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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...
It could happen here

It could happen here

Saugerties has resisted taking on the issue of school violence and violence against children in a serious manner. Incidents like the Newtown, Conn. school massacre have shown that school violence can happen anywhere. How do we stay aware and vigilant and defeat the notion of that cannot happen here? Can there be a discussion about...
POLL: Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

POLL: Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

A growing body of research suggests students would do better if the school day started later, but school officials warn the transition would not be easy. What do you think?  
Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

Should Saugerties consider starting the school day later?

The lazy days of summer are over. Saugerties students are once again waking up bright and early to make it to class. For middle and high school students, that means 7:45 a.m. But a growing body of research suggests school districts should consider letting students sleep in. A new policy statement by the American Academy...
Closing the skills gap with online learning

Closing the skills gap with online learning

As everyone entitled to a job? Or do individuals need to make sure they have the skills needed by employers, or the skills needed to create their own job? One of the main reasons for the rising income gap is lack of education and skills for the current job market. As school starts this year,...