Dear Parents and Guardians:
I wanted to inform you of a recent decision that was made by our administrative team that will impact all of our schools in the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union. Starting next school year, we will begin implementing a unified, comprehensive curriculum PK-12 in both Math and English Language Arts. Districts often spend large sums of money and lots of time trying to write comprehensive curriculum materials and often the work is never completed. In fact, our supervisory union spent several years trying to develop a unified PK-12 curriculum. The job was never completed. This year we decided to research some of the best materials that have been developed across the country. We wanted those materials to challenge our students, align with the Common Core, and provide a seamless transition from one grade to another. After careful review, we settled on Eureka Math and the Wheatley English Language Arts Curriculum; both developed by Great Minds, Incorporated, a non-profit think tank that worked with teachers from across the country to develop these instructional materials.
These programs provide a developmentally challenging curriculum in both subject areas. The curriculum materials for both Math and ELA include a sequenced set of topics; theme-based unit modules; sample lesson plans; suggested materials lists; and standards-based assessments that will allow us to gauge student performance on a regular basis. We will now be assured that fourth grade students in all four of our schools are accessing the same curriculum that ensures equity and excellence. It will also allow teachers across the supervisory union to work together in grade-alike groups – using each other as resources. These curriculum documents also provide much needed enrichment and remedial suggestions so that we can meet the needs of all of our students while keeping standards and expectations high.
This is an exciting opportunity for our students. Some of our teachers, in some of our schools, have been using versions of the materials this year. They speak very highly of the quality. It will be a measured implementation and your principals will keep you informed as we move along. We know this is a great supervisory union with great schools and excellent teachers – this will make us even stronger. If you have any questions, please ask your principals or contact me.