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GUIDANCE the latest news of the day!

Once again, a future is destroyed, hopes are smashed and long held dreams are dead.  It is disgusting how this school lets this guidance department get away with this time and time again.

A kid works hard, does everything right and to the best of her ability and it all ends because PJHS guidance department screwed up (AGAIN!)

It is nothing short of sabotage (deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct something).  My heart breaks for this kid (and ALL the others).

What the heck is going on in the MS?

News flash for you Mr Santana!  One of your many jobs is to get into classroom and find out if our teachers are teaching.  Do you know that?  How are you making teachers more accountable?

Colleges are increasingly searching for applicants' names on the Internet



Could all those selfies sink your Harvard dreams? The college application process is stressful enough; now parents also have to worry about managing their teenagers' online reputation.


Colleges are increasingly searching for applicants' names on the Internet as part of their review, according to new research from Kaplan Test Prep in which 30 percent of admissions officers say that they had Googled an applicant or visited their social networking profiles. It’s a significant increase from previous years, according to Seppy Basili, a college admissions expert at Kaplan.

However, nearly 50 percent of high school respondents said they were “not at all concerned” about online searches hurting their chances of admissions.

“There may be a generation gap here,” said Basili. “Students already expect that everything they are posting is public, while adults are still playing catch up with social media.”

With college looming on the horizon, 16-year-old Amanda Mauriello of Branford, Conn., describes her own social media presence as being “in the right state of mind” and said she never posts anything on sites like Facebook, Instagram or Vine that she wouldn’t want anyone to see down the road.

Since most applications are now submitted online, it’s easy for a reader to open a new tab while reviewing a student’s essay and do a background check simultaneously, said Debbie Kanter, an independent college consultant at North Shore College Consulting in Chicago.

The problem is, nobody really knows what happens behind closed doors, and colleges are tightlipped about how heavily they weigh online information. Often, school admissions offices don't have uniform policies for how to do so, leading to the potential for inconsistent treatment among applicants, the New York Times reports.


For 15 years, Lacy Crawford, author of Early Decision, helped teenagers hone their personal statements. And while she appreciates an admissions officer’s desire to add some online research, she cautions schools to do their due diligence and call a student’s guidance counselor if they find something particularly egregious — especially in a world where students can create fake social media accounts for their peers.

Mark Sklarow, CEO of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, a national organization of private college admissions advisers, tells teens to review their postings and profiles with a critical eye. For example, Sklarow would ask student: “Do comments make you sound like a misogynist? A bully? Do hundreds and hundreds of ‘selfies’ convey narcissism?”


Some parents have been warning kids that colleges might be researching online long before schools and college counselors started talking more openly about it.

Moll Levine, a Washington, D.C., college senior, said her parents warned her in high school to be careful about what she posted online, “because once it’s there, it’s permanent.” It's a sentiment she’s taken to heart years later as she searches for a post-graduation internship or job.

Some parents even hire an expert to assess their child’s exposure before they submit any applications.

“First, we do a deep dive audit for parents,” said Michael Fertik, founder and CEO of Reputation.com, an online reputation management firm in Redwood City, Calif., “so we can show you all the data that tends to be findable on your child — pictures, threads, things that they’ve liked on Facebook.”

But technology isn’t a substitute for engaged parenting online, he said.


“Adults need to be connected to their kids on social media so they know if there is any outside-of-the-envelope conduct,” Fertik said. “But they also shouldn’t be over-interacting with their child on Snapchat and scaring their teen away into making a fake account, either.”

The Kaplan data on colleges' online research of teens may have a positive side. As Basili points out, applicants these days have incredibly rich resumes.

“They’ve built schools in Ecuador and created environmental programs in their own home towns,” he said. “If you’ve started a new club or you are a member of a board, it feels very human and natural for an admissions officer to want to read more about those experiences online or to Google something in a student’s essay.”

Jacoba Urist is a health and lifestyle reporter in NYC. Follow her on Twitter @JacobaUrist

So Proud!




WOODBURY - A Twitter feed dedicated to graphic pictures of Long Island high school students engaging in drunken activities and sexual acts has parents outraged.
Many of the pictures displayed on the Twitter page @LIPartyStories display underage students who appear to be drunk, passed out and in sexually compromising situations. The names of some students are easily identifiable, along with their high school and township.
The account is under fire for encouraging illegal behavior.
Marge Lee, of DEDICATEDD, says parents need to “wake up.”
“I would venture to say the majority of the kids in these pictures are good kids.  They're not criminals.  They're stupid with a capital S,” Lee told News 12. “And their parents are just as stupid for not knowing that their kids are out there doing this.”
DEDICATEDD is a nonprofit group that works on Long Island to assist victims and educate about the dangers of drunken and drugged driving.
Several school districts contacted by News 12 did not comment on this report. Two separate public relations companies that handle many of Long Island’s schools say they would not comment because nothing happened on school grounds.
News 12 counted more than 40 different locations represented on the page, including Sachem North, Calhoun High School, Port Jefferson, West Babylon and Chaminade.
The page has more than 18,000 followers.

TANK TOPS

Good Evening,
 
We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students of the importance of maintaining a productive academic environment as the warm weather approaches. Please take time to discuss our dress code expectations with your high school students and remind them that you expect them to dress appropriately for school.


Some students tend to challenge our dress code; parents/guardians of students who dress inappropriately, or otherwise disrupt the learning process, will be contacted and arrangements will be made for the student to correct his or her behavior or be sent home for the remainder of the school day.

You may view the Student Dress Code on pages 34-35 in the High School Student-Parent Handbook, located on the High School Web Page.

Thank you for your support,

Matthew Murphy

Christine Austen


This District is a Joke

Due to the forecasted frigid temperatures and possible icy road conditions we will have a
2 hour delayed opening tomorrow Tuesday January 7th and no AM Pre-K

Thank you.

Note From School

Good evening,
It has come to our attention that on Sunday, December 15, there were inappropriate and disturbing messages sent on Twitter from an anonymous source.  We are taking this very seriously and have contacted the 6th Precinct of the Suffolk County Police Department to file a report. 
At this time, we ask that you have a conversation with your children about their online activities and remind them that posting information that is discriminating, intimidating, taunting, harassing, or bullying is in violation of The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).  The investigation is currently underway and we are encouraging our students to refrain from speculating about the identity of the online poster.  We also would like to encourage you, to the extent possible, to monitor on-line activity.  Thank you for your help in supporting our message at home with your children.
Respectfully,
Matthew Murphy, Ed. D.
Principal



Christine Austen
​Assistant Principal

NY TIMES: They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.



At Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me., admissions officers are still talking about the high school senior who attended a campus information session last year for prospective students. Throughout the presentation, she apparently posted disparaging comments on Twitter about her fellow attendees, repeatedly using a common expletive.
Perhaps she hadn’t realized that colleges keep track of their social media mentions.
“It was incredibly unusual and foolish of her to do that,” Scott A. Meiklejohn, Bowdoin’s dean of admissions and financial aid, told me last week. The college ultimately denied the student admission, he said, because her academic record wasn’t competitive. But had her credentials been better, those indiscreet posts could have scuttled her chances.
“We would have wondered about the judgment of someone who spends their time on their mobile phone and makes such awful remarks,” Mr. Meiklejohn said.
As certain high school seniors work meticulously this month to finish their early applications to colleges, some may not realize that comments they casually make online could negatively affect their prospects. In fact, newresearch from Kaplan Test Prep, the service owned by the Washington Post Company, suggests that online scrutiny of college hopefuls is growing.
Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects.
“Students’ social media and digital footprint can sometimes play a role in the admissions process,” says Christine Brown, the executive director of K-12 and college prep programs at Kaplan Test Prep. “It’s something that is becoming more ubiquitous and less looked down upon.”
In the business realm, employers now vet the online reputations of job candidates as a matter of course. Given the impulsiveness of typical teenagers, however — not to mention the already fraught nature of college acceptances and rejections — the idea that admissions officers would covertly nose around the social media posts of prospective students seems more chilling.
There is some reason for concern. Ms. Brown says that most colleges don’t have formal policies about admissions officers supplementing students’ files with their own online research. If colleges find seemingly troubling material online, they may not necessarily notify the applicants involved.
“To me, it’s a huge problem,” said Bradley S. Shear, a lawyer specializing in social media law. For one thing, Mr. Shear told me, colleges might erroneously identify the account of a person with the same name as a prospective student — or even mistake an impostor’s account — as belonging to the applicant, potentially leading to unfair treatment. “Often,” he added, “false and misleading content online is taken as fact.”
These kinds of concerns prompted me last week to email 20 colleges and universities — small and large, private and public, East Coast and West Coast — to ask about their practices. Then I called admissions officials at 10 schools who agreed to interviews.
Each official told me that it was not routine practice at his or her institution for admissions officers to use Google searches on applicants or to peruse their social media posts. Most said their school received so many applications to review — with essays, recommendations and, often, supplemental portfolios — that staff members wouldn’t be able to do extra research online. A few also felt that online investigations might lead to unfair or inconsistent treatment.