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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Williamstown District Curriculum
Beginning in 2005, Williamstown Elementary implemented a "Core Reading Model" of instruction in grades K-3. The following year, the district adopted the Scott Foresman reading series, which is designed to meet the unique needs of every student. The school incorporates a common literacy block referred to as Reading "Team Time." Teachers are able to differentiate instruction to cater to individual students' needs during this time as they share staff and design individualized instruction.
The Scott Foresman series contains nonfiction selections that relate to what students are learning in science and social studies, so literacy is stressed in these content areas. Students also receive additional reading instruction through an RTI (Response to Intervention) model, which creates small instructional groups organized around students' needs and interests. During RTI, which focuses on extending fluency and comprehension, students may be taught by the reading specialist, other Title I staff, or special teachers (library, technology, and art). Lastly, the students in the primary grades often benefit by spending time with their older "reading buddies".
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Williamstown District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Mount Greylock Regional School District serves students in the towns of Williamstown and Lanesborough. Each town contains an elementary school, while Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High schools are located in Williamstown. The schools follow the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks which incorporates Common Core expectations. The curriculum is paced so that students build their knowledge in each subject each year. Expectations are set based on grade-level and grade-level teachers meet regularly to find topics for interdisciplinary exploration, assess student data and exchange strategies. The goal is for every student to read at grade level by the end of third grade.
We currently cover the following Williamstown-area school district: Mount Greylock Regional School District.
Keeping Informed: Recent Williamstown Educational News
- Lanesborough Fifth Graders Help Others Learn About Local Historical Sites - Lanesborough Elementary fifth graders created films describing over a dozen local historical sites using digital technology such as iPads and iMovie. In conjunction with the town's 250th anniversary, the students will replace old QR codes at various sites, with the new QR codes linking to their online videos when scanned by smartphone readers. To gain the knowledge to create these videos, the students visited over 20 sites with an interpreter over the course of the year.
- Mount Greylock Students, Teachers Choose Graduation Speakers - The students who made up the Class of 2015 and the faculty members each had their choice of a student who would speak at the high school's graduation ceremony. The student selected by his peers excelled in his AP classes, was chosen to attend a county leadership summit in his sophomore year, was on the District Attorney's Youth Advisory Board, and held leadership roles on several athletic teams; his speech was titled "The Greylock Experience."
- Junior's Artwork Receives Top Accolades - A Mount Greylock junior's portrait "Quiet Ferocity" was chosen out of 111 entries from across the state as the winner of the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for the First Congressional District of Massachusetts and will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The young artist took two years to complete her acrylic painting of a young woman, which was inspired by a picture she found on the Internet. Fifteen-year art teacher Jane-Ellen DeSomma, who encourages her students to "rethink and repurpose materials to create new works," helped the student evolve her painting over time.
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Chalk Talk: What Does a Speech Therapist Do?
Speech therapists work one-on-one with students who have speech impediments. Students typically are pulled out of their regular classroom about two days per week for a part of an instructional period to work with the speech therapist. School speech therapists have an educational background in speech-language pathology; those with this degree can work with individuals of any age who need speech therapy. In schools, the speech therapist handles all speech-related IEPs, evaluating whether or not students need their services. They may help students who have issues with their voice, stuttering, swallowing, etc. They will implement research-based strategies depending on each child's needs. If a child's school does not have a speech therapist (most do), parents will have to pay to seek therapy outside of school. School speech therapists may recommend that children receive extra therapy as well.