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61 percent opt out of state tests at Onteora on first day

61 percent opt out of state tests at Onteora on first day

The English Language Arts (ELA) standardized tests connected to the Common Core curriculum began this week with high numbers of Onteora Central School District students, with 61 percent of third through eighth graders being opted out, or refusing to take the English Language Arts (ELA) tests, according to figures supplied by Assistant Superintendent for Business...
Testing pushback at Onteora

Testing pushback at Onteora

Changes to state tests due to the new Common Core standards have created protests among parents whose children in grades-three-through-eight are affected. What parents have described as a stressful over-testing environment, brought about by State Government only concerned with test scores and deals made with for-profit test companies, Onteora District Board of Education offered a...
Onteora board will not re-up Superintendent's contract

Onteora board will not re-up Superintendent’s contract

According to Onteora Central District School Board President Tony Fletcher, the contract of Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill will not be renewed and “the Board will at a future meeting discuss the process of a new Superintendent search.” At its January 28 meeting at Woodstock Primary school, (held a day late due to inclement weather), the...
Small crowd turns out for Common Core education

Small crowd turns out for Common Core education

Fewer than 20 parents attended an informational session on the Federal Common Core Standards at the Onteora Middle/High School on the evening of December 4. It was not the crowd of people Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Spiegel-McGill was hoping for. However, for parents who attended, confused over the system and new ways their children learn, they...
Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Herren chills Onteora students with stories of drug abuse

Former NBA-Basketball star and recovered drug addict Chris Herren told his chilling story to a full audience of Onteora District grade-nine-through-twelve High School students at a Friday morning assembly on substance abuse. Over 400 students arrived at the auditorium in a typical noisy fashion that morning. But once the 30-minute film, titled Hoop Dreams, focusing...