Upcoming Events At The Case Memorial Library

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Sep 082016

Case Memorial Library

Case Memorial Library

The Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Road, will host these upcoming events:

Art in the Library Reception

Thu, September 8 at 5:00 PM

Storytime 3-to-5-year-olds
Mon, September 12 at 4:30 PM

Lapsit Storytime
Tue, September 13 at 10:30 AM

Fall Films: Me Before You
Monday, September 19 at 7 PM
Wednesday, September 21 at 1 PM

A girl in a small town forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man she’s taking care of. Starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin and Janet McTeer PG-13. 1 hour 50 minutes.

Books and Breakfast Morning Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 20 at 10 AM
In The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, Bill Bryson describes his all-American childhood as a member of the baby boom generation in the heart of Iowa. Discussion led by Carol Davidson. Check the Circulation Desk for copies. Refreshments will be served.

A Message from the Friends of the Case Memorial Library
Good Day,
Next year, the Friends of the Case Memorial Library will be celebrating their 25th anniversary.  The Friends would like to share this milestone with you by hosting additional programs throughout this anniversary year.  Please assist us in determining the types of programs in which you are interested.  Using the link below, please take a few minutes to complete this 2-question survey and submit by September 15, 2016.

Events are free and open to the public, except as noted. Please pre-register in person or by telephone at 203-891-2170.

A Message From Supt. McMullin re:Kindergarten Survey

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Jan 022014

Mary L. Tracy School

Mary L. Tracy School

We are now posting a single-question follow-up survey for the extended day Kindergarten …. Here’s the information…

The Orange School District is planning to extend the kindergarten day.  We have a one-question follow-up survey intended to clarify our direction. If you are the parent of a kindergarten or pre-school child, or a resident of Orange, we ask that you take and/or forward the survey.  However, please read the following information carefully before answering the one survey question.

  • ·        81% of our respondents are interested in an extended day for kindergarteners
  • ·        19% were not
  • ·        53% (of the 81%) thought a $160 tuition was reasonable
  • ·        47% did not think a $160 tuition was reasonable
  • ·        20% said a $160 tuition would prevent their child from attending.

The comments some people wrote in revealed some misunderstandings.

The most significant misunderstanding is that when towns change to full-day kindergarten, they are changing from 1/2 day kindergarten (195 minutes) to full-day kindergarten (390 minutes). They are seeking to eliminate the instructional problems that arise with trying to teach reading, math, and specials in too short of a day. They are seeking to eliminate logistical problems such as arise with a ‘delayed opening and no a.m. K’ or an ‘early release and no afternoon K.’

In Orange, we have already extended the kindergarten day to a little over 3/4 of a day (300 minutes). We would be extending the day by a little less than a 1/4, or 80 minutes.  Because of the extended day, all kindergarteners have school on days with delays or early closings.

qaaaqThis issue is about choice, not achievement needs. Our kindergarten students are already meeting and/or exceeding all of the State and district benchmarks in reading and math (85% of our 2013 kindergarten class met the State’s benchmark and went on to first grade as Level 4 readers or above; 91% were at or above the STAR Early Literacy grade-level expectation; 97% of the 2013 kindergarteners met the Math Expressions grade-level benchmark.)  Thus, if we extend the day, it will be to incorporate science, social studies, and technology.
Orange cannot propose an optional, extended day program which is paid for through the BOE budget and tax dollars.

Either the kindergarten extended day program is optional and tuition-based… OR, the kindergarten extended day is mandatory and tax-based.


Please weigh-in on this issue in our new one-question survey, by clicking HERE, or typing https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KFollow-upSurvey into your address bar.

You Have A Voice: Amity Adult Ed Survey Available

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Oct 032013

Amity SurveyFollowing is a message from Amity District Technology Coordinator Shaun DeRosa:

Amity School District strives to provide the very best in educational services to the community.  These services are not limited to the current students.  We also offer a large catalog of courses and activities to the adult population.

In our attempts to continuously improve we need your help.  We have developed a short survey that can be found under the Adult Ed menu tab on our webpage, or by following this link.  https://www.amityregion5.org/subsite/dist/page/adult-ed-survey-3496

Your participation would not only be greatly appreciated, but will help immensely helpful in our quest to offer the best possible services we can to our community as well as surrounding communities.

Satisfaction Survey Available On Orange Schools Website

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Nov 192012

Take a moment …

The Orange elementary schools are working on school climate improvement plans, and your opinions about your experiences with your children and their schools are valued.

The Board of Education is in the process of writing a Strategic Plan and mission statement, and it is clear that opportunities for communication about education among the entire Orange community must be one of the goals.

Go to the Orange Schools Website and take the brief survey (up to 15 minutes) and let your voice be heard.