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Superintendent's Newsletter March 2012

Superintendent's Newsletter March 2012

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March 2012
Curriculum Council
We are in the midst of Curriculum Councilmeetings this year forthe content areas of World Languages,Library, and Language Arts. The purpose of curriculum council is tomake recommendations regardingcurriculum development and coordination.From there, task forces will be created towrite curriculum guides, develop programgoals, and suggest in-servicerecommendations based on curricular andinstructional needs and the CurriculumCouncil recommendations.Task Forceshave been meeting in theareas of Social Studies and Music toprioritize the recommendations from lastyear’s Curriculum Council and developaction plans to carry them out. Additionally, these areas will be revisingcurriculum and purchasing materials asneeded to be implemented next year.Elementary MathTask Force hasbeen diligentlymeeting to writecurriculum anddevelop practicesthat are aligned to the Common CoreContent Standards and the Standardsfor Mathematical Practice. We are inthe process of looking at texts andmaterials that will help to enhance ourwritten curriculum and providesupport for our elementary staff as wemake this shift. Similarly, ourSecondary Math Task Force will bemeeting regularly to work onrealigning our curriculum to match theCommon Core.Task Forces in the areas of Visual Artsand FCS/Business/Technology aremeeting throughout this year to workon any incomplete action steps andreview implemented curriculum.
The areas of Science, Wellness/Fitness, and Guidance have nowbegun the second phase of the curricular review process. Theseareas have been meeting to analyze their implementedcurriculum and determine whether there is a need to enter intoCurriculum Council for next school year. As a reminder, all curriculum documents, the curriculum cycleprocess, Curriculum Council recommendations, and action plans can be found on the“Departments” tab of our website under“Curriculum and Instruction.”
Nothing Short of Tiger Pride at the Middle School and NorthwesternElementary School
 Middle School
On December 5, 2011, we held our first PRIDE assembly of the school year. Individualstudents and student groups were recognized for demonstrating thecore valuesof ourPRIDE. We are pleased to share that
103 students
were recognized for earning all 5 of the PRIDE stickers. Students can earn these letter stickers by demonstrating thevalues of our PRIDE on a daily basis. Every staff member in the building distributesstickers. Students collect the stickers on the inside cover of their agenda books.Nine students were recognized during the second marking period for demonstrating ourcore values. Students and their families were asked to join team representatives at abreakfast recognition program in honor of the students. Each student also placed theirhandprint on our Tiger PRIDE wall near the cafeteria.
Northwestern Elementary
The students and staff of NWE made the news in the Morning Call on March 11 abouttheirTiger Paws Program. The program is similar to the Tiger Pride initiative in themiddle school. The Weisenberg staff is currently developing a similar school-widebehavior program. Thank you to all staff members for continuing to find new ways tohelp our students learn!
Northwestern Lehigh EducationalFoundation Continues to Provide Fundingto Support Extras for District Students
TheNorthwestern Lehigh EducationalFoundationhas been busy working tosupport the school district with a number of fundraiser and state grant programs. TheFoundation has a number of new boardmembers, and the energy we see at everymeeting is exciting! We wanted to sharesome of the projects the NWLEF has fundedfor the district over the last few years.Through the Educational ImprovementTax Credit Program (EITC), theFoundation has sponsored thefollowing projects:
High School Marketing Program &Marquis
High School Fitness CenterEquipment Upgrades &Purchases
Middle School Mac Laptop Cart forRelated Arts Classes
Broadcasting Equipment for the twoElementary Schools
Century Learning in Visual Arts – purchase of interactive whiteboards, document cameras,laptops, etc. for the Visual Artclassrooms in each building
Upgrades to the Environmental Lab atNorthwestern Elementary School.Money to support creation of Environmental Lab at Weisenberg.
Reading Intervention Resources for bothelementary schools.
Middle School World LanguageProgram – Online Pilot
We are implementing a High SchoolInteractive Whiteboard Project thatwill bring a total of 34 Interactivewhiteboards to the HS.
Since 2008, the Northwestern LehighEducational Foundation, through EITCFunding, has donated approximately$314,000 in new and enhanced services forour school district.In addition to the EITC Funding, theFoundation has sponsored the teacherMini-Grant Program since 2007. Overthat time, the Foundation has fundedover $25,000 in programs for ourteachers to have new and innovativeteaching tools in their classrooms.These include, but are not limited to:
 Voice Recording Equipment to beused across all grades
Robotic Systems to be used in the HSPhysics Classes
 Advanced math software for the HS
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