Daily Announcements

Highlights from the Odyssey of the Mind Competition
in Franklin Square UFSD.

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From the Desk of the Superintendent


superintendent - reflection on common core.pdf
Superintendent's comments about state assessments...

          The Commissioner of Education in the State of New York and his staff predicted a drop in proficiency rates by over 30% across the state as early as last November….before the tests were designed. Commissioner King’s memo to parents and families announcing the release of test scores assures us our results were expected and planned due to the shift to Common Core assessments. He stated, “I want to make it very clear that the change in test scores (including, possibly, one in your child’s score) does not mean that students are learning less or that teachers and schools are performing worse than last year. Proficiency rates – the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the standards – on the new Common Core assessments cannot be compared with last year’s proficiency results since the old scores are from an old test based on the former standards.”

          Our staff and the Board of Education agree that our students need to be prepared for college and careers. We are investing in new programs and new technology to raise the bar for proficiency within our classrooms. Students require different skills in today’s world to be successful in college and beyond. However, a summative exam designed purposefully to reduce proficiency rates, does not reveal the whole story of the miracle of growth occurring in our classrooms every day.

          In ancient China, people cursed each other with the saying, “May you live in interesting times.” We are certainly living in interesting times regarding public education. Those of us dedicated to children prefer to weigh on our students’ performance in our classrooms equally to the State’s summative assessments. We believe it is a blessing, not a curse, at the local level to live in interesting times. When I visit classrooms, there is nothing more interesting than hearing our students proudly share stories about their work. Sarah McLaughlin once sang a song entitled “Ordinary Miracle”. We witness ordinary miracles every day in our schools. Some times it is the miracle of instruction; other times the miracle of community. It is never the miracle of a proficiency score on a state test designed to lower the number of children deemed to be proficient.

           We continue to pledge our best efforts to the community in service to your children. We will increase our proficiency rates as the years go by as we have always done. More importantly, we will continue to educate our children to be successful members of our society….as we have always done.

                                                                                                Patrick Manley

                                                                                                Superintendent of Schools

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Board of Education

Franklin Square Board of Education Meeting – April 9, 2014

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Franklin Square Elementary School District was called to order on April 9, 2014.

At the regular meeting, the Board took the following actions:

  • accepted Treasurer’s Report for the period ending February 28, 2014
  • approved 1 leave of absence request
  • approved 5 per diem substitute teachers
  • approved 1 per diem substitute bus driver

Mr. Patrick Manley, Superintendent of Schools, presented information on the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. Mr. Manley explained how the Tax Levy Limit Legislation changed our approach to budgeting. Our Budget increase is now determined by the allowable levy increase. Mr. Manley told the Board the Budget development's guiding principles are to maintain a commitment to maintain low class sizes and current academic programs, retain current inclusion models, continue efforts at early intervention and maintain enrichment programs.  The budget would also allow the District to continue to invest in our technology, transportation, and facilities maintenance. The District adopted an educationally sound and fiscally responsible budget in the amount of $36,255,700.00 for the 2014-2015 school year.

Mr. Riccobono, Assistant Principal of Polk Street School, conducted a presentation highlighting the changes, growth and overall structure of the 2013-2014 ACE Program.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at the Washington Street School.

Public session will commence at 8:00 p.m.

Mon, Apr 14 - Fri, Apr 18
Sunday, April 20
Wednesday, April 23
PSS PTA Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 24
BOCES Budget Vote/Election
Tuesday, April 29
Interschool PTA Meeting 7:30 p.m.
Wed, Apr 30 - Fri, May 2
NYS Grades 3-6 Math Exam
Wednesday, April 30
SEPTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 1
JSS Staff Recognition Day

Today, 4/17/2014
High: 50 Low: 33
Mostly clear
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/18/2014
High: 51 Low: 35
Partly cloudy
6% chance of precipitation.