Topics: Have you heard the government has been dumbing down our children? This test proves it.?

South Side High School has a rich history of athletics dating back to the 1920s, yet only three teams (Boys Lacrosse, Girls Volleyball, and Girls Soccer) have won.

Seventh Graders enjoy some fun and games participating in the Brain Challenge courtesy of the WMS-PTA. For additional photos and more information, click here.

"draconian". I like that word. anyway, I agree that the schools are way too controlling nowadays. your instance is just another example of school boards arrogant use of their "no tolerance policy" instead of viewing each case on trial by trial basis.

Sorry, John. You just don t know what you are talking about. First, this test is a fake. It never happened. It is an urban legend. Second, in the 1800s only a tiny percentage of kids went to school. Even in the USA, which was far more educated than any other country, the kids who went to school beyond 3rd or 4th grade was only the equivalent of our top percent students - the kids who today would get 800s on SAT tests. So, it s not like every kid in Salinas, or any other town, was passing a test like this. Probably two or three kids out of 100 got to the highest level of education in the average town. The average kids were out working in the fields or in the factory. Third, there was no social promotion in the 1800s - so a kid could be 20 years old and in the 8th grade. An 8th grader who took a tough test might have been ranked in the eighth grade, but in his 13th year of school! And, a school in a rural area in the 1800s probably had a full time teacher for every five or six full time students. Since there were very few jobs for women in those days, the women school-marms were some of the brightest and best brains of the day. so a rural school could be almost a one on one tutorial with a very smart teacher, lasting as many years as the student wanted. We could go back to those days if we agreed to throw out of school about 95% of all the students and leave education only to those students who are smart, motivated and hardworking. Apparently you don t know much about that kind of thing or you could have passed this test like I easily did. And it certainly didnt take five hours.

My son said that he would wants to grow up. Be able to drive. That is basically his motive, and insiration. He also said he wants to be like mommy and daddy. Man I miss the days when getting high meant how high you can get on a swing set.

The primary address for South Side is 140 Shepherd Street, Rockville Centre, New York 11570. Located further south in Rockville Centre is the "Greenhouse". Established in 1975, the purpose of this off-site school is to provide a different approach to teaching students with academic or personal troubles as well as different scheduling and academic programs. The main building has two floors. The school is currently being run by John Murphy.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,092 students and 93.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. There were 109 students (10.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 28 (2.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. [2]

The school's name reflects its status as the first high school on Long Island's south shore, east of Jamaica. It has retained that name though most of Long Island's incorporated villages have established high schools named for their village.