Parents in a Westchester school were unhappy with the Mathematics Investigations Program being used in an elementary school. They believed the children were falling behind in mathematics because "standard ways" of doing math were improperly expressed. The principles expressed in the MIT program emphasize a "constructivist approach" in order to facilitate children thinking in a mathematical perspective. One parent who objected to the program had to supplement his son's middle school mathematics with additional instruction. Children incorporate constructivism in mathematics in order to surmise solutions deduced through their own thinking processes, as opposed to first being taught and thereafter using rules or processes. They are supposed to construct their own solutions to the problems. This theory is often attributed in education to Dewey and Piaget.Read more
All the cheerleading in the world by the pom-pom crowd in New Rochelle will not change the fact that public education in New York is among the worst in the United States, a country that is consistently ranked at or near the bottom of economically developed countries around the world.
Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to do something about that as Anna Phillips at The New York Times explains: Cuomo Calls for Education Commission, But Is Vague on Details
“The lobbyist for the students.” That is how the governor of New York, Andrew M. Cuomo, positioned himself on educational matters in 2012.
In his State of the State address on Wednesday, the governor announced that he would appoint a commission to work with the State Legislature and recommend changes to how teachers are evaluated and how schools’ spending and performance are managed.
Iona Prep alumnus Captain Brian O'Donnell '84 was named the Commanding Officer of the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55). USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. Iona Prep alumnus Captain Brian O'Donnell '84 was named the Commanding Officer of the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55). USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55) is a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser in the United States Navy. The ship was named in memory of the World War II Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Pacific. Its homeport is in Norfolk, Virginia. Captain O'Donnell's prior assignment was as the deputy commandant of Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy. While at the Prep, Brian was a standout track athlete. He is still the school record holder in the steeplechase and cross-country event at Van Cortlandt Park. Captain O'Donnell was born in Yonkers. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1988 with a bachelor’s of science in history.Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education will discuss tonight, for what will be the third time, why the school district is hiring people without background checks as required under New York State law. The above video is a compilation of three clips, the first from the November 29th Board of Education meeting, the second two are from the December 6th Board of Education meeting which represents the entirety of the public dialog that has taken place so far.
Residents who are concerned that the District continues to hire employees without first completing the required background checks are encouraged to attend tonight's board meeting at the Linda Kelly Theater at the New Rochelle High School tonight at 7:00 P.M.
So far, the district has put up a variety of explanations and excuses and more can be expected tonight so those who intend to come tonight need to watch the video above, paying close attention, and then contrast that with the claims made by the district tonight.Read more
Two months ago, in October of this year, Dr. Rhonda Jones, Director of Pupil Services for the New Rochelle Board of Education, addressed the board on the topic of residency verification. Her work and that of her team amounts to the sort of residency audit that Talk of the Sound has been calling for since 2009.
Dr. Jones appears to have conducted a thoughtful, well-thought out pilot program and presented a great deal of useful data. Missing from her report was any sort of analysis of the data which this article seeks to amend. There were still a few unexplained details in the report.Read more
The New Rochelle Board of Education tabled a resolution at its December 6th meeting that would have brought Bill Evans, former Albert Leonard Middle School principal, back to New Rochelle early next week. A draft resolution the week before stated that Evans would fill in for the Assistant Principal at Ward Elementary School for 36 days. Kimberly Peluso will be out on parental leave from January 3, 2012 until March 16, 2012.
Some board members were uncomfortable with the generous pay package offered to Evans: $830 a day for 36 days or $29,880 which is just $20 below the maximum Evans could earn and still receive his full pension for 2012. On an annualized basis, $830 per day is $215,800 a year. These board members wanted to the district to find a less costly option to cover for Peluso.Read more
The Trinity Elementary School in New Rochelle, NY held its annual Holiday Boutique. Treats and holiday gifts were sold to raise money for the Trinity PTA. Frosty the Snowman made a special appearance.Read more
Jorge Ron, a math teacher at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, NY was escorted from the building earlier today after allegedly striking a student, sources tell Talk of the Sound.
"He smacked her in the face", said one source who asked not to be identified.
Talk of the Sound has learned that sometime this morning a female student went to the school nurse and reported that she had been hit by a teacher. The teacher was later told to leave the building. He was followed by school security guards who observed him to make sure he left the building and the campus. The police were not called to the scene.Read more