The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 13, 2000

Features

New York City will replace Quebec City this year as the destination for the eighth-grade out-of-state trip. Teachers Paula Ewers, David Mayall and Donna Heidemann have been planning a "curriculum-relevant trip" to New York City for the 92 Carlisle students in that grade. The trip, scheduled to take place from June 7-8 at an estimated cost of $269 per student, was approved by the Carlisle School Committee. ...more

The Carlisle School Committee will convene on Tuesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Spalding Conference Room. ...more

Seventh-grade social studies teacher David Zuckerman and language arts teacher Stephen Bober propose extending the portfolio assessment project that has been part of the seventh-grade curriculum since 1995. Zuckerman told the Carlisle School Committee on October 3 that he and Bober had become aware that students were using subject matter from the social studies curriculum while learning the mechanics of the English language in the language arts curriculum. "I feel we have come up with a good method to make the social studies curriculum work within the portfolio system of the language arts program," said Zuckerman. As part of the pilot program this year, seventh graders will be develop portfolios to demonstrate their growth in both language arts and social studies. ...more

"Community" has become a watchword for what's lacking in modern society. In many Carlisle neighborhoods, two-acre zoning, house setbacks and privacy screens make casual contact between neighbors infrequent. So how do people develop a sense of community? This question was answered in many ways as I interviewed a group of residents of Heald Road, a typical Carlisle neighborhood where privacy is valued and where people connect, even if chats at the back fence are few. ...more

Elaine DiCicco, principal of Concord-Carlisle High School since 1978 and a French teacher and administrator in the Concord and Concord-Carlisle school districts for 33 years, recently announced her intention to retire at the end of the current school year. She agreed to discuss her thoughts and reflections with the Mosquito soon after making her decision public. Following are excerpts from that interview, with the Mosquito's questions in boldface type. ...more


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