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Sturbridge District and Curriculum

Tantasqua Regional and School Union 61 Districts encompass the towns of Sturbridge, Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, and Wales in Massachusetts. Tantasqua’s academic-related goals include improving students’ reading, writing, and mathematical skills; cultivating students’ ability to locate, evaluate, synthesize, apply, and present information; encouraging educators to collaborate to improve student learning; ensuring that curriculum and instruction are at their best through ongoing review; and using student data to drive instruction.

We currently cover the following Sturbridge-area school district: Tantasqua and School Union 61.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Sturbridge District Curriculum

The district is working to update its curriculum guides, which provide teachers with instructional benchmarks and expected student outcomes, offer up beneficial resources and strategies that can be used, and “represent the philosophy and direction of the curriculum framework within a specific content area.” These curriculum guides are in the works for the arts, math, English language arts, health and physical education, science and technology, foreign languages, technology, and history and social studies.

The writing curriculum has also been expanded and students are expected to demonstrate strong writing skills across all subject areas. Students are taught to work through elements of writing including outlining, drafting, editing and preparing a final draft. The curriculum requires that both teachers and students understand the complete writing process in detail and that students be consistently monitored and offered on-going feedback. The 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 is also provided.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Sturbridge Educational News

  • Student Chefs Team Up With Local Chefs - Culinary arts students from Tantasqua Regional High recently partnered with chefs from seven area restaurants during the annual Team Chef Competition. The event benefited Tantasqua's Culinary Arts Student Scholarship. Judges voted on the Best Overall category, while event guests decided on People's Choice Entree and People's Choice Dessert.
  • Tantasqua Students Take Second at 3-D Printing Competition - AET Labs and Stratasys partnered to hold the Extreme Redesign international competition, which challenged students to take an existing product and modify its design to improve it, with a focus on the use of 3-D printing. Two students from Tantasqua Regional High placed second with their snow shovel designed to make snow-shoveling easier and to reduce back problems. The handle of their shovel was 3-D-printed, making it completely adjustable to the user's handedness and height.
  • Tantasqua School Board Approves Budget Increase - The Tantasqua Regional School Committee recently approved an operating budget of just over $21 million--a 3.1 percent increase from the previous budget--for the district for the 2016 fiscal year. This will allow the district to reinstate two teaching positions (one full- and two part-time) after adding 2.5 positions in 2014. The district will also use school choice funds for new technology hardware as well as infrastructure and capital projects.

Sturbridge Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

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: What Is Earth Science?

Earth science concepts are typically intertwined in elementary (and sometimes middle) school science classes. Earth science is sometimes an elective course offered by high schools and even colleges. Although it is not as well-known or complex as other sciences, it is very important for students to learn about the planet they live on. Concepts in earth science include types of rocks and minerals and the rock cycle, processes such as weathering and erosion, the water cycle, prehistoric ages, the study of atmosphere, earthquakes and volcanoes, etc. The understanding of these concepts helps students see how Earth has changed and may change in the future. A major topic in earth science today is global warming, or climate change.