Port Enrichment Discussion at the Next BOE Curriculum Committee Meeting

Friday, 2/17 8:30 AM at the Daly Annex

Mark Your Calendar and Please Attend!

In October, the Port Washington School District hired Dr. Joyce Van Tassel-Baska, a renowned consultant on gifted education, to conduct a thorough evaluation of our district’s PEP program and give recommendations on how to best serve our children.

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Recent Grad Panel

First- for those of you that were unable to attend the Parent’s Council meetings where Dr. Westervelt presented on literacy and writing initiatives in our district, here is a link to her presentation: http://www.portnet.k12.ny.us/Page/11197
It is well worth a look and exactly in line with what we have been advocating for. Thank you Dr. Westervelt!!!

Next– Please save the date–right after our holiday break, on 1/5 at 7:30pm AGATE, in conjunction with the Schreiber HSA, is hosting our annual Recent Grad Panel in the Schreiber Library. This is a phenomenal opportunity to gain iinsight into the Schreiber experience directly from those who know it best, our students. Our grads will have the floor to candidly answer your Qs. (Please note: There will be a brief Schreiber HSA Meeting from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. in the library before the Recent Graduate Panel begins at 7:30 p.m.)

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Literacy and Writing Programs in Our Schools

On Monday the Parent’s Council is having Dr. Westervelt present on the literacy and writing programs in Port and how they are being implemented K-12. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about new initiatives at our school, share feedback, and ask any related questions.

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Great News!

In the last several months, the Port Washington School District’s administration and BOE have undertaken two reviews that demonstrate their commitment to supporting the academic and emotional health of all our students.

In a focus on improving curricula offered to advanced learners as well as enriched learning in the classroom, the district hired consultant Dr. Joyce Van Tassel Baska, Professor Emeritus William and Mary and past president of the National Association of Gifted Children, to undertake a comprehensive review of our district’s advanced learning and enrichment opportunities (K-8).

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Homework…now what?

Thank you to the large number of attendees who turned out for our meeting on “Homework, Mindfulness, and Reducing Stress” last week. Those of you that were unable to join us can read the meeting notes here.

Because local, state and national conversations are happening in and around homework, the focus of the meeting quickly turned towards understanding and analyzing research on homework “best practice” and to local and national school district homework policies.

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Save the Date: Meet the Candidates, 10/25

AGATE and SEPTA will be co-hosting a “Meet the Candidates” event on 10/25 at 7:30pm in the Schreiber Cafeteria, where candidates running for State Senate and Assembly will be sharing their thoughts on education reform and what role they hope to play if elected. We are looking for a committee of volunteers to help us organize and run this event. If you are interested please email us here at portagate@gmail.com.

Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress Meeting on 9/29

Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress
Does your child feel overwhelmed by homework?  Is homework causing stress and overload? Do you wonder if there is an issue with your child’s time management or if the homework is out of alignment with the district’s homework policy? (Click here to view.)  Come find out steps you can take to become more mindful and help reduce stress around homework.

AGATE is hosting Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress on 9/29/16 9:30-11am at the Weber Library.  Guest speaker Dr. Joseph D’Angelo, College Board Certified Instructor of Teachers of AP English, retired from Manhasset High School: District Specialist in Programs for Gifted Youth, and nationally recognized private consultant for gifted students with learning deficits, will discuss research on the topic of homework appropriateness as well as: Continue reading “Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress Meeting on 9/29”

Welcome Back

We hope the school year has gotten off to a great start for you and your children!

The good news in regards to G&T education and enrichment as a whole is that the district has hired a consultant to look at our current program, evaluate our needs as a district, and make a recommendation as to how best to reconfigure our enrichment program so that more children benefit and needs are met across the spectrum.

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