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Longmeadow District and Curriculum
Longmeadow Public Schools are comprised of six schools and roughly 3,100 students. Longmeadow Public Schools use a balanced literacy model that includes time for whole-class, small-group, and individual instruction and intervention. Because the Common Core Standards mandate that students read complex texts and strike a balance between reading fictional and informational texts, Longmeadow emphasizes that students gain substantial practice in reading independently.
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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Longmeadow District Curriculum
The balanced literacy model calls for 45 minutes to an hour of either reader’s or writer’s workshop as well as 15 to 30 minutes of phonics and word study or interactive read-alouds. Reader’s and writer’s workshops begin with a focused mini-lesson that involves the teacher explicitly teaching or demonstrating a specific literacy skill or concept, followed by guided practice of that skill. The bulk of the workshop is spent with reading or writing (students choose their books and writing topics).
During this reading and writing time, one-on-one conferences and/or small-group lessons are conducted. This allows the teacher to ask students questions about the books they are reading, help them make revisions to their writing, and work with students who are struggling in particular areas. Teachers are required to post daily schedules that explicitly point out the times these elements will be integrated into the school day.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Longmeadow Educational News
- Longmeadow High Teacher Recognized - A history teacher at Longmeadow High School was awarded the 2014 Elgin Heinz Outstanding Teacher Award, which was presented by the United States-Japan Foundation. Ms. Snyder was awarded for her tireless efforts to help increase the understandings between the U.S. and Japan, with this emphasis on global partnerships resulting in rich experiences for her students.
- New High School Opens Its Doors - In 2013, the new state-of-the-art Longmeadow High School opened its doors to students and staff. The district’s superintendent gave a special thanks to the four women who founded Lancer Pride, which fought for the new school, believing that the students deserved a better school. Before classes began, students were able to take a look at the classrooms, labs, and front office.
- Longtime Longmeadow High Principal Retires - Recently, former Longmeadow High principal Lawrence J. Berte, who started at the school as an assistant principal in 1986 before finally becoming principal in 1998, retired. Mr. Berte was proud of the school’s collaborative environment and excellent staff and students. Longmeadow’s superintendent commended his leadership, concern for the students, and high expectations for academics and community service.
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Chalk Talk: Learning to Read versus Reading to Learn
When students are in the primary grades, the skill that is likely the most emphasized by everyone—teachers, parents, and even the children themselves—is learning how to read. These are the grades at which teachers explicitly instruct students on essential phonemic awareness and phonics skills that are required for reading. Students will learn to recognize letters, sound-letter correspondences, and how to decode (sound out) words. They will also memorize frequently occurring sight words. When students first begin reading, they will have to use their knowledge of the sounds of letters and blends to decode a lot of words until they learn to recognize more and more words automatically. In fourth grade, there will be a shift in students learning to read as opposed to reading to learn. Students will read to find out specific information and should be able to do this automatically.