58 THE QUEENS COURIER • KIDS & EDUCATION • MAY 26, 2016 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT www.qns.com KIDS & EDUCATION Middle Village Prep named a state ‘Reward School’ State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia recently identifi ed Middle Village Preparatory School (MVP) as one of 220 high-achieving and high-progress schools in the state. MVP is one of 11 statewide charter schools listed as a Reward School. Reward Schools are schools that either have high academic achievement or have made the most progress in the state and do not have signifi cant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. To be identifi ed as a Reward School, a school must: • Be among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2013-14 and 2014- 15 school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2014- 15 school year. • Have made adequate yearly progress for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments. “MVP is proud to be recognized as one of NY State’s Reward Schools,” MVP Principal Ronald Rivera said. “The progress our students have made is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our teachers and administrators. We look forward to our continued success in providing MVP students with a vigorous and challenging academic education.” Garvies Point Teachers deserve a tax break for school purchases, pol says BY ROBERT POZARYCKI email@example.com/@robbpoz Educators who pay out of their own pocket for school supplies should be compensated with a tax credit, according to state Senator Joseph Addabbo. The lawmaker announced last week he and his state Senate colleagues MUSEUM & PRESERVE 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542 • 516.571.8010/11 www.garviespointmuseum.com COUNTY EXECUTIVE, EDWARD P. MANGANO Children’s Summer Workshops Hands-on activities for children ages 5-10 Tuesday, Wednesday, Th ursday in July and August. $100.00 per child per three 1/2 day workshop sessions. Morning & Aft ernoon sessions available. Children can stay all day for $200 Nature I: Pond study, beginner’s birding, investigating butterfl ies and bugs (Ages 5-10) Nature II: Beach ecology, exploring the woods, fl owers, fruits, and seeds (5-10) Geology: Rocks, minerals, fossils, erosion, Long Island and New York State geology (8-10) Native American: Tools & artifacts, culture, pottery, games & legends, fi re & survival (5-10) Visit website for dates & details, www.garviespointmuseum.com passed S.4615, which would provide teachers with a state income tax deduction of up to $500 for jobrelated expenses. “It is very common for teachers and other educators to buy school supplies, without any means for reimbursement, in an effort to improve the classroom experience for their students,” said Addabbo, who also sits on the Senate Education Committee. “It is only fair that we recognize our educators for their dedication and willingness to go the extra mile for their pupils by offering a tax break to help them recoup some of their costs.” Teachers in both the public and private sectors would qualify for the tax deduction, which is similar to a federal tax credit already in place. Addabbo said the federal credit alone “doesn’t provide very much relief” for those educators who sometimes spend several hundred dollars of their own money for the tools of their trade. “We can do better on behalf of the men and women who choose education as a career and who spend so much personal time and energy preparing our children for successful futures,” Addabbo said. The Assembly Ways and Means Committee is considering a similar bill. Over 30 Programs on 65 acre campus SAVE up to $400/camper with this AD!! Includes bussing, lunch & towel service.
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