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  • NY State Provides Math Videos

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 11/17/2014 12:30:00 PM
    Please check out the math videos that New York State posted on the site.  
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  • SAT Format to Change

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 3/26/2014 2:00:00 PM
      Spring 2016 SATs will be Redesigned 
    Many people asked if the SATs would be affected by the new Common Core Standards at our October 17th parent meeting.  Information on this has now been released.  All information provided below was taken directly, word for word, from the College Board website.  I have tried to provide highlights here on this blog posting, but for all of the information, please click here:    
     The Basics:
    • The redesigned SAT will first be given in spring 2016. 
    • The SAT will be offered in print and, at selected locations, on computer.
    • There will be three sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the Essay.
    • The length of the SAT will be about three hours, with an added 50 minutes for the essay.  Precise timing will be finalized after further research.
    • The exam will once again be scored on a 400-1600  point scale.  The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing section and the Math section will each be scored on a 200 to 800 point scale.  Scores for the Essay will be reported separately.
     Eight Key Changes:
    1. Relevant words in context
    2. Command of Evidence
    3. Essay Analyzing a Source
    4. Math Focused on Three Key Ideas
    5. Problems Grounded in Real-World Contexts
    6. Analysis in Science and Social Studies
    7. Founding Documents and Great Global Conversation
    8. No penalty for Wrong Answers
    Click here to compare the current SAT to the redesigned SAT to see what's changing:  



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  • Southwestern Elementary Parent Math Night Cancelled Due to Weather

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 3/12/2014 4:00:00 PM
    Elementary Parent Math Night
    Due to Weather
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  • Southwestern Elementary School to Host Parent Math Night

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 3/10/2014 7:30:00 AM

    You are invited to attend the following:


    Parent Math Night

    March 12th, 2014


    Southwestern Elementary Cafeteria

    Participate in a lesson so you can see what your child experiences. Obtain resources to help you understand the “new math”.

    Adults only please.

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  • Update on 5th Grade ELA Classes

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 1/7/2014 4:45:00 PM

    Earlier I shared the work of the 5th grade English Language Arts (ELA) classes.  I have been periodically checking in with these classes to see how they are progressing,  As you will remember, at that time our students were busy studying the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Students were exposed to human rights and contemplated how real people and fictional characters responded when those rights were challenged.   Having completed that unit, our students have been reading Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan.   The objective of this read is for students to continue to analyze characters’ responses to challenges and analyze how Esperanza changes over time. Students were asked to write Two-Voice Poems that contrast the ways that two main characters respond to a similar challenge.  Sit back and enjoy these wonderful pieces of work....

    These videos may take a minute to load and start playing.  They may also begin to all play at once so you will have to pause them.  I apologize for this technical difficulty.   The uploading of these videos has taken quite awhile, and I wanted to get them posted for the sake of the students. 


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  • Two-Voice Poem #8

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 1/7/2014 4:40:00 PM
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  • Two-Voice Poem #7

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 1/7/2014 4:30:00 PM
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  • Two-Voice Poem #6

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 1/7/2014 4:25:00 PM
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  • Two-Voice Poem #5

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 1/7/2014 4:20:00 PM
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  • Two-Voice Poem #4

    Posted by Shelly O'Boyle on 1/7/2014 4:10:00 PM
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