1999-09-25 / Columnists

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The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

Far Rockaway High School begins the 1999-2000 academic year with programs and plans guaranteed to increase our school's momentum as we are propelled into the new century. Great groundwork was laid last year, when FRHS juniors-for the first time in many years-successfully met the chancellor's standards in English and math. Faculty and staff at the Rock are participating in a new Facilitative Leadership Institute, a series of monthly meetings pursuing this year's theme: "Improving Literacy at Far Rockaway High School, The Key to the Twenty-first Century."

The long-promised T-1 telephone lines were installed during the summer, making possible a "24/seven" connection to the Internet for all computer laboratories and our library. All networking should be completed by year's end. A new art program has been instituted to implement a substantial grant from the Annenberg Foundation. Earlier successful programs such as PM School and Peer Tutoring are scheduled to start in October, while this year's Parents Institute, also set for October, will be held on Thursday evenings, rather than Saturday mornings, as last year.

Finally, the principal's first honor roll breakfast will be held the last week in September-a full month earlier than last year. All in all, the ROCK enters the new term with strong programs, a strong staff, a strong, cooperative student body and the strongest potential in years for a successful future.

Free SAT preparation:

Mr. Mcauley of the ROCK's college office announces a series of SAT and PSAT preparation classes to be given at FRHS on five consecutive Saturdays, September 25 and October 2, 9, 16 and 23. Classes will be taught by faculty members from York College. The registration deadline for the October 9 SAT is September 14. (The next deadline is October 1, for the SAT exam on November 6.) The PSAT exam prepares Juniors for the SAT and evaluates them for such awards as the National Merit Scholarship program. The exam will be given on October 12. See Mr. Ramnarine in Room 273 to register for the PSAT. The fee is $12.00.


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