"Our Direction" - From the desk of Paul Freeman
In his November newsletter, Superintendent Paul Freeman explores the environment of Guilford schools in which "instruction invites effort and effort builds ability." Dr. Freeman provides insight into the design and delivery of instruction by our educators, including a look at Guilford's revised mathemathics curriculum - aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and into the work of students and their investment in their own learning.
We have also included a number of parent resources with this newsletter that we hope you find helpful.
2013-2014 District Priorities
Common Core State Standards
Guilford Public Schools is currently implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). CCSS is based on the principle that academic standards in literacy and mathematics should be consistent across districts and states, relevant to the real world, and reflect the knowledge and skills needed by students to be prepared for college and careers in our global economy.
The implementation of the CCSS will continue to improve educational outcomes for Guilford students. This effort will build on what we are already doing well, allow us to clarify expectations at each grade level, and assess students’ knowledge based on the updated standards.
For more information about the Common Core, please link here.
We invite you to take a few minutes to view the 2013 State of the Schools report. This document contains achievements throughout the Guilford Public Schools over the past year and initiatives for the 2013-14 school year. State of the Schools 2013
Video: A video summary of the report, created by Guilford High School students, can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/68798542
The Institute for Learning
Guilford Public School District has been a member district of the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh for the past five years. As a result of the partnership with IFL, Guilford continues to work on the implementation of the Principles of Learning – giving all students the opportunity to reach or exceed world class standards. Two fundamental beliefs drive our practice: 1.) Effort creates ability and 2.) Discipline-specific content knowledge and pedagogy is important for high student achievement.
BREAKFAST IS SERVED IN GUILFORD'S ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
HEALTH SERVICES INFORMATION
Guilford Public Schools is committed to recycling in all of our school buildings. A link to a poster explaining what can and cannot be recycled at home is available here.
EATING & LIVING HEALTHY
Guilford Public Schools is collaborating with Dr. Deborah Kennedy to provide easy ways to improve children's diets and activity levels to live healthier.
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education have launched a redesigned Stop Bullying website to encourage children, parents, teachers and communities to take action to stop and prevent bullying.
GUILFORD GOES GREEN
Please visit this independently maintained website for information on recycling including details on the Guilford Public Schools Recycling program.
2014-2015 EDUCATION BUDGETPlease access the following link to view the timeline for the development of the 2014-2015 Education Budget and Bonding. BOE Budget
TREE LIGHTING & HOLIDAY CONCERTS - DECEMBER 6TH & 7THThe annual Tree Lighting will take place on the Town Green on December 6th at 6pm.
GHS Concert Choir, Voices & Symphony Orchestra perform at the Congregational Church at 7:30 & 9pm on December 6th and at 7 & 8:30pm on December 7th.
THE NEW GUILFORD HIGH SCHOOLFor information on the Guilford High School Construction Project please link to: www.guilfordhigh.com
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONGUILFORD GENERATIONS JUBILEE
The town of Guilford's 375th Anniversary celebration begins on December 31st with the Guilford Generations Jubilee, a family event from noon to 8:15pm on and around the Town Green. (more)1-2-3 Magic
Effective Discipline for
Parents of Children ages 2-12A 2-part workshop based on
the popular book by Dr. PhelanDates:January 16 & 23, 2014
For information about organizations in Guilford, please link here.
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