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Boxford District and Curriculum
The Tri-Town School Union district serves elementary schools in the towns of Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield. Students from these three towns go on to attend middle and high school in the Masconomet Regional School District. The Tri-Town Schools use a balanced literacy model that involves three components: readers’ workshop, writers’ workshop, and language and word study. The readers’ workshops include activities such as read alouds; shared, guided, and independent reading; and literature circles. The writers’ workshops are structured, yet foster creativity, provide a safe place for students to take academic risks, and allow students to perfect and learn writing skills in manageable chunks.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Boxford District Curriculum
The literacy workshops are unique in that they combine structure, creativity, experimentation, and assessment. Time for mini-lessons for teachers to teach and reinforce skills and concepts are built into the 45- to 60-minute blocks. The schools are very serious about their writing program, offering a district writing model, a brochure that lays out this writing model, a writers’ workshop profile by grade level, and a PowerPoint that explains the process in action. There are also links to each of the three types of writing students are expected to produce—argument, narrative, and informational—for each grade level from K-6.
The third prong of the district’s balanced literacy model involves language and word study. The phonics and spelling program Wilson Fundations is used in grades K-3. This research-based program is designed to complement—not replace—the schools’ existing literacy program. Fundations is incorporated into a daily 30-minute lesson, which includes sequenced skills such as print knowledge, phonological awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency, and spelling; critical thinking, speaking, and listening skills are practiced as well.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Boxford Educational News
- Legendary Masconomet Football Coach Retires - In 1989, Jim Pugh began transforming a floundering Masconomet football team. After 26 years, 19 winning seasons, seven Cape Ann League championship wins, and two Super Bowl appearances, Coach Pugh announced his retirement. Pugh also headed the Special Education program for 25 years.
- Middle School Art Teachers Showcase Student' Unique Artwork - Two seventh and eighth grade art teachers at Masconomet Middle School displayed the artwork of nearly 700 students at the annual Art Show. In their art classes, students are exposed to a wide variety of artistic concepts and materials, including clay and sculptural work, mixed media and collages, printmaking, painting, observational drawings, etc. Because students have art class weekly during the school year, they are able to have continuity in their work.
- School Celebrates Success Through "Exploration Day" - With the Howe-Manning School achieving the status of Level 1 School for the third year in a row as well as being named a Commendation School, Principal Betsy Boulanger decided to honor her staff and students by holding an "Exploration Day." Students and teachers were granted autonomy to choose what they wanted to learn and explore and how, with the idea being drawn from Daniel Pink's Drive, which explains that autonomy motivates us intrinsically and creatively.
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Chalk Talk: English Curricular Expectations
English class encompasses everything having to with literacy: reading, writing, grammar, and spelling. These are all components of elementary school English classes and are often separated within daily literacy blocks. Students often read from their basal reading textbooks and answer comprehension questions based on their reading. In the primary grades, phonics plays a major role as students learn how to put together words and sentences. Writing is becoming increasingly more important in the elementary grade levels, as called for by the Common Core Standards. Students complete grammatical exercises in their workbooks and take spelling tests. These are all traditional aspects of elementary English classes, but more student-centered approaches that combine all parts of literacy, such as reading and writing workshops and literacy centers, are becoming more and more common. Speaking and listening are also extremely important parts of English classes.