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Common Core Information Night

POSTED 10/23/2013
Common Core Information Night set for Monday, Nov. 4
The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School will participate in a regional Common Core Information Night for parents at HFM BOCES in Johnstown on Monday, Nov. 4. [Download event brochure...]

The Common Core Information Night is intended for parents, teachers, students and community members who want to learn more about how new Common Core Learning Standards are changing what children are learning in the classroom. Led by teachers, principals and superintendents from HFM BOCES component school districts, the event will answer parents’ most important question: How can I help my child succeed at school?

OESJ is offering free bus rides to and from the event for any district resident interested in attending. Buses will leave the OESJ Middle School at 5:15 p.m. and the OESJ High School at 5:30 p.m. Call District Clerk Anna O’Connell at (518) 568-2014 to reserve a seat or email her at anna.oconnell@oesj.org.

The 90-minute event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a short presentation and question and answer period. Participants may then visit any of numerous stations around the conference center staffed by teachers and principals who will answer specific questions about how new models for teaching are being used at each grade level. Informational handouts and other useful resources will be available at each station.

“We strongly encourage parents who have questions or concerns about the Common Core to attend the event,” OESJ Superintendent Laura Lawrence said. “The district is committed to the implementation of the Common Core as we seek to increase the rigor and the relevance of what students are learning in the classrooms.” 

Lawrence said follow up events focusing on the Common Core will be scheduled in the district following the Nov. 4 regional information night.

“Common Core was designed to improve the chances of our children graduating from school prepared for the world that awaits them. And while there seems to be lots of room for debate over the whole thing, we want to have a dialog on Nov. 4 about the most important thing: how we all can help our students succeed right now,” HFM BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Patrick Michel said.

According to Dr. Michel, the event will focus exclusively on what is happening in the classroom, and will not debate the controversies surrounding the implementation of Common Core, APPR or state testing.

“These standards have been adopted by New York State, and they set the expectations we are required to shoot for in our classrooms. I recognize that concerns surround the whole Race to the Top initiative, but I also see classrooms of children who want to learn now. We’re leaving the debates for other times and venues, and concentrating at this event on how our teachers and parents can work together to help our students succeed,” Dr. Michel said.

HFM BOCES is comprised of 15 school districts in Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton Counties. In 2011, the component districts asked BOCES to provide services they needed to meet the grant requirements brought on by $1.1 million in federal Race to the Top funding. The Network Team was formed to provide expert professional development in experts in curriculum, data analysis, and instruction, including implementation of Common Core Learning Standards.