Suzanne D. Coyle's Blog Posts

Refuse Standardized Tests

My children will not participate in New York State standardized tests that are designed to manufacture failure.  Tests that have cut scores that are set by Pearson, the testing manufacturer.

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Stop The High Stakes

As the school year forges on, high stakes testing remains a constant topic of discussion.  Across New York State, students, educators and parents continue to struggle with Common Core.  

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SAY NO TO FIELD TESTING

Ken Wagner, the NYS Deputy Education Commissioner has stated that by opting out of field tests, school districts are taking a step that's hurting kids.  He has also stated that anyone who doesn

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Common Core Standards And Tests ARE Intended To Drive Curriculum

As the school year moves along, many districts are forging ahead with revised curriculum or curriculum that is a work in progress.  In either case, the goal is to meet the Common Core.

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Fall Events In The Lower Hudson Valley

Halloween is fast approaching, and there are plenty of seasonal and ghoulish activities happening in the Lower Hudson Valley right now!  One of my favorites is The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

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Education Nation And The Common Kool Aid Core

Today I traveled  to Albany to a studio taping of Education Nation.  The forum topic was Common Core and the Special Needs Student.  I was hoping for some open, lively dialogue about

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Smart Schools Bond Act And More

In November,  New York residents will have an opportunity to vote on The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014, Proceed with caution.  While this presents as an excellent opportunity to outfit New York

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Common Core Opposition My Piece To The Journal News

The following is my letter to the Journal News Community Editorial page.  Everyone's entitled to their own opinion, so why not give it a go?  Let's see if it gets printed.... I would

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Standardized Testing Looming In New York State

Much to my disdain, the end of the  glorious summer season is almost upon us.  Students everywhere will soon return to the classroom.  They will begin to acclimate to new teachers,

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The Controversial Common Core

I am writing tonight's blog after a week filled with varying emotions: empowerment, defeat, frustration, reward, hope.  What a combination.  Tonight I would like to reiterate some

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July 4th Fireworks In Haverstraw NY

One of the best local fireworks displays  can be viewed right at the Bowline Point Park in Haverstraw NY.  The fireworks were scheduled for Thursday, July 3, 2014 and then cancelled  

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Common Sense Education NOT Common Core

On Tuesday, June 17th, I had the privilege of joining a few hundred people from all over the state of New York for Common Sense Education Day in Albany.  This was another incredible opportunity

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Assembly Bill A8844 And The Common Core In New York State

I'm writing today about New York State Assembly Bill A8844.  The Bill was originally introduced by Assemblymen Al Graf and Edward Ra, with many co-sponsors.  The purpose of the

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Common Core Standards And The Poverty Factor

The poverty factor.  This is something I've touched on before in a previous blog and it's something that is still really bothering me.  The Common Core standards are supposed to

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Release The Reigns Of Excessive Standardized Testing

Testing season continues to loom in our schools.  Today was Day 3 of the Math State Assessments.  Once again, thousands of New York State students in grades 3-8 refused to take the tests.

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Refuse Excessive High Stakes Testing In New York

New York State Math Assessments for grades 3-8 are right around the corner.  In classrooms across the state teachers and students are feverishly preparing for the exams.  Exams that no

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New York State ELA Assessments Common Core

Three days of ELA state assessments have come and gone. Hours and hours of testing endured by students and teachers alike.  Many people including myself worried about the content of the test. Would

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Education And A Nation In Crisis

As a nation, our education system is in the midst of an enormoustransformation and in the opinion of many, a crisis.  Most states inour country have adopted the Common Core learning standards,

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More On The Common Core In New York State

I'm writing yet another piece on the Common Core because I'm growing more concerned about it by the day. Again, this is my opinion, but I know I'm far from alone regarding my views.  The

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NYS Standardized Testing A Moms Opinion

I'll begin this blog by saying that this piece is just my opinion.  I'm speaking of today's students, my own included.  We have slowly but surely become a society that is obsessed with and

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InBloom Big Brother Is Watching Your Children And You

As I hope many of us are aware by now,  inBloom Inc. will be collecting confidential and personally identifiable student and teacher data from school districts throughout our country.

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Clarkstown Central School District Congers And Questions

I would like to share some of my own personal thoughts and questions as well as those of other community members that have been brought to my attention.  They are in no particular order of

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Congers Elementary Bond Vote And More

Next month, on February 4th, Clarkstown voters will be given the opportunity to vote on a school bond for Congers Elementary.  This $6.5 million bond is to be used for major repairs to the

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Jim Breuer At Levity Live Comedy Club

Still looking for something to do on New Year's Eve?  How about going to Levity Live Comedy Club in West Nyack, NY? Jim Breuer, the hilarious stand-up comedian, will be performing two

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Clarkstown Central School District Earns Annual AP District Honor Roll

Great job, great news!  Despite all the various recent controversy and ongoing planning issues in the news, let us not forget that the Clarkstown Central School district!

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Caked Up Cafe And Bakery In New City

Move over Cake Boss! Caked Up Cafe is a bakery that recently opened at 40 South Main Street in downtown New City (diagonally across from the New City Courthouse).  Don't

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Clarkstown Central School District And InBloom Data Mining

I am compelled to write today's blog out of my passion for maintaining my children's right to privacy, as well as all students in the state of New York.  For those that aren't aware, I will

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Union Restaurant Supports Breast Center At Nyack Hospital

As we all know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Every Wednesday this month, the Union Restaurant and Bar Latino has been offering special dining to help raise money to

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Apple Picking At The Orchards Of Conklin

Apple picking is well underway and my favorite local place is the Orchards at Conklin in Pomona, NY.  Located on South Mountain Road, it's easily accessible via The Palisades Interstate.

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Nyack NY Famous Street Fair

It's a beautiful time of year as the fall season quickly approaches.  There are so many events and activities going on in our area, it's hard to choose.  I figured I'd share information

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Visit Boscobel House And Gardens In Garrison

Located in the beautiful river town of Garrison, NY,  Boscobel House is a great place to visit during the fall and winter seasons.  On September 8, they are hosting a big band

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September New City Street Fair

As summer vacation draws to a close, there are still fun local activities to enjoy in the community. One of them is the semi-annual New City Street Fair this Sunday, September 1st.  It

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People To People Nanuet Back To School Supplies

As summer slowly begins to wind down, I can't help but pull out the lingering "required"supply lists which need to be filled for the first day of school.  We think nothing of heading over to

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Ulster County Fair New Paltz NY

Looking for something different to do that's out of Rockland but not too far away? Check out the Ulster County Fair in New Paltz NY.  It's happening from July 30th- August 4th. Here's a little

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Monster Mini Golf Nanuet NY

Looking for something new and exciting to do with your kids on these dog days of summer?  Try Monster Mini Golf in Nanuet, New York.  It's conveniently located right across from Rockland

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Levity Live Comedy Club

In July, for the first time, I'll be going to a show at Levity Live Comedy Club, in the Palisades Center Mall in West Nyack NY.  Based on what I've heard, it should be a blast!  

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Fireworks At Bear Mountain June 28th

Hopefully the weather will hold out and we can all enjoy the beautiful annual fireworks display at Bear Mountain State Park.  It's scheduled to begin tonight at dark.  There will also be

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Mothers Day In New City

This morning, on the ride to school, my daughter asked if Mother's Day is this Sunday.  I replied that it was and she said I still didn't buy you a gift but I made you something. I assured her

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New York State Standardized Testing

After careful consideration, I feel compelled to write this letter regarding the NYS Common Core testing.  I am a lifelong Clarkstown resident and currently have three daughters attending the

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Surfside 3 at PennyBridge Marina Stony Point

As you drive along Grassy Point Road in Stony Point, there's no mistaking that this area sustained the wrath of Hurricane Sandy last fall.  I was witness to the initial devastation and it was

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Gilligans on the Hudson Stony Point

Gilligan's on the Hudson is open!  Located on Grassy Point Road in Stony Point, this is an awesome restaurant.  This had been a favorite of mine all summer long.  The area was hard

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Strawtown Elementary Aids Sandy Victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the staff, families and students of Strawtown Elementary School participated in a Giving Parade this past Friday.  Since our annual Halloween parade was

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Bob Saget at Paramount Center for the Arts

I have to admit, I have never been that crazy about Bob Saget until I saw him in several episodes of my favorite HBO series, Entourage. I thought his character was outrageously funny and I have

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Leap Year and Leap Day Fun Facts

My young daughter came home from school today with "very important" information.  She said "Mom, sit down so I can explain to you why we have leap year....in case you don't know."  

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Union Restaurant Haverstraw NY

The Union Restaurant and Bar Latino, located on New Main Street in Haverstraw, NY, is holding its 4th annual "We Care Event"  at their restaurant.  This is just one of many ways that the

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Sparkle Up Beauty New City

Looking for a great place to have your daughter's next birthday party?  Sparkle Up may be your answer! It's located right on Second Street in downtown New City.  You have a choice of four

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Strawtown Jewelry New City

Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings!! My family has been shopping at Strawtown Jewelry since they were first located in a small shop on  Strawtown Road in West Nyack.  They more recently

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Bounce Trampoline Sports Valley Cottage

My daughter had her birthday party today at Bounce! Trampoline Sports in Valley Cottage.  It opened in Clarkstown Executive Park this past fall and has become a huge success so far!  It's

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Snowboarding at Tuxedo Ridge

Snowboarding season is fast approaching and my kids are psyched!  Boots, bindings and boards are ready to go.  This brings me to recommend Tuxedo Ridge in, of course, Tuxedo Park, NY.

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Nyack Hospital Be Healthy Run And Walk

Looking to spend some quality time outdoors in the beautiful Nyacks?  You can plan on it for Saturday, November 19 starting at 9am!  Nyack Hospital will be hosting it's 21st Annual Be

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Petitions Filed Against Two Clarkstown Board Members

So, here we go again with our Clarkstown Board of Education.....I am not going to start writing about all the details related to this, just share some information and opinions.  I learned

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Just Buns Congers New York

Do you have a sweet tooth?  Searching for a great local (and family owned) bakery?  Look no more, beacause Just Buns, located at 33 Lake Rd in Congers is a terrific place! Tucked into a

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The Great Jack O Lantern Blaze

Happy Halloween everyone!  Thought I would let you know about this very awesome annual event at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.  My family and I have been here and it's really

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Union Restaurant Supports Nyack Hospital

I love the Union Restaurant in Haverstraw and was very happy to learn that once again, they will be supporting their local community!  Here's the deal--beginning on Wednesday October 5th, they

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Napolis Pizza New City

Napolis Pizza is located at 48 Germonds Road in New City, NY, across from Albertus Magnus HS.  I have to say, this place is a little gem!  The food is always delicious and made to order.

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Rockland Boulders Baseball Pomona

My family and I recently attended our first Rockland Boulders Baseball game at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. It was a fun night for all of us and we will definitely be going back again! The

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The Pink Chandelier Nyack

Last weekend, my daughter attended a birthday party at The Pink Chandelier Design Studio in Nyack. Lucky her, she was driven there in a stretch limo with all her friends! When I picked her up, I

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Sweet Petes Ice Cream Congers

The vote is in.....my kids have a favorite spot for ice cream treats! Sweet Pete's Ice Cream Factory, located at 57 Lake Rd in Congers. It's conveniently located right in town, has parking and a

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City Line Family Restaurant New City

Hi Everyone! This was a beautiful Saturday evening! My family and I were looking for a restaurant with outside dining so we could enjoy the gorgeous weather. We found it at City Line Family

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Fitness Boot Camp New City

Want to get the best work outs of your life? Increase your strength, flexibility and lose weight? Then you have to try Fitness Boot Camp 4 Life! The owner/trainer is Ramon Guzman and he's

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Hudson Valley Pet Food Pantry

I have written about People to People food pantry and run a food drive through Strawtown Elementary School every year......"but what about all the family pets?" I have often wondered. Well, I

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Nyack Hospital Motorcycle Run in June

Attention all riders!!! Another great benefit for Nyack Hospital is coming up soon! On Sunday, June 5, 2011 the Nyack Hospital Rockland 100 will take place, rain or shine. The 100K Motorcycle Run

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Kids Run 2 Rockland Lake State Park

On Saturday, June11, 2011 there will be a really fun event taking place at Rockland Lake State Park! Kids Run 2 is a two mile fun run and walk designed for kids and beginner runners. This

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Nyack Hospital Golf Classic

The Nyack Hospital Golf Classic is scheduled to take place on Monday, May 23, 2011. This year's outing will be held at the exclusive Manhattan Woods Golf Club, located in West Nyack, New York. It

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Clarkstown Board of Education Meeting

There will be a CCSD Budget Workshop on Tuesday 4/5/11 at 7:30pm. The current location has been moved to South High School in West Nyack to allow the public to observe the BOE, superintendent and

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Clarkstown Central School District BOE

As many of you are aware, there has been great upset and concern regarding the Clarkstown Central School District Board of Education. There are many different facets involved, so I have decided to

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People to People West Nyack

As I prepare for kicking off Strawtown Elementary School's Annual Food Drive in West Nyack, I want to remind everyone to help your neighbors in need. So many people are still struggling.

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Here in New City, but Dreaming of the Beach!

As I'm scrolling through some of today's headlines from Inman News, a little something catches my eye and brings on a smile...it's a brief article about a new website coming our way in the summer

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The Union Restaurant, Haverstraw, NY

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of dining out at the Union Restaurant in Haverstraw, New York. For those that haven't been there, you are missing out on some great Latino-fusion style food.;&

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Race to Nowhere

I recently saw this documentary, a film by Vicki Abeles. I figured, why not, it's free and it's supposed to be pretty good....so, off I went with my sister (who is

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Inexpensive ways to spice up your kitchen!

Is your kitchen looking old, tired, dated (maybe even a little grimy)? There are so many inexpensive ways to spruce up your cooking and dining space! You can start

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