New York City Educator Gets 'F' in English After Poorly Written Note is Sent to Parents
Thursday, May 03, 2007
A New York City educator is in hot water after sending out a scathing note to parents riddled with spelling and grammatical errors.
Michael Levy, a health academy dean at Markham Intermediate School in Staten Island, N.Y., sent home the letter to around 100 eighth graders on Monday after a rowdy food fight in the cafeteria, the Staten Island Advance reported.
In the letter, Levy used "unexcecpable" for "unacceptable," "activates" for "activities" and "caferteria" for "cafeteria."
The letter was also filled with contradictions. Levy wrote that the students would be collectively punished and prohibited from attending the prom and the year-end class trip, according to the Advance. He then wrote that the students' punishments would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The note also promised to bar students from the prom if the letter was not signed by parents and returned to the school.
The school's principal, Emma Della Rocca, said the letter was unauthorized and that Levy would be evaluated at a conference on Friday. But parents are still scratching their heads over the error-filled note.
"I'd be worried that somebody was educating my son that doesn't know how to spell," Lucy Farfan-********, a parent whose child attends the school, told WCBS-TV. "That would be a great concern."