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Teachers responsible for test opt-outs, says Saugerties School Board trustee

Teachers responsible for test opt-outs, says Saugerties School Board trustee

Saying it baffled her that parents are questioning testing, Trustee Angie Minew accused teachers’ unions of driving the increase in opt-outs of standardized tests, now in progress across the state. At the April 14 meeting of the Saugerties Board of Education, she said “the teachers’ unions are encouraging civil disobedience and shamelessly using children to...
SHS Senior Play: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

SHS Senior Play: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

Photos courtesy of Kelsey Gaulin   To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Robin Williams speaks these lines as inspiring English teacher John Keating in the film “Dead...
Saugerties students who refuse tests get packets

Saugerties students who refuse tests get packets

Saugerties students who opted out of the grades 3–8 standardized tests this week were treated with something else to do: more schoolwork. The district has been criticized for requiring students who opt out to remain in the classroom with the test booklet on the desk in front of them for the duration of testing, which lasts...
More students expected to opt out of next week's standardized tests

More students expected to opt out of next week’s standardized tests

Many educators expect more students to opt out of the Common Core grades 3-8 English and math tests than in previous years. “I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee in an Albany radio interview. “I think we’re going to...
Saugerties parent poll: Opting out of standardized tests

Saugerties parent poll: Opting out of standardized tests

Many educators expect more students to opt out of the Common Core grades 3-8 English and math tests than in previous years. “I would urge parents at this point in time to opt out of testing,” said New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee in an Albany radio interview. “I think we’re going to...
Student profile: Biko Skalla

Student profile: Biko Skalla

Vince Lombardi said the dictionary is the only place success comes before work. Saugerties senior Biko Skalla is living proof. As a hard-working athlete and excellent student, he’s made the most of his time at Saugerties High School and appears destined to succeed in college and beyond. By the time he graduates, Biko will have...
Saugerties students get an insider's view of Albany

Saugerties students get an insider’s view of Albany

Saugerties High School sophomore Annie Armstrong and senior Margaret Pederson were selected by the Saugerties chapter of the League of Women Voters to attend the 50th annual Students Inside Albany program. The conference takes place from May 17–20. It brings approximately 60 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about...
Saugerties students honored for PSA videos targeting dating violence

Saugerties students honored for PSA videos targeting dating violence

Two Saugerties High School (SHS) juniors were honored by Ulster County recently for their efforts to fight teen dating violence through the power of video. Ulster County Executive Michael Hein and representatives of the county’s Inter-Agency Domestic Violence Council were on hand at SHS on March 19 to recognize students Kelsey Gaulin and Daniel Douglas...
Public education under attack, say parents at forum

Public education under attack, say parents at forum

A proliferation of standardized tests, a succession of carrot-and-stick reform proposals coming down from higher levels of government, the promotion of charter schools by the state and federal government, loss of local control a constant threat, teachers forced to conform to a particular lesson plan… for an increasingly vocal group of local parents, these are...
Letter: Saugerties School Board must exercise leadership on testing issue

Letter: Saugerties School Board must exercise leadership on testing issue

For those who may not know, it is legal in New York for a parent to refuse their child’s participation in the state standardized tests (grades 3-8) for any reason. I am not against testing in general. I’m against the current tests for a number of reasons. The English Language Arts test is, by many...
Letter: Ending "sit & stare" could increase opt-outs, cost Saugerties money

Letter: Ending “sit & stare” could increase opt-outs, cost Saugerties money

I offer the following as a private citizen: A few years ago, Dick Iannuzzi, President of the New York State Union of Teachers (NYSUT), met with Gov. Cuomo and the commissioner of education regarding “Race To the Top” (which included Common Core standards, annual assessments and teacher evaluations), with all parties in agreement. Then, once...
Scholarships for Saugerties students

Scholarships for Saugerties students

Monday Club scholarship The Saugerties Monday Club will award their annual $1,500 Mary E. Pidgeon Gillespy Scholarship to a college-bound graduating senior in Saugerties. Applications are available in the high school’s guidance office and must be returned to the office by Friday, April 10. The award is based on excellence of character, academic standing, financial...

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