Hemlock School PTA Curriculum Committee News
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Curriculum Committee Minutes
September 16, 2013
Meeting was conducted with Ms. Bellovin and Lisa Caluori in attendance.
How will the Curriculum Committee support Hemlock:
- The Curriculum Committee members will act as a liaison between administrators and parents to address and solve issues.
- Issues will be addressed even if they may not be our own.
Common Core Math and ELA
The school is continuing to implement the new common core standard and is running smoothly. The new Math series is still being aligned. School is in the process of announcing video clips related to common core math tutorials. These are designed for the parents to assist the children with homework. They will have online access to the “Go Series” Math book.
The concern last year was that there were inconsistencies in the Kindergarten homework among classes. Ms. Bellovin stated that they are working towards streamlining Kindergarten homework and in the process of posting assignments on the school website similar to 1st grade. However, homework will continue to be differentiated for some children.
The school is working on the Math section of the report card to align with the common core.
The Kindergarten classes have Ipods that they use 3 times per week and the first grade classes have Ipods that they use daily and Ipads that are rotated a few times per week for reading and math applications. Discussion centered on how much time should be spent on devices in the primary school. The school continues to work on wireless access point capability. Expanding bandwidth is not so much of a concern in primary school as in middle and high school.