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What Do Teachers Make?


The dinner guests were sitting around the table discussing life.
One man, a CEO, decided to explain the problem with education. He argued,
"What's a kid going to learn from someone who decided his best option in
life was to become a teacher?"
To stress his point he said to another guest; "You were a teacher,
Jim. Be honest. What did you make?"

Jim, who had a reputation for honesty and frankness replied,
"You want to know what I make? (He paused for a second, then

"Well, I make kids work harder than they ever thought they could.
I make a C+ student feel like the Congressional Medal of Honor winner.
I make kids sit through 40 minutes of class time when their parents can't make
them sit for 5 without an I Pod, Game Cube or movie rental. You want to
know what I make?"

I make kids wonder.
I make them question.
I make them apologize and mean it.
I make them have respect and take responsibility for their actions.
I teach them to write and then I make them write. Keyboarding isn't
I make them read, read, read.
I make them show all their work in math.
They use their God given brain, not the man-made calculator.
I make my students from other countries learn everything they
need to know about English while preserving their unique cultural identity.
I make my classroom a place where all my students feel safe.
I make my students stand, placing their hand over their heart to say
The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, One Nation Under God, because
we live in the United States of America.
Finally, I make them understand that if they use the gifts they
were given, work hard, and follow their hearts, they can succeed in life.

Jim paused and then continued.
"Then, when people try to judge me by what I make, with me
knowing money isn't everything, I can hold my head up high and pay
no attention because they are ignorant....
You want to know what I make?
What do you make Mr. CEO?"












Letters to the Editor

From:        Wayne White

Subject: Budget Vote & Trustee Election, Tuesday, May 21, Bellport Middle School

Itís time to fix the South Country School District!  One scandal after another!  Cronyism and Nepotism!  
VOTE for DeVito, Herrmann & Morales for School Board Trustees
Rocco DeVito
"My wife and I have two grown children who graduated from Bellport H.S.  I spent five of my ten years in the military teaching teenagers fresh from high school how to maintain electronic equipment, so I understand first-hand the core education requirements our children need as they enter the world". 

Carol Herrmann
"As a school district PTA President I have worked with many families. This valuable communication experience will be helpful in our mission of bringing our community together. I believe that my experience as a teacher with NY State Standards and the new Common Core curriculum gives me insight into the responsibility of a Board of Education trustee".

Julio Morales
"I am a father of two children who graduated from our school district and one who currently attends Bellport H.S. I am currently serving as President of the Board of Education".  (Note: Mr. Morales opposed the recent spending of $550,000 of taxpayerís money for an employee settlement. Sadly, the two other incumbents running for re-election, Owen Durney and Marian McKenna voted for it). 

In addition to voting for Trustee's, there are three Propositions to vote on-
(1) BUDGET Proposition- Vote YES
(2) Proposition 2 - Vote NO
(3) Proposition 3 - Vote YES
Budget Vote & Trustee Election, Tuesday, May 21, Bellport Middle School
35 Kreamer St, Bellport    Polls Open 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

Wayne White

Bellport Teachers Association
Office 631-286-7511
Cell 516-983-5599


From:        Alan Hildenbrand

As an elementary  phys ed teacher I administered the Presidents Physical Fitness test from 1976 until I retired in 2003. Until '76,  Longwood never gave it. I tested kids just like I did as a drill sergeant...no favors, no exceptions to anyone (even my oldest son who could not reach 5'6" on the standing broad jump in 3rd grade...wife not happy) .

I kept very accurate records as I always offered retests to those who worked out/practiced after the two week in class testing period was over. In my final years, I really enjoyed having children of former students visit my office and we would look at their parents scores from 2nd grade to 5th from as many as 25 years earlier.  Parents always were surprised I still had their scores.  Young teachers who attended the same school  where they teach  would show their scores to their students.

In my final year, I took all my score sheets home and started doing a statistical analysis for the test over my years in Longwood.  I prepared a lengthy report and was able to tie the demise of fitness to the decrease in PE class time, and available recess time ( kids were prevented from going outside) but overall, the downward spiral of  success on the SAME test throughout my career. I refused to modify the test ( make it easier) unlike many schools did.

Here's what I can remember;  In the 70's....   60% of all students earned the RED patch for 50th percentile on all tests and 15% won the BLUE or Presidents Patch ( they got a "letter" from the Pres of the US). When I left...7% of the students got the RED patch and only 11 students out of 700 got the BLUE.  Pretty bad huh?  If I got my pay based on student performance I would still owe Longwood money.

I prepared a report on my computer( I actually liked doing it).  I made copies for teachers and administrators and sent it out. Guess how many people responded? NONE...not even a comment like "interesting" or "why did you keep all those sheets?"  or "how long did the stats take you?"

Was I surprised, no?   I knew it was time for me to "go home" .  I'm glad I did...

Alan Hildenbrand



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