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Board Members Work to ‘Crack a Code’

When the school board’s curriculum and instruction subcommittee met recently (Monday, Dec. 1), board members had to chance to “crack a code” using various literacy and numeracy based clues supported by technology to open several locked boxes.

It was part of a multi-faceted presentation and interactive program designed to review how the district is working in service to schools to connect all large bodies of work – instructional practices, culture, climate and mindset and communication and partnerships.

In attendance were board members Susan Jacobsen, Mary-Jane Pazda, Jason Scappaticci and Carl Stafford, and district administrators Amy Radikas,  Diane Sheehan-Burns, Kerri Kearney and Santosha Oliver.

Among the artifacts and efforts they reviewed were:

  • A video clip of Manchester High Spanish 4 students providing a weather report to their peers;

  • A video of a kindergarten class at Washington being provided a literacy-based mini lesson by a coach and their teacher;

  • A movie trailer of students from all grade levels taking part in academies at Manchester High, robotics, science fair and Invention Convention, off-site Audubon experiences and inquiry-based lessons being delivered by STEM specialists;

  • Also, the “Hour of Code experience” cited above and documented through the  accompanying photos..

Dr. Radikas, the district’s assistant superintendent, said that the meeting demonstrated “the need for incorporating creativity, collaboration, persistence, problem solving and communication in all facets of the district’s work to ensure that all students are successful.”
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