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From left: Jennifer Luke, her friend Jane Rocco and little sister Violetta Luke play Scrabble over their summer vacation. | Jennifer Luke photo

Combating Summer Learning Loss

by Jennifer Luke Is summer vacation really a good thing when it comes to learning? Studies have shown that, over a big break such as summer vacation, kids can lose up to 2.6 months worth


Potter Chris Fanjul at the Peconic Community School's Maker Fair

Peconic Community School Meets the Makers

The Peconic Community School held their second annual Maker’s Fair, a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, on March 25. Weaving through the Aquebogue school building from surprise to surprise, through environments of ideas


School Vote

All School Budgets Pass But Tuckahoe; Sag Harbor Agrees to Buy Stella Maris

All of the East End’s school budgets passed yesterday, with the exception of the proposed budget for the Tuckahoe School, which failed in a 146-145 vote. The Tuckahoe School can now either chose to operate on


School Vote

School Budget Voter’s Guide

School Budget votes will be held across the East End today, and it’s looking like an interesting year, as the state “2 percent” tax cap, which is actually tied both to consumer price index


At the PCS Maker Faire March 12

North Fork School Fosters A Community of Makers

The Peconic Community School held its first-ever Maker Faire last Saturday, March 12. Hundreds of people gathered in the gymnasium of the Riverhead Charter School in Calverton to build, play, create, learn, innovate and engage in all things


Southold Union Free School District

Southold School Wins Public’s Support for Building Improvement Bond

Update: The bond measure passed Tuesday evening in a 257-192 vote. Southold School District voters are being asked to go to the polls this Tuesday, Dec. 8 to to weigh in on a $7.8 million bond proposal for


School Vote

A Big Win for East End School Budgets

All school budgets across the East End passed last night, some by wide margins. Of note: In Riverhead, Susan Koukounas and Ann Cotten-Degrasse kept their school board seats and three ballot propositions also passed: to build


School Vote

School Budget Voter’s Guide: Tuesday, May 19

Voters across the East End go to the polls to elect school boards and vote on school budgets today. On the budget front, none of the local districts are attempting to pierce the state


Children from Riverside cut the ribbon on their new art class headquarters Tuesday evening.

CMEE Takes Off in Riverside: Art Classes Fill in a Heartbeat

The organizers of Riverside Rediscovered had just a couple weeks to get the word out about the new art classes the Children’s Museum of the East End planned to hold in their Peconic Avenue


Roanoke Avenue third graders talk about the 1964 march on Washington.

Riverhead Schools Celebrate Black History Month

Students in the Riverhead School District gathered in the high school auditorium last Thursday night for their annual celebration of Black History Month. The evening was filled with songs and poetry, speeches and personal reflections


USDA Wildlife Services New York Director Martin Lowney at Southold's meeting.

Southold Kids Could Run Town’s Cable Access; Renewable Energy Committee Could Be Dissolved

Southold Town is hoping to put its faith in high school students to videotape town meetings and perhaps run the programming on the town’s cable access channel, Channel 22. Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell said


New North Fork State Assemblyman Anthony Palumbo addressed a group of parents upset about the Common Core at a forum in Riverhead in late January.

When Common Core Becomes a Political Football

There’s no denying that the New York State Education Department’s rollout of the new Common Core education standards has been a disaster. As public school students throughout the state bore the brunt of tests


Speakers at Wednesday's Common Core forum

Preaching Civil Disobedience on the Common Core

Parents are banding together throughout the East End in an act of civil disobedience, intending to keep their children from taking April’s state exams, which were prepared under the new Common Core state education


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