Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Mall Fight Friday Night Closed Theater

9th Safest But ...
... Not All Crimes Get Reported ...
... or Get Full Coverage

A call to the Channel 13/WHAM offices today confirmed that on Sat. night's 11PM news they read a story about a fight involving some 30 people inside the Greece Ridge Mall, in front of the movie theater on Fri. night. Police were called. Two were arrested for disorderly conduct. The theater was closed for the remainder of that evening.

According to a neighbor's grandson, he arrived for a movie but was told about the fight, the theater closing and claims there were reports at least one person involved in the fight was carrying a weapon.

Monday, October 30, 2006

New Supt. A "Take Charge" Type Leader


"If Steve's given the support of the administrative team and parents and doesn't get stabbed in the back, I think he will have a positive influence." -- Jim Clauss, a Greece native and social studies teacher in Niagara County.

D&C Article

Saturday, October 28, 2006

ATTENTION PARENTS!!

"Study Island" Math Service Offers Practice For MS'ers

All middle school students at Apollo, Arcadia, and Athena have personal accounts for the 2006-2007 year on the web-based "Study Island" service for math. This service provides assistance, lessons, and practice in the skills assessed by the state. Your child's math teacher should now have an account and password set up for your child. Classes have begun to use the system periodically in school as time and computer access allows. A critical feature of this program is the opportunity it provides students for extra assistance and practice outside of the school day. The system is accessible from any computer connected to the internet at www.studyisland.com. Please encourage your child to use the system at home and show you the progress s/he is making in his/her math skills.

Study Island

Friday, October 27, 2006

Consistency In Our Schools?

Gimme A Break!!! said...

The postings on this and that other blog are quite amusing. Some of you should read back into the archives from both sites. No matter what the problem is, no matter what action is taken, the teachers are NEVER AT FAULT. They don't seem to even fit into the equation when discussing student success or failure. It's the only consistent message in 1.5+ yrs of writings!

Here's a sampling of what you'll find in the archives:

"It's that big bad administration!"

"It's the remnants of that big bad administration!"

"It's because we have no administration!"

"It's because we have no Supt."

"It's the kids from broken homes."

"It's the kids who don't care about school."

"It's the families who moved here from the city!"

"It's the No Child Left Behind Act."

"It's the NYSED!" "It's the Special Ed kid's fault."

"It's the new test!"

"It's because of the number of kids on free/reduced lunch."

"It's the class sizes."

"It's the lack of training."

"It's because parents aren't supportive!"

"It's because of the curriculum."

"It's because of the budget."

"It's because the BOE isn't focussed on instruction."

"It's because Odyssey took all the good students!"

WHAT A BUNCH OF WHINEY PEOPLE!
10/27/2006 12:51 PM

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS?


its consistency and classroom size folkes said...

" ... NOT all teachers can teach. This conversation is getting old in this town, So lets call it what it is:

The District has not displayed any consistency in programs or teaching methods across the MS or 3-5 in years. They have been researching and trying out new things over and over and at the cost to our children.

The District has not dealt effectively with non performing teachers. In fact they are not even accountable for anything at this time.

The Board's role is not to fight course selections its to set policy and to hire and effective leader. That's all!

It is a teachers job to be held accountable for my child's progress, My job to support it at home and the District Admins job to hold that teacher to task.

Unfortunately we do have a group of very nice individuals running something called a Union and a trio on the board who make it almost impossible for parents to hold tenured teachers responsible.

But where are, the Mrs Lace's in the world. You had her-the Teacher who really was gentle and kind and you knew she cared-she talked to you like a human being and always took the time-you wanted to do well because instead of drilling questions into you head:she was able to make you see just how great you were and could be. She can't possibly exist today because she only had 18 of us in her classroom..." 10/25/2006 6:44 AM


Little Johnnie's hair is too long said...

"30 kids (Odyssey classrooms) is unacceptable YET those kids succeed! so there goes the my class is too large argument.
Teachers cried that the previous Admin and leadership made it impossible to do their jobs and get the kids to show well on the tests. The Board bought it and forced them all to go yet: the Math Scores and ELA did see a slight improvement when they had that leadership. Its then fair to say that now that those barriers had been removed we should have seen more improvement and yet we did not. Its also fair to suggest that the "free for all" styles they have been allowed to execute in the classrooms need to come to an end and this LARGE District has to have consistency in every single room what the heck is working at Odyssey

its a culture that breeds success not one that drills test questions to make a % happen. ...Shouldn't we be teaching our kids before we start measuring Johnnie's hairline vs his ears or collar?" 10/25/2006 9:18 AM

Monday, October 23, 2006

A District Divided Shows No Outrage?

Anonymous said...

"I think in Greece it's very much a situation of divide and conquer in Greece and that's why there's no great outrage. If you'll notice, the test scores at schools of choice are higher than the average in Greece, so those parents aren't going to be beating down any doors. The other parents not worried too much are those who give their students a lot of support at home no matter which school their children attend, so their test results are higher than average also. The staff and curriculum is similar at all of the schools, but for some reason there is a difference when it comes to test scores. Do you think, maybe, by some strange chance, it could possibly something to do with the population at the schools being, um, a little less diverse, maybe? In addition, student recognition and individual attention (which is likely to effect achievement) is much easier at Odyssey with 1/3 the number of students in each grade level compared to the other schools. There has been division in Greece ever since schools of choice were implemented because parents are just not on the same playing field. Fighting city hall becomes more difficult when you've appeased a segment of your population."
10/23/2006 11:00 AM

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Adding Insult To Injury ...

... 2006 ELA Scores Lowers Greece's
Ranking Among Suburban Districts

44% of Grade 8 Fail State Exam!

Anonymous said...

"When will you people realize that curriculum in this district for the past six or seven years (when scores in all areas dropped to the bottom) was set by the Director of Curriiculum under Steve Walts, and we all know who that was. It is going to take time to get back to where we should be. Don't blame the teachers, they were only doing what they were told, so as not to be put on an improvement plan.Some people saw where the problem was and took steps to correct it, but there are still administrators in the schools who still think that MK/C was the greatest thing since sliced bread and nothing will ever change their mind, even when the kids can't add, subract, read or write. Its time for parents, teachers, the union, the new super and the board to put an end to this embarassing curriculum." 10/22/2006 5:11 PM

Friday, October 20, 2006

"It is the Parents job to teach their children. Period."

Anonymous said...

This is to 10/20/2006 7:14 AM
"You stated It IS THE MATH TEACHER'S JOB to teach math, not the parent's
This is the greater problem. It is the Parents job to teach their children. Period. If they are having problems in school then help them at home. If you can not help them yourself then get some help or go to the school and talk to the teacher. If the parents do not care enough to get involved when they see the student struggling then where does that leave the student.
The teachers can only do so much.
If you do not want to teach your children then do not have them in the first place."
10/20/2006 8:28 AM

Thursday, October 19, 2006

"There's no outrage people because THE PARENTS DON'T CARE"

Anonymous said...

There's no outrage people because THE PARENTS DON'T CARE!!!! If the parent's truly cared about their chidren's education, they wouldn't be sending them to Greece. Wake up already. Am I really the only one that notices that the people who are most up in arms about Greece's performance don't have kids in the district (i.e, Care, A. Miller, D. Skeet, etc.)????? It doesn't paint any more clear a picture... Regardless, I know I'll get about 5 or so parents to respond who are upset about my comments, but out of the 15,000 students at Greece, I know some parents do care - they're the exception and are not who I'm referring to. 10/19/2006 11:01 AM

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

GREECE MATH SCORES WORST IN COUNTY SUBURBS !!



WE'VE
FAILED
GREECE
STUDENTS


THIS MEANS YOU !!








PARENTS: SILENT ??
BOE: MUM ??
TEACHERS: NO COMMENT ??
ADMINISTRATION: MUTE ??

The scores are out. It's been a full week. Where is the outrage? Where is the call for action? Where is the accountibility? Where is the plan to help the students we've failed? Where is the new curriculum that will make a difference in whether children learn math, or fail?

FACT: Grades 3, 4 and 5 in Greece are the lowest scores of any in Monroe County's suburban districts.

FACT: Scores for grades 6, 7 and 8 place Greece third from last in the county rankings.

FACT: Only 44% of Apollo MS 7th graders passed the required state exam.

WOULD THERE BE SUCH DEAFENING SILENCE IF THIS HAPPENED IN PENFIELD, PITTSFORD OR BRIGHTON? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!
SPEAK UP! TAKE ACTION!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

An Idea Whose Time Has Come??

From ABC News - By MIKE VON FREMD

Oct. 18, 2006 — "The Independent School District of Burleson, Texas, just south of Ft. Worth is the first in the country to adopt a policy of training students to immediately fight back and use their advantage in numbers to take tactical control if a gunman enters their classroom."

Link

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

BOE GETS PRELIMINARY BUDGET FIGURE

*** $195 MILLION ***

Tax Rate Increase Would Be Double-Digit !

Monday, October 16, 2006

BOE Special Meeting & Study Session - Oct. 17


Exec. Session @ 5:30 PM

Special Meeting @ 6:30 PM
Approval of Agenda Mr. Walsh O/A --6:30pm
2. Staffing -- Ms. Pallas W/A
3. Old Business

a. Goal on Absenteeism
b. Scheduling Regular Board Meetings
c. Legal Updates
d. Project Adept and Young Audiences
e. Musical Instruments
f. Arcadia Speed Zone


STUDY SESSION TO FOLLOW -- BUDGET GUIDELINES

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Willa Powell (D) Eyes Robach's (R) Senate Seat


Powell Characterizes Robach: "as having the worst record in the state Senate on middle-class issues. She based her comments on ratings done by the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy, a progressive policy institute, which found that he had a 27 percent score on his votes."

Robach Responds: "by questioning what Powell has done to help the community and saying that this rating does not reflect his record."I have represented this community, every part of this community — white black, Latino — not just in resources, but being at their events."

D&C Article

Saturday, October 14, 2006

More Propaganda ... Or The Real Deal?

Tell Us What You Think

School Bond Video -- Produced by the GCSD

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The D&C Reports ...

*** State Math Test Passing Rate
Plummets To 44% For Apollo MS
7th Graders ***

Article

GREECE RESULTS

BOE BANS HATS & SKATEBOARD USE, LIMITS CELL USE,

After lengthy discussions on the hats, cell phone & skateboard issues, much of the board's agenda was tabled until next Tuesday evening ... including discussion of whether the BOE should have two regular monthly meetings.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? SHOULD THE BOE HAVE TWO REGULAR MEETINGS EACH MONTH?

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Will HMO Ban Do-Rags, Cell Phones & Skateboards?

Public Hearing On Code of Conduct Changes
Planned TONIGHT @ 6:00 PM

Propsed changes would: prohibit hats and head coverings, including scarves, bandanas and do-rags not worn for religious or medical purposes; disallow student cell phone or pager use during school hours; and prohibit the possession of skateboards on school property.

D&C Article

Saturday, October 07, 2006

New Issue Of "The Connection" Online

Tues. BOE Meeting Agenda
Exec. Session @ 5PM "to discuss the employment history of particular person(s), and collective negotiations."
Public Hearing @ 6PM to discuss "Code of Conduct Updates – Dress Code, Cell Phones, Skateboards"
BOE Regular Meeting @ 6:30PM to incl. discussion of:
FRP Update
Enrollment Projections
Spending Goal 2006-07
Barnard Feasibility Study
Renaming PAC
New District Mission Statement (It's about time!)
GTA Negotians & Related Legal Expenses
Longridge Driveway Update
Board Meeting Protocols & Conduct of Meetings

Friday, October 06, 2006

Athena To Participate In Natl Assessment


More Pressure for the kids! said...
Dear Scats:
Have you heard about this: Greece Athena has been selected to participate-the Middle School, in the NAEP National Assessment of Education Progress examination. The test takes around 90 minutes. NAEP is voluntary but the letter does a fine job of explaining how important it is. It is explained as the only ongoing nationally representative assessment. It has been goiven in schools for more than 35 years and will be given at the school on Jan 25, 2007. Here is the link: http://nationsreportcard.gov

Sorry but I would encourage parents not to pressure their students into taking yet another test that will allow some community members to criticize results, them and teachersIts NOT mandatory I would suggest that parents call the school by October 13th to decline participation.Lets face it the State Standards are enough pressure-and the measurement and results really don't prove anything. 10/06/2006 7:26 AM

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Monroe County Property Tax 2nd Highest In US

Upstate counties lead the nation in annual property taxes as a percentage of home value.

1. Niagara, 2.81%
2. Monroe, 2.73%
3. Onondaga, 2.64%
4. Wayne, 2.61%
5. Chautauqua, 2.60%

D&C Article

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Canandaigua Academy Cell Phone Policy Works

Maybe Greece Could Learn From This Example?

"Kids respect that teachers are meeting them halfway. It use to be a big argument that oh you guys are just being unfair and things like that, but if teachers are meeting us halfway then we have nothing to say against it," said Noah Hoch, a Senior.

Fox 31 News

REYNOLDS' TOP AIDE RESIGNS

Greece Native Kirk Fordham Quits Amidst Scandal

Fordham: "It is clear the Democrats are intent on making me a political issue in my boss's race, and I will not let them do so."

D&C Article

PRESS RELEASE - Fordham Statement

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Greece Bus Tips Over Into Drainage Ditch

Driver & Attendant Injured; No Students Aboard

D&C Article

Email Scandal Puts Rep. Reynolds On Hot Seat


From the D&C - "Flanked by about 30 children of supporters and as many parents, Reynolds defended his actions at a news conference late Monday in Amherst ... When a reporter suggested to Reynolds that the children step outside in order to have a frank discussion of the sexually charged case, Reynolds declined."
D&C Article


From The Comments

Anonymous said...
CNN just reported that Congressman Tom Reynolds knew information about Congressman Mark Foley's inappropriate emails with underage Congressional Pages. Instead of going to the police or the FBI, Congressman Reynolds passed the information to Hassert (sp?) and coincidentally received $100,000 in campaign contributions from Congressman Mark Foley. Does anyone else see this as a HUGE problem?!
10/02/2006 4:49 PM

Anonymous said...
Yeah, Reynolds stinks too in this mess. The trouble with politicians is they are ALL corrupt. Look at Greece!
10/02/2006 7:34 PM

Anonymous said...
The republican leadership should resign or be forced to.
10/03/2006 11:24 AM

Monday, October 02, 2006

PASSN Plans Special Ed Forum Oct. 12

An Introduction to the World of Special Education

A panel of experts will discuss and answer questions regarding what parents can expect when they suspect that their child may be a student with a disability or when that suspicion has been confirmed by an expert. The panel, comprised of Cheddy Harvey, West Ridge Elementary School Psychologist; Ken Merkey, Acting Coordinator of Special Education; Roger Nellist, Esq., Executive Director of Western New York Advocacy for the Developmentally Disabled, Carla Piccarreto, parent of a student with special needs; and, Christina Sloane, Olympia High School Principal, will review the steps a parent can take to have their child’s needs addressed.

Topics expected to be addressed include: what a parent can do when suspicions of a disability first arise; what measures can the District be expected to take in response to the parent’s concerns; and, what the law requires of the parents and of the District in dealing with students suspected of having special needs.

The program will be held Oct. 12, 2006 at 7 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1250 English Road.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Ka-Ching!! $chool Repair$ $kyrocket


District Critics Want To Know: Why DID Previous $120 Million Bond Fail To Fix Rooves, Plumbing?

Bob Mueller: "People have every right to blame the previous school boards for not going out to voters with a budget that would cover the expenses we had."

Jo Kehoe: "This is not a wish list."

Frank Oberg: "We have to make a judgment call based on the urgencies of getting these things done."

D&C Article