CHART SHOWING DECLINE IN NEW ROCHELLE RANKINGS IN NEWSWEEK SURVEY 2005-2009
The long slow slide of the reputation of the New Rochelle school system under the management of Schools Superintendent Richard Organisciak continued yesterday when Newsweek announced its latest annual high school rankings. For the first time since the survey began in 1998, New Rochelle did not make the Newsweek survey.
Organisciak inherited a district ranked #466 in 2005 but those rankings have been slipping each year on his watch and now dropped out of the rankings altogether. Organisciak now has the third lowest on-time graduation rate in Westchester County according to the New York State Department of Education and the most unhealthy cafeterias according to the Westchester County Health Department. This week, Organisciak will preside over an uncertified graduation ceremony where 100 or more students who have not earned a degree will "walk" with the class of 2010; many of those students will never earn a degree.Read more
Jamal, a Yonkers resident, who also goes by the name "Buggz", tweeted enroute from Yonkers to New Rochelle High School earlier today to complain that the school were he lives was almost finished for the year but that his school, New Rochelle High School, still has more days of school before the year is over.
It should not be terribly difficult for school officials to find Jamal is they want to find him. His Twitter account Jamal_LTL links to his blog with his photo. A review of Jamal's tweets over the past few months shows that he is taking Art, Spanish, Science and Global History. He carries a Blackberry phone, is in the Big Brothers program (his "Big Brother" is Brian Williams of the University of Tennessee basketball team
Jamal spends a fair amount of time tweeting from the "30 Bus" which refers to Route 30 of the BeeLine Bus system which runs Yonkers-Bronxville-New Rochelle/New Rochelle - Bronxville- Yonkers.Read more
The same school in Rockland County where Peter Cocker of Tappan, described as an "irate parent", barged into the South Orangetown Middle School in Blauvelt and held the district superintendent at gunpoint went into lockdown again the other day after a student brought a pellet gun to school.
Under New York State law, schools are required to develop "lock down" and "lock out" plans. The law was inspired by the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Immediately upon learning that a student was found to be carrying a weapon, the South Orangetown Middle School implemented their "lock down" (classrooms locked, lights off, kids hiding) and "lock out" (no one enters or leaves the building) plans.Read more
May 2010 F.U.S.E. News and Announcements
F.U.S.E. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The following Leadership positions are uncontested for the 2010-2012 terms: President, Executive Vice President, Vice President/Pedagogic, Secretary and Treasurer. Therefore, there will be no election for these positions. Petitions have been submitted for the office of Vice President/School Related Professionals, therefore an election will be held. The five candidates are:
Kareem Ali, Administration
William Coleman, Trinity School
Melvin Darden, Albert Leonard Middle School (incumbent)
Deborah Ferrara, Isaac E. Young Middle School
Edward Jones, Trinity School
As per the recent amendment made to the F.U.S.E. Constitution only SRP members are eligible to vote in this election. Voting will take place on Friday, May 21, 2010 by ballot in each building.
More information will follow.
The changes to the F.U.S.E. Constitution were announced in the April newsletter (below)
14 April 2010 F.U.S.E.
Over the past year we have been telling Talk of the Sound readers about the "camel's nose under the tent" approach to establishing requiring BMI data collection for every child in the United States. What began as a voluntary program may now soon become the law of the land with parents compelled to allow government officials to measure and weigh their children to "fight obesity". How does measuring and weighing children "fight" obesity? It doesn't. The first step in these sorts of "do goody/big brother" initiatives is to create voluntary programs and take measurements to establish baselines.Read more
Yahoo has a fun and current AP story about the Silly Bandz craze that is sweeping our schools. New Rochelle gets a mention towards the bottom of the article:
[Silly Bandz] receives about 500 fan letters a week. One, signed by a 10-year-old named Logan Librett and a few of his friends in New Rochelle, N.Y., suggested a way to circumvent all the bothersome Silly Bandz restrictions: "Some schools in New York have banned them, but we have ideas that might change that ... clear silly bands that teachers can't see and only glow in the dark."
Just in case the company bites, Librett offered his address. He's still waiting.
Have a great day!Read more
Take a stand and vote NO tomorrow. We've all been here before. Another school budget is before us and as ususal the School Board and the PTAs are out pushing for us to vote yes on a budget that's supposed to increase our taxes by 3.8%. I say supposed to increase by 3.8% because last years budget that we approved was supposed to increase our taxes by 3.2%, yet when I look at my tax bills the actual rate of increase was 6.7% so I'm thinking the budget writers are a bunch of morons that didn't make it through Calculus.
My property taxes are going through the roof and the majority of it is for the school and so are your tax bills. I mean no harm to the school district. I have kids in various grades, but if I can't afford to live hear because of skyrocketing school taxes then they won't be going to New Rochelle schools anymore.
If the budget is voted down, we'll get to vote once more on a new budget or the school board can present the same budget. This happened 10 years or so ago. The board simply presented the exact same budget that was voted down, not even with a small reduction, but they were able to rally the troops to get enough support to pass the budget. I started thinking it seemed rigged to me but that was 10 years ago and now we're at another budget juction.Read more