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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Learning how their children are taught
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Jeffrey Bessen/Herald
Dr. Ann Pedersen, Lawrence School District’s assistant superintendent for academic affairs and Number Four School principal, spoke about the importance of instilling confidence in students at the first of four district town hall meetings.

The change from a nine to an eight-period day that has longer periods — now 57 minutes, up from 41 — is working out well, according to Lagnado. With 990 high school students this year, only 15 have study hall during the school day compared with 300 last year, she said. A portion of students opted not to have a lunch period and eat during a class, Schall said. “The longer period allows the teacher to go much more in-depth,” Lagnado said, which she added, blends well with what is needed with the new common core standards.

Lagnado also said that the high school has begun working toward the new state graduation requirement regarding community service. Students need to perform five hours per school year to have the required 20 hours of community service for graduation. “We want them to give back to the community,” she said.

Several parents asked questions, including North Woodmere resident Althea Muhammad, who wanted to know about classes for college-test preparation. “I would like to see the schools in Nassau County offer these types of programs,” she said, adding that the meeting was productive and the district should continue holding them.

This was the first of four town hall-style meetings the district is expected to hold throughout the school year. The next three are slated for Jan. 8, March 5 and May 7.

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