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Careers&Education November 2011

A Supplement to Anton Newspapers

Advice for High School Athletes: Keep Your Grades Up and Be Realistic

Public Career Centers Offer Resources to Job Seekers

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The Waldorf School Nursery through Grade 12

of Garden City

Located on a beautiful 10-acre campus adjacent to Adelphi University, The Waldorf School of Garden City is a college preparatory, coeducational, independent day school offering classes from early childhood through grade 12. Age-appropriate curricula are designed to develop the whole child— physically, emotionally and intellectually— and aim to maximize the potential capabilities of the child at each stage of her development. Teachers foster genuine enthusiasm for learning, respect for the world and a healthy sense of self. Extracurricular programs for older students include varsity sports teams, music, drama and community service. Beginning in grade 3, each class takes an annual class trip to the school’s extension campus at Camp Glen Brook in southern New Hampshire. A sampling of college acceptances among recent graduates include: Fordham Univ., Georgetown Univ., Johns Hopkins Univ., Rochester Institute of Technology, NYU, Oberlin College, Swarthmore College, Univ. of Virginia, Univ. of Chicago, Parsons The New School for Design, Rice Univ., Duke Univ.

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Early childhood through Grade 12


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Advice for High School Athletes; Keep Your Grades Up and Be Realistic By Ronald Scaglia or high school athletes with aspirations of playing on the collegiate level, local college coaches have a strong word of advice – study. Joe Spallina, the Women’s Lacrosse Coach at Stony Brook University and Erik Smiles, Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Farmingdale State College both said that a strong academic profile is essential for a student-athlete to be recruited by and accepted onto a college team. “It may be cliché, but it’s really true,” said Smiles of the importance of academics. “You have to have the grades to get into college and be approved by the NCAA clearing house.” “It’s important for us to see that a kid has an academic future,” said Spallina.


“It’s important for us to see that a kid has an academic future.” - Joe Spallina, Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse Coach

“Division II, Division III and junior colleges have great athletes. To make these teams is very challenging.” - Erik Smiles, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Farmingdale State College In addition to doing well in school, Spallina also says that athletes looking to play on the collegiate level should play as much as they can so they are able to get noticed by college coaches. He said that recruiting tournaments, which are held by athletic clubs, are popular with coaches as they allow busy coaches to watch a large numbers of athletes at once. Spallina said that this gives him the opportunity to watch as many as 15 games in one trip. Smiles also said that he attends a number of showcases that are held as recruiting events for coaches. Furthermore, the basketball coach said he subscribes to recruiting services that advise coaches on athletes that they should consider recruiting. He also said that he learns of potential recruits by “word of mouth,” and will attend high school

A strong academic profile is essential for a student-athlete to be recruited by and accepted onto a college team.

games of athletes with good reputations and contacts high school coaches and high school guidance programs. However, new technology also allows students a chance to present their abilities to the coaches of programs they are interested in. Both Smiles and Spallina said that students send them academic profiles, athletic

Holy Child Academy 25 Store Hill Road Old Westbury, NY 11568 (516) 626-9300 Holy Child Academy is an extraordinary private Catholic school for children of all faiths. The students are offered challenging academics, physical education every day, and a rich curriculum in the arts in a loving, nurturing environment. At Holy Child Academy, French and Spanish instruction starts in kindergarten. Every student learns to read music and play a musical instrument. Having an average class size of 14 makes it possible to honor each child in his or her uniqueness. Holy Child is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and Middle States Association. It is the only private toddler through grade 8 Catholic school on Long Island.

resumes and videos by email, YouTube, Facebook or similar means, to highlight their athletic performances. Spallina said he prefers to see 4 to 5 minute clips, which highlight a player’s hustle and game awareness. Smiles also said he receives videos from students, but he prefers that one whole game by sent instead of clips, as he feels that will help him to determine a player’s ability. Spallina cautions that this material should be prepared by students and not by parents. NCAA guidelines have specific calendar dates for when and how coaches may contact potential recruits and these guidelines differ by sport. Therefore, depending on the calendar, a coach may not be able to respond to an inquiry from a student. However, Smiles points out that if a coach takes personal time to actually call a student or watch a game, this probably indicates a serious level of interest as opposed to only receiving a letter. Smiles also said it’s very important for students to realize the tremendous benefits of Division II and Division III programs. He said that some parents have unrealistic opinions of their children’s athletic level and push them toward Division I schools, while eschewing other programs. Smiles said this is a big mistake. “Only a very small percentage of students go on to play on the college level,” said Smiles. “Division II, Division III and junior colleges have great athletes. To make these teams is very challenging. Many parents don’t realize how good these levels are. They offer a great level of competitiveness, great coaching, and the students leave with a degree and no debt. Parents thinking Division I or bust is a bad attitude.”

Public Career Centers Offer Valuable Resources to Job Seekers By Ron Scaglia or those who are seeking a new job, public career centers can be a valuable resource. These centers offer career counseling, job search workshops, computer facilities, photocopy machines, fax machines, job placement referrals and much more. “As customers come through the system, outside of providing job search knowledge, we also want to provide hope that through diligence and hard work and perseverance, there are job opportunities,” said Gail Paraninfo, director of the Workforce New York Career Center in Massapequa. The Workforce Partnership is a consortium of the Town of Oyster Bay, the Town of North Hempstead and the City of Glen Cove in partnership with the New York State Department of Labor. The Workforce Partnership has two centers located in Hicksville and Massapequa. Although these two centers are a consortium of those three municipalities, many of the


services provided do not have residency requirements so nonresidents of the municipalities are able to take advantage of most of the free services and resources offered. Another career center, Hempstead Works, is located in Hempstead. Similarly, nonresidents of the Town of Hempstead are welcome at that center to make use of most of the career services offered there. “We’re here to serve the public,” said Ana-Marie Hurtado, commissioner of Hempstead Works. “We have dedicated staff that are professionals in career counseling. When someone loses a job they go through a grieving process. We have sensitive staff that carry people through the process.” Hurtado added that health care remains the industry with the most job opportunities on Long Island. She also said that there are opportunities in manufacturing and there is a tremendous shortage of engineers here. Furthermore, she said that because of health care reform, she expects opportunities in medical billing.

CAREERS & EDUCATION Come see our beautiful 14 acre campus for yourself at our Open House, Sunday, November 6th, 2011 between 11:002:00. We’ve been nurturing minds, hearts and spirits for over 50 years. 76051

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Open House Thursday @ 8:30 a.m.

November 17 R S V P : 516-621-2420, ext. 146 or

Recognized for academic excellence since 1923, Green Vale is Long Island’s largest independent elementary school with nursery to ninth grade students from over thirty school districts. Financial aid is available.

250 Valentine’s Lane, Old Brookville, NY 11545

516-621-2420 76082

How Does a Nursery-to-Nine School Benefit Children? Choosing a school for a young child is one of the most important decisions made by any parent. If you are now in the process of investigating your family’s options and seek an environment which will nurture and challenge your son or daughter, please continue reading. When asked why The Green Vale School in Old Brookville never added a high school to its 40-acre campus, Headmaster Stephen Watters explained, “My belief is that the nursery-to-nine configuration is, by design, the model that affords children the best possible outcomes -- academically and emotionally. National studies have shown us that the advantages of a N-9 campus are significant. The continuity of teachers, peers, programs and expectations results in higher academic achievement, improved self-esteem and confidence, as well as the development of a stronger moral compass. The educational environment is fully focused on young children.” To be more specific on how this rings true at Green Vale, Watters shared the following facts. At Green Vale, childhood is understood and revered. All of our resources are focused upon the development of critical skills that provide the basis for a lifetime of discovery, contribution and achievement. The needs of elementary and middle school children are not compromised by a population of high school students, which often takes precedence at K-12 schools, in terms of resources, facilities and programs. Green Vale’s designation as a “Blue Ribbon School of Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education speaks to our mission’s success.

selection. Each placement of a Green Vale graduate is carefully orchestrated and planned in concert with the student, family, faculty and headmaster. Over the last several years, over 80% of our graduates were placed in their first choice secondary schools – public and private day schools, as well as East Coast boarding schools. Green Vale is a family school. “Big kids” partner with “little kids.” Brothers and sisters can be found capturing a hug in the hallways, sharing a story together in the library, rooting for each other at games and watching one another perform on stage. And children learn quickly that this is a community where respect and responsibility, for oneself and for others, are clear and constant expectations. A Green Vale education is the gift of a lifetime. Knowing, challenging and preparing each and every child is made possible because of our small classes, outstanding faculty and facilities, attention to sound character development, and the extensive opportunities in the arts, technology, foreign language and athletics. The future knows no bounds. Our next Open House will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 17. Please join us then or contact our Admissions Office to plan a visit so that we may discuss what matters most to you regarding your child’s education. Mrs. Colleen Fortuna, Associate Director of Admissions, may be reached at 516-621-2420, ext. 146 or by email: cfortuna@

The pressure to “grow up fast” does not exist at Green Vale. Students are exposed to developmentally appropriate activities and events without the influence and pressure of older students on the same campus. In this environment, risk taking is about pursuing academic, athletic and artistic excellence. It is actually “cool to be smart” and fun to “act your age” at Green Vale. Students in grades 6 to 9 are not “caught in the middle.” They are the role models and the leaders for the entire student body. They run student council, publish the school newspaper, serve as team captains, create a digital year book, and define and lead a wide variety of service learning activities throughout the School and in their local communities. Leadership is expected and practiced. Making a change of school is a developmentally critical process before college. Academic strengths, interests and gifts become clear by the end of middle school, and a student can therefore actively participate in the process of high school

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EST. 1957 Since 1957, Red Robin Country Day School & Camp has been dedicated to the education and development of the younger child. Their school and camp programs are designed with individualized instruction and supervision in mind. Therefore, they maintain smaller classes and group sizes in both their school and camp, with high staff to child ratios. Red Robin places significant emphasis on safety, education, social development, physical development, and fun. They accomplish all of this by maintaining the most highly trained, most experienced, and most nurturing staff to be found in preschool and day camping on Long Island. Seeing is believing when you arrive on Red Robin Country Day School & Camp’s charming grounds and experience the warmth of this adorable environment, with its colorful, up-to-date playgrounds, fields, sports decks, indoor/outdoor play areas, and, of course, outstanding classrooms. The Robin’s Nest is an incredible, new tree house for hours of imaginative and physical fun. Only the latest materials and equipment are utilized by the Red Robin staff, and all children and

their parents are greeted with loving smiles and a feeling of being the only child or family to attend Red Robin. Communication is essential and Red Robin staff maintains contact with all families through phone calls, emails, newsletters and parent visiting days, and conferences. For families who require custom-designed schedules or transportation, Red Robin’s flexible, family-centered approach ensures that the needs of all of its students and campers, and their families, are always served. Information is available through mailed literature and videos, or online at In addition, Red Robin’s directors, Michael Cohn, MSW and Sheryl Schwartz, MS, are always available by appointment, walk-in visit, or Open Houses for family tours and face-to-face information gathering. Give them a call today and you’ll be immediately inclined to join the Red Robin Country Day School & Camp family for many years to come. 76081



University Career Centers Offer Advice to Students and Alumni By Ronald Scaglia s the job market continues to be very competitive, job seekers need to distinguish themselves from other applicants. Career centers of local universities are continuing to design programs and offer services to help their current students as well as their alumni get opportunities in a tight job market. As most job seekers know, a sharp resume and excellent interviewing skills are crucial for landing a new job. University career centers offer guidance in these areas and will also help save the expense that professionals charge for similar services. “We offer service for life,” said Thomas Ward Jr., director of Adelphi’s Center for Career Development. Ward said that resume reviews and cover letter critiques are the most requested services of the Career Center. He added that participating in a mock interview with a career counselor is a great way of preparing for a job interview. “It’s like batting practice in baseball, the more you take the better you get at it,” said Ward of participating in a mock interview as a means of preparing for a real one. “It’s better to make an error during a mock interview.” He also added that counselors of his center go beyond this. By meeting with students and alumni, the counselors get to know the individuals, and can help them discover their skills and attributes which are utilized in different occupations, including those that are different from previous job or academic experiences. Ward also stated that career counselors determine what skills job seekers are lacking and help them to bridge those gaps. Hofstra University’s Career Center also offers students and alumni with a valid Hofstra University Alumni Card, individualized


Learning doesn’t have to be dull to be of value. It doesn’t have to be stressful to be outstanding. It does need to be relevant, engaging, joyful and challenging enough to bring learners to their own growing edges, wherever they may be. At Westbury Friends School, in addition to providing an intellectually challenging and engaging learning environment, the faculty takes a whole-child approach that aims to inspire in each of their students a lifelong love of learning that goes beyond the acquisition of skills and information; students are taught to ask thoughtful questions in the spirit of curiosity, intellectual integrity and creativity. They also learn to resolve conflicts peacefully through purposeful listening.

advisement. Fred Burke, executive director of the Career Center at Hofstra University, says that university sponsored career fairs are another opportunity that job seekers’ should - Thomas Ward Jr., look into. According to Burke, Director of Adelphi University’s Center for Career Development because university sponsored fairs are limited to students and graduates of that university, ketable. A wide range of topics is covered chosen major. Both centers there is a smaller pool of appliincluding resume writing, interviewing also offer programs to precants to choose from, increasskills, and job fairs. pare students for internships. ing the job seekers chances. Adelphi offers a Leadership Certificate “Employers want to see Furthermore, Burke said that Program, which is open to students and experience,” said Burke who even though there is a smaller alumni. The program has a series of worksaid that many students are pool of applicants than at an shops on topics including introduction to now doing internships in Thomas Ward Jr., open job fair, Hofstra’s career leadership, goal setting and developing a life their junior year. “It makes Director of Adelphi fairs attract a large number of University’s Center for plan, effective communication, managing a them more marketable.” employers, which allows its successful meeting, conflict management, Ward said that Adelphi Career Development job seekers to get good expoand a dialogue about a diversity. According also offers an internship sure to potential job opportunities. Recentto Ward, another six workshops are planned preparatory program. The program helps ly, Hofstra had a job fair for accounting cafor the spring. Ward said that the purpose of sophomores and juniors with preparing a reers and attracted 41 employers seeking the program is to bridge what is taught in resume, doing mock interviews, personal accounting students. the classroom to be used in the students’ coaching and developing career plans. “It’s a great way to maximize return on own lives. He also said that professionals are “Employees are looking for leaders,” said events,” said Burke about campus job fairs. brought in to speak with participants. Ward. “They’re looking for someone who Ward concurred with this, saying that “We’re trying to expose them and help can make a difference in a relatively short attendance at a job fair is a great way to them to develop the life skills needed to sucamount of time.” help an applicant get noticed and do netceed in and out of the classroom,” said Ward. Ward specifically mentions Adelphi’s working, which is another important task Both Ward and Burke agreed that stuCommunity Fellows Program as a great of job hunters. According to Ward, by dents should not wait until their graduation way of giving students the experience needsimply getting a business card, an opporor even senior year before visiting their ed to help secure employment after graduatunity for a follow-up is created, and thus, university’s career center. Both directors tion. The program offers paid internships the networking process continues. said that to be better positioned to enter the with non-profit entities for students who Career centers also offer assistance and workforce, students should seek out career meet certain requirements, one of which is guidance to current students, including centers early in their college careers, even having a G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Ward says freshman. Since one of, if not the most during their freshman year. Not only will this program gives students practical work important reason for earning a degree is to this help prepare students for a job search, experience so they are better positioned to get a job, the effectiveness of career cenit will also help students focus on their infind employment after they graduate, while ters is very important. terests and choose or even change a major also letting students experience the benefits Both Ward and Burke, said that their before they gone too far in a program. of working in the nonprofit sector. centers help students find their interests “We don’t want students to change their The Hofstra Career Center offers 50-60 and skills in order to choose a major, or majors in the second semester of their workshops for students to enhance their help focus on a potential career within a senior year,” said Ward. skills and make themselves more mar-

“We’re trying to expose them and help them to develop the life skills needed to succeed in and out of the classroom.”

Parent Testimonial: “I love seeing my children getting up with joy, excited about school, running into the schoolhouse, and resenting days off. I don’t understand parents who worry about their children while at school – we never do. Inspiring teachers, unrivaled diversity of all kinds in the student body – race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economics, language(s) spoken at home, family composition; instilling of human rights and civil rights values; global discussions; and lots of grammar, science and math. Small classes, and a school in which everyone – not just the classroom teacher – truly knows our children. Admittedly, we are all spoiled. Great to have that option with WFS.”

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“It’s Okay To Learn Differently”


aint Joseph School of Garden City, which is devoted to integrating the teachings of the Catholic faith within a creative and stimulating learning environment, is hosting an Open House Guided Tour on Monday, November 7, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., for Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten. Parents will be able to see for themselves how Saint Joseph School gives young children an early advantage for life by providing a uniquely well-rounded education in a nurturing, small-group setting. School Board and PTA members of Saint Joseph School and family members of current Saint Joseph School students will guide parents through the entire complex, including classrooms in the Early Children Education Center, as well as the modern playground and indoor gymnasium. This very personal tour will enable parents to get answers to any questions they might have about Saint Joseph School, including the variety of accommodating Nursery, Pre-K, and Kindergarten programs and sessions. Saint Joseph School is located at 450 Franklin Avenue in Garden City. For details about the Saint Joseph School Open House Guided Tour, contact Principal Eileen Kilbride, Ed.D., at (516) 747-2730, or visit www.advantage Saint Joseph School’s commitment to individualized instruction helps to build early self-esteem and promote a love of learning.


SUCCESS BEGINS at Long Island’s Premiere School That Addresses the Needs of Reluctant Learners and Students with Learning Disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Expressive and Receptive Language Issues Grades 4-12 ~ Founded 1924

ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2011 NOON - 3:00 PM Differentiated Instruction Small Supportive Classes Structured Environment Self-Advocacy through Unique S.A.M. Program College & Career Counseling Social Cognition Skills Training Academic Success

322 Port Washington Blvd., Port Washington NY 11050 For Information Call (516) 365-4900 Or Visit Our Website at Registered by the New York State Board of Regents Accredited by the New York Association of Independent Schools The Vincent Smith School is a non-profit corporation and is open to all without regard to race, creed, or national origin.

Saint Joseph School Holding Open House on November 7



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Date: Sunday, November 13, 2011 Time: Noon – 3:00 PM Place: Vincent Smith School 322 Port Washington Blvd. Port Washington, NY

ADMISSION FREE “One-stop Shopping” for Special Education Services

Meet Representatives of L.I.’s Leading Service Providers – CHADD of Nassau County, HorseAbility, Sid Jacobsen JCC, College Living Experience, Power Pals, OMRDD, School Link, L.I. Advocacy, The Cody Center for Autism & Developmental Disorders, AHA, Epilepsy Foundation, Elaine Lerner (Parent Trainer), Dowling College, St. John’s University Speech & Hearing Center, Adelphi University Speech & Hearing Center, Long Island Advocacy Center, OMRDD-LIDDSO, Institute for Behavioral Health, and more….

For Information Call: (516) 365-4900

Vincent Smith School is Long Island’s Premier Independent School for Reluctant Learners and Students with Learning Disabilities such as ADD, ADHD, Asperger Syndrome, Expressive and Receptive Language Issues

Vincent Smith School does not endorse any product, service, establishment, individual, program, or treatment represented at the Special Education Fair. Parents should educate themselves and make their own decisions concerning the particular needs of their child. 76094




The Growing Tree Nursery School

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Traditional Preschool & Enrichment Programs Ages 2-5 years old

Extended Day Learning Center Ages 3 Months - 5 Years Open 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 2, 3, 4 or 5 Days

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Flexible Full, Half & Mini 2,3,4 or 5-Day Programs Available ~ Open Year Round Certified Teachers ~ Nurturing Environment ~ All Staff First-Aid & CPR Certified Diapers Welcome ~ Secured Access to Buildings ~ Air-Conditioned Classrooms Indoor Gym ~ Outdoor Playground ~ Computer Workshops ~ Music & Movement ITALIAN LESSONS ~ Arts & Crafts ~ Cooking - American Sign Language On-Site Field Trips & Themed Activities Throughout School Year


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The Growing Tree Nursery School Family owned and operated since 1979, the Growing Tree Nursery School is known for its caring and friendly environment. The Growing Tree is a “child-centered” school, which understands the needs of each individual child. The director is very active and spends a great deal of time in classrooms. The Growing Tree believes that a child’s world consists of play and imagination and the children learn through play. The Growing Tree is accredited by The Office of Children and Family Services and is licensed by the New York State Department of Education. It offers programs that meet the needs of children ages 2-5 years. The school has a fully equipped playground and an indoor gym. The children attend computer class and take lessons in Italian and creative movement. Children are taught acceptable ways of playing and sharing with others in a creative environment. Founded in 1979, this non-sectarian school provides an atmosphere of warmth, support and guidance in which your child’s education can begin. For further information, call (516) 621-9009.

The Growing Tree North, an all-day, family-owned and operated extended-day learning center, is just three minutes from the original Growing Tree Nursery School. The center is located just one block from the Roslyn Railroad Station so that parents can drop their children off before taking the LIRR into the city. School hours are from 8am6pm, with early-drop-off available. The program accommodates children from ages 3 months to 5 years. Each group is divided according to age so that there is a small age span of children per class. The new center features nine classrooms, indoor gym and a large outdoor play area. The program and curriculum will follow that which Growing Tree Nursery School has developed over the past 33 years. The program, available year-round, includes music, art, foreign language, and computer training. This non-sectarian school fosters self-discovery and feelings of security among peers and teachers. Growing Tree North has an open door policy and encourages parents to visit and participate in classroom activities. Registration is ongoing. For more information contact the Director, Dawn Friedman, at 516-625-9080.


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A well-rounded education for your child’s whole life.

An academic focus in a small-group environment. Our dedicated teachers and full-time assistants follow Diocesan and New York State educational standards and give each child individual attention in a supportive, smallgroup setting. Our Early Childhood Education programs help children develop language and math skills and offer computer instruction and a creative classroom environment. In grades 1-8, we stress academic rigor and study skills that give children the tools for future success.

Creating a community of faith and respect. Catholic teachings and values are woven into everyday activities at Saint Joseph School. A special sense of community is created where children are warmly embraced by other children, families, and a parish, which reinforces moral values, spiritual beliefs, and respect for others.

Fun after-school activities enrich education. Saint Joseph School offers children an abundance of enjoyable extracurricular activities that provide vital growth and leadership opportunities beyond the classroom — from arts and crafts programs and book, drama and chess clubs, to math contests and intramural sports, to student council membership and community service.

Join us for an Open House Guided Tour of Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten on Monday, November 7th, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Our Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten Open House will allow parents to see how Saint Joseph School gives children an advantage for their whole life. Individual attention, spiritual instruction and experiential education that help to build early self-esteem and awaken a love of the world will provide your child with a vital head start on the journey to a fulfilling, well-rounded life. For more details, please contact Principal Eileen Kilbride, Ed.D at 516-747-2730 or visit

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Join us for an Open House Guided Tour of Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten. Monday, November 7, from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. For details, call (516) 747-2730.

Starts Nursery School

Kicks first goal (by mistake).

Plays shepherd in Christmas pageant.

Calculates circumference of a circle.

Wows crowd at science fair.

Accepted to high school of choice.

Eighth Grade Graduation

We gui de each chi l d from ABC’s to accompl i shed. At Saint Joseph School, our Nursery and Pre-K programs offer your child creative, hands-on lessons, engaging playground activities, and simple religious teachings that inspire a passion for learning and Catholic values. Our committed teachers and full-time assistants give your child the individual attention, spiritual instruction, and experiential education that build early self-esteem and awaken a love of the world, providing your child with a vital head start on the journey to a fulfilling, well-rounded life. To find out more about how to give your child this early foundation for future success, contact Principal Eileen Kilbride, Ed.D., at (516) 747-2730, or visit our website at

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Getting That Job: Seven Steps to Getting Hired N By Ronald Scaglia avigating through all the steps needed to get an interview and then land a job can be quite tricky. Career counselors from Long Island shared some important steps that job seekers should take to help better position themselves for getting an interview and then being offered a position.

1. Have a Strong Resume Most job seekers know that they must have a professional looking resume that is free of spelling and grammatical errors. However, career counselors stress that the right information must be on a resume for an applicant to be given further consideration. George Meyer and Maryanne Sandt are business service representatives with the Workforce New York Career Center in Massapequa and they shared some insights on how to make a resume stand out from the crowd. “They must have a resume that represents who they are and what they have to offer for a particular job,” said Meyer of job seekers who want to be successful. Meyer said that employees are looking for what kinds of skills candidates have. He said that if the right skills for the position do not show, the applicant is not going to be asked for an interview. Sandt concurred with this and added that too many job candidates get caught up in listing their job tasks on their resume, and most employers are not interested in this. “Employers are not interested in tasks,” said Sandt. “They want to know what programs you know and if you can make them money or save them money.”

could be programs that an applicant is proficient in such as Word or Excel, licenses held, and certifications. Sandt also warns job seekers to be truthful on their resumes. She said that exaggerating or outright lying on a resume will not get you a job and instead candidates should focus on how to correct any shortages they feel they must lie about. “Do not create degrees that will get you to the next step which will be a short step,” said Sandt. “You have to be honest with yourself and communicate that in writing. If you are deficient, find a way to fill that gap. If you are out of work, training and volunteering can fill this.” Both experts said that filling gaps is important, as some employers will not consider applicants who have been out of work for a certain period of time. Sandt even knows of companies that will not hire anyone who is unemployed. Sandt and Meyer were not in complete agreement as to what type of resume works best. Meyer spoke of a functional resume, which emphasizes skills and abilities and puts less emphasis on employment history. He said in this format you should include your professional experience but not use bullets in this section and put more emphasis on sections such as accomplishments and experiences. He also did not feel an objective statement was an absolute must as some resumes that he has reviewed were ruined by misguided objectives. By contrast, Sandt prefers chronological resumes and also recommends an objective or summary that highlights the candi-

“Don’t think of yourself as less. If you do, that comes across. If you’re not positive it can work against you. I think it can actually mean the difference between getting and a job and not getting a job.” - Maryanne Sandt, Business Service Representative. Workforce New York Career Center Both Meyer and Sandt also strongly agreed that key words are extremely important on a resume. This has been common advice given to job seekers for years. However, both Meyer and Sandt said that has become vital as some employers use technology that scans resumes seeking the right words and if those words are not found, a resume is passed over without human eyes even looking at it. And even if a person instead of a machine looks over a resume, the right words need to be there or the resume will be quickly discarded. “An employer reads a resume for five or ten seconds,” said Meyer who was also a hiring manager. “If I (the employer) don’t see what I’m looking for, I move on.” He suggests that job seekers do research and get to know the important key words that employers are looking for in a certain job. Meyer said examples of this

date’s skills and accomplishments. For example, if you have a good attendance record, she recommends using words such as punctual and dependable. She said that having perfect attendance for a long period of time is an accomplishment and is something that employers will most likely notice. She also recommended words such as dedicated, enthusiastic, responsible and certified. Regardless of which type of resume is used, both counselors strongly agreed that accomplishments and skills are of the utmost importance.

2. Stay Positive This may seem like simple and straightforward advice. However, both counselors said they are still many people who ruin their chances by their attitude. And sometimes, while trying to stay positive, a candidate may say something that seems subtle but actually could speak volumes to a

7. Maintain a Professional Appearance

Career counselors all strongly agree that someone’s appearance when being interviewed can make or break the chances of getting that job.

potential employer. “Don’t think of yourself as less,” said Sandt. “If you do, that comes across. If you’re not positive it can work against you. I think it can actually mean the difference between getting and a job and not getting a job.” She spoke of having a conversation with someone who when speaking about himself said, “I was a C.P.A.” She replied that this person still is a C.P.A. and is still qualified to do that work. Sandt gives this as an example of how negative thinking can creep into a job search and warns job seekers to remain positive. Taking a very similar view, Meyer said, “If you don’t sound enthusiastic, you’re finished.”

career connectors and also says that job seekers take advantage of the website LinkedIn. “You may find that someone you went to school with is the president of a company,” said Meyer. “Most people will get a job through networking,” said Sandt. “Knowing someone will get you an interview but you also need to show how you can help them.” She further said that some jobseekers mistakenly believe that a job search is all about being on a computer and visiting company websites, and thus do not sufficiently do enough networking, which is essential.

3. Have an “Elevator Speech” Prepared

What you put on your Facebook page may be amusing to your friends, but potential employers may take a different view of it. Both Meyer and Sandt said that many employers look at social media sites before making the decision to hire someone. They both also said that even if someone believes their account settings are sufficient enough to prevent employers from accessing them, many employers are still able to gain access so it is best to keep your online profile professional. They both further strongly emphasized that job seekers should make sure the email address given to potential employers is professional. Both counselors said they know of applicants who have whimsical or silly email addresses, which has ruined their chances. And since many services provide email addresses for free, obtaining a new professional one should be easy.

An elevator speech is a short pitch intended to sell a product. It is nicknamed as such because it usually only lasts about 30 seconds or about as long as it takes to go up or down several floors in an elevator. Both Sandt and Meyer said that candidates often do not have an “elevator speech” prepared for when employers ask them to describe themselves and why they should be hired. The candidates then stumble and try to convey too much information in a short period and often end up not getting the right message across. “Highlight your strengths,” said Sandt. “It’s like a recipe – you don’t put in too much spice. Talk about the things that make you stand out without bragging.”

4. Networking There’s an old saying, “It’s not what you know it’s who you know.” According to the career counselors, this statement is half true. You need to know what is required. Simply knowing “the right person” most likely will not get you the job. However, knowing this person can open the door so you can show what it is you do know. Meyer recommends getting involved with networking organizations. He says job seekers should check with their local public library to find out about networking events. Like Sandt, he also advises volunteering as a way of covering gaps on a resume and also says that it could be a way of meeting new people and networking. He further suggests seeking out networking job clubs called

5. Be Professional in Cyberspace

6. Keep Your Voice-Mail Professional As with email addresses, your outgoing voicemail greeting should also be professional. According to Meyer, children’s voices, dogs barking or similar sounds should not be on the outgoing message of job seekers. Sandt further said messages should be kept professional such as, “Hi, I cannot answer but please leave your name, phone number and a message.” Something like, “You know what to do at the beep,” may make you seem clever or funny, but when searching for a job, that’s not what you’re objective is.

Career counselors all strongly agree that someone’s appearance when being interviewed can make or break the chances of getting that job. Sandt emphasized that interviewees should present a neat and clean appearance with hair combed and shoes shined. She says that potential employers will see how you represent yourself at the interview and then determine if that’s how they want you to represent their company. She added that ladies should have nail polish that is either “on or off” meaning that the polish is not cracking or peeling. Those with piercings or tattoos may want to cover them up for the interview, especially if the potential employer is a conservative business such as a bank or a law firm. She also advises against colognes and perfumes and says not to smoke even before the interview as the smell of cigarettes can permeate clothes. “I can’t stress this enough,” said Sandt, who added that she personally knows of employers who have rejected candidates who were qualified for a job and did well on an interview solely because of he way the candidates were dressed. She also said that candidates should present a positive attitude and an upbeat personality. “It takes less muscles to smile than it does to frown,” she said, “Try to be relaxed.” Tom Ward Jr., director of Adelphi University’s Center for Career Center Development offers similar advice. He suggests that gentlemen wear dark suits, conservative ties, and white shirts. If a different color shirt matches better that may be acceptable but he wouldn’t suggest wearing a pattern. For ladies, he suggests pantsuits or professional dresses, conservative handbag and conservative make-up. “You don’t want your dress to be the discussion,” said Ward. He did suggest that applicants bring a padfolio and a nice pen, as this will enable candidates to write down important information and also conveys a message of being prepared. Fred Burke Jr., director of Hofstra University’s Career Center, also strongly suggests conservative dress such as navy blue or grey suits for gentleman and added that black or dark brown is acceptable for ladies. “What you wear on a Friday or Saturday is not acceptable,” said Burke. He also added that even if the employer dresses casually, candidates should still dress up and then be more casual after securing the job and becoming familiar with the company’s dress code. He further suggests that candidates not wear a lot of jewelry. And one more critical point that would seem obvious, but is often overlooked is to turn off cell phones. Because the technology is so common, candidates forget that they have the devices with them. When going for an interview, applicants should be sure to turn the ringer down.




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The 5 Cs of a School of the Future By Buckley Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel

Literature focused on the skill set that will truly prepare students for their future seems to be gathering consensus around five skills, now generally coined “the 5Cs”: Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking, Creativity, Character. Communication, in addition to the mastery of traditional literacy and mathematics skills, now encompasses the most advanced and sophisticated forms of information and media literacy. Schools have the responsibility to empower their students with the mastery of a broad range of communication skills, from traditional ones to fluency in social media, and teach how to use them in ways that are com-

petent, thoughtful, and ethical. As very few concerns remain of a local nature in a “flattened world,” communication skills must also be approached from a multicultural and multilingual angle. The rapid and exponential growth of human knowledge has rendered collaboration essential to success. Very few of our students, if any, will ever have all the skills necessary to achieve any significant accomplishments on their own. Additionally, new technologies providing immediate access to massive amounts of information and instant connectivity have in effect democratized information sharing and have created a global economy of mass collaboration that students need to learn how to navigate intelligently. Striving to educate students with the ability to think critically is not a new concept and must remain a fundamental skill embedded in a school’s core curriculum. Information pouring onto our students’ screens, from anywhere, at anytime and at prodigious speed, has made the ability to think through voluminous and eclectic sources even more critical.

Think about the skills required to write a research paper ten years ago, let alone twenty years ago, and in 2011. New variables in our students’ environment have made “right brain”, creative thinking and the ability to innovate essential to student success in this century. Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, argues that the 21st century belongs to nonlinear, intuitive, holistic, designoriented right brain thinkers, with “the capacity to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new.” Ultimately, the purpose of transformative teaching should be to move students from passive recipients of information to active creators of new knowledge. The more open-ended and “outside-the-box” problem-solving assignments students have to grapple with, the more likely they are to hone their ability to think creatively. Character education must be at the core of the experience of our students because none of the skills above matter without the assurance that the future leaders we are educating will have the

ability to make courageous decisions founded on a basic respect for human life. Character is not just about discerning right from wrong, as a recent NY Times article, “What if the Secret of Success is Failure?”, suggested. Character education needs to address pursuing both “moral character and performance character,” the latter defined as “grit or the ability to bounce back.” Character could well be the most challenging C of the 5Cs. The skills that our students’ world will demand of them when they are ready to enter the work force will continue to evolve, and we may not fully understand yet what they will entail. What we know for sure is that schools cannot afford to play catch-up. They must have the necessary vision to ensure that students possess the skills that are essential to becoming productive members of their future society. Buckley Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel was appointed in 2001. He has over 25 years of experience in independent education at schools such as Trinity School and Exeter Academy. Dr. Juhel was recently a Head of School fellow at the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University. Headmaster Dr. Jean-Marc Juhel, Buckley Country Day School


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Information will be provided about the more than 70 degree and certificate programs offered by Nassau Community College.

November 13 Open House at Nassau Community College answer questions about financial aid, admission, placement testing, services for students with disabilities, academic support services and extra-curricular activities. In addition, student guides will be available to provide tours of the 225-acre campus and to share their experiences as NCC students. Although the program runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., those who are interested can drop in at any time between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to talk with faculty and tour the campus. For more information, visit or call 516-572-7501.

Montessori’s methods of selfdirection and discovery. These tenets, in tandem with specifically designed classrooms and materials, are the tools our teachers use to encourage our students to develop a spirit of independence and an intrinsic satisfaction of learning within their own unique timetables of development. Our mission, our faculty, and every inch of our classrooms and playing fields are devoted to just one thing—providing the best start to a lifetime of learning! Our Lady of Grace Montessori School is located at 29 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, phone 516-365-9832. 76305

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igh school students, transfer students, people changing careers and all those considering a college education are invited to attend Open House at Nassau Community College, part of The State University of New York, on Sunday, November 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., beginning in the Physical Education Building Field House. During Open House, faculty and staff will be available to provide information about the more than 70 degree and certificate programs offered by Nassau Community College. Counselors will

To teach children by prizing their inner human qualities of mind, emotion, creativity, wonder, reverence, and the need for self-realization is at the core of the Montessori experience at Our Lady of Grace Montessori School. Rooted in the Good News of Jesus Christ, our School strives to foster and maintain an educational experience for children of all faiths, inspiring them to pursue the joy of lifelong learning. Adhering to New York State standards and curriculum and within the context of a Catholic/Christian atmosphere, we offer a nurturing environment and a curriculum that follows Maria



Farmingdale College: 100 Years Old and Continuing to Grow By Ronald Scaglia his school year, Farmingdale State College is celebrating its 100th anniversary. For the college it is a time to reflect on how far it has come while also looking forward to an exciting future as the college continues to grow and expand opportunities for its students. Founded in 1912 as an agricultural school, the college has experienced tremendous growth over the past quarter century. In 1985, the college first began offering four-year courses in mechanical engineering and electrical engineering and was officially recognized as a four-year college in 1993. This year, the college began offering bachelor’s degrees in both Sport Management and Telecommunication Technology, bringing the number of bachelor degrees programs to 28, in addition to 9 associate degree programs. Furthermore, the college is applying for its first masters degree program in Engineering Technology Management. As the college has grown, so has enrollment. According to Kathy Coley, director of communications, the full-time enrollment has increased about 80 percent since 2000 and overall enrollment is up about 50 percent. “We were a very well kept secret,� said Coley. “Students are taking advantage of a good tuition rate.� Coley said that the tuition for a commuter student is about $6,400 per year and about $15,000 per year for those choosing to live on campus. However, she also strongly points out that although the tuition is low, the college strives to make the quality of the education very high. “One of our students has been accepted into the Cold Spring Harbor Doctoral Program,� said Coley. “That’s one of ten in the world.� Coley also stressed that the college’s nursing program receives thousands of applications for very few seats and also commented about the college having a large aviation program, and the only one where students can fly right out of the airport, as Republic airport is located right by the campus. Coley also spoke about the gardens, which she described as “magnificent� and the Green Building


Farmingdale State College attracts many students because of its quality educational programs and affordable tuition.

Institute, which aids and encourages industry to build in a responsible way. Because of its many fine programs, Coley says that Farmingdale has a fine reputation and employers seek out its graduates. “Employees come back time and time again and the majority of those employers are on Long Island,� said Coley. As the college continues to grow, it has also been the recipient of a very generous gift. Therea Santmann, a Farmingdale alumna and board member, recently donated $1 million to the college, the largest gift in the college’s history. “It gives me a good feeling to do something like that,� said Santmann. “If you can make somebody happy, that’s something I feel good about. It will do some good for research.� Santmann attended Farmingdale after growing up in upstate New York, near the Canadian border. She said that she attended a one-room schoolhouse, which housed six grades and did not have running water. She experienced a drastic change in conditions when she came to Farmingdale College after attending school upstate, and she also is a witness to the many improvements that Farmingdale has undergone. “A place like Farmingdale, they had cows,� said Santmann. “They have come so far. Back then, then first thing people thought of when I said Farmingdale was cows. To go from that to science is wonderful. To be a part of that makes me feel good.� “Theresa Santmann is a person of extraordinary generosity—both in her financial support of Farmingdale over many years, and with her time and effort,� said Farmingdale State College President W. Hubert Keen. “Clearly, she recognizes Farmingdale’s value as an investment, and I couldn’t agree more. We are critical not only in meeting the educational needs of the region’s students, but also as an engine of economic development.� He added: “What better time for such a gesture than as we approach our 100th Anniversary to be celebrated during the 2011-12 academic year? It’s just perfect.�

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The administration’s reform plan has broad support across the education community, including the National Education Association, Teach For America and education school leaders.

America. “It is critically important to regularly analyze the effectiveness of our teacher-preparation pathways, and this analysis should include an objective and rigorous examination of the average learning gains of students. States that annually conduct such analyses, such as Louisiana and Tennessee, are providing valuable feedback to teacher-preparation programs, including Teach For America, and helping to inform school and district hiring decisions.” “The administration’s proposal makes clear that the ability to teach is something to learn, and therefore to be taught. This puts the focus where it should be: beginning teachers’ readiness to practice independently,” said Deborah Loewenberg Ball, dean of the University of Michigan School of Edu-

Partner With Friends Academy and Bring Out The Best In Your Children For a child of any age, the right school should be a magical place. At Friends Academy, students can’t wait to get there and -- literally -- never want to leave. Find out more on Tuesday, November 8th, at the all-school Open House (Middle School/Upper School at 8:30 a.m. and Early Childhood/Lower School at 1 p.m.) To RSVP, call 516-3934244.

Academy Chess Team has claimed the championship title for the past two years. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum with SMARTBoards in every classroom, SmartTables in Early Childhood, iPad stations in first grade, one-toone Netbooks in fifth grade and a new one-to-one iPad pilot program in the 6th grade and Upper School English classes.

Friends’ Quaker values of respect, simplicity, equality, integrity and service are woven into the school’s daily life in and out of the classrooms. Students meet weekly for Meeting for Worship and community service, a graduation requirement, is an all-school effort throughout the year.

Outstanding and flexible extended day programs continue the love of learning past 3 p.m., with programs like chess, architecture, video game programming and a varied afterschool program that is available until 6 p.m.

From their earliest grades, Friends students are prepared for leadership within a global society. As a Quaker, independent school for ages 3 through 12th grade, Friends students bring a wide variety of talents, cultures and experiences that are reflected and nurtured throughout the curriculum. World language begins at age 3 in the Early Childhood Center with instruction in Spanish four times per week, and science laboratory work starts in Kindergarten. All second and third graders take chess once a week and the Friends

Friends Academy athletes participate in the competitive Section VIII public school league and FA teams have earned numerous championship titles and sportsmanship awards. All 7th and 8th grade students participate in four-season afterschool team athletics. Newly renovated this fall, the 6,300 sq. ft. Gym and 25,000 sq. ft. Fieldhouse boast new locker rooms, team offices and more. 100% of Friends students attend the world’s premiere colleges and universities. On Nov. 8, come to Friends and find out why. 76243

cation. “Setting performance requirements for responsible teaching is one of the most important improvements that the U.S. could make to ensure learning by all students. This teacher education plan takes an important stand—it’s the outcomes of teacher preparation that matter most.” The department is initiating a series of reform efforts to ensure future teachers are better supported. First, based on existing authority in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the department is proposing to reduce the reporting burden on schools of education and states, which are currently required to report 440 different measures annually. The department recommends far fewer input measures and at least three significant outcome meas-

ures that are indicators of quality. The department wants states to identify the best teacher preparation programs and encourage others to improve by linking student test scores back to teachers and their schools of education. Through negotiated rulemaking, the department hopes to receive the education community’s feedback on what this reform should look like and how it would work best for them. Second, the department has proposed a $185 million Presidential Teaching Fellows program to support rigorous statelevel policies and provide scholarships for future teachers to attend top programs. These future educators would be prepped to teach high-need subjects or fields, and upon graduation, teach for at least three years in high-need schools. In addition, the Department is developing Hawkins Centers for Excellence that will help prepare the next generation of effective minority teachers. The President’s budget proposes $40 million in first-time funding for this already-authorized program to support and diversify the teaching workforce. Minority-serving institutions will be eligible to receive competitive grants to reform and expand their teacher preparation programs. Funds can be used to partner with local school districts or non-profit organizations to help place minority candidates into high-need schools. Together, these initiatives will reward and support the best programs, remove burdens from institutions and help programs improve so education schools can better prepare future teachers for classroom realities. For more information on these efforts, see Our Future, Our Teachers: The Obama Administration’s Plan for Teacher Education Reform and Improvement:

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“At Nassau I paid for my first two years of college without taking a loan, and every credit transferred to my four-year degree. It was there that I gained the confidence to be a leader. In fact, some of the most important things I ever learned, I learned at Nassau. I went on to study at Stony Brook and Fordham, and… “…I went to Nassau first!” At Nassau Community College we offer more than 70 degree and certificate programs…convenient day, evening and weekend classes…and a focus on preparing you to excel in life. 76408

COLLEGE DECISION Why a community college should be your first choice College is a big decision ... an important decision. You need to get it right. Or do you? What’s the rush? The economy stinks and doesn’t look like it’s getting better anytime soon. Decent jobs are really tough to find. And do you really know what you want to do? Well, here’s a really good idea, a good solution—something that smart people do. They make a community college their first choice, because a community college is a great place to start. If you’re not sure what you want to do, schools like Nassau Community College offer a wide variety of programs to choose from. You can try something, and if it doesn’t work you can easily try something else. If you know what you want to study, a school like Nassau Community College allows you to knock off all those core curriculum courses that you need to take at any college. If you’re serious, work hard and if you like it, you can transfer to a four-year college, even an Ivy if you want. The best part of it all is that you can ease into it. The cost for two full years of tuition at Nassau Community College is a fraction of what many four-year schools cost. It doesn’t mean that the quality of the education is less; honestly, it is just as good or maybe even better. The professors are great too. You can meet some of them online at or in person at Open House on Sunday, November 13. Nassau is equipped with all the latest technology, new computers, all the tools and instruments you’ll need, even a new 74,000 sq. ft. science center. And so convenient—Nassau’s campus is probably less than 40 minutes from home.

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So consider this helpful piece of advice: Don’t jump into a big decision that may cost you dearly. Why take on a big debt or change everything in your life until you are really sure? There are many successful people with great jobs and advanced degrees who didn’t jump into a huge commitment at a four-year college. They made the right decision and started at a community college, like Nassau Community College.



Our Lady of Victory Catholic School OLV Parish Elementary School for Nursery – Grade 8 2 Bellmore Street Floral Park, NY 11001 Providing a quality education within the Catholic tradition. "Where Faith and Knowledge meet."

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Our Lady of Victory Catholic School OLV Parish Elementary School for Nursery – Grade 8 2 Bellmore Street Floral Park, NY 11001 Providing a quality education within the Catholic tradition. "Where Faith and Knowledge meet." Representing Floral Park as a Middle States Accredited School Early Childhood Open House and Registration For prospective families Thursday, November 17, 2011 6:30-7:30 PM And Early Childhood Registration Friday, November 18, 2011 9:30-10:30 AM

Families with children eligible for Nursery School (3 years old by 12/1/12) through 1st grade, are invited to meet our teachers and parents, visit our classrooms, and learn about our successful program. Before & After School Program (K-Grade 6) Special subjects offered from Pre-K to Grade 8

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Come Visit Our Open House Sunday, January 29, 2012 from 11:30AM-2:00PM Tuesday, January 31, 2012 from 10:00AM-11:00AM Or, for a registration appointment call: 516-352-4466 To read testimonials from our parents, please go to and click on "School Resources" Financial aid may be available from Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation 76453



How You Start Determines How You Finish; Early Learning Brings Success Later By Ronald Scaglia here’s a saying that goes, “It’s not how you start it’s how you finish.” According to Dana Friedman, an expert in the field of early childhood education, the saying could be, “How you start determines how you finish.” Friedman has degrees in child development, social policy and organizational behavior including a bachelor’s from Cornell, a master’s from the University of Maryland, and an Ed.D. from Harvard. She is the founder and president of The Early Years Institute, a not-for-profit charitable organization based in Plainview, which promotes the importance of the early childhood years. According to its website, the mission of the organization is “being a catalyst for new ideas, partnerships and resources that ensure all children have what they need to succeed, and to expand the public will to increase investments in young children.” New research on brain development has shown that about 85 percent of a child’s brain is developed by age five. Yet we spend more than 85 percent of our education dollars on children older than five. Friedman said that studies have shown that children enrolled in high quality preschool programs reap benefits as compared to those who do not. “Students are much less likely to need remedial education, repeat a grade, or end up in the juvenile justice system and are much more likely to graduate high school,” said Friedman. “They are also more likely to own a home, have a job, and be married.” A well-known study on the subject, the HighScope Perry Preschool study, showed economic and social benefits for children who participated in a high-quality early childhood program. Begun in 1962, the


“Early childhood programs are more important than ever. They teach children how to play with other children, to self-regulate and to control their impulses.” - Dana Friedman, Ed.D., Founder and President of The Early Years Institute study followed a group of 123 AfricanAmerican children living in poverty. Among the study’s findings, the group who had received high-quality early education had more members who were employed, owned their own homes, and had a savings account. That group also had significantly fewer arrests and higher median annual earnings. According to Friedman, all children regardless of their families’ income level, can benefit from preschool programs. She said that high-quality programs help develop children’s social and cognitive skills as well as identify issues such as autism at a much earlier age. She went on to say that society has changed and that has affected the way children develop socially and learn to interact with each other. Friedman said that while it used to be common for large groups of children to meet spontaneously in their neighborhoods and play together in what she called a “free-range childhood,” that setting is much less common today, which results in children lacking social skills.

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is essential to start here in order to build on everything else. Children are encouraged to share, to take turns, to listen to others’ words, to work and play together. We all need to acquire competence in social skills in order to function in school life as well as in our society.

Our program promotes the social, emotional and educational growth of the preschool child by providing a developmentally appropriate program. Our cooperative approach actively involves parents in their child’s first school experience.

At the same time, children are constantly engaged in academic learning. Activities at school are carefully selected to teach academic skills in a fun way on an individual basis as well as in small and whole group settings. The goal is that children should learn to love learning. Children should enjoy school and have fun while acquiring the knowledge and skills they need to be lifelong learners. Language Arts, the foundation of reading skills, are promoted each day in a print rich environment. Letters, rhyming, stories, games, discussions, dramatic play and labeling items in the room provide the vehicle for hands-on learning. Please call the school at (516) 8834141 for a tour and more information.



autism and other health related issues. She says that if children are lagging, the testing done in preschools will result in early diagnosis and students getting the services they need earlier. She further said that is a benefit to all children, under all circumstances. “Autism is an equal opportunity condition,” said Friedman. Gilliam concurred with this. He said that evidence shows the rate of autism has increased as child care and preschool became more common. Consequentially, as the number of children diagnosed with autism went up, Gilliam notes that the rate of children diagnosed as mentally challenged declined, a correlation that he believes shows

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“We negotiated with our peers,” said Friedman. “Now children’s lives are overscheduled and they don’t have these experiences. Early childhood programs are more important than ever. They teach children how to play with other children, to self-regulate and to control their impulses. Children are not coming in with the basic social skills.” As evidence of this, Friedman speaks of a Yale University study led by Dr. Walter Gilliam of Yale University. That study, “Pre-kindergartners Left Behind: Expulsion Rates in State Pre-kindergarten Systems,” found that prekindergarten students are expelled at a rate of more than three times that of children in grades kindergarten through 12. She said that shows that there are children who do not have social skills and that one of the biggest benefits of prekindergarten is for children to learn how to work with others and to control their own behavior. “All of the evidence that we have shows the significant impact of high-quality programs,” said Gilliam. Friedman said that another benefit of preschool is the building of learning skills – not so much what to learn as much as how to learn. Teachers who understand the needs of children at different ages can help build cognitive skills that are appropriate for their age. Friedman says that brain development can indeed be stimulated and that foundations of learning can be built. “Children use their minds to explore and be curious,” said Friedman. “Most parents don’t understand when their children are playing with building blocks, they are doing physics – through trial and error, they learn that the bigger block has to go on the bottom or the blocks will tumble.” Another benefit of preschool, according to Friedman, is the early diagnosis of

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that some children were being misdiagnosed as being mentally challenged when in fact they were afflicted with autism. However, Friedman also cautions that simply placing children in a good program is not enough. She says that parents need to also do activities with their children to guide them on a course for learning. In order for children to explore new people and concepts, children must feel safe in their environment. Therefore, according to Friedman, parents should provide an environment for children that feels safe, secure and loving. She also strongly suggests that from the moment the baby is born, parents read, rhyme, sing and talk to their babies to create a language-rich environment that builds vocabulary and strengthens the bond between parent and child. It is also important to bring children into the neighborhood, especially outside, where there are open-ended activities that stimulate cognitive development, such as taking children to a park, “Children are born learning. You don’t want to wait until children are age five or six to start working on school readiness,” she said. “Parents need to be engaged, supportive and involved with learning. When a child has alignment between home and school, all benefits are enhanced.” Additionally she suggests that parents provide their children with toys that promote thinking and creativity. She recommends that parents find toys that give them options and suggests items such as building blocks, Legos, and Lincoln Logs, which encourage children to use their imagination and think creatively. Pretend play and dressup provide ways for children to express what they are hearing and learning. Children practice through play, which is why Friedman said that she prefers toys, which do not have a right or wrong outcome but rather encourages children to use their own

ideas to build anything that they want. She also advised that parents follow the American Academy Pediatrics recommendations on media use by children. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have less than two hours of electronic media screen time per day, and viewing should be avoided for children under two. According to Friedman, there are much better activities for stimulating brain development than watching media – no matter how educational the program claims it to be.

themselves,” said Dawn Friedman. “It builds their self-esteem. They love doing art work and writing and are very proud of it.” As for finding a high-quality program, there are resources for parents, New York State is in the process of developing a five-star rating system for early care and learning programs called QUALITYstarsNY. For more information about this program and its progress visit In the meantime, parents can also check the New York State Office of Children and Family Service’s website,

“All of the evidence that we have shows the significant impact of high-quality programs.” - Dr. Walter Gilliam Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry and Psychology at Yale University Rosanna Tallarico Massaro is the Director of Abrakadoodle Art Classes for Kids in Roslyn, which provides art classes, art camps and art parties and special events for children ages twenty months to twelve years old. She also concurs that children benefit from tasks which foster creativity. “With art we believe that early exposure opens up the world of creativity which is being lost in our sports driven society,” said Massaro. “Pre-K is the age when parents should introduce children to a wide range of different activities. It’s finding something that your child likes and is engaged in.” Dawn Freidman (no relation to Dana) is the current owner and Managing Director of Growing Tree Nursery School in Roslyn. She also agrees that there are many benefits for children who attend a high-quality preschool program. In addition to developing social skills and building readiness skills for kindergarten, Dawn Friedman says that pre-K helps to foster independence, enhances language development, and increases listening skills. “It helps make them feel good about, and click on “Find Child Care” from which information can be obtained about a day care facility including current uncorrected violations and enforcement actions since 2003. Parents can also check with the Child Care Council of Nassau, a private not-forprofit referral agency in partnership with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. They offer much information about child care centers and parent counseling including information on what parents should look for in a child care center as well as what questions parents should ask. In addition, they have a database of licensed or regulated child care programs in Nassau County with information about these programs. They also advise about financial assistance that families may qualify for. “Our goal is empowering families to make the best decision and an informed decision,” said Jan Barbieri, Executive Director of the Child Care Council of Nassau. “It’s probably the most daunting task that a parent has to decide on. We’re trying to give the tools they need.”

25 For more information, the Child Care Council of Nassau may be contacted at (516) 358-9288 which is the parent’s advisory number or visit their website, Barbieri, along with Dana Friedman and Walter Gilliam, also strongly encourage parents to visit child care programs they are considering. They believe this can give parents very significant information. “Licensure is largely about if the program is safe,” said Gilliam. “You want something better than safe. You want it to be beneficial. Gilliam also strongly suggests that parents make a visit to preschools, which they are considering. He says that parents should look to see if the teachers are happy and are well-supported with other professionals such as speech pathologists and behavior specialists. He also says that parents should ask about the teacher turnover rate and look for stability in this area as well. “Spend an equal amount of time as you would buying a car,” said Gilliam, urging parents to visit prospective preschools for their children. “Would you ever put your child in a car that doesn’t feel safe? Would you ever buy a car that you didn’t test drive? Spend time in the classroom yourself. If the program is reluctant, you probably don’t want (your children) to go there. If after one hour, you don’t want to leave that’s a good sign.” He also says to look for good interaction between the teachers and the children. Gilliam also said that teachers should speak warmly with children and look them in the eye and that instruction should be well orchestrated and planned. “Look through the eyes of a child,” said Friedman. “Is the art work high or can the children see it? Is it all the same?” Friedman says that similar work may indicate that individuality and creativity is not being fostered. She also suggests asking about the credentials of the teacher.

EYE-LEVEL EDUCATION: What is E.nopi? Established in 1980, E.nopi is a supplemental education program that originated in Korea about 30 years ago and now has over 3 million children enrolled worldwide. We are the leading provider in supplemental education for Math, Reading and Writing. E.nopi learning centers strive to teach and tutor children ages 3-16 in basic learning skills. “E” stands for eye level. Our philosophy is that every child has the potential to learn and master math, reading and writing. We enable students to realize this potential by bringing the instructional materials to the eye-level of your child. Both our Math, Reading and Writing programs are aligned to United States educational standards. E.nopi of Port Washington assists children ages 3-16 who wish to excel at or beyond grade level. Classes are offered in math, reading and writing. The E.nopi Math curriculum incorporates components to improve children’s computative skills and spatial understanding, which helps prepare students for standardized entrance examinations at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Students add, subtract, multiply and divide with E.nopi’s carefully structured foundational activities that are designed to stimulate critical thinking and process-based learning. E.nopi English uses a combination of phonics and whole language to develop young readers into perceptive writers. Developed by occupational therapists, our handwriting program begins at age three. Students are taught correct pencil grip, letter formation and will partake in a variety of letter-recognition activities that simultaneously build fine motor skills. The center is located at 59 Main Street, 2nd Floor, in Port Washington, NY. Stop in to speak with our director or call 516-472-7575 to arrange a FREE skills assessment for your child! By conducting a thorough, yet child friendly Skills Assessment, we are able to isolate your child’s strengths and areas of development. We then create a specifically tailored program that builds upon your child’s strengths and use these strengths to help develop areas of weaker understanding. Be sure to check out the E.nopi tutorial videos and sample curriculum pages available on our website, Email:


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C.W. Post Providing Students With Opportunities


rograms at C.W. Post are providing opportunities for those seeking bright new careers. For some, the soft economy has created a need to pursue careers that are more in demand. For others, there is a desire to do something that is more rewarding and fulfilling. Whatever the reason, C.W. Post’s programs are a way for students to get where they want to be.

Opportunity in Foreign Languages Rita Johnson had been working in the field of information technology for more than 15 years. After she was laid off from her job at a major financial institution in 2009, she pivoted to a new career – one that interests her and offers ample employment opportunity. “As the mom to a young son, I had always thought about becoming a teacher,” she said, “but it was never the right time.” After being laid off, she enrolled in the Master of Science in Spanish Education at C.W. Post. Johnson began student teaching at a local high school in September, and is set to graduate from the master’s degree program in January. “I’m really prepared to teach,” she said. “My professors offered me guidance and feedback and are role models to look up to. I want to inspire my students the way they inspired me.”

Caring for the Most Vulnerable Mary Helen Roussos is a career-changer by choice. She was a paralegal, working at a law firm that represented public hospitals in New York City, but as she interacted with social workers helping patients at the hospitals, she realized she was drawn to the profession and its ability to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people. In May 2011, Roussos graduated from the Master of Social Work program at C.W. Post. Today, she is a foster care case planner for New York Foundling, one of the city’s oldest and largest child welfare agencies. “I really liked the fact that social workers’ goal is to help the people who need it most,” said Roussos, a resident of Astoria. “I want to be an advocate for these people.”

Business Is Teamwork Faced with a soft job market upon earning his bachelor’s degree in 2008, Daniel Sihksnel of Commack,

Rita Johnson is studying Spanish Education at C.W. Post as she changes careers and prepares to begin a career that really interests her.

Mary Helen Roussos is switching careers to pursue a field in which she can help others.

heeded good advice from his family and enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree program at C.W. Post. He worked at a medical equipment company while taking courses that emphasized team-oriented business practices. Fast-forward to February 2011: three months from graduation, Sihksnel accepted a sales consultant position with Henry Schein, the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners — a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Melville. “I think a lot of companies’ focus is on a team response and effort on most projects, and I would say 90 to 95 percent of the classes in the MBA program involved working with other people,” Sihksnel said. “Everyone’s attributes combined to arrive at solution, and my managers tell me that the emphasis on team environment, exercises and workplace scenarios have been able to help me tremendously at Henry Schein.”

Daniel Sihksnel enrolled in the Master of Business Administration degree program at C.W. Post and is working for Henry Schein – a Fortune 500 company.

Health Care, NonProfit and Government Administration The health care, not-for-profit and public sectors are experiencing significant demand. C.W. Post offers the only master’s degree in health care and public administration on Long Island that is accredited by the highly selective National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. And by enrolling in the accelerated degree plan, students can finish their education sooner and launch their careers. The accelerated public administration program results in a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years. Degree options include the B.S./M.P.A. in Health Care Administration and the B.S./M.P.A. in public administration. Both prepare students for positions in the public, health care and nonprofit sectors including careers in federal, state and local government, hospitals and nursing homes and nonprofit organizations and agencies.

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METROPOLITAN PHYSICAL & AQUATIC THERAPY AT THE JCC Metro PT now offers a Golf Fitness and Rehabilitation Program To help improve swing and increase Distance and Power. • 1 on 1 Pool & Manual Therapy • Orthopedic Therapy & Sports Specific Programming • Balance & Vestibular Rehab • Sport Cord & Coreboard • Rope and TRX • Sports Specific Fitness Programs Soccer & Baseball Golf & Tennis

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When treating patients in the 8-21 year old age range, the problems are often a “use” injury. By this, I mean that it is either an overuse, or a misuse injury. This is, barring any underlying or preexisting pathology. These injuries often result in a lack of preparation of many types. Lack of flexibility, weak core, and poor posture combined with overuse usually is the underlying cause of most orthopedic injuries seen in young children, teenagers and athletes. This includes, but is not limited to, anterior tibialis tendonitis aka shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and the usual sprains, strains, and pulls. When talking about “misuse” injuries, I am referring to when a child or even an adult, decides one day to go full force into a sport or during an impulsive weekend activity for an extended period of time. Injuries often occur because the body was not prepared or wasn’t in the necessary physical condition to undertake such a challenge. Shin splints, ACL and heel cord tears are a common occurrence when this is the underlying cause. When referring to a “overuse” injury, we refer to performing a physical activity or sport for an extended period of time without a proper rest or recovery time. This is when other tendonitis injuries often occur. This is becoming a particularly troubling trending in young people that have overloaded backpacks. In order to compensate for the increased weight that is pulling them backwards, the child starts leaning forward. Over a prolonged period of time, the muscles of the back become lengthened and weak. Contrarily, the muscles of the core and abdominals become shortened and weakened. In a developing child, this is a dangerous combination that has the potential to lead to chronic back and postural problems. There are simple remedies if these symptoms are addressed early enough. Posture could be corrected, excess weight can be eliminated from the backpack, or an extra five minutes could be spent loosening up or stretching out. The crucial element however, is rest. Your body needs down-time, because that is when your body performs its own internal maintenance. We as physical therapists are very proficient in treating these types of injuries. The process is usually two-fold. First, we remove the underlying cause and begin treating the remaining symptoms, namely the pain and soreness associated with these conditions. To do this, we employ a variety of techniques, including modalities, manual techniques, and exercises. Secondly, we begin to rebuild the affected muscles and soft tissue so that the body is prepared to undergo what the athlete’s demands are. The muscles are now able to perform properly and for longer periods of time. As long as the athlete maintains this newly found flexibility, strength and endurance, the problem should not return. As much as we enjoy meeting new patients, we would rather see them out enjoying their lives to the fullest, than in a physical therapy office. A physician’s referral is not always necessary for your initial evaluation and treatment. For more information, and to schedule an evaluation with a licensed physical therapist in one of our convenient locations- Garden City, Great Neck, Roslyn or Bellmore, call Metro Physical Therapy 516-745-8050. Written by Sherrie Glasser, PT, MS Metro Physical and Aquatic Therapy




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Professional Artists Appointed to Usdan Center Leadership Council


rammy-nominated jazz vocalist and Usdan alumna Jane Monheit and her husband, drummer Rick Montalbano, have joined the Leadership Council of Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, the nationally renowned summer arts day camp. The Leadership Council is composed of prominent business and civic leaders. It is the Center’s advocate in the philanthropic and business communities, providing support for student scholarships and program development. Jane, who treasures her student experience at Usdan, recently said, “My summers at the Center were a major turning point in my youth...I didn’t just receive a wonderful education there, I found a place to fit in. It was a haven for a different kid like me. At Usdan, I learned that anything was possible, and that the world was open to me.” Dale Lewis, executive director of the Usdan Center, announced the Montalbanos appointment at a recent Leadership

Council event. “We are thrilled to have Jane and Rick working with us,” he said, “lending their expertise in guiding Usdan’s expanding programs in jazz education. Jane is a beloved Usdan alumna who has, together with Rick, made essential contributions of time and talent to our programs, performing at Usdan’s summer Festival Concerts, and teaching Master Classes for our students. We look forward to having the benefit of their experience and advice in the Leadership Council. Raised in Oakdale, Jane Monheit has performed at most of the major concert halls, cabarets and jazz venues around the globe, including an upcoming, sold out American Songbook concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. She has released seven albums and two DVDs, and has appeared as a guest artist on many others. Jane has also been a featured performer in the nationally televised Christmas at the White House, the Capitol Fourth of July

Celebration, and The National Memorial Day Celebration. She has performed on numerous television shows including Emeril, Ramsey Lewis’ Legends of Jazz, Letterman, The View, and The Today Show. Jane spends most of the year on tour with her band, and also performs with the major symphonic orchestras throughout the country. In 2002, she received Usdan Center’s Alumni Achievement Award at its 35th Anniversary Gala at Carnegie Hall. Rick Montalbano has played the drums since his early teens, and while in high school, was selected as one of five young musicians to be awarded a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. He has worked with some of the finest musicians in the world, including Brad Mehldau, Phil Woods, Randy Brecker and Clark Terry. He also completed several recordings including two with virtuoso tenor saxophonist Ari Ambrose (Steely Dan). Since 2000, Rick has been the drum-

SUNY Empire State College at Old Westbury To Hold Information Sessions November 7, 19


tate University of New York Empire State College will hold public information sessions about its associate and bachelor’s degree programs at its Old Westbury location, Trainor House, 223 Store Hill Road, Blue Room, Old Westbury: Monday, November 7 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, November 19 at 11 a.m. To reserve a space for an information session visit and select the location nearest to you or call 516-876 4070. You may also register by calling 800-847-3000 and selecting option 1. This information session will discuss

most of the undergraduate programs at the college. If you are specifically interested in the college’s R.N. to Bachelor of Science degree program, call 1-877-372-6790, to receive information about the nursing program. SUNY Empire State College, celebrating its 40th year throughout 2011, was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars


Trinity Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center 40 West Nicholai Street Hicksville, NY 11801 (516) 931—2211

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“Where Christian values and academic excellence prepare children, motivated by their faith and love of Christ, to live productive lives in service to others.” Trinity Lutheran School is a Parochial School in the Lutheran tradition that seeks to serve students and families from all walks of faith. We consider it a joy and a privilege to share the word of God’s love with all people. Trinity Lutheran School offers families an excellent education for toddlers through grade 8 students in a caring, Christian environment. We are a closeknit community of dedicated individuals supporting each other in the process of building a firm foundation for academic excellence, moral relationships, and a healthy Christian faith for our children.

It has often been

said that “It takes a village to raise a

Trinity Lutheran School is committed to quality education. It is chartered by the State of New York, accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a member of the Lutheran Schools Association of Metropolitan, New York, a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. The curriculum is aligned with New York State guidelines, and fully enhanced. Advanced classes are offered at the Middle School level. Extracurricular activities are offered, as well as an after-care program to accommodate our working families.

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and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 36 locations in New York State and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. For additional information, visit For more on the 40th anniversary, go to

mer for the Jane Monheit band, touring the globe in support of a series of acclaimed albums. He has performed on Jane’s recordings, TV appearances, and DVDs. Usdan Center is now holding Open Houses for its 2012, 45th season. For more information, call (212) 772-6060 or (631) 643-7900, write to, or visit Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, whose alumni also include actor Natalie Portman and singer Mariah Carey, has introduced the arts to more than 50,000 tri-state area children since its founding in 1968. The Center is open to all young people from age 6 to 18. Usdan’s program features more than 40 four and seven-week programs in music, dance, theater, visual arts, writing, nature & ecology, and chess. No audition is needed for most programs – rather, admission is based on an expression of interest in the arts. Each summer, 1,600 students are transported to the Center in air-conditioned buses each day. One-third of Usdan’s students attend on scholarship. Although the mission of the Center is for every child to establish a relationship with the arts, the unique stimulation of the Center has caused many to go on to arts careers. Alumni include members of Broadway shows and major music, theater, and dance ensembles such as the Boston Pops and the New York City Ballet. In addition to its regular programs, Usdan offers special opportunities for advanced high school- age performing and visual artists. These include Music Staff Internships, a Summer Ballet Intensive, and a program of immersion in the visual arts and college preparation for selected high school art students. It is called Usdan’s Visual Arts Portfolio Preparation Track. Usdan Center is an agency of the UJA-Federation of New York.


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Regents Acts to Ensure the Integrity of New York’s Testing System


he Board of Regents approved a series of measures aimed at reinforcing the integrity of New York’s testing system. The Board’s actions will enhance security at every stage of the testing process: before the exams are given; during their administration; and when they are being scored. “We are relying more than ever on state exams – to measure student achievement, to evaluate teacher and principal effectiveness, and to hold schools and districts accountable for their performance,” Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said. “If we’re going to use the tests in these ways, we need to be absolutely certain that our system is beyond reproach. Today’s action by the Board will help ensure that our tests are not compromised in any way.” State Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr. said the new measures were targeted to preserve equity and fairness in New York’s assessment process. “The Regents have strengthened the integrity of New York’s assessments,” King said. “The overwhelming majority of educators just want to get things right. These new integrity measures will help them do just that. We have been encouraging students to “work hard and get smart.” We need to make sure their hard work is valued. Meaningful, legitimate assessments are integral to the Regents’ reforms, and they’re also integral to ensuring our students are learning what they need to know to graduate from high school college- and career- ready.” The State Education Department oversees administration of approximately six million state exams and assessments every year in the following testing programs: Regents exams and Regents Competency Tests; grades 3-8 Math and ELA; grades 4 and 8 Science; the NYS English as a Sec-

ond Language Achievement Test and the NYS Alternate Assessments. The State Education Department has already taken several administrative actions recently to improve the testing system. On August 1, King announced the formation of an internal work group to review and recommend actions to reinforce the integrity of New York’s testing system and create a model testing program based on best practices. The actions approved by the Regents will be implemented in three stages: 1) addressing the immediate changes that can be made to the current system; 2) revamping and reforming the system as part of the educational reform process; and 3) planning for the testing system of the future.

Current Efforts Since 2010, SED has taken a number of steps to increase oversight of local school districts to ensure that Regents exams are accurately scored, including: a new certification requirement for proctors; phasingin the scanning of exams; no longer permitting schools to rescore open-ended questions on Regents exams; and beginning this school year (2011-2012), requiring districts to use external scoring, regional scoring, or distributed scoring technology for assessments that are used for teacher and principal evaluations.

Options for Improving the Administration and Scoring of Tests The following SED administrative actions, approved by the Board, will help prevent potential cheating and enhance the security of the state assessments and exams: Universal grade 3-8 exam dates. Administering exams on the same day across the state will create tighter control of an-

“If we’re going to use the tests in these ways, we need to be absolutely certain that our system is beyond reproach. Today’s action by the Board will help ensure that our tests are not compromised in any way.” - Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch swer sheets and minimize improper discussions about exams. Exceptions will be made for students who are legitimately absent and for students who require testing accommodations. Expand to all state assessments the requirement that all teachers and administrators certify that they have received and will follow all security protocols. This requirement currently exists for Regents exams. Additionally, the Board of Regents took the following actions: Voted to direct SED to secure an independent review of procedures related to incident reporting and follow-up on allegations of testing improprieties. Voted to direct SED staff to develop further specific proposals for consideration in October in the following areas: Implementing a system of centralized statewide scanning and scoring of multiple choice questions that would include erasure analysis and enhanced error pattern analysis and data forensics; Requiring all districts to prohibit teachers from scoring their own students’ Regents exams and state assessments; Requiring districts to retain answer sheets longer than one year, to allow for improved investigations and research into potential improprieties; Prohibiting teachers from proctoring exams for their own students or in their certification area, to prevent inappropriate as-

sistance to students during the exams; Developing a distributed scoring platform that would be used to score openended responses throughout the state. Platform would include the scanning of responses, anonymously warehousing student work, and distributing responses digitally to scorers, enabling experienced scorers to effectively grade assessments at centralized locations. Distributed scoring is recommended as a best practice by the Congressional Budget Office as a way to mitigate costs and deter test tampering.

PARCC Multi-State Testing Consortium and the Future of Testing In January 2010, the Regents endorsed New York State’s participation in the 24state Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. The PARCC consortium worked together on a joint proposal to the US Department of Education to seek Race to the Top funding for the development of a K-12 assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards in ELA and math for grades 311. PARCC was awarded $185 million in September 2010. One of the hallmarks of the PARCC design is that it is a computerbased test; PARCC is working to ensure that as much of the assessment as possible can be machine-scored.

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UNDERGRAD FALL OPEN HOUSE Since 1896, Adelphi University has been a place of transformation and growth. Located 45 minutes from New York City on 75 acres in Garden City, New York, the University features stateof-the-art performance, technological and recreational facilities and a safe and sustainable green campus. Students benefit from an intellectually engaging and culturally rich environment, with skilled, accessible professors and alumni who are leaders in their fields and communities. Join us for our Fall Open House on Sunday, November 6 and learn more about how an Adelphi education can change your life. Our more than 50 undergraduate programs of study prepare you to excel in your chosen field. Small class sizes provide a collaborative and innovative learning environment and the 10:1 student to faculty ratio allows for the personal attention you deserve. Whether you know what your major will be, or you are open to explore, Adelphi’s academic advisers are a valuable resource for program advice and guidance. At Adelphi, you’ll find an abundance of resources and support to develop your skills. Learn to use writing more effectively at the Writing Center. Improve your study skills and better prepare for exams at the Learning Center. Put your professional goals within reach with

the networking opportunities, internships, community service and comprehensive graduate school preparation available at the Center for Career Development. Learning takes place outside of the

Adelphi gives you the opportunity to extend your reach. The Community Fellows Program, through the support of the University’s Center for Career Development and the Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership, helps stu-

classroom as well. With more than 80 clubs and organizations, you will be able to connect with fellow students who have similar interests. From academic, social, community service and religious-based organizations, to student-run media, to Greek Life and academic honor societies, you will acquire the skills to become an engaged citizen and a thoughtful leader.

dents gain valuable professional experience through paid summer internships at local nonprofits. This highly successful and competitive program

offers students a peek into working in specific business environments, enhancing their professional goals and career objectives. Our extensive study abroad programs—in such locations as Australia, China, Egypt, France, India and Mexico—enrich your life with new cultures and experiences. Adelphi is committed to providing you and your family with an excellent, yet affordable education. For the sixth straight year, Adelphi has been designated a Fiske Guide to Colleges “Best Buy” in higher education, one of only 25 private universities nationwide to earn that distinction. The numbers speak for themselves: In 2010-2011, 95 percent of the incoming full-time freshmen received some form of financial aid; the average financial aid package awarded was $18,475. Reading about Adelphi is a great way to learn about the University; visiting its campus is even better. Join us for our Fall Open House and see what Adelphi has to offer you. To learn more about Adelphi University, call 800.ADELPHI or visit




Should my kids take their music lessons at home or at a music school? We all want the best for our kids, but sometimes we have to ask ourselves: Is this in the best interest of our kids, or ourselves? Having a teacher come to your home to teach your child is very convenient. You don’t have to hassle with driving, deal with inclement weather, or drag your kid out of the house. But is this serving your child or you? Let’s look at what a quality music school can offer that home instruction cannot: Teacher: Selecting the right teacher to instruct your child is key. A good teacher can inspire a student or, unfortunately, can stifle a student’s musical interest at its infant stage. Most parents aren’t sure what to look for in a music teacher, but a good music school invests the enormous time and effort it takes to find the best teachers. More importantly, a diverse staff ensures that your child will be matched with the right teacher. Since every child is different, it is not always helpful to hire a private instructor just because your friend or neighbor had success with this person. Every kid is different; every household is different. Having an expert pick the best teacher for YOUR child is the first step on their music journey. Program: Learning music is not only about taking lessons. Good music programs at successful music schools should be fun, inspiring and diversifying. They provide recitals, faculty concerts, workshops, and sometimes even friendly practice contests. Kids need a stage to perform, and need to be inspired by seeing their own teachers play. All of these activities foster a friendly, motivating and exciting learning environment, which is extremely important because learning is about the whole package, not just a single weekly lesson. Learning is about touching young minds and hearts, not just moving their hands. Quality control: When you hire a private instructor, it is your job to confront the teacher when uncomfortable issues such as lateness or inconsistency come up. But at a reputable music school, the manager simply takes care of these issues. Without any confrontation, you and your child’s instructor maintain a simple and pleasant relationship focused on what is really important -- your child. iSchool of Music and Art is proud of its excellent teachers, superior quality and unique programs. In addition, iSchool is happy to provide iPads to each teaching studio, allowing access to iSchool’s own digital library which features thousand of songs and method books for your child to enjoy. And for those parents who are too busy to attend their kids’ lessons, iSchool offers Skype video conferences to keep you plugged into your child’s music lesson without stepping out of your office. Taking lessons at home or at iSchool? Think again: What’s really the best for your child?

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Hofstra Medical Students Train as EMTs


ince beginning classes in August, students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine have been training as emergency medical technicians and have been working shifts on North Shore-LIJ ambulances, responding to 911 calls. The training is a core element of the first 100 weeks of the school’s groundbreaking academic course and gives the students their first immersion into clinical practice of medicine. The first course, in which the EMT curriculum is embedded, called “From the Person to the Professional: Chal-

lenges, Privileges and Responsibilities”, or “CPR” uses the standard New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) curriculum and includes more advanced scientific and clinical concepts. “Nothing could prepare a medical student better for the realities of the practice of medicine than this innovative course. It includes important skills that every doctor should know regardless of specialty,” said Dr. Lawrence Smith, Dean of the School of Medicine. During the nine-week course stu-

Medical students take part in an EMT training exercise that re-created a car accident with multiple victims. The training took place at the North Shore-LIJ Health System Center for Emergency Medical Services in Syosset.

dents are required to complete at least six tours on an ambulance. During their ambulance tours, students will observe patients in their homes and evaluate and treat them, together with certified EMTs and paramedics. Students will also participate in 911 transports, intra-facility transports and dispatch, as well as follow patients right into the emergency rooms. “The ambulance tours are the best part of the week,” said first-year medical student Matthew Katz. “It’s hands-on experience that gives you the opportunity to go out and see people in their home environment.” “Talking to patients can be very intimidating if you have not had a lot of previous experience,” said Cristina Costales, “but this program helps us become comfortable interacting with real people.” The highlight of the training is a Multiple Casualty Incident (MCI) that was conducted at the FDNY Training Center at Randall’s Island on September 23. Students were expected to provide emergency care during the exercise and it was followed by a full debriefing exercise. Traditional medical schools are usually lecture-based throughout the first two years of school, but Hofstra North Shore-LIJ’s educational model is an integrated curriculum that exposes students to clinical experiences almost immediately. Training as an EMT and practicing emergency care from the beginning of their studies will expose students as members of an emergency-response team to patients in crisis situations. Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine opened its doors to the inaugural class on August 1.

Hofstra Law Alumni Listed Among Top Attorneys in NY


ore than 130 alumni of the School of Law at Hofstra University have been named among the top attorneys in the New York metropolitan area for 2011 by Super Lawyers magazine, an increase from last year’s total of 122. For the second consecutive year, Hofstra Law ranks ninth among the top 10 law schools nationwide with graduates featured on the New York Super Lawyers list. Of the top 10 schools, Hofstra Law, founded in 1970, is the youngest. “The increase from last year in the number of alumni on the Super Lawyers’ list reflects our rising reputation in the legal field,” said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. “The Hofstra Law community is very proud of our graduates who have been named to the list, and we are honored to be recognized as one of the top law schools for future lawyers who want to practice in the New York area.” Three Hofstra Law alumni were named to the Top 100 New York Super Lawyers list: David W. Brand ’75 of Brand Glick & Brand, P.C., Judith A. Livingston ’79 of Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore, and Ben B. Rubinowitz ’81 of Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz. Livingston was also named one of the Top 50 Women New York Super Lawyers for the sixth consecutive year. Additionally, Donald L. Sapir ’75 of Sapir & Frumkin LLP was recognized as one of the top 25 lawyers in Westchester. Hofstra Law alumnus Marc M. Dittenhoefer ’76 of Blank, Goolnick & Dittenhoefer was featured in the Super Lawyers article, “The Largest Pro Bono Effort in History” for his work with Trial Lawyers Care, an organization of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association that advocates for victims of 9/11. Furthermore, 56 Hofstra Law alumni were named by Super Lawyers as rising stars in the legal field nationwide. Of those, 18 currently practice in the New York metro area.

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Picking a Major? College Career Counselors Say Study What Interests You By Ronald Scaglia hat should I major in? It is a question pondered by many undecided high school and college students. While there may be many factors to consider, two local college career center directors concur on simple yet practical advice for undecided students. “Do what you love,” said Tom Ward Jr., director of Adelphi University’s Center for Career Development. “Assess your interests, values and skills and then explore academic majors.” Fred Burke, director of Hofstra University’s Career Center, offers similar advice. According to Burke, students should pick a major that reflects those interests, values and skills because they are more likely to do well in those subjects. He said that except for specific careers such as accounting, education and engineering, employers are not as concerned about what students majored in and more interested in how well students performed academically. Burke further said that students should choose a major they enjoy and are passionate about and then apply it to the world. “Do well academically,” said Burke. “Pick a major you’d like to study and do well in it.” Burke and Ward both agreed that students should not pick a major because it happens to be in demand at the moment. They both said that the job market can change and majors that are in demand now may not be so in four years. “In 2000, students raced to technology and then the IT bubble burst and a lot of students were left unemployed,” said Ward. Ward also said that a tight job market should not discourage students from pursuing an area of study that they are really interested in. He said that there are always options such as relocating to an area

“Do well academically. Pick a major you’d like to study and do well in it.” - Fred Burke Director of Hofstra University’s Career Center “Sometimes students should ask what can I do with a major instead of what can’t I do with it,” said Ward. Burke also feels that students need to realize that their majors do not limit them. As an example, he said that a pre-law student could decide against going to law school and becoming an attorney but could still use that educational experience to pursue a

career in a related occupation. Investigators and paralegals are two examples. Conversely, according to Burke, students who originally are not interested in law and pursue majors such as English, psychology, and political science would still be able to transition themselves and go on to law school, even without a pre-law major. One thing that students should not do is to pursue a career just because someone else, such as a family member, did so and is encouraging others to follow. Ward said that this could trap students into careers they will be miserable in. “People get stuck in a job because they thought it’s what they’re supposed to do, don’t think they have any other options, or were told it’s what they have to do,” said Ward. To help focus on careers and majors that students might enjoy, Ward suggests a visit to a college’s career center. At these counseling centers, students can take personality tests to determine where their skills and interests might lie. He also suggests that students should spend their first two years of college taking different classes, joining different clubs, and speaking with professors. Ward

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o what’s the most popular major? According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences, it is business. Of the 1,601,000 bachelor’s degrees conferred in 2008–09, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of business (348,000); social sciences and history (169,000); health sciences (120,000); and education (102,000). At the master’s degree level, the greatest numbers of degrees were conferred in the fields of education (179,000) and business (168,000). At the doctor’s degree level, the greatest number of degrees were conferred in the fields of health professions and related clinical sciences (12,100); education (9,000); engineering (7,900); biological and biomedical sciences (7,000); psychology (5,500); and physical sciences (5,000).

Fred Burke, director of Hofstra University’s Career Center advises that employers are not as concerned about what students majored in and more interested in how well students performed academically.

said this helps students to understand what options and career paths are available in different fields. He also said that he finds students are reluctant to speak with people in fields that interest them and strongly encourages students to seek out professionals within a field to learn more about it. Both Ward and Burke also advise students to pursue internships or jobs in fields that interest them. Both directors said that such an experience could confirm an interest and an aptitude in an area, or the student may discover that something is not as much to their liking. This allows students the opportunity to then pursue another area of study. “It’s never too late to turn the boat around,” said Ward, “But it’s better to discover a dislike for a major after two years rather than four.”

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Careers and Education Nov. 2011  
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