Ms. Michele P. Van Eyken
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
Dear Partners in Education:
Welcome to the 2017-18 Roosevelt Union Free School District’s curriculum page for grades Pre-K – 6th grade. This page is intended to keep parents, students, and teachers engaged and informed. Our mission to “Educate the Whole Child” the Roosevelt school community is multi-pronged.
The office of Curriculum and Instruction is working diligently with our schools to ensure that our students are receiving effective, data driven instruction. We work directly with school principals, assistant principals, curriculum specialists, teachers, students, and parents.
During the 2016-2017 school year, we are also ensuring that all subjects are aligned with New York State Common Core State Standards and that every teacher has a Student Learning Objective (SLO) to drive instruction.
On this page you will also find curriculum guides, information on various curriculum support programs in use, and links to educational sites that will help you to understand new and ongoing State and federal regulations related to education.
Below is a brief description of a few of the programs and initiatives the District is using to help improve academic achievement for all of our students:
- Teachers in grades K-6 will be using the newly adopted JOURNEYS reading series for our English Language Arts curriculum.
- These modules include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.
- Teachers in grades K- 5 are utilizing Mathematics modules from EngageNY.
- Curriculum modules in mathematics are marked by in-depth focus on fewer topics. They integrate the CCLS, rigorous classroom reasoning, extended classroom time devoted to practice and reflection through extensive problem sets, and high expectations for mastery. The time required to complete a curriculum module will depend on the scope and difficulty of the mathematical content that is the focus of the module (first priority cluster area for a given grade level). For example, the curriculum module relating to Grade 3 multiplication and division introduces initial ideas of multiplication and division in a brief period at the start of the year, continues to develop strategies and problem solving throughout the year, and includes materials to be used throughout the year for helping students reach fluency by the end of the year with single-digit multiplication and related division.
- Supplemental programs - GO Math! Is a comprehensive Kindergarten to Grade 6 mathematics program developed to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. It will be utilized in grades K to 6 during the 2016 – 2017 school year.
- Teachers in Grades 6-8 are utilizing GoMath
- Grades K – 2 will continue using Core Knowledge for English Language Arts.
- Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) is a comprehensive, preschool through fifth grade program for teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking while also building students’ vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, global and American history, and the sciences. In the early grades, CKLA focuses on oral language development through carefully sequenced read-alouds as well as systematic instruction in reading and writing skills. In later grades, CKLA continues to advance students’ knowledge and vocabulary through read-alouds and in-depth discussions while also immersing students in complex texts and advanced writing assignments that draw on the academic content they’ve been engaged in since preschool.
- Quarterly benchmark assessments using STAR Renaissance. School data inquiry teams will use assessments to monitor achievement and growth while identifying strengths and targeting areas of improvement.
- STAR assessments provide the most valid, reliable, actionable data in the least amount of testing time—usually 20 minutes or less. That empowers educators to focus on what matters most—individualizing instruction to accelerate learning for all students.
- Parent University is a series of academic workshops for parents to assist them in the academic growth of our students. Please refer to the District Calendar for 2016-2017 Parent University dates.
- Common Core shifts in English Language Arts and Math: ELA Curriculum Calendar guides have been created for grades kindergarten thru sixth, which follows a logical sequence within a grade level and between grade levels. The Mathematics curriculum maps, grade kindergarten thru sixth grade, help teachers understand what is taught and when it is taught in math. The maps are 'works-in-progress' and 'living and breathing' documents, which are updated as needed.
Our web page is fluid and we will continue to update the site with relevant information that ensures that all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Michele P. Van Eyken
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
Phone (516) 345-7017
Fax (516) 377-7321