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From the desk of Dr. Charles Murphy: November 28, 2012

In April, Island Trees children in grades three to eight will take the new common core assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics. At this time, our number one priority is to prepare our students with this very complex and challenging subject matter.  Of course, our students will need support at home to be truly successful.

Fortunately, we possess a very supportive parent base that understands that their child’s education is their primary household concern. At this moment (November), the State Education Department (SED) has still not provided clear core curriculum guidelines for school districts.

Sadly, SED mishandled this important responsibility. With that said, we hope to educate staff and parents with materials that can provide new insight to the core curriculum. Recently, I found two YouTube videos I thought would helpful for parents.  Please see the links below:

Common Core Math

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlJ44te7jrw&feature=channel&list=UL

Common Core ELA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmLElb7yHDU&feature=channel&list=UL

Again for those parents with young children, please continue to visit the library each week and share a variety of books with them.