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MAY 7th
HIGHLANDS will be participating in our bi-annual Walk/Bike to School Day on Wednesday May 7th.
Principal Spatafore, Mrs. Santiago, Superintendent Connors and Mayor Roach will be walking with our HIGHLANDS students.
You can walk from DRUSS PARK or "ride the bike train" with Mr. Velasquez.
Meet at DRUSS PARK at 7:00 am.
Apples, Granola bars and bottled water will be given at the end of the walk/bike route to all those who participated.
All walkers/bikers will be entered into a raffle from the Highlands PTA to win a WEEK of SNACKS during school lunch! 
Plus a $15 I-Tunes card.  Plus an ice cream party from Mr. Spatafore!
You must walk/bike on May 7th to be eligible to win!  Names will be taken at the end of the Walk/Bike finish.
Please contact Tracy Velasquez at 914-997-8230 or bowen93@aol.com for more information
 
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CHANGE IN DISMISSAL TIME

A reminder that starting March 24 through May 30, school will end at 2:46 pm.

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Upcoming Events
 
                                      4/2                Highlands Tour for 6th Grade Families
                                      4/7 – 4/11     Highlands Spirit Week
                                      4/9                National Junior Honor Society Ceremony
                                      4/14-18         Spring Break  
                                      4/23              Highlands Tour for 6th Grade Families
                                      4/23              Joint Budget PTA Meeting for Middle Schools/HS/PTA Council at the HS
 
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FROM THE DISTRICT MATH DEPARTMENT

The White Plains Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that we will be piloting Glencoe Math for the second half of the school year.  Each student in grades 6-8, with the exception of Algebra*, has been provided a Glencoe Math textbook to support learning.  Students will also be provided a unique username and password in order to access Glencoe Math online resources.  We encourage you to use these resources and the guidelines below to support your child in his or her study of mathematics:

  • Know what concepts are important for your kids based on their grade level and spend time working on those concepts
  • Be aware of what concepts your child struggled with last year and support your child in those challenge areas moving forward
  • Help your child know and memorize basic math facts. Ask your child to “do the math” that pops up in daily life
  • Talk to your children about their math homework and ask them to teach you new concepts. Help them figure out ways to explain their thinking
  • Provide time every day for your child to work on math at home

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Gorman, the Coordinator for K-12 Mathematics at 914 422 2152 or email at greggorman@wpcsd.k12.ny.us.  *students in Algebra have had use of a textbook since the start of the school year.

 
 
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COMMUNITY BUDGET NEWS
 

White Plains City School District continues talks about the 2014-2015 school budget

Mark your Calendars

Important Dates Regarding the White Plains City School District Budget:

 

Date & Time

Meeting

Location

Monday, March 10, 2014 7:30pm

Public Hearing & Presentation on the Preliminary Proposed 2014-15 Budget

Assembly Room of Education House, 5 Homeside Lane

Wednesday, March 19th 7:30pm

Budget Forum

B-1 room at White Plains High School

Monday, April 7th

7:30pm

Board of Education is scheduled to adopt the budget

High School

Monday, May 12th

7:30pm

Public Hearing & Presentation on the 2014-15 Budget

Assembly Room of Education House, 5 Homeside Lane

Tuesday, May 20th

12pm-9pm

Public vote on the budget and the election of Board Members

Six voting locations

 
The 2014-2015 Budget Vote will take place on Tuesday, May 20th from noon to 9:00 p.m.
 
 
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8th GRADE WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP  

The 8th   Grade trip to Washington, D.C. will be held Thursday, May 8 – Friday, May 9, 2014

The cost of the trip is $325 and includes 5 meals, transportation and overnight hotel stay in a Washington, D.C. hotel.

 
 
 
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 COMMON CORE RESOURCES

 

NATIONAL PTA RESOURCES ON THE COMMON CORE

The National PTA has recently introduced a four part webinar series designed to educate parents on the Common Core State Standards and empower them to support the transition at school and at home.  To access the webinar click on this link: http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3894.

You can also access other downloadable resources on the website, including an overview of the curriculum for each grade.

REGENTS ALGEBRA 1 EXAM (COMMON CORE)

Informational materials for the Regents Exam in Algebra I (Common Core), including the Educator Guide, 3 webcasts, and additional Sample Items have been posted on EngageNY at:
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics 

The materials and their individuals links are as follows:
 
Educator Guide to the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core)
The Guide was designed to support educators by providing an overview of the new test design.  Information about how the assessment shifts informed test development and how the CCLS will be measured on the new Regents Exam in Algebra I (CC) is specified.
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-algebra-i-test-guide
 
Algebra I Webcasts

The three webcasts provide: (1) background on the Common Core State Standards along with teaching principles and tools that are crucial for implementing changes in instruction and a mathematics curriculum (2) information for teachers on the test design of the Regents Exam in Algebra I (Common Core) and how it measures the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) and (3) background information on the sample questions for Algebra I (Common Core).
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-webcasts
 
Algebra I Sample Questions Fall 2013
Additional sample questions have been provided to help students, parents, and educators understand the instructional shifts under by the Common Core.
http://www.engageny.org/resource/regents-exams-mathematics-algebra-i-sample-items

 
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    FROM THE NURSE

There is concern from the school nurses that students are coming in to school sick or coming back too early from being sick.  Please see the attached letter from the nurse.

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Diane Cassidy and Lori Hardy
PTA Co-presidents


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