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Yough adopts new science and social studies curricula

| Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

The Yough School Board has approved new science and social studies curricula.

The action was taken unanimously following a presentation by members of the curriculum committee at the board's regular meeting Feb. 13. The adopted curricula are the result of several months of work by the committee.

Science department chairman Brian Grindle said the new curriculum provides a road map that is consistent and eliminates redundancy while preparing students for the PSSA tests in elementary and middle school and laying a strong foundation for classes and the Keystone exams in high school.

Social studies department chairman Bob Berich said one goal at the elementary level is that “every kid gets the same exposure in every school,” referring to the consistency across buildings that the curriculum will provide.

Kim Mance, a science teacher at the middle school, said that earth science, life science and physical science will be integrated at every grade level instead of each assigned to a specific grade level, as it is currently.

“This will improve retention and PSSA scores,” she said.

Elementary Principal Keith Reidmiller said the curriculum will be based on state standards and common core standards and textbooks will be matched to the curriculum, not visa versa.

Superintendent Janet Sardon noted that the curriculum will be reviewed twice a year.

Grindle said, “Over the next few years ... we should see a much stronger foundation and students much better prepared to learn science and social studies.”

In other business the board approved the promotions of Amy Larcinese to principal of H.W. Good Elementary and Jenifer Pappasergi to principal of Mendon elementary. Larcinese was hired in October 2011 and Pappasergi was hired in May 2011.

The board accepted the resignation, of Brenda Makar, nurses assistant, and approved the hiring of Melonnie Martin in her place.

The board also approved the hiring of Daniel Allison as a technology assistant, pending clearances, drug screening and acceptance of the offered contract.

The following middle school coaches were approved: Brian Blasko, track assistant; Angela Sleith, softball head; Rachel Peebles, softball assistant; and Tonya Truxal, softball volunteer.

William S. Zirkle is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at bzirkle@tribweb.com or 724-872-6800.

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