New Website

The North Smithfield School Department is in the profess of developing a new website. Information and documents will be shifted to the "Teaching and Learning" section of the district site. Updated information can be found at: http://nspscurriculum.weebly.com/

Science Updates

Through the Northwest Consortium (North Smithfield, Lincoln, Burrillville, and Smithfield), our High School Science teachers participated in a full-day professional development session with East Bay Collaborative focusing on biology, chemistry and physics lesson development aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers in all four school districts filled out a feedback survey which validated the need and support for multi-district professional development. All teachers found the day to be valuable and engaging.
The multi-year implementation to the Full Option Science System (FOSS) kits aligned to the new NGSS standards is going along well. The FOSS program employs a philosophy of teaching and learning that has guided the development of successful active-learning science curricula bridging research and practice by providing tools and strategies to engage students and teachers in enduring experiences that lead to deeper understanding of the natural and designed worlds. FOSS provides all students with science experiences that are appropriate to students’ cognitive development and prior experiences. It provides a foundation for a more advanced understanding of core science ideas which are organized in thoughtfully designed learning progressions and prepares students for life in an increasingly complex scientific and technological world. Grades 3-5 teachers will be participating in science PD in the coming weeks. A few of the dates were rescheduled due to snow and weather cancellations. Grade 5 teachers will be participating in the“Earth and Sun” unit professional development, grade 4 teachers will participate in the “Environment” unit professional development and grade 3 teachers will focus on the “Matter and Motion” unit.

Social Studies

This fall a team of middle school and high school teachers from North Smithfield participated in the Choices Program professional development. The Choices Program is a non-profit organization based at Brown University. Choices materials incorporate the latest scholarship from Brown University and beyond to draw connections between historical events and contemporary international issues. 

Math Updates... Go Math!

A team of eight teachers in grades 3-6 will be participating in the Bureau of Education and Research focusing on guided math instruction. Guided math can develop practical techniques, instructional strategies and routines that allow teachers to work with students in small groups at their level of understanding and need. Using classroom-proven techniques to implement guided math in the classroom, teachers will be able to differentiate math instruction in ways that better meet the diverse needs of your students. Dr. Barbara Blanke will share a variety of easy-to-use guided math techniques, including how to create, set up, implement, and manage small guided math groups designed to better meet your students’ needs – from those who excel in math to those who struggle with basic math skills. Barbara will show you how to implement guided math using your current math curriculum and how to create and manage timesaving, easy-to-implement math centers for the rest of the class while you work with guided math groups.


Grades three through five are implementing the McGraw-Hill My Math program this year. The My Math program provides the rigor, personalization, and student engagement needed to be successful with the Common Core State Standards. The program adoption committee members expressed enthusiasm and excitement about this program due to its online features, the large variety of lessons, rigor of problems, comprehensive assessments and ease of use. On October 12, 2016, a representative from McMillian/McGraw Hill held a professional development of the program sharing information about the lessons, stations, standards and activities within the program, as well as, the online tools and resources.


Our Algebra I teachers participated in the Bureau of Education and Research full-day professional development focusing on strategies to engage and support struggling students on November 8, 2016.


On October 24th the K-12 Mathematics Committee met to review and discuss PARCC assessment results, new programs, math intervention and professional development. The time, energy and effort of the participating teachers are much appreciated!
 

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