2005 but those rankings have been slipping each year on his watch and now dropped out of the rankings altogether. Organisciak now has the third lowest on-time graduation rate in Westchester County according to the New York State Department of Education and the most unhealthy cafeterias according to the Westchester County Health Department. This week, Organisciak will preside over an uncertified graduation ceremony where 100 or more students who have not earned a degree will "walk" with the class of 2010; many of those students will never earn a degree.Read more
Jamal, a Yonkers resident, who also goes by the name "Buggz", tweeted enroute from Yonkers to New Rochelle High School earlier today to complain that the school were he lives was almost finished for the year but that his school, New Rochelle High School, still has more days of school before the year is over.
It should not be terribly difficult for school officials to find Jamal is they want to find him. His Twitter account Jamal_LTL links to his blog with his photo. A review of Jamal's tweets over the past few months shows that he is taking Art, Spanish, Science and Global History. He carries a Blackberry phone, is in the Big Brothers program (his "Big Brother" is Brian Williams of the University of Tennessee basketball team
Jamal spends a fair amount of time tweeting from the "30 Bus" which refers to Route 30 of the BeeLine Bus system which runs Yonkers-Bronxville-New Rochelle/New Rochelle - Bronxville- Yonkers.Read more
The same school in Rockland County where Peter Cocker of Tappan, described as an "irate parent", barged into the South Orangetown Middle School in Blauvelt and held the district superintendent at gunpoint went into lockdown again the other day after a student brought a pellet gun to school.
Under New York State law, schools are required to develop "lock down" and "lock out" plans. The law was inspired by the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Immediately upon learning that a student was found to be carrying a weapon, the South Orangetown Middle School implemented their "lock down" (classrooms locked, lights off, kids hiding) and "lock out" (no one enters or leaves the building) plans.Read more
May 2010 F.U.S.E. News and Announcements
F.U.S.E. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The following Leadership positions are uncontested for the 2010-2012 terms: President, Executive Vice President, Vice President/Pedagogic, Secretary and Treasurer. Therefore, there will be no election for these positions. Petitions have been submitted for the office of Vice President/School Related Professionals, therefore an election will be held. The five candidates are:
Kareem Ali, Administration
William Coleman, Trinity School
Melvin Darden, Albert Leonard Middle School (incumbent)
Deborah Ferrara, Isaac E. Young Middle School
Edward Jones, Trinity School
As per the recent amendment made to the F.U.S.E. Constitution only SRP members are eligible to vote in this election. Voting will take place on Friday, May 21, 2010 by ballot in each building.
More information will follow.
The changes to the F.U.S.E. Constitution were announced in the April newsletter (below)
14 April 2010 F.U.S.E.
Over the past year we have been telling Talk of the Sound readers about the "camel's nose under the tent" approach to establishing requiring BMI data collection for every child in the United States. What began as a voluntary program may now soon become the law of the land with parents compelled to allow government officials to measure and weigh their children to "fight obesity". How does measuring and weighing children "fight" obesity? It doesn't. The first step in these sorts of "do goody/big brother" initiatives is to create voluntary programs and take measurements to establish baselines.Read more