Students Recognized, District Goals Reviewed at Board of Ed Meeting

At the Oct. 8 meeting of the Long Beach Board of Education, several students were honored for their achievements in music and the arts. The meeting also included a presentation on district goals, a discussion on polling places for elections and an update on the construction projects expected to be completed this winter.

Director of Media, Visual and Performing Arts Julia Lang-Shapiro presented certificates of acknowledgment to seven Long Beach High School seniors for various accomplishments. Jonathan Kapilian was accepted to the National Association for Music Education’s All-National Mixed Choir and will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, for the All-National Honor Ensembles performance.

Tiffany Canner was named a Scholar/Artist in dance by the Long Island Arts Alliance, and Alexandra Kapilian and Charlotte Kasper were honored by the LIAA as Award of Merit recipients in music and media art, respectively.

Luc Esformes, Emma Gilroy, Alexandra Kapilian and Max Tunney were selected to participate in the All-State Festival of the 2015 NYSSMA Winter Conference, which will be held in Rochester in December.

Superintendent of Schools David Weiss presented the 2015-16 district goals, which cover the following areas: Family and Community Engagement, Student Social and Emotional Development, Finance, Facilities and Technology, Curriculum and Instruction, and Student Achievement. He reviewed the steps that the district has already taken in order to meet its objectives in each of these six areas.

Some initiatives that concentrate on the Family and Community Engagement goal include an increase in availability of information through social media and other forms of communication, enhanced relationships with the business community and increased opportunities to engage parents. The Student Social and Emotional Development goal has been a focus for many years through development of the wellness policy, emphasis on social-emotional learning and maintenance of safe school environments.

Work around the Finance goal includes the Multi-Year Financial Plan, Government Efficiency Plan and negotiations for fair settlements with internal units. Among Facilities and Technology progress is the near completion of the School Preservation Plan and FEMA repairs, ongoing development of a multi-year technology plan, student management system and security upgrades, and movement to utilize the district’s new wireless capacities.
The Curriculum and Instruction goal involves the consistent application of the Annual Professional Performance Review plan, further implementation of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Middle Years Program, the recent addition of new literacy and math coaches, streamlined curricula across the elementary schools, implementation of new state regulations and use of best practices in assessment. The Student Achievement goal represents the many measures taken to provide all students with the opportunity to succeed at their highest level of academic performance.

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