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Common Core perplexes parents

Common Core perplexes parents

Approximately 75 parents of K-8 students came to the high school on a rainy Monday evening hoping to get more information about Common Core. The session began with a video created by the federal School Improvement Network which explained the reasons that 43 states have implemented the standards. The video stated that only 25 percent...
Common Core information night in Saugerties

Common Core information night in Saugerties

The Saugerties School District will host a Common Core Parent Information Night for parents of students in grades K-8 on Monday, Nov. 17 from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Saugerties High School auditorium. From 6:30–7:30 p.m. there will be four breakout sessions running concurrently, covering ELA K-5, ELA 6-8, math K-5, and math 6-8. The same...
Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Prize winner honored at Saugerties Veterans Day ceremony

Nobel Peace Prize winner and Saugerties High School alumnus Peter Zmiyarch was among more than 40 veterans honored Monday, Nov. 10 during Veterans Day ceremonies at Grant D. Morse Elementary School. Zmiyarch, a 1983 graduate of Saugerties High School, is the assistant head of operations security for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons...
Students can swap social studies for shop

Students can swap social studies for shop

By the end of this school year, high school students may be able to graduate without taking all of the Regents exams currently required. At present, students must pass five exams in order to receive a Regents diploma: one each in English, math, and science, and two in social studies. However in October, the New...
Is homework worthwhile?

Is homework worthwhile?

Generations of students have had not-so-nice things to say about the homework that keeps them at the kitchen table when they’d rather be out running and playing with friends. Perhaps, according to some recent science, they were on to something. A number of studies have found that homework, particularly at the elementary level, does not...
Saugerties School Board gives state an F

Saugerties School Board gives state an F

School Board trustees and administrators spoke out against the New York State Education Department at the October board meeting, accusing it of being unfair and negligent in the application of standardized testing and teacher evaluation. Superintendent Seth Turner, who recently heard Commissioner John King speak at a state superintendents’ conference, said he was disappointed at...
JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

JV Football Team raises awareness for pancreatic cancer

It all began with a JV football player’s wish to honor the memory of his favorite aunt, who recently died of pancreatic cancer. Soon, the whole team and cheerleading squad joined in. Vinny Incorvaia’s aunt, Joylynn Dalton Richman, died at the age of 53. “They were really close,” said his mom, and Richman’s sister, Marlane...
A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

A Day’s Work: Preschool teacher

Elise Crist teaches the four-year-old preschool class at Children’s Workshop in Twin Maples Plaza. She has worked with preschool students for ten years. How does one get into this line of work? I’ve always had a love for children. I was babysitting from a very young age. Children fascinate me: how fast they learn, how...
You are what you eat

You are what you eat

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity rates among children and adolescents have tripled over the last two decades. The federal agency says 17 percent of American children are obese. Locally it’s worse — 27.7 percent in Poughkeepsie, 24.7 percent in Kingston and 22.5 percent in Saugerties for middle and high school students, and...
School tax rebate on the way

School tax rebate on the way

By the end of next month, Saugerties taxpayers can expect to receive a check in the mail. The money, which is a tax rebate, is intended to cover the increase in the cost of school taxes from the 2013-2014 school year to the 2014-2015 school year. Saugerties residents qualify for this rebate because the increase...
What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

What to do with students who opt out of standardized tests?

Two recurring issues for the Saugerties School Board led to a sometimes contentious discussion at the September meeting: Information trustees receive from the superintendent prior to meetings, and the district’s controversial policy for students who opt out of standardized tests, which requires them to sit at their desks for the duration of the lengthy tests...
How to pick the right college

How to pick the right college

Former college admission director Sandra M. Moore will present “How to Find Great and Affordable Colleges” at the Saugerties Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation aims to teach parents and college-bound students how to discover and compare institutions that are generous with need-based or merit aid. Moore is the founder...