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Orange District and Curriculum
Orange Elementary School District contains two elementary schools: Fischer Hill (grades PK-2) and Dexter Park (3-6). Once students who reside in Orange reach seventh grade, they go on to attend middle and high school in the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District. Both districts follow the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks which lays out the learning expectations that students need to meet each year in their academic subjects. Additionally, students in the district take part in learning activities that focus on developing 21st century skills, such as respect for diversity and effective communication.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Orange District Curriculum
The elementary curriculum introduces the basics of reading, writing, mathematic problem-solving, science concepts and social studies. Students are expected to read stories as well as informational texts so that they understand the different purposes for what they read and write. In math, strategies for numerical operations are emphasized, as well as basic concepts in pattern recognition, shape recognition, and data and measurement. This lays the foundation for more in-depth study in these topics in middle and high school.
The high school offers several unique social studies elective courses, including Women’s Studies, Contemporary Social Problems, Cold War America, Other Voices (a multicultural course), and Intro to French and Canadian Culture. English elective courses include Shakespeare, Creative Arts Workshop, Children’s Literature, Business of Writing, and Short Stories and Content Area Strategies: Reading and Writing. Several of these classes suit students who have interest in various types of writing. In Children’s Literature, students have the opportunity to read aloud to young children in local libraries and other facilities.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Orange Educational News
- Mahar Regional High Senior Awarded for Keeping the Peace - A senior at Ralph C. Mahar Regional High was awarded at the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice's annual Peacemaker Awards for helping bring students together in her school. She worked with students with special needs in the CAPS program, helped her classmates settle their differences as a peer mediator, and volunteered in the Training Active Bystanders anti-bullying program.
- Mahar Regional Earns Technology Grant - Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick announced that $5 million in technology grants were awarded to 47 schools across the state. One of these schools is Ralph C. Mahar Regional School, which earned a grant worth $70,000. The schools will receive funding from the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant, which increases schools' access to digital literacy, helping better prepare them for college and the workforce.
- Mahar Schools Approved to Preserve Dam - After the Office of Dam Safety mandated the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District repair or remove its dam due to safety concerns, School Committee members voted to save the dam. Citizen Carl Sauter, whose father originally helped build the dam and who was a Mahar graduate, cited the educational value of the dam for its use in environmental learning and science classes.
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SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.
Chalk Talk: High School Writing Classes
High school students who are very interested in writing may have some choices of courses that allow them to write more than they do in their regular English classes. High schools often offer creative writing, which gives students the opportunity to write any style and about whichever topic they choose. Another popular option is to write for the school newspaper, which typically involves a class and is not only an after-school activity. Journalism courses also help students learn about current events and the history behind them. Students write articles about school events, pop culture and trends, important teen issues, etc., as well as interview classmates and teachers. These and other courses will help prepare students to pursue journalism if this is their interest as well.