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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).

Presentation of school report card

Anyone catch Ms Hull's presentation on the school report card?  The entire presentation was 10 pages and she used only 4 pages to show the district's numbers.
She spent only 4 pages on a summary of the results.  Just results. 
No conclusions. 
No rational for success or failure.
No identification of problems.  
No explanation of improvements being made.  
No lessons learned.  
No recommendations for professional development.
No identification of areas where the district is strong.
NO nothing!

Just a pat on her own back that Port Jefferson scored a little better when compared to JUST the Suffolk county average.  

SUNY campuses use 85% on regents exams as a mark of solid competence and below 75% as a mark of inadequately prepared.  Where is that data?  No information on the % of our students who obtained mastery (85% or above).  Just the number who passed 65%.

Why not aspire to be a top school in New York state?  


Dear Parent or Guardian,
We hope you have been enjoying the summer recess. We are contacting you to let you know schedules for the upcoming school year have been made prematurely accessible in the PowerSchool mobile application. The administration is currently engaged in reviewing schedules to ensure good class balance and that all students are enrolled in the appropriate courses and support services. The viewable schedules should be disregarded as they are in draft form.
Parents/Students will receive hard copy, final schedules for the High School via U.S. mail by August 8th.  Middle School schedules will be sent home the week of August 11th.  The mailing will include days/times our guidance counselors will be available to address any questions or concerns that may arise. In addition, parents will also be able to access the correct finalized schedule via the PowerSchool portal at that time.
We are sorry for any inconvenience that may have been caused by the PowerSchool application. We look forward to seeing all of our students back to school in September, eager to learn and engage in positive learning experiences. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the main office at your convenience.
Dr. Murphy, Mr. Santana, and Mrs. Austen

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.