Almost two years ago we reported on the number of students invited to the Full Day Kaleidoscope (gifted and talented program) by building in “South End Schools Shortchanged Again-Kaleidoscope Program.” We decided to re-visit the topic to see if the opportunities to participate in this program had improved for children attending South End schools. This year, a total of 65 students from all elementary schools were invited to the Full Day Kaleidoscope program hosted at Webster Elementary School.
The number of third grade students from each school invited to participate in the 2010-2011 Full Day Kaleidoscope is as follow:
North End Schools
South End Schools
Juan Suarez, an engineer with Dow Chemical in Louisiana, spoke to students in the Young Engineers program at Albert Leonard Middle School today. Suarez, who grew up in New Rochelle and graduated from Iona Prep, is a mechanical engineer who designs and maintains equipment at the Dow plant in Saint Charles parish outside of New Orleans.
Suarez reviewed the many kinds of equipment like complex pumps and turbines used at the Dow plant to mix chemical compounds, generate power and filter water and how engineers have design, monitor and maintain the equipment to keep in functioning and safe. The class discussed safety issues related to mixing chemicals and generating power under high pressure which led into a discussion of what went wrong at the BP Deepwater Horizon oil drilling platform and the ensuing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
Charlotte Stadler was an extraordinary teacher. She was a teacher to both my children at Columbus. She developed a math curriculum that opens the world to math for many Columbus children and she made it fun. She and her colleagues are the reason Columbus is always at the top in math scores for elementary schools in New Rochelle. Through her generosity, she financially supported the Chess team that we all work so very hard to develop with Mr. Hegenauer. They were champions in every chess competition in NY, CT and nationwide. The proof is their hundreds of individual and team trophies. We are often blessed with unique and wonderful teachers that make a difference to our children and our community. Charlotte was that one person. We were all very sad to hear that Charlotte passed away recently. We were missing here already after her retirement a year earlier.
The family has setup the Charlotte K. Stadler Fund which they hope will provide necessary scholarships and funding for Columbus Elementary School (see attachment). If you are able to provide any support to the Fund, please contact them at:
The Charlotte Stadler Fund
c/o John B. Stadler
9 Serpentine Trail
Larchmont. NY 10538
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The graduation rates tell only half of this story. The other half is just how much did the students learn? I highlight our graduation rate because I believe that it is an indicator of our health as a society. For now, my concern is our HS graduation rate in New Rochelle. Note that in NRHS, we have over 3,400 students. Roughly 60% are students of color - that's over 2,000 students. Over the last several years, I have asked questions about our graduation rates here in New Rochelle. I wanted to know what was being done to improve upon these critical numbers. The answers provided were always the same. Nothing new; nothing different. It seemed that no one knew how to address the question from a strategic, short or long term solution perspective. No focus group; no risk taking with different initiatives. Meanwhile, our children languished. Mind you that we are not expecting dramatic improvements, just modest; optimistic improvements and a public recognition that we have a problem AND that we have a plan. Look at these numbers and discuss with your school board.
The Graduation Outcome for 2005 cohort (HS Students who graduated in June 2009 - Note I am only focusing on Black and Hispanic students):
All is not well in the land of Rob and Laura Petrie and taxpayers are fed up.
Gannett/Journal News, Don Imus, ABC's Channel 7 Eyewitness News and Cablevision's Channel 12 News have all now picked up our story on New Rochelle's "Crossing Guards to Nowhere" -- our exclusive investigative report on crossing guards in New Rochelle, NY who sit around doing nothing in the middle of the school day more than a year after the local school district eliminated half-day Kindergarten.
The City says the workers will continue to be paid until the end of 2011 when the current contract runs out.Read more
Talk of the Sound has obtained a copy of an IDA Audit Report of the New Rochelle IDA (NRIDA) which is expected to be released by the Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) next month. The document is meant to be public, has been circulated within City Hall but is not on the agenda for the IDA meeting scheduled tomorrow. A brief review of the summary shows why the IDA would prefer to kick the report down the road into the summer months when they hope less people will notice -- it is a devastating report which confirms what many critics have long contended about an IDA with no defined process for approving projects, no effort to monitor ongoing projects and a generally sloppy, make-it-up-as-you-go approach while doling out tens of millions of dollars in bonds, tax incentives and other goodies to politically-connected developers with no particular concern over whether the projects deliver upon promised results.Read more
On Sunday, June 20th the Journal News ran a front page "Print Exclusive" by Hannan Adely. It was an article about the school crossing guards in New Rochelle who work a lunch shift with no students to cross. Now that kindergarten is full day in New Rochelle, there is no need for the two hour lunch shift of 18 crossing guards citywide.
UPDATE: The Journal News article is now online.
The crossing guard issue was first disclosed on this site. The Journal News gave Talk of the Sound credit for its original reporting which can be found here: Why Is New Rochelle Paying Over $100,000 for Guards to "Cross" Invisible Students?
Under the Journal News headline of "Crossing guards guiding no one" it says "Schedules unchanged despite end of half-day kindergarten". The article was only available in print, but will be available online on Tuesday. I will link it up, when it becomes available.Read more
New Rochelle, NY. On June 15, the second grade classes of Mrs. Barnes, Mr. Bergamini, and Mr. Minei, of Daniel Webster Elementary Magnet School completed the three part Seeds of The Revolution program with a tour of the Thomas Paine Cottage. Signature Bank generously donated the cost of bus transportation.
In his biography of Paine, Moncure Daniel Conway characterized the man as one who loved “...the flowers and birds of his garden...” The three-month living history program, developed by Huguenot and New Rochelle Historical Association (HNRHA) board-members, Rosemary McLaughlin and Kathleen Gallagher, aimed to provide an interactive learning experience by planting a native garden. This was achieved with help from teachers and administrators at Webster; wonderful students; volunteers Charles and William McLaughlin and Garden Club Members Virginia Peyser, Carol Dellafemina, and Clarie Lynch; Thomas Paine Cottage (TPC) staff; and donations from Heather Sasso of Rose Hill Nurseries.Read more