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Monday, September 19, 2011

09/19/11 The Raw Greenwich News Feed: TOP STORY: Greenwich Time Discovers That school district once again fails to meet No Child Left Behind standards

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich school district fails to meet No Child Left Behind standards
Greenwich Time
Hamilton Avenue School was the only one of Greenwich's 15 schools that failed to meet federal requirements under No Child Left Behind for adequate yearly progress in the 2010-2011 academic year.
Fieldpoint Private Appoints Chief Marketing Officer
MarketWatch (press release)
Mr. White, who will be based in the firm's Greenwich, CT, headquarters, will oversee brand strategy and advertising, as well as corporate, Member and internal communications, reporting to Mr. Matthews. Mr. White joins Fieldpoint Private from Morgan ...
Connecticut Teams Up to Clean Up Long Island Sound
By Caroline Sadowska The Queen Anne building at Greenwich Point Park. Since 2002, Save the Sound, a program of CT Fund for the Environment, has served as Connecticut's coordinator for Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. ...
Greenwich police blotter: Woman charged with DUI after police find her asleep ...
Greenwich Time
•A 50-year-old Greenwich man was charged with evading responsibility after police said he caused minor damage to two vehicles that he passed improperly while driving in the area of 48 Pemberwick Road on Wednesday night. Police said Kevin J. Maguire ...
Family Team Reaches Newcomers, Downsizers
The Daily Weston
by Fenella Pearson Today Susan and Laura Calabrese are top agents with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Old Greenwich. Susan and Laura Calabrese, a mother-and-daughter real estate team at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Greenwich, ...

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09/19/11 The Raw Greenwich Blog And RSS Feed:

Blog And RSS Posts About Greenwich, CT
Financing Your Home: The Application Process | The Daily Greenwich
By Doug Milne
With rates the lowest they've been in 40 years, many people are refinancing their mortgages to reduce their monthly payments. Many young families are bu ...
5 Senate hopefuls attend GOP clambake in Greenwich | The ...
By The Associated Press
Five potential Republican candidates for Connecticut's U.S. Senate seat have attended the party's annual clambake at Greenwich Point. The declared candidates, Hartford lawyer Brian K. Hill and Vernon Mayor Jason McCoy, were joined ...

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09/19/11 GREENWICH BOARD OF EDUCATION PRESS RELEASE: 2011 AYP Summary & Requirements

The AYP results were released today.

See attached for packet that will be added to the Board's agenda for discussion at the 9/22/11 meeting.

Kim Eves
Director of Communications
Greenwich Public Schools
290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT, 06830


Phone: 203-625-7415
Fax: 203-869-8003

Greenwich Public Schools
No Child Left Behind Act

Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2010-2011 School Year

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is the recent reauthorization of the original
Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The primary function of NCLB is to close the achievement gap between groups of students by requiring greater accountability and offering increased flexibility and choice. States are required to determine annually if every school and district is making adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward reaching the goal, by 2014, of having 100 percent of their student population scoring at or above the Proficient level in mathematics and reading on their state standardized assessments. Schools and districts that continually fail to make AYP are faced with specific interventions mandated by NCLB.

To determine if Connecticut’s schools and districts have made AYP, the following three
components must be examined:

1. the percent at or above Proficient on the math and reading sections of the Connecticut
Mastery Test (CMT) and/or the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT);
2. the participation rate on the math and reading CMT and/or CAPT; and
3. an additional academic indicator, which, for high schools is the graduation rate and for
elementary and middle schools is the percent at or above Basic on the writing portion of
the CMT.

Districts that do not make AYP for two consecutive years with the same student subgroup in the same subject area on both CMT and CAPT are identified as “in need of improvement.” Schools that do not make AYP for two consecutive years with the same subgroup in the same subject area and in the same grade span are identified as “in need of improvement.” Minimum
subgroup size is forty students.

Based on the spring 2011 administration of CMT and CAPT, the Greenwich Public Schools as a
district and all schools met criteria two (2) and three (3).

The district and six schools did not make AYP based on criteria one (1).

Schools or districts designated as being in “Safe Harbor” did not make adequate yearly progress
the previous year but showed significant improvement in the current year. A school or district in “Safe Harbor” that does not make adequate year progress in the following year moves to the next level of improvement (e.g. from not achieved to year improvement 1 or from year improvement 1 to year improvement 2).

Eligible students and priority criteria for public school choice:

All students enrolled in Title I schools identified as “in need of improvement” Year 1 and beyond are eligible for public school choice. If the district anticipates that it will not have sufficient funds to transport all eligible students, the district must give the lowest-achieving, low-income students priority regarding transportation to their school of choice. The district must consistently use “fair and equitable” criteria in determining which students are the lowest-achieving students and should use professional judgment in applying those criteria. District provision of transportation is subject to cost limits.

Schools that can receive students:

A parent/guardian must be given the option to transfer their child to another public school within the district. The district must offer more than one school of choice to eligible students if more than one school is available as a choice option. Any school offered as a choice may not be presently identified as “in need of improvement” or “persistently dangerous.” Charter and magnet schools within the boundaries of the district may also be included as transfer options if agreed upon by the district and the charter/magnet school. However, districts cannot disregard entrance requirements such as a lottery when identifying transfer options for students.

Note: Funds transferred to Title I under the transferability provisions increase the base to be used in calculating the “amount equal to 20 percent” of a district’s Title I allocation to determine required expenditures for choice-related transportation. For example, if your district is transferring other federal funds (such as Title IIA or V) into Title I to support transportation costs, then the base figure will need to include the additional funds and your 20 percent financial obligation will be proportionally increased.

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09/19/11 Vote For Your School Today

Better Schools Bonanza starts today!

Visit MainStreetConnect.com to vote!
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The contest, which begins today, September 19, asks readers to nominate their local elementary school and come back every day to vote for their school to win the grand prize of $10,000. The runner-up school will earn $1,000 and any school to tally 500 votes or more will instantly earn a $500 prize!

When the promotion begins, log on to your local Main Street Connect site to nominate and vote for your school. Once your school is nominated, you don’t have to nominate it again, just continue to vote for it once a day. Get your family, friends and school behind the effort and you’ll have a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize!

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09/19/11 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

News Reports About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
Republicans listen at annual clambake
Ct Post
Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei speaking with his wife, Jill and daughter Caroline at the Cos cob...

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09/19/11 Highly Paid Greenwich School Administrators Will Soon Offer Excuse After Excuse On Why They Failed No Child Left Behind

The Annual Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Report Is In For Greenwich Public Schools And It Is Time For The Entire Greenwich Board Of Education To Resign, So The New People And New Solutions Can Be Put In Effect In Greenwich

Greenwich Is Paying Top Dollar For Bellow Average Results:

If The Heads Of Some Of Greenwich Very Highly Paid School Administrators Start To Roll, Then Student Proficiency Will Start Going Up Immediately

While Greenwich students are generally performing slightly worse than last year on the statewide tests (CMT and CAPT), now the State Of Connecticut reports that the Greenwich Board Of Education is failing to see that their highly paid administrators meet the federal NCLB standards of Adequate Yearly Progress.

Greenwich Public schools fail to meet this year's performance standards under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

Already, Greenwich Board Of Education President Steve Anderson is telling local parent leaders that Greenwich failed to meet the standards, because of an increase in the federal requirement of NCLB for 2011.

This year nine in 10 Greenwich students are required to be proficient in reading and mathematics. But longtime Greenwich Board Of Education President Steve Anderson and very well compensated administrators just can't seem to teach Greenwich Childred to add, subtract, multiply, divide and do fractions.

Greenwich's poor results are based on student performance on the 2011 Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the 2011 Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).

Greenwich High School and Julian Curtiss School both failed to make AYP because of reading performance.

Hamilton Avenue School failed to make AYP based on the whole school's scores.

Students With Disabilities Are Being Shortchanged

Central Middle School missed AYP due to "subgroups" performance.

Neighboring districts New Canaan and Darien received the "all clear" again this year, Greenwich Public Schools was one of 10 districts across the states to miss AYP because of subgroups' performance.

Shame, Shame, Shame On Greenwich Board Of Education President Steve Anderson

Greenwich Deserves Better Than This

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09/19/11 Nonprofits Push to Feed the Hungry in Connecticut and more from Greenwich Patch

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September 19, 2011

Nonprofits Push to Feed the Hungry in Connecticut

Cathryn Prince | Sep 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

"[T]here are people in every community throughout the country who are hungry," said state Sen. L. Scott Frantz.

Mold Control in Your Home

Sheryl Shaker | Sep 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Storm season is upon us. Here are steps to take to control mold and mildew.

Greenwich Scores and Standings, Sept 19

Bob Birge | Sep 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Your interactive, daily digest for all Westport scores, schedules and standings — and a place for you to add information and images for all youth sports

Greenwich Police Cycled 280 Miles for 9/11 Victims, Fallen Officers [VIDEO]

Michael Dinan | Sep 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Riding from Ground Zero to the Pentagon, Greenwich police officers Bob Ferretti and Brian Tornga helped raise some $5,000 for the Tour de Force, a nonprofit organization.

Balin of Greenwich Aces PGA Cup Exam

Paul Devlin | Sep 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Balin, an assistant pro at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich, had a hole-in-one during the PGA Cup in California on Saturday.

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September 19, 2011

Pre-teen Girls and the HPV Vaccine

| Sep 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

We don't need bad politicking on this issue, says opinion columnist Heather Borden Herve.

09/19/11 Win $10,000 for Your Local Elementary School! - And News In The Daily Greenwich

Main Street Connect
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News from The Daily Greenwich
Win $10,000 for Your Local Elementary School!
by Andrew Vazzano | 09/19/11

Starting today, the Better Schools Bonanza, presented by Main Street Connect and sponsored by Arthur Murray Grande Ballroom of ...

Do You Live In the Nation's Richest State?
by Matt Zalaznick | 09/19/11

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Fairfield County residents may not be surprised that, despite tough economic times, Connecticut is the ...

Greenwich Senior Runs Off With Win in Wilton
by Tom Renner | 09/19/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich senior Abigail Markowitz is running cross-country races for the first time this fall — and it's hard to ...

Greenwich Lists Town Meetings for the Week
by Anna Helhoski | 09/19/11

GREENWICH, Conn. – Here is a list of Greenwich town meetings scheduled this week:

Monday, Sept. 19

Kids' Author Writes of the Wonder of Nature
by Anthony Buzzeo | 09/18/11

NORWALK, Conn. – After watching two squirrels playing together during a walk around her neighborhood, Allia Zobel ...


09/19/11 Stamford Advocate: Who killed Matthew Margolies? - A Better Headline: If You Want To Get Away With Murder Commit Your Crime In Greenwich !!!!

It was a murder that shocked Fairfield County residents in September 1984, and still remains an open wound to the family of murdered Matthew Margolies

Margolies, a 13-year-old who lived in the Pemberwick area of Greenwich, was found dead on a hillside Sept. 5, 1984, five days after he was reported missing...

...Greenwich Police are still trying to find out who that killer is.

Sgt. Mark Zuccerella, head of the Greenwich Police Department's Special Victims Section, said the case is still an open one for the department.

"Well, we have some leads we are following, there are some leads that have to be followed," he said. "We are still receiving information from people." He declined to comment on the number of suspects or what the leads or evidence is...

....Margolies' mother, Maryann, said despite the passage of time, she remains optimistic police will solve the case.

"I am still hopeful that an arrest will be made at some time," she said.
She deferred further comments to Thomas Williams, the Cos Cob lawyer who is the point person for the family in the police investigation.

He echoed her comments. "The family is pleased that the matter remains an open investigation," he said. "We are optimistic that at some point in time the person or persons who committed this crime will be identified and arrested."...

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02/06/08 - Dr. Ian Rubin's Family Has Complained About The Press, But At Least The Family Got Justice

05/01/08 - Greenwich Time MIA On Kissel Murder Mystery - There Is Nothing On The Web

07/01/08 Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg says, "Don't worry everything is fine we are doing a great job." (Updated)

2/7/09 READER SUBMITTED COMMENTS: Moxley Timeline Question

08/23/09 The Greenwich Police Department And The Greenwich Time Have Spent Another Year Ignoring A Murdered Little Greenwich Boy

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09/01/09 Reader Submitted Comments About The Matthew Margolies Murder In Greenwich

03/25/08 - Greenwich Police Chief David Ridberg Gets Caught Mis-leading To The Press In The Andrew Kissel Murder

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09/19/11 Marianna Ponns Cohen: Reasons For Seeking Re-Election

Our Greenwich public school system currently faces many pressing challenges. While notable successes have been achieved in some important areas, overall district academic performance has declined, even as the town has spent an ever-increasing amount of money on many new initiatives.

As a member of the Board of Education, my priority has been how the district can do a better job to meet the educational needs of all of its children. I have sought answers as to whether we have used and allocated our resources in an effective manner to support all students' potential and academic achievement. I have also questioned whether we are identifying the best solutions for our schools.

To be successful, I believe, especially at this time, that we need bipartisan cooperation and support to shape optimal solutions for the education of all our children. What has been clear is that the status quo and declining district academic performance are not acceptable.

During my tenure, I have consistently championed public accountability and open government, and have sought to have a dialogue with all stakeholders in town, whether the 24 percent who have children in public schools, or the 76 percent who do not. I have also sought to represent the interests of our entire community and to hear the views of everyone, whether they are Republicans, Democrats or independents. I firmly believe that the best results for our children will come out of a healthy and informed debate, as well as a diversity of opinion and backgrounds.

For these reasons, as a person who is deeply committed to excellent public education, and with four years of in- depth experience, I am seeking re-election to the Board of Education and ask that you vote for me in November.

Marianna Ponns Cohen
Greenwich Board Of Education

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09/19/11 Anything But Local Reporting: Emmy Reports, Charlie Sheen, Bridgeport Students, UConn And Frankfurt Auto Show On The Greenwich Time Home Page

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