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Talk Back: How Was The First Day Back To School?

West Islip schools are open once again, some heading off for the first time.

West Islip Schools kicked off the new academic year Tuesday morning, as thousands of kids returned to class after summer break.

It was a wet and difficult morning for parents of middle schoolers in the district, as several parents reported flooding on Udall Road heading to as well as the back entrance to , causing traffic to back up on sorrounding streets.

Did you run into problems during the first day or was it a breeze? Answer our poll or tell us in the comments.

Wendy Regan September 04, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Despite their reassuring smiles and the very best efforts of Oquenock's teachers, principal and staff, it was a very crowed first day for all. Oquenock is over-crowded and bursting at the seams.
Wendy Regan September 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
S/B: "very crowded first day for all." Don't know if that was a typo or a Freudian slip---I could have been thinking how crowded it is in the school and squeezed out the "d" to make some extra room.
CPC 83 September 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Bus drivers with NO CLUE what their routes were. Bayview looked like the outside of Madison Square Garden when a sold out concert empties out. But congratulations to everyone who voted the same board members back in.
LITTLE INDIAN September 05, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Cry babies
LITTLE INDIAN September 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Let's all start crying get over it move on things are not that bad
Wendy Regan September 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
@Little Indian: If you think communicating the truth is "crying" you might want to invest in Kleenex b/c there's a whole lot more to come, I'm sure
Kevin C September 05, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I am sure it was great for most kids but unfortunately my son was sent home on the WRONG Bus, Incompetence! Call that crying?
Anna September 05, 2012 at 04:46 PM
If you think it's crowded now, just wait til all the parents have to fit in there. Open house, concerts, moving up, etc. where you often have two parents for every one child. And don't even think about getting a parking space. The traffic coming and going in the mornings and afternoons was bad enough to start with, and now it's twice as worse. And they wanted to cut down on the buses so there would be even more cars! Just who do they think they're fooling with their reassurances? As the two "most marketable" closed schools still sit empty. Any bets how long they'll stay that way?
Wendy Regan September 05, 2012 at 05:13 PM
@Anna: Maybe you haven't heard....one of the "most marketable schools" isn't empty after all. Seems as if Captree @ Kirdahy is being used for the offices of 2 elementary teachers who couldn't be squeezed or greased up and shoe-horned into any of the 4 elementary schools at which they teach because there isn't one square inch of room left at any of those schools! Now that's good planning! Get out the Kleenex Little Indian.....
CPC 83 September 05, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Kirdahy/Captree is also being used as the location for Bayview after school care. Ahhhh the money we are all saving by CLOSING schools. But Kirdahy/Captree is not closed there are just no students. Let's apply the school board's math to our personal checkbooks and see how long we stay afloat. Again congrats WI for voting the same boared members in.
Franks and Beans September 06, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Waaaaah! It's too crowded!!! Waaaaah! Vote for a new board!! Way to be positive roll models. The situation is what it is. If any of you thought that the first few days of school would go off with out a hitch, you're nuts. Mistakes happen every year! Let's make the best of it and move on.
Wendy Regan September 06, 2012 at 07:46 PM
@Franks: Read the very first line of your post. If I might take a direct quote from your post: Way to be a positive role model, Franks and Beans!
Gerry September 07, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Just wait until the kids begin going to meet with their support teachers in closets that are now being used as offices. That will be fun.
Franks and Beans September 07, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Get on with it! All you do is complain. Do something positive Wendy. Please stop the drama.
Franks and Beans September 07, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Do you have anything positive to say? Closets? Really? You really think teachers will be in closets with teachers? Get out and get some fresh air!
Gerry September 07, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Then you obviously havent been in some of the elementary buildings. There are absolutely teachers in closets. Go look for yourself before you make unnecessary comments.
Carrie September 08, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Some people call it complaining but I call it fighting for truth and justice! Thank you to the people that do fight for truth and justice while so many others feel the same way but stay silent.
Walter Isaacs September 08, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I heard from a neighbor that a 1st grader was left at the bus stop with a stranger on Wednesday. The parents didn't get a call from the Manetuck principal until Thursday.
Wendy Regan September 08, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Franks and Beans: Hate to rain on your parade (actually, I don't) but it just so happens that the reading teacher's office at Oquenock (you know, where she teaches kids to READ) IS IN A CLOSET! Closet, Franks and Beans as in A TINY ROOM ROOM WITH NO WINDOWS. In fact F&B, the reading teacher's closet, I mean room, is so small (everyone now: How small is it?) It's so small that the child who is being taught to read has to share a desk with the reading teacher because there isn't enough space to accomodate two desks in the reading closet, I mean reading room. I AM doing something positive Franks and Beans, I'm fighting for the safety and education of our children--all of our children F&B-----even yours. Can't get more positive than that, can you?

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