A new school year be­gins with la­bor rest

The Advance of Bucks County - - BACK TO SCHOOL - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

Cl­rkCfi olCh – rn­like neigh­bor­ing dis­tricts, Coun­cil oock will en­ter a new school year with la­bor rest.

At the close of the last school year, the school board reached col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ments with its pro­fes­sional and sup­port staffs.

Both the pro­fes­sional staff ECobAF and sup­port staff ECobp­mAF worked well with the school dis­trict to reach an acFRUG, wKLFK EHnH­fiWV both the dis­trict and the unions, ac­cord­ing to pu­per­in­ten­dent jark hlein.

Ad­min­is­tra­tors also made con­ces­sions in their agree­ment to re­duce their con­trac­tual in­creases for the OMNO-NP school year.

“te are very for­tu­nate to have a strong re­la­tion­ship with our em­ployee groups that en­able us to bar­gain to res­o­lu­tion with­out im­passe and reach agree­ments that help our school dis­trict main­tain an out­stand­ing VFKRRO SURJUDP wLWKLn WKH fiVFDO ERunGDULHV ac­cept­able to our community,” hlein said.

As the new school year be­gins for the dis­trict’s NN,4RO students, hlein said the dis­trict will continue to build on its suc­cesses with the mp­pAs.

au­r­ing the OMNN-NO school year, Coun­cil oock met Avm as a dis­trict.

The menn­syl­va­nia pys­tem of pchool As­sess­ments Emp­pAF is a sys­tem of state asVHVVPHnWV WKDW PHDVuUH SUR­fiFLHnFy DPRnJ students in math, read­ing, sci­ence and writ­ing.

Ad­e­quate vearly mrogress EAvmF is a mea­sure­ment that al­lows the r.p. aepart­ment of bd­u­ca­tion to de­ter­mine how ev­ery pub­lic school and school dis­trict in the coun­try is per­form­ing aca­dem­i­cally ac­cord­ing to re­sults on stan­dard­ized tests.

oe­gard­ing the hey­stone As­sess­ments, the VFKRRO GLVWULFW LV wDLWLnJ IRU GHfinLWLYH GLUHF- tion on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the as­sess­ments, ac­cord­ing to hlein.

cor this year, students at the school dis­trict’s high schools will take the tests in ae­cem­ber in the sub­jects of al­ge­bra, lit­er­a­ture and bi­ol­ogy.

fn an­other area, hlein said the school dis­trict will be im­ple­ment­ing a new read­ing pro­gram at the el­e­men­tary level this year.

The new el­e­men­tary read­ing pro­gram, -RuUnHyV, LV SuEOLVKHG Ey HRuJKWRn 0LIflLn earcourt.

gour­neys is a com­pre­hen­sive read­ing pro­gram that in­cludes read­ing, com­pre­hen­sion, fluHnFy, SKRnLFV, SKRnHPLF DwDUHnHVV, word study, spell­ing, gram­mar, hand­writ­ing, writ­ing and tech­nol­ogy re­sources.

“Teach­ers will have ev­ery­thing needed in one pro­gram so they no longer have to sup­ple­ment read­ing in­struc­tion with other ma­te­ri­als,” said goy jcClen­don, di­rec­tor of ble­men­tary bd­u­ca­tion and Cur­ricu­lum per­vices for Coun­cil oock.

“te can in­sure all students are re­ceiv­ing the same in­struc­tion across all NM el­e­men­tary schools,” she said.

tith the tech­nol­ogy com­po­nent, students can ac­cess the read­ing ma­te­ri­als and re­sources from home too.

The school dis­trict’s for­mer pro­gram was pur­chased in N999 and was out­dated, ac­cord­ing to jcClen­don. “An­other ad­van­tage to the new pro­gram is its align­ment to the Com­mon Core ptan­dards and the mppA,” she said.

“lur phe­nom­e­nal teach­ers vol­un­teered days over the sum­mer to at­tend pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment in how to im­ple­ment the gour­neys pro­gram,” jcClen­don said. “te look for­ward to an ex­cit­ing year of learn­ing in our oead­ing ian­guage Arts class­rooms.”

phe has been with the dis­trict for over NM years and is be­gin­ning her seventh year as di­rec­tor of ble­men­tary bd­u­ca­tion and Cur­ricu­lum per­vices.

fn other ar­eas, hlein said the school dis­trict is in the early stages of build­ing a new strate­gic plan for the next three years.

As the new school year be­gins, hlein said the dis­trict’s goal con­tin­ues “to be to of­fer suc­cess for our students ev­ery day.”

Mark Klein

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