March 25, 2005

Dryden schools face reading, student teacher problems

This morning's Ithaca Journal looks at two difficult issues facing the Dryden Central School District. The Journal has been reporting on state report cards for local districts, and today looks at Dryden. "Performance over time of Dryden fourth- and eighth-graders on the English Language Arts state assessment test has not been satisfactory for leaders in the district." Most of the article looks at ways the district is striving to improve student performance.

Dryden student teacher Matthew Sidle was arraigned yesterday for endangering the welfare of a child, "accused of helping the unidentified minor student leave her home at midnight of Jan. 27 and return three hours later." Sidle was terminated when the school found out, and reported the situation to the New York State Police.

In brighter news, the Journal has a profile of retiring Etna postmaster Judy Auble-Zazzara. I've been lucky to deal with her in renting the Etna Community Center and have seen her at Etna Community Association and Etna Community Church events. Auble-Zazzara has been postmaster since 1989, and plans to "jump back into community activities" after a vacation in Florida. There will be a celebration in her honor from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday at the Etna Post Office (map).

The Today's Events listing notes that Tompkins County Country Dances will be at the Bethel Grove Community Center (map) from 8:00pm to 11:00pm tonight.

Also, a number of new Dryden children are listed in a births list.

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