Sunday, June 29, 2008

How Low Can We Go? ALL The Way To Bottom!

Email to SCATS compares Greece's view of math results to other districts ~~ Full text posted inside comment area

After making “significant mathematic gains” on State tests, Greece Central is lower in it’s ranking with area school districts.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Why Isn't "Voice-Overs" Class Held In Olympia Broadcast Studio?

"Learn to use your voice to make money during a July 9 program on Voice-Overs as a Profession at the Community Learning Center at the Mall at Greece Ridge.

There is a $27 fee to attend the class, which covers all aspects of voice-over work for television, film, radio and the Internet.

Advance registration is required.

The program is offered by Greece Community Education."
D&C STORY

SCATS Wonders ~~ Why is it that taxpayers who register and pay for this class to become a broadcast "pro" can't use the professional facility we built?

Friday, June 27, 2008

District Double-Speak ...

Our graduation rates, test scores, school performance, etc. have all been dissected and discussed in recent months because our district's performance in the academic realm has been underwhelming.

Does GCSD hold its athletes in higher esteem than those students who exhibit academic excellence? The revamped interscholastic sports eligibility policy would seem to support atheletics over education. So does our lack of recognition for traditional valedictorians/salutatorians.

SCATS Asks: If we honor a student for winning a race by a fraction of a second on the track, why can't we honor a student for ranking first in their class by a similar fraction related to their GPA?

Maybe it's time we recognize MEL's (Most Exceptional Learners) over MVP's!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reorganizational Meeting Set For July 8th

Who Will Be BOE Prez & VP?

Sometime ago, the word behind the scenes was that Julia VanOrman would be bypassed for the job of Board President. More recently, we heard she will become Prez afterall, with Frank Oberg as VP.

SCATS wonders ~~ Since it takes at least 5 votes to accomplish anything on the board, does it matter who runs the meetings?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Too Few Jobs For Area's Glut Of Teachers

Hundreds Vie For Available Slots As Area Colleges Churn Out Surplus

STORY

Update On Greece Citizens In Action

Joe Moscato said...
Sorry, this has nothing to do with your thread, but I wanted to let everyone know where GCIA is going.Just a few lines to update you on our progress. The Greece Citizens In Action (GCIA) has been established and has been active as we continue to move forward with Phase I of our current initiatives.

We are close to meeting our goal established for petition signatures. The deadline for online signatures is Friday, June 27, 2008, so if you haven’t done so, you will have until then.

Shortly after that date, we will be meeting with officials from the New York State Police to pursue a complaint we will sign asking for an investigation into the possible criminal conduct outlined by the Comptroller’s office who, by the way, have been most cooperative in our quest for accountability.

We have also engaged in a dialogue with State officials regarding implementation of Phase II.

Updates will follow. However, due to the summer season, things will move slowly for the time being. I personally need to spend some quality time with family and friends for a few months until September. So have a safe and happy summer.
6/23/2008 11:30 AM

"Accountability Session" Planned By Greece Neighbors

Elected Officials To Respond To Questions 6 Months After Election
Town Board members Michael Barry, Bob Bilsky, Jerry Helfer, Rick Antelli and County Legislator Dick Beebe To Attend

STORY

SCATS Suggests We Try This With Our BOE Members ;-)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The Real Meaning Of Support In The Classroom

a businessperson said...
Here's the problem:Supervision and Administration is too far removed from the classroom. They are too busy pushing paper to take the time to actually see what support is needed in the classroom.

"Support" doesn't mean more people. It means establishing and enforcing meaningful policies and procedures that only *they* can invoke in order to allow the teacher to have an environment that is conducive to teaching and to allow the students to have an environment that is conducive to learning.

This is what the best run companies in the world teach their supervisors and managers. This is what we, who are not in the business of education (public schools) mean when we say that schools should be run like businesses. 6/21/2008 8:15 AM

Friday, June 20, 2008

Exec. Session Called To OK Supt. Salary Increase?

Anonymous said...
This is off topic, but I heard our fearless leader a/k/a Steve A., was finally evaluated by the Board last evening in Executive Session. Anyone care to bet that he received glowing reports and a wonderful raise.I would truly like the know who voted for and on what basis he was evaluated and I think the board should be held accountable for whatever this worthless Superintendent gets. 6/20/2008 12:33 PM

According to the GCSD website, the BOE did have an Exec. Session Thursday night ... so did they vote publicly afterwards?? Did anyone witness this?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

RIT Study ~ Middle Schoolers Apt To Commit Cyber Crimes

"What we are seeing today is a juvenile high tech crime paradigm that schools and criminal justice systems and even parents often times are not positioned to intervene in directly." ~~ Samuel C. McQuade, RIT

Study highlights
48 percent of kindergarteners & first graders reported viewing online content that made them feel uncomfortable, but only 72 percent reported the experience.

Only 32 percent of second through third graders reported being watched by their parents when they go online.

13 percent of fourth through sixth graders reported someone having used their password or online account without their permission.

39 percent of seventh through ninth graders posted photos of themselves, 36 percent posted their real names and 14 percent posted personal contact information.

15 percent of 10th through 12th graders indicated that they used the Internet to engage in sexually oriented chat with strangers in the previous year.

D&C STORY

WAKE UP, PARENTS!! What will YOUR kid be doing during Summer vacation??

Gov. Paterson Ramps Up Tax Cap Efforts

74% of New Yorkers Favor 4% Property Tax Cap

(Are The Other 26% Teacher Union Members/Supporters?)

D&C STORY

Monday, June 16, 2008

Students Can Practice With Team With Two "F's" Under Policy Revision

"I don't want this to be looked at as punishment, that we need to punish kids so they do better academically." ~~ Supt. Achramovitch

D&C STORY

(Heavens no!! We can't make student athletes accountable for academics!!)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Robach Secures New Car For GCSD

SHOULD EARMARKS BE USED FOR SUCH EXPENSES?
WHY DID WE GET SUCH A GAS GUZZLER?

Anonymous said...
This a little off topic but there was little article in Saturday's D and C in the B section about a $25,000 earmark from our friend Joe Robach for a cop car (a Crown Victoria) for district security. Should that be something provided from earmarks? Certainly the district can afford a new car (how about one more eco-friendly and people friendly one ) We don't want our security guards playing cop. leave police work to the real police who know better how to handle it.
6/14/2008 12:20 PM

The Article ~~ The Greece Central School District has a new security vehicle, thanks to a $26,500 grant secured by state Sen. Joseph Robach, R-Greece.The money was used to purchase a 2008 Crown Victoria for use by district security guards, who patrol the school system's buidings and grounds, supervise special events and transport students if needed. The car is the district's only security vehicle and replaces an older car that was taken out of service.
Greece Central has 30 security guards who work primarily in the district's secondary schools. Six of the guards are
retired law enforcement officers.

State Lawmakers Disagree On Property Tax Cap

Property taxes in certain New York counties are higher than any other county in the country, when they are calculated as a percentage of home values, according to the Tax Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank. Monroe County ranked third on its list for 2006.

"It's a barrier to business; it's a barrier to keeping people here, attracting people here. I credit the governor for making it an issue, putting it at the top of his priority list, and we certainly support him in those efforts going forward."
~~ Maggie Brooks

"A reasonable solution is to stop trying to be all things to all people." ~~ Assemblyman Stephen Hawley

STORY

Friday, June 13, 2008

If You Didn't Like The Joke ...

Let's Turn Our Attention To Recent News Made By These "Professionals" Who Lack "Taste" ...

Did Teacher Hoax Go too Far?
Posted: Friday 06/13/08 01:38 PM EDT
Filed Under: News
"Last month highway patrol officers visited 20 classrooms at El Camino High School outside San Diego to announce that several students had been killed in car wrecks over the weekend. Naturally, classmates reacted emotionally, but there was only one problem: Nobody had been killed. As the teens found out hours later, it was a ruse designed to teach them about drunk driving ...And they were furious."

If That Wasn't Outrageous Enough, How About This?

"Middle-aged male teacher sacked after bizarre striptease…
Do No EvilThe secret of being a good teacher is said to be finding a way to get the children's attention. But stripping off in front of a class of unruly pupils is not one of the recommended techniques. The bizarre striptease was performed by a chubby supply teacher who threatened to punish misbehaving 13 and 14-year-olds by making them look at his body."

See What Happens When You Complain About Our Jokes ;-)

Joke of the Month ... :)

MISTAKEN IDENTITY

A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him. She says hello. He's rather taken back because he can't place where he knows her from.

He asks, 'Do you know me?'

She replies, 'I think you're the father of one of my kids.'

Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife and says, 'My God, are you the stripper from my bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my butt with wet celery???'

She looks into his eyes and says calmly, 'No, I'm your son's teacher.'

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Greece Teachers Assn Flexes Muscle At BOE Meeting

Lack Of New Contract Turns Hundreds Out To Hear Pallozzi Address BOE
MPNNow Story

SCATS ASKS: Why don't they come out when test scores tank, graduation rates plummet, or schools get added to state watch lists?

NY Legislature Rejects Paterson Tax Cap Idea

Paterson May Call Back Legislature Who Bowed To Teacher's Unions

D&C Story

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Have Our Kids Become Pin Cushions?

Parents Want Choice, More Exemptions From Growing Number Of Required Vaccinations

"New York currently allows just two exemptions to the nearly 30 vaccinations children receive between birth and age 6 — one is for medical reasons and the other is for religion."

STORY

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Future BOE Meetings Just Won't Be the Same Without Them

THANK YOU
JOE MOSCATO &
CHARLIE HUBBARD!!
YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!

BOE Meeting Tonight!

To Mr. Patrick Tydings:
THE PREPONDERANCE OF THOSE WHO VOTED IN OUR POLL ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THE PROPOSED WHISTLE BLOWER'S POLICY.
PLEASE GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD and try again :)

Sunday, June 08, 2008

PINEBROOK PE TEACHER SAVES TEEN FROM DROWNING

VICTOR INGRASSIA
PULLS TEEN FROM
IRONDEQUOIT BAY;
ADMINISTERS CPR

YOU ARE AWESOME
AND
A TRUE HERO, VICTOR!!

LINK

Friday, June 06, 2008

Tuesday BOE Agenda Topics Include ...

Board Member Recognition (To honor Joe?!)

Fund Balance Update
EXCEL Project Update - Approval of the Contracts
NYS School Report Card
Update on Participation in Interscholastic Athletics
Update on Forensic Audit

Establishment of date of Re-Organizational Meeting

Second Read Policy 7421 Eligibility for Participation in Interscholastic Athletics
Second Read Policy 5580 Whistle Blowing Policy

Second Read Policy 7631 Appointment and Training of (CSE)

Second Read Policy 8130 Equal Educational Opportunities
Second Read Policy 7632 Appointment and Training of (CPSE) members
Second Read Policy 7640 Student Individualized Education Program (IEP): Development and Provision
Second Read Policy 7670 Impartial Due Process Hearings/Selection of Impartial Hearing Officers
First Read Policy 3510 Emergency Closing
First Read Policy 8261 Title I Parent Involvement

Board Calendar and Budget Calendar - Mrs. O'Toole
Approval of Bus Garage Lift - Mr. Alaimo

Thursday, June 05, 2008

A 4% Property Tax Cap ...

A Good Idea? Or A Bad One?
Is 4% Too Low? Just Right? Too High?

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Updates On Petitions, Audit-Related Video

Joe Moscato said...
Hi Folks:
If you have petitions you would like to get back to me, you can either send them to the address on the petition, drop them off at the UPS Store on Latta Road, or Schaller's on Edgemere Drive.
My goal is to gather at least 500 signatures before I approach the State Police and sign a complaint on behalf of all who sign the petitions. I would like to do this sometime this month, so the quicker I get them back, the sooner we will be able to move forward.
Thanks,
Joe Moscato

Also, Joe wants you to know that more petitions are available for signing at the following locations:
Schallers at the Lake (in the ice cream area)
Ezzy's Restaurant, Dewey and Latta
Olympia Restaurant, Flynn Road and Latta
Country Village Restaurant, Long Pond and Maiden Lane
Parkside Restaurant, Dewey and Ling Road

About the audit ...
Brian said...
"... if you want to view the Northgate Neighbors Meeting on the Audit, we will be playing it at 8 pm Friday and 8 pm next Tuesday on cable 12 west. Perhaps you could post this separately." 6/04/2008 9:49 AM

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

District Unions Will Get To Review Whistleblower's Policy

Proposed policy encourages reporting wrongdoing to supervisor, or to BOE Prez. or their designee, the district's auditor, district's atty or the Supt.
"We have no policy about this in the district now, and are doing something to fill a void." ~~ Pat Tydings, BOE
STORY

GIVEN OUR HISTORY, WHO WOULD EVER TRUST REPORTING TO SOMEONE WHO WORKS WITHIN/FOR GCSD???
C'mon Pat! You're a Lawyer! You CAN do better than this!!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Petitions Available To Request Police Investigation

Joe Moscato said...
Some of you have asked about the availability of petitions for the State Police investigation. I have arranged for them to be placed on GreeceSchools.com where you can download a copy.

I really need some people on the ground to help gather signatures and I would truly appreciate any help I can get. Remember, this should be a concerted effort by concerned citizens, not just me. I am more than willing to take the lead, but I can’t do it alone if we are going to have any chance of prevailing.

In order to facilitate and coordinate our efforts, I have formed a new not-for-profit community group called GCIA, Greece Citizens In Action. I will be consulting with our attorneys about the necessity of incorporating.

Please return the petitions to the address on them. Additional petitions are available at the UPS store at Wegman’s Plaza, 3177 Latta Road. If you ask, the staff will be glad to give you all you can use. I am also working on several locations where you can sign a petition. I will have the locations for you shortly.
Thank you
Joe Moscato 6/02/2008 10:36 AM

SIGN the PETITION

DOWNLOAD the PETITION

Can A Dem Help Solve Our Problems?

Dem. Dave Garretson seeks seat held by Rep. Bill Reilich;
District encompasses Greece, Ogden & Sweden

"I'll be known as an open, regular guy who is elected as a Democrat but is not wearing a partisan hat." ~~ Garretson

STORY

Would electing another Dem. here (Beebee was first) mean losing out to NY City liberals?

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Girl Fights; Greece Sisters Charged With Road Rage

"I've had middle school principals say that they didn't ever have to call an ambulance until girls started fighting." ~~ Deborah Prothrow-Stith, natl expert on youth violence & professor at Harvard School of Public Health

"They fight over the simplest of things. It's a vanity thing with females. If they can disfigure you, that's something you've got to carry around the rest of your life. They want to put something on you that is going to stay." ~~ Victor Saunders, Dir. Pathways to Peace, a street outreach program
D&C STORY

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Road Rage Incident Leads From Vintage Ln To Brighton
Two Sisters, Punch, Bite, Throw Another Woman To Ground
D&C STORY

SCHOOLS ARE THE STAGE FOR MANY "GIRL FIGHTS"
WHAT'S BEING DONE TO STOP THEM?