Rashad, I am sorry for what I have had to post here but the point needs to be made. Seventh Grade Rashad Brogdon of Isaac E. Young, is one of many New Rochelle students that the New Rochelle School System is failing. I'm not talking grades, I'm talking about teaching. This poor kid, I feel saddened. Just look at his writing sample on his post titled "work" within this site. This just goes to show you the quality of teaching that our children are receiving here in the South End of New Rochelle. If you take a 7th grader from Albert Leonard Middle School, you will see first hand the differences. It is no secret that the administration funnels the majority of funds to the North End Schools. A person would have to be blind not to see this. The South End Schools need the funding more than the North End Schools. Example: Ward School has 3 photo copy machines while Jefferson has one that's always broken. Why are the kaleidoscope classes’ held at Davis rather then Jefferson. Wouldn't you think that you would want to up the grades at the worst performing school in the district? The teachers, the principles, the New Rochelle Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools should be ashamed of themselves. And the blame doesn't just stop there.Read more
Salesian High School, a Catholic High School for young men, is holding an Open House for prospective students. The Open House will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2009, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade boys and their parents are invited to tour the school, obtain information about programs and activities, and meet administrators, teachers, and students. The school’s campus is at 148 East Main Street in New Rochelle. Please call the school at 914-632-0248 for more information or visit theSalesian High web page.Read more
On October 29th, 2008, a Latino student in evident pain was brought to the nurse’s office by a fellow seventh grader at Isaac E. Young Middle School in New Rochelle, NY. “Joseph” (not his real name) told the school nurse, Carla Murphy, he had been playing outside during recess, slipped on the wet grass and fell with his arms outstretched onto a concrete surface. He told Nurse Murphy that “both arms hurt” and - indicating his wrists and forearms - that he was in extreme pain. Nurse Murphy, interrupted from eating her lunch, handed the boy a bag of ice and called the boy’s mother to come pick him up from school. The mother, Maritza Rodriguez, asked the nurse to call for an ambulance. Murphy refused and hung up the phone on the mother. More than six hours later, an emergency room doctor told Rodriguez, that both her son’s arms were severely fractured between the wrists and the elbows. Joseph was absent from school for more than two months and only recently returned.
The New Rochelle Board of Education, along with Superintendent Richard Organisciak, Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Korostoff and Jefferson Elementary School Principle Cindy Slotkin have done nothing to remedy the ongoing issue with extremely unhealthy climate control within class rooms located in the basement section of the school.
It has been reported to the above mentioned, especially Principle Slotkin, as well as News12, who did a report about a year ago regarding this very same issue. But SURPRISE!!!, nothing was ever aired and the problem still exists.
Mrs. Slotkin continues to expose our children to this unhealthy environment rather than relocating the scheduled classes to another classroom.
I know of more than a few children that have become ill due to the extreme cold conditions. The class room temperature averages 10 degrees below the outside temperature.
Contractors have attempted to fix the issue without results, and they all have been paid in full.
For families of children who will be four or five-years old in 2009
7 PM in the Kelly Theater at New Rochelle High School
The Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment is hosting the Parent Information Meeting to discuss:
- Magnet and Universal Pre-Kindergarten Programs for four-year-old children
neighborhood school and Magnet Kindergarten programs for five-year-old children.
- Kindergarten registration process
magnet school themes and components
- Dual Language CILA (Children’s International Language Academy) programs in Spanish-English and Italian-English
- Bus transportation policy
- Availability of after-school programsRead more
Members of the Board of Education will hold a Committee of the Whole Session on Tuesday evening, January 27, 2009, in the auditorium of Jefferson Elementary School, 131 Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, New York.
7:30 P.M. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE SESSION
I. Board of Education Announcements
II. Superintendent’s Report
A. Jefferson School Student Presentation: Video-Conferencing & Healthy Life Styles
B. 2008-2009 Goals & Objectives: Cynthia Slotkin, Principal, Jefferson School
C. IBM Grants: Dr. Diane Massimo
• Reading Companion
D. Capital Projects Update: John Quinn
E. Acceptable Use Policy for Technology & Internet Safety Policy: Christine Coleman
F. Ronni Black Memorial Scholarship
G. See For Yourself Campaign
III. Review of Draft Resolutions
IV. Board/Community Informal Discussion
Arthur Praete of New Rochelle has an Op-Ed in the Journal News today criticizing the New Rochelle school district not for having censored the book "Girl, Interrupted" but for having selected for use in the first place.
This overtaxed, concerned resident would be interested to know, not who deleted the pages, but the person or persons responsible for the selection of this trashy, quasi-obscene, third-rate novel for the students. They should be severely disciplined or terminated as unfit to serve in the school system.
Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak was singled out by Praete as "the laissez-faire, big spending superintendent of schools" and described the incident as an example of "the sagging moral standards in our nation".
Read the entire Op-Ed here.Read more