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Joe Hines March 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM
This was a great effort by the Youth Groups from both Christ Church and the Church of the GoodRead MoreSheph erd of Orange as well as other kids from the area. The outpouring of support from the community was amazing for this event and the subsequent stuff the truck food drive. The Bridgeport Rescue Mission provides services for the under privileged including women and children recovering from domestic violence. The BRM is a great organization that needs help 365 days a year. Please reach out to see how you can help those in need. Additional local missions include. The Trinity Episcopal Church of Seymour Food Bank, BHcare Domestic Violence Resources of Ansonia and many more. Together let’s make helping others a daily occurrence rather than an occasional event.
Bonnie February 26, 2014 at 08:59 AM
@Allison I couldn't agree with you more! I hated to CMT's and I was more than happy when they gotRead Moreri d of them but only to replace them with a different version. It is extremely annoying that they're using our children as "little sponges" and throwing too much at them younger and younger. My freshman... I hardly see her, she's always off doing homework and studying. It's sad that this world has forgotten about "FAMILY", even on the weekends my daughter has her head in her books. She's afraid not to do good in a class or even on a test because it's drilled into her head that the school needs to score good so they'll get more funding. 14 year olds shouldn't have to worry about what kind of funding the school/town gets, they should be having fun with their friends and spending time with their family. I'm glad you posted your comment!!
Allison February 26, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Read Morehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=FHetioUW4lI&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DFHeti oUW4lI%26feature%3Dyoutu.be&app=desktop
Allison February 26, 2014 at 08:34 PM
@ Bonnie - unfortunately we are the minority. Your daughter does not HAVE to take the SBAC. YouRead Moreca n opt her out. Please watch the video I posted above. Is this why we want full day kindergarten? Sickening.
Ryan Blair February 25, 2014 at 11:43 AM
@ Mark Adams - So let's keep "status quo" and let's not better our children at the 85thRead Morepe rcentile. We should strive for MORE... not settle. I want to be #1... not 123. A pretty damn good job should be a GREAT JOB.
Ryan Blair February 25, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Yes, the teachers at Quaker Farms are doing an excellent job educating our students. However, IRead Morebel ieve that you need to be informed with the changes that are taking place with regards to the Common Core. In 2010, Connecticut adopted the Common Core standards, along with more than 40 other states. The aim of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is to provide high-quality academic standards for grades K-12 that are consistent from school-to-school and state-to-state. The new test that will be aligned with these standards -- and takes the place of the CMT and CAPT tests -- is the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium's test, known as the SBAC. The tests are very different from the previous tests. For Kindergarten, the Common Core is based on a full-day program. In speaking with educational professionals, we cannot expect our first graders to achieve mastery if they only received half of the intended foundation given by a half day program. So, my question, do we want to wait until Oxford scores are in the bottom 15% when measured using the SBAC, OR do we, as the town of Oxford, want to properly educate and prepare our students to what is academically necessary? 89% of the school districts in Connecticut have already recognized the importance of full-day Kindergarten and are providing this benefit to their students. Oxford will be one of the last. Full-day Kindergarten is something we can no longer ignore.
Ryan Blair February 25, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Oh, and for the CITED DATA it's actually on the Oxford BOE website (ironic - ain't it? it's thereRead Morean d yet the BOE doesn't fully support it!) http://www.oxfordpublicschools.org/subsite/dist/page/full-day-kindergarten-6056 "The facts about full-day kindergarten" via the Children's Defense Fund Some other good articles can be cited and read by using your internet machine: http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED492769.pdf
Linda Czaplinski February 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM
If you are so unhappy with the way things are run why don't you come to the ORTC and make yourRead Moreconce rns known? You could have come to our meeting tonight and been an active participant. Please come out of the shadows, identify yourself and have the courage to publicly stand behind your statements.
Timothy Lee February 21, 2014 at 10:17 AM
I wrote something incorrect above, the board is moving ahead WITHOUT full day next year. TheRead Morerealit y is balancing a budget is difficult as we all know from our personal and professional life. What struck me was the boards unilateral decision to pull FDK from the budget without seeking alternatives or having a conversation with the Superintendent to seek solutions. It is no longer a debate of do we agree with the principals of FDK or not,our children will be measured by the common core standards and compared via testing to all other children going forward. You may not agree with it but it is the reality and the future that is here to stay. A small minority has decided to allow our children to compete and be measured while only providing them with 1/2 the practice time of EVERY other child. Simply put this is akin to asking a football team to play at their very best against the most difficult competition but only practicing 1/2 day Wednesday, Thursday and Friday while the other team practices Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are putting our children and teachers in a position to fail. Last Tuesday did not need to happen, continue to make your voice heard as a tax payer regardless of which side you are on. STOP using the children in political gamesmanship it is frankly childish.
carol February 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM
JYD, I tried to access the edu link you’ve provided here but evidently it’s not working Read Moreat the moment. So I did other research on the State of CT’s Education site. Apparently for 2012-2013, 75%+ of other towns have been providing FDK to all kids for some years. As you know, some of those schools include Charter & Magnet ones. Personally I am familiar with the ongoing FDK program at Amistad in New Haven. It was a pleasure for me to observe and interact with these happy, learning little kids for some weeks. Yes, that is my personal experience only and does not represent any quantifiable data; I know. We understand that education has its benefits. But through grade 12 it’s still difficult to quantifiably measure the long-term effects of those years. We don’t track kids once they move out of our school systems. So future success is quite subjective, I would imagine. Therefore, quantifiable data in the longer-term may always be qualitative to adults. Since the global trend has already embraced FDK, do we not take a leap/risk and provide our own kids with this equal opportunity? Oxford kids eventually must compete in this global economy, so they do deserve a fair chance to stand up and be counted among the best. I think we should err on the side of possible benefit rather than possible disadvantage. Further, the cost to us residents is minimal. I understand, hopefully correctly, that the FDK cost proposal has been reduced to $300,000 annually. Guessing that Oxford has 5,000 residences, it would cost each of us taxpayers a mere $60.00 per year/$5.00 per month to support FDK. If the townsfolk feel conflicted about the value of FDK or its cost, perhaps it’s time for us to have a referendum so people can vote their preference.
Mark Adams February 24, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Where are the stats that Kindergartners (or 1st graders) in Oxford are behind towns, with qualityRead Moreof education, with full-day kindergartens? I keep reading that argument, but I would like to see some data that backs it up. Does anyone have any data to share?
dan February 19, 2014 at 09:15 AM
And what a mistake the high school was. Not necessary and we should have regionalized when we hadRead Moreth e chance. So thanks for nothing grass roots movement. Also the tax base for oxford needs the powerplant why should the residents always foot the bill. Its shortsitedness like this that keeps oxford from moving forward
kathy johnson February 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM
Actually Dan Oxford reached a point where we would soon be paying Seymour close to if not more forRead Morea ttending their high school as they needed Oxfords money to help build their addition. I infact supported a region with Seymour. That was defeated. The common spin was that Oxford had insulted Seymour and they did not want us. That might be partly true because the grass root people supporting the High School made a lot of enemies in both towns. I believed that the town needed to stop waiting for the power plant to pay the bills and that in the long run we had no choice both financially and educationally for the children of Oxford. If you notice the Republican First Selectman came to realize that we had no choice and we could not wait for the power plant therefore he was able to build the high school on the fouth vote. The tax payers voted and the majority agreed. Now as far as the Power Plant is concerned of course we can use the money but when the power plant was put up for a vote the Republican Administration at the time convinced the grass roots people who were for the high school that if they voted in favor for the power plant they would get their high school. That was over 15 years ago and the plant is still not here. That power plant passed by a very small margin that could hardly be viewed as a mandate. I can go into detail but this plant but if built will pose a saftey hazard and in my opinion all the money in the world is not worth a catastrophy. No one can stop this plant from comming and no one make it come. GE owns a piece of our town and is not letting go. If and when this power plant is built they will in fact own this whole town as they have very deep pockets and money talks.
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