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Curriculum Office

5 months ago

Director, Cheryl Champion cheryl.champion@donegalsd.org


The curriculum department works to create and provide a viable, standards aligned curriculum across all schools for all students.

The curriculum is kept current and is continuously improved through the implementation cycle which takes place over a six-year period of time. This cycle is followed to ensure curricular alignment with the Pennsylvania Core Standards. During the on-cycle process the curriculum is reviewed/ revised and submitted for approval. Additionally, a needs assessment is conducted to determine the resources needed to keep the curriculum up to date and standards aligned.

The Director of Curriculum and Instruction works with teachers to determine the professional development needs of the district and in turn provides the professional development. Additionally, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction creates the curriculum budget to ensure the district has the appropriate resources and professional development opportunities needed to support the curriculum. 

Classroom observations are conducted by the Director of C&I, throughout the year, to observe the curriculum "in action" in the classrooms. 

 
The Donegal School District Curriculum Office is located at
1051 Koser Road
Mount Joy, PA 17552
Phone - 717.492.1304
Fax - 717.492.1350

Achievement

5 months ago

School Performance Profile

The School Performance Profile is now utilized by the Department of Education to reflect progress of each school and district in Pennsylvania.  To view Donegal School District's Performance Profile you will use the following link:

http://paschoolperformance.org/133/Schools

If you have questions about the School Performance Profile, please contact an administrator at one of our schools.

Title I

2 months ago

What Is Title I?

Title I is a program funded by the federal government to provide support for children, especially in the area of reading. Funds are allocated by the federal government and distributed to the Donegal School District through the state. The funds are used to provide support services to help low-achieving students improve their skills in reading and better succeed in school.

Is the Title I program the same in every school?

Title I services are provided in the Donegal Primary School and in the Donegal Intermediate School. The goal of our Title I program is to provide supplemental reading instruction for identified students. Instruction is provided by a reading specialist. Each building reading specialist is highly qualified, meeting all requirements for certification by the State of Pennsylvania, including Reading Specialist Certification. Instruction by the reading specialist correlates with the classroom literacy curriculum and targets the individual needs of the identified students.

How is a student selected for Title I support in the Donegal School District?

Eligibility for Title I assistance is determined by the results of performance assessments and recommendations by the classroom teachers. Students performing below grade level in the area of reading are eligible. Once a student is determined to be eligible for Title I support, a letter is sent home to the parent explaining the program and requesting a signature for permission. Questions about the Title I program or your child's need for support should be directed to his/her classroom teacher or the reading specialists.

Who are the people directly involved in the Title I program?

Overall responsibility for the Title I Program rests with the School Board and Administration. Our Director of Elementary Education, Greg Kiehl, oversees the program. Mr. Kiehl, together with the building principals, reading specialists and classroom teachers, coordinates the efforts of the Title I program to provide services to meet the needs of the individual children.

What does the Title I program look like in my school?

Title I support in reading may occur individually or in small groups, inside and/or outside of the classroom. The reading specialists are scheduled to work with eligible students to help them achieve success in their school setting. Students receive help specific to their individual needs enabling them to improve grade level performance and to increase their abilities in basic reading skills.

Who are the Title I teachers?

At the Primary School, our Title I teachers are Mrs. Eckenrode, Mrs. Garber and Mrs. Husser.  At the Intermediate School, our teachers are Mrs. Bowers, Mrs. Sosnoski and Mrs. Stehman.

 

Donegal School District Title I Parent Involvement Policy:

http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/dngl/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=9NXU2B79D325

 

Title I Documents:

Home-School Compact

Parent Involvement Policy

Annual Notice of Highly Qualified Teacher Status

 

Title I Parent Resources:

The documents below are order forms for parent resources on a variety of topics.  Should you wish to order any of these resources, print out the order form and mail it to the address on the top of the form.  Parents are permitted to order up to 10 different titles!

Parent Resource Order Form

 

The link to the Great Kids Milestones website is below.  This site provides short (1-2 minute) videos about the reading and math skills your child is learning in his/her classroom.  The videos are designed for parents of students in grades K-5 and may be watched in either English or Spanish.  You can select the grade level video library you wish to view on the main page of the site.

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/milestones/

Initiatives

5 months ago

Learning Focused Schools

TRANSFORMING STANDARDS INTO LEARNING.

CONNECTING STRATEGIES FOR LEARNING.

PLANNING FRAMEWORKS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.

 

Learning-Focused is a comprehensive continuous school improvement model that:

  • provides schools with consistent learning
  • provides exemplary strategies instruction
  • Integrates research-based exemplary practices

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
- Aristotle

Learning-Focused helps teachers make decisions about:

  • Deciding what to teach
  • Using what you already know to teach your best
  • Connecting and using the most important practices/strategies in every lesson
  • Helping your administration observe and understand your professional teaching practices
  • Finding instructional time for higher level thinking activities/lessons
  • Quickly assessing student learning
  • Differentiating instruction easily
  • Quickly building background knowledge and moving students from where they are
  • Accelerating learning
  • Integrating writing, reading comprehension, and higher level thinking
  • Focusing on key vocabulary and good vocabulary strategies

For more information about Learning Focused Schools strategies, please visit http://www.learningfocused.com.

Standards

5 months ago

The curriculum of The Donegal School District is aligned with the Pennsylvania Core Standards. 


"The Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System is a collaborative product of research and good practice that identifies six distinct elements which, if utilized together, will provide schools and districts a common framework for continuous school and district enhancement and improvement. Much research has been conducted as to what makes a great school. There are many intangible components; however, research supports the notion that great schools and school systems tend to have six common elements that ensure Student Achievement: Clear Standards, Fair Assessments, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials & Resources, and Interventions." ~ from www.pdesas.org

SAS Links:
 

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