The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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May 17, 2013

Report raises concern

Medina Journal-Register — The Medina School District Curriculum and Technology Committee met recently, and its board liaison Chris Keller talked Tuesday about some issues teachers in the district currently face during a board work session.

Keller said teachers of incoming pre-kindergarten students have begun noticing a disturbing trend.

“During the pre-k screening a lot of the teachers have seen some deficiencies,” he said. Specifically he said incoming pre-k students have shown an inability to use scissors and other motor skills.

A brief discussion about the incoming pre-k standards followed, during which board member Wendi Pencille noted how the teachers who do the screening essentially check off boxes of what children can and cannot do.

The board agreed that having students ready for pre-k is an immeasurable advantage. The members agreed that some sort of an outreach program to parents of younger children in the district would be a good idea. 

Also at the committee meeting, several of the district’s math teachers were there and expressed a desire for more math instruction time.

Keller said most students seem to be able to follow math until around sixth grade. At that time, the content becomes a bit more challenging and the students start to separate themselves. He said the teachers want to determine where the math deficiencies lie and then attack them.

One idea of how to add math to the curriculum was to integrate more of it into the science curriculum. Keller said the teachers’ focus was on creating new, innovative ways to get math taught while keeping up with state standards.

The overall shift in curriculum would not be able to be done in one summer and would have to be done in parts, Pencille said.

Also on Tuesday, the board announced that this year the middle school will host summer school instead of the high school. Superintendent Jeff Evoy said the shift was done to accommodate maintenance of the high school on things that “need to be tidied up.”

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