2000-09-23 / Columnists

The Week at The Rock

by Stuart L. Astor

This first column of the 2000-2001 school year sees Far Rockaway High School off to a great start. During the summer, 10 additional classrooms had new computers installed under a grant from the Board of Education. Our exciting new media center in the library is online at all times and accessible to both students and staff.

Just before the opening of the new term Principal Thomas Cunningham and the FRHS cabinet held an evening orientation for ninth grade students and parents. We applaud the full auditorium of parents who came with their children to acquaint themselves with their new environment.

Our new Phonemaster home calling system worked so well that over 70 percent of students picked up their programs on Wednesday, the day before classes began. This added initiative helped us to offer a full program of uninterrupted classes on the first day of school.

FRHS is moving quickly to launch new opportunities for students and faculty. Planning sessions have been held for "College Now," a joint venture between FRHS and York College. A full year of training sessions has been planned for the new "Ventures in Education" staff development grant and the Project Achieve team of class coordinators and counselors has met to plan the new year. More about all of these projects will be forthcoming in future issues of The Wave.

This week included a meeting with an architect from the Tisch Corporation, which has been retained to renovate our school’s outdoor sports facilities. This will include the installation of an in-ground sprinkler system, creation of new softball and baseball fields, the addition of a new tennis court and the renovation of existing courts. Watch this column for the schedule of construction.

Finally, PM school started on Monday, September 18. Students who have not passed the Global Studies Regents Examination and/or RCT are attending a special after-school class.

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