Enrichment Report Discussion

*rescheduled due to snow
Tomorrow’s Wednesday, April 26, 9:30am
Weber Library

At the AGATE Meeting tomorrow 4/26, AGATE board members will be discussing the PEP report from consultant Dr. Van Tassel-Baska. We will discuss her wonderful recommendations to support the special needs of the advanced learners within our district. All are welcome to join in the discussion.

Reading the report prior is recommended. To view the report click here: http://www.portnet.k12.ny.us/Page/12394

Urgent! Tonight’s BOE meeting

Thank you to the many members who turned out for the Board of Education’s Curriculum Committee meeting on Friday, Feb 17, 2017, at which the committee chaired by BOE member Larry Greenstein reviewed the K-8 Enrichment Report submitted by the district consultant Dr. Joyce Van Tassel-Baska.  If you have not read the report, we urge you to do so at this link:


We also urge you to attend in person the Board of Education meeting Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 8:00 p.m. at Paul D. Schreiber High School, Library Computer Lab, to add your voice to the open public commentary regarding supporting and improving enrichment for students in Port Washington schools.

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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.