Monday, November 27, 2006

Upstate Schools Race For Extra $800 Million In Aid


One-Time Excel Aid Covers Voter Approved Projects Addressing
Health & Safety, Physical Expansions, Energy Savings, Handicap Accessibility or Education Technology.

13 WHAM News Link

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Special Meeting & Study Session Planned Tuesday!

5:30 PM ~~ It is anticipated that the Board will go into an Executive Session to discuss employment history of particular person(s), and collective negotiations.

6:30 PM ~~ 1. Approval of Agenda Mr. Walsh
2. Staffing
a. Staffing
b. Tenure
Study Session ~~ (following Business Meeting)
Facilities Reconstruction Project

Friday, November 24, 2006

FROM the COMMENTS ...


Anonymous said...

"... I keep hearing “why can’t Greece kids succeed with connected math when this district or that district is able to?”While it is correct that some districts have found a way to make the program work - other districts have found out the hard way that this program OVERALL is not a good way to teach math. School districts across the country that have attempted to use this program have seen test results plummet and have been scrapping this curricula at a record pace.

Even the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics on Sept. 12 - finally admitted that elementary schools really should teach arithmetic, after all.

The new report called "Curriculum Focal Points for Pre-kindergarten Through Grade 8 Mathematics" is a back-to-basics victory that rejects the type of math curricula that parents had derided as "fuzzy math" or "rain forest math." Experts preferred such hoity-toity titles as "New New Math," "Connected Math," "Chicago Math," "Core-Plus Math," "Whole Math," "Interactive Math" or "Integrated Math."

This, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, was the group that was initially behind the recommendation that all schools should adopt this curricula. Even they could no longer deny the cold hard facts of nose-diving test scores.The time has come for Greece to face the fact that Connected Math has failed to meet the needs of our students and it is time for a program change." 11/22/2006 10:11 PM

Anonymous said...

"Can we get a conversation going here about the last Board meeting.How could this Board of Education embarrass themselves and behave the way they did at that meeting. JM even referred to CH as GH ........and threw an insult his way. It was also clear that Mr. M planned and tried to sneak in this event and frankly that the Board Clerk participates in his antics.

Why would we have given LA the raise we did, when several instances were noted about her errors in communication AND it is clear that she is keeping some Board Members in the dark. Time for a new clerk! Imagine what the new Super must have been thinking! Would anyone you want to have to report to the likes of theses two gentlemen? It is am embarrassment to this community and an absolute disgrace to our children that these men can't even put their personal differences aside for 4 hours or so.

Furthermore-it was great to hear our new District Leader say we must celebrate student's success. Mr. JM missed the mark by saying connected math must go! The next format will fail too.

Bottom Line: Residents have been begging for smaller classroom sizes for years. Studies show that our most successful students come from classroom sizes between 17-23. Ours our between 26-31. oh and we need a new Board! One that has at least 1 of the 40 assets we are trying to teach our students." 11/22/2006 7:09 AM

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Dr. Kehoe To Be Honored

The GCSD BOE invites the community to attend a special joint meeting with the Greece Town Board in recognition of Dr. Josephine Kehoe. She will receive a proclamation honoring her contributions to the GCSD, followed by a brief reception.

The two boards will convene at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 20 at the Greece Town Hall, 1 Vince Tofany Blvd.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BOE Meeting "Highlights"

Among Other Things ...

Communications Issues Between BOE Members Debated

Achramovitch: Cites "Blameless Autopsy" Approach To Understanding District's Test Score Challenges For ELA & Math

Moscato & Hubbard Exchange Heated Words On Varied Topics

KA-CHING!! Athena Performing Arts Center Cost $11.1+ million

Kehoe To Receive Proclamation From Town of Greece Monday

Monday, November 13, 2006

Students' Views On Dress Codes Vary Widely

Lakeisha Poole, 16, an Arcadia junior: "Don't tell us high school is the best years of our lives, then make us come here looking like we're going to work. We want to be comfortable."

Angela Snook, 17, an Arcadia senior: "As upperclassmen, we need to be role models. We need to set the example."

Judy Wadsworth, assistant to the executive director of the Monroe County School Boards Association: "The idea, though, is to have students coming to school looking like they're ready to learn."

ARTICLE

Sunday, November 12, 2006

BOE Meeting Tues. Nov. 14th

New Supt. To Address ELA/Math Scores @ First BOE Meeting

Executive Session at 5:30 pm in E40 to discuss the employment history of particular person(s), discipline of a particular student(s), and collective negotiations.

Regular Meeting at 6:30 pm to include:
Discussion of Future Legal Fees/EEOC's
Town/School District Property
Legal Updates
Corrected Atty's Fees For Negotiations
Final Cost of Athena Performing Arts Center

AGENDA

Friday, November 10, 2006

Town Files Tax Suit Against Kodak

Kathryn Firkins: "The lawsuit speaks for itself ... We are filing this lawsuit to protect the interests of our residents."

David Lanzillo (Kodak Spokesman): "To accuse the company of having involvement in this activity is preposterous."

Article

Thursday, November 09, 2006

BOE Posts New Meeting Schedule

Study Sessions Combined w/Extra
Business Mtg Each Month

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

GREECE BUS INVOLVED IN FATAL CRASH

Sedan Driver Killed; 2 Children Injured

Story
VOTE TODAY!!

Pre-Budget Hearing Tonight!!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Interesting Feedback Regarding Apollo's Security


Anonymous said...
Door #4 is staffed by a security person while students are in the building. It is not staffed when students are not in the building. This is a "non story". 11/04/2006 7:23 PM


Anonymous said...
7:23,
This is a story about how this blog can be effective. Prior to this becoming an issue here on this blog, it was NOT staffed by security while students were in the building. Last week was the first time security has been posted there. I should know. I work there. 11/05/2006 10:33 PM

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Pre-Budget Hearing Planned ~~ Tues. Nov. 7th, 6:30pm

Sign-up to speak starting at 6pm ~~ No advanced sign-ups taken!

Participants given 3 min. to share thoughts with the BOE & new Supt. First come, first served!

Comments must be limited to items included in the district's general operating budget.

GREECE BOE MEMBERS :

Are you getting the message?

Regardless of the source, there appears to be a significant lapse in security at District Offices/Apollo MS!! Door #4 is reportedly open at all times! No lock, no security guard!

PLEASE TAKE ACTION TO CORRECT THIS DEFICIENCY!!

Thank you :)

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

More School Safety Risks Aired


Belt buckles replace hats and do-rags! said...

News Flash or Reality Check:The Board is going to have to ban belts. Gone are the low pants with underwear showing looks. In the HS and MS last week, the new "weapon" that can be concealed and worn into school is a BELT

Teachers are now watching and if the belts are taken off the student will be suspended: students are fighting and instead of shooting or stabbing they are swinging and stinging with the belts-the bigger the buckle the better.Gangs are identifying themselves with matching belts now instead of head gear after the latest Board Ruling... 11/01/2006 6:17 AM

Anonymous said...

While driving to school my son pointed out a gang member. I asked how he knew and he said because he had a red bandanna hanging out his back pocket. Maybe we should make everyone go to school nude. 11/01/2006 7:20 AM

Anonymous said...

no the real crimes are against the students either by each other or the teachers.

those things go unreported and parents are afraid to speak up

it is equally wrong that students feel afraid of each other or authority.

no point in telling the BOE because they have shown in many many actions and statements that they support bigotry, corporal punishment and absolute authority.

they have empowered a few bad teachers to set the tone for many many good ones... 11/01/2006 2:27 PM

Anonymous said...

As long as we are all so concerned about School Safety - can someone explain to me why Apollo middle school has a rear door ALWAYS open with nobody watching it?

ANYONE can walk in to the building during school hours and there is absolutely nothing / no-one to stop them (I believe it is their door #4).

The Greece Post ran a story about Fairport schools that had a security issue - hello people, we have a problem right here at home!

God forbid if something tragic happened at Apollo, I couldn't live with myself if I didn't speak up. My voice wont change anything though -
We need someone with some authority to look into this for the safety of our children!
11/01/2006 8:25 PM