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Friday, February 15, 2008


Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, February 6

· Science curriculum. Science coordinator and long-time kindergarten teacher Mimi Chandler gave some highlights of the science curriculum to the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) on February 6. The school was able to purchase four microscopes from funds received from Donelan's as part of a supermarket receipt collection by parents. Science classes in each grade use hands-on activities to engage students. For example, K'nex construction toys are used to construct simple machines in the fifth-grade classes.

Chandler said the school also continues to offer quality after-school enrichment classes for students as part of the Science, Technology, and Engineering Program (STEP). Students sign up for the fee-based classes that are offered in Carlisle rather than families traveling to another place to take a class. Some current after-school classes are on early inventions and a Lego robotics course.

Principal Patrice Hurley praised Chandler for bringing enthusiasm to each classroom. "Teachers ask, 'What do you have for us?' when they see Mimi coming with her science materials," she said. Chair Nicole Burkel agreed that having a curriculum coordinator really strengthens the science program, ensuring consistency from one grade to the next and with the high school.

· Everyday Math. After nearly three years reviewing the school's Everyday Math program, the school has decided to continue with the program. The Math Curriculum Review Committee of administrators, teachers and parents examined the program, also known as Chicago Math, in great detail. Last year all parents were given the chance to comment on the math program through an Internet survey web site.

· Clothing drive. The fourth-grade classrooms organized a school-wide clothing and bedding collection for the families left homeless after the recent multi-apartment fire in Lawrence. Principal Jim Halliday said students, teachers and parents loaded over 200 bags of supplies for delivery to the Lawrence families.

· Concord-Carlisle Regional School District Superintendent search. Regional School Committee Chairman Michael Fitzgerald said Concord will review applications for school superintendent from a pool of internal applicants. Applications are due by March 17 with interviews to be held late next month. Fitzgerald said several Concord school district employees have certification to be a school superintendent. If an internal candidate is not selected, the School Committee will hire an interim superintendent for next year and then look to permanently fill the position. Last month Concord Superintendent Brenda Finn announced that she plans to retire at the end of the school year.

2008 The Carlisle Mosquito