John Hopkins Program- Ms. Hillenbrand reports that the expansion efforts are fully underway and functioning well. The expansion efforts have seen an increase in this select program of 42 students. These students come from a fairly equitable proportional distribution between Wallace and Calabro Schools. Ms. HIllenbrand also reports that the technology is working well and that parent and student reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
International Baccalaureate- Ms. Dominique reports that progress on students community projects is pushing forward in a very good way. Discussions also centered on some concerns about the degree and extent to which MYP is being implemented. In response to this issue, Dr. Petrosino and Ms. Dominique have created an MYP Implementation Survey that is currently being pilot tested around the district with school administrators.
Saturday U- Mr. Enrico reports that the efforts to create the Saturday U Enrichment Program have been successful. Saturday U Enrichment is independent of Saturday U and is intended to be more inclusive of the needs for all students in the district. Initial courses will be in Yoga and Theater Arts. Saturday U Enrichment boasts the addition of over 50 new students to the "Gifted and Talented Program" and is intended to not have a strict academic requirement but rather to develop the ideas of "talent" that are often under-emphasized in most Gifted and Talented Programs. Students and parents can only belong to one program (Saturday U or Saturday U Enrichment). Plans are underway to expand course offerings for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Mathematics and Science- Mr. McKenzie has reported on efforts to accommodate the needs for mathematics instruction for all IB Diploma students. One idea that has gotten some traction recently has been to offer 2 mathematics courses during a single academic year in high school. Discussion was extensive and we hope to reach some conclusion within the next couple of meetings.
Curriculum Revision- Dr. Petrosino reported on curriculum revision efforts as well as discussion on implementation issues surrounding the adoption of the new curriculum. All agree that this is a very important issue and will take the concentrated efforts of many in the district.