Senator Jack M. Martins was at the Westbury Library Wednesday evening as he participated in Lil’ Explorers Storytime with the community’s pre-kindergarten to second grade children. Storytime was held outdoors since it was such a beautiful summer evening.
Senator Martins read “Duck on a Bike,” by David Shannon. In the story, the duck shows the other animals that it can ride a bike.
After storytime, Senator Martins stayed with the children as they made their crafts. “It was a wonderful evening to be in Westbury and spending time with the children,” he said. “It’s so important they continue to enjoy stories. It encourages interaction, socialization and there are some great lessons to be learned in children’s books. I want to thank the Westbury Library for having me.”
One size definitely does not fit all or at least it rarely does. It’s a lesson big government needs to remind itself. Case in point would be the State Board of Education’s recent efforts to redesign how our teachers are evaluated.
State Senator Jack M. Martins recently met with school superintendents from school districts in the Seventh Senate District at the Wheatley School in Old Westbury to discuss the new teacher evaluations and the impact to the schools.
The new evaluations are tied to student performance on standardized tests and local tests. New York was fortunately awarded $700 million from the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program, which seeks to improve student scores by holding teachers more accountable. The new evaluations were designed by the State Board of Regents as part of the state’s application for the federal funds.
Senator Jack M. Martins honored Elmont resident and Sewanhaka High School student J.P. Iacaona on the floor of the New York State Senate in recognition his work to assist veterans in the greater Elmont, Franklin Square, Floral Park and North Valley Stream communities. JP has raised over $5,700 to provide service dogs to disabled veterans and wounded warriors. America's VetDogs provide guide dogs, service dogs, and new technologies for disabled veterans. VetDogs serves men and women who have lost their eyesight or limbs, suffered traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder, giving them companions to help them lead a more active life.
Joan Judd spent her summer vacation preparing for questions like that from her fourth-grade class in Milford, N.Y.
"A few of them were born in 2001. Most of them were born in 2002. They were not around for 9/11," said Judd, "When I prepared my lesson, I realized that I was talking about the Twin Towers and fourth-graders might not even know what the Twin Towers are."
Judd teaches at an elementary school in upstate New York, which, like most of the country, has no set standard on how to teach the terror attacks of 9/11.
Senator Jack M. Martins appeared on Fox News for a story about teaching 9/11 in schools. Senator Martins is sponsoring a bill that requires schools in New York State to teach lessons about 9/11. The bill would make 9/11 part of the state curriculum for education.
I want to thank you for the feedback I received on last week’s column in which I shared some thoughts about the tenth anniversary of September 11th. Many of you were as astonished as I was to learn that the events of day are not part of our state’s education curriculum, consequently leaving our young people asking questions that no one answers. We tell them to “Never forget,” but don’t bother explaining what it is we’re asking them to remember.
Understandably, part of your reaction was “Are we doing something about it?”
State Senator Jack M. Martins recently visited Westbury High School to speak with students about the life in the New York State Senate. With the Legislature between sessions, Senator Martins has the opportunity to visit schools, meet with students and answer any questions they may have about state government.
“It’s a pleasure visiting with the students at Westbury High Schools. They help me in my job since I am able to gain some insight into what our high school students feel is important. I want to thank Principal Arias for having me. I look forward to visiting again.” Said Senator Martins.
That's the question sixth grade students are asked to answer in Senator Jack M. Martins 2011 Sixth Grade Thanksgiving Essay Contest.
All sixth grade students in the Seventh Senate District are invited to participate by writing an essay of no more than 250 words about what you are most thankful for. There will be a winner selected from every school in the Seventh Senate District. Each winner will receive a Certificate of Merit and an invitation to a special reception!