Support and Special Areas Team:
The Support Team continued to promote academic success for all students using test data to make instructional decisions. The team reviewed reading and mathematics midyear data, focusing on curricular weaknesses and struggling students. Interventions and supports were brainstormed, shared with Core and Math teachers, and implemented in classrooms.
Third and Fourth grade students read their way across
On January 29, District Math Support teachers and Nancy Adams hosted the third annual Kindergarten Math Night. Children and parents from the five elementary schools were engaged in hands-on activities reflecting Mathematical Standards. More than 40 Conestoga National Honor Society and Key Club volunteers facilitated the stations including fish for a number, birthday graphs, shape poems and play dough cut outs, hop a number line, how long is a minute, and numerous other activities.
Wendy Towle, Curriculum Supervisor for Language Arts, and Mary Nagle, Hillside Reading Specialist, attended the PA/Title I Improving Schools Performance Conference in
In Physical Education, the third and fourth grade students have just completed their unit of study in basketball. The students learned the history of basketball as well as dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. The First, Second, and Kindergarten students continued to work on their fundamental movement skills and an introduction to eye hand coordination.
Hillside students, staff, and parents all worked together on an art mural to celebrate
In first grade art, the children finished lily pad paintings inspired by the art of Claude Monet. Second grade students completed beautiful penguin paintings. The third grade students took home their clay sculptures inspired by the
On December 4th Janet Wong, author of more than 24 children’s books spent the day with our students. Mrs. Wong discussed the many job opportunities for writers and her inspiration behind some of her poems and stories. The afternoon was spent with each grade level being able to have a breakout session with the author. First grade listened as Mrs. Wong modeled how to write a gift poem for friends and family. Second graders brought clipboards, paper, and pencil and wrote a comparison poem. Each student compared a friend or family member to an object in nature. Third grade wrote feverously jotting down story and poem ideas to share in the classroom. And finally, 4th graders learned about rhyme, rhythm, and alliteration in poetry. The day concluded with many students at each grade level submitting poetry for a contest to win a Janet Wong book.
December was a busy month for Chorus and Orchestra at
In support of our local community,
Easttown Library partnered with
ESL teacher Julia Sponseller and her colleague Joan Blair were presenters at the World Language Expo 2012 in
The Hillside Library benefited greatly from the Watch D.O.G.S. volunteers during the month. Dr. Basil Harris created a “skeleton man” for the library window, using actual x-rays. Students discovered lots of interesting facts about human bones using the x-rays, supplemented by library materials.
On October 18, the
Hillside Support Area Team worked to implement strategies supporting academic success for all students. PSSA data was analyzed, school wide benchmarks were completed, and support services such as reading and math club began for those students in need of additional instruction. Team members will continue to analyze data to determine instructional needs for Hillside Students.
In the month of September, music making took off at