Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
What a treat it was to be at the opening of the Wheatley Theatre Company’s musical production of Legally Blonde. The show is full of wonderful singing and dancing and makes a great weekend activity. Congratulations to Director Lauren DiGennaro, Vocal Director Angela Luftig, Technical Advisors and Set Designers Paul Chisholm and Tom Storck and the rest of the production staff and all the terrifically talented Wheatley students and musicians who make this such a truly entertaining and viable theatrical evening.
Resources to help you understand the demands and opportunities presented by the Common Core can be found in the State Education Department’s Common Core Toolkit for Parents and Families, available at engageny.org (click on Parent & Family Resources in the top right corner).
In addition, here are some other resources that might be of help:
• Frequently Asked Questions
• Common Core State Standards Initiative
• Common Core “Shifts” for Students and Parents
As you know, the district continues to update its reading support and intervention programs. Most recently, our reading specialists and other primary grade teachers received training in Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) for the primary grades, K-2. Next year, LLI will become a tier three intervention for our struggling readers as part of our Response to Intervention Program that provides different tiers of service based on specific student need.
The district is continuing its efforts to address reading gaps early on before they widen and become more challenging to address. The Kindergarten screening process this year will incorporate a new literacy screening tool. This tool is designed to identify students prior to school entry who may be at reading risk. The information gained can provide insight on planning appropriate support and intervention for the at risk reader, right from the start.
It is finally ready. You should have received your survey in the mail or by email. You can respond either by email or by hard copy by placing the completed survey in the Business Reply Envelope enclosed for your convenience. No postage is necessary for the business reply envelope; the district will only be charged postage for those mailed. There will be directions in the introductory cover letter to the survey.
In the survey you will be find a list of 18 district programs, both academic and co (extra) curricular. You will be asked to select your five highest and your five lowest priorities. Admittedly, this will be hard to do. I had trouble myself when practicing with the survey. All of the programs are important and it is hard to choose! The survey is specifically designed, however, to force choices. An important goal of the strategic planning process is to use community feedback to help guide the district in resource allocation.
You should feel free to prioritize when answering the survey without concern that a core program might be eliminated. If you do not choose a mandated state program as one of your top five priorities, rest assured that the district would continue to provide the required level of program for all mandated subjects and activities. Based on your feedback, a larger share of our resources might go to support and enhance existing or new programs that you indicate should be our top priorities over the next five years.