2000-01-15 / Columnists

The Week at

The Rock
by Stuart L. Astor

On Saturday, January 16, Far Rockaway High School will be offering free Regents preparation classes in all academic subjects for the second consecutive Saturday. Many students attended the first session, reporting a very positive experience. Regents Examinations in English, science, math and social studies are scheduled for January 25 through January 28. English and math exams will follow the "new" Regents models. This will be the last year for the older model social studies exam and the new science exams will be phased-in in 2001. All interested students are encouraged to attend these free tutorials on Saturday morning, when two consecutive one and a half hour classes will be given. Saturday tutoring will take place from 9:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.


Parents of Far Rockaway High School students are again reminded that guidance counselors will be available on Saturday mornings to discuss issues that affect individual students. The counselors are prepared to confer with parents and/or guardians on such individualized topics as programming considerations, graduation requirements, disciplinary concerns and problems at home and in school. Parents can make appointments by calling Ms. Rinzler or Ms. Consor at (718) 327-6001 weekdays, or they will be seen on a walk-in basis, without an appointment, on any Saturday morning, holiday weekends excepted.


On December 20, the Rainbow Team, FRHS’s house of bilingual students, went to the Hispanic Theater, Repertorio Español, to see a play called Casa Propria ("My Own House"), about an immigrant trying to establish her life in New York City. The students enjoyed the show immensely, but an unexpected highlight of the day was provided by the bus driver, who commented that in all his years of driving he had never seen such a well-behaved group of students.


New messaging equipment makes it possible for the attendance office, the deans’ office and other elements of Far Rockaway’s infrastructure to send telephone messages automatically to as many as a thousand students’ homes daily. Many of these messages concern problems with lateness, attendance and discipline and require quick response. As a practical matter such messages are often sent out between 6:00 and 7:30 a.m., when many parents are at home. Parents are urged to answer phone calls personally at such times so that the messages are not shunted aside by the students. In addition, parents whose telephone numbers have changed are asked to inform the school by calling (718) 327-6000 during school hours.


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