Yough adopts new science and social studies curricula
By William S. Zirkle
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 9:00 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 email@example.com or 724-872-6800.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.