K-5 Curriculum Newsletter

November 2017

~The Whole Child Approach~

ASCD's Whole Child approach is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children. Through this approach, ASCD supports educators, families, community members, and policymakers as they move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative actions. ASCD is joined in this effort by Whole Child Partner organizations representing the education, arts, health, policy, and community sectors.

Whole Child Tenets

  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
  • Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.

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Social Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) refers to the process by which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to do the following: understand and manage emotions; set and achieve positive goals; feel and show empathy for others; and make responsible decisions. Students in SEL programs are more likely to attend school and receive better grades, and are less likely to have conduct problems. Successful infusion of SEL can result in positive behaviors, increased academic success, and caring communities.

The New Jersey Department of Education has been promoting social and emotional learning to enhance the building of positive school climates and the healthy development of young people.

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Helping Children After A Natural Disaster

Students affected by disasters face tremendous distress and uncertainty. Children watching the news can also feel anxious and afraid. As an educator, there are a number of ways to support both the students and families immediately impacted, as well as those watching from afar.

  • Helping students cope
  • Providing staff support
  • Working with parents
  • Building community
  • Planning long-term support

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Dear Data Guy,

I am not an ELA or a Math Teacher. How can I view the i-Ready subscores in Linkit!?

It is great to have a non ELA or Math teacher ask this question because literacy is such an important skill for 21st Century Learners. You can locate the ELA or Math scores by following the instructions in the Link below.

Instructions for Viewing Subscores in LinkIt

Do you have a question for our Data Guy?

Click HERE to submit your question for Dear Data Guy to answer next month!


The arts play an integral role in ensuring that our students receive a well-rounded education. In addition to students' weekly art and music class, integrating the arts across the curriculum is key to ensuring that students are being challenged, supported, and engaged. Arts integration presents a plethora of learning opportunities to widen student horizons and expose them to unique educational experiences.

Read more here: Arts Education and the Whole Child



(Global Connections will provide resources to build your students' schema by developing background knowledge through connections outside of your classroom.)

Show your students the story of 12 year old Sawyer Howard, an avid sneaker collector, who started collecting shoes for Soles4Souls. When Superstorm Sandy hit in his community he distributed over 800 pairs of shoes to his neighbors in need.



Citizen Science

Many of the tenets of Whole Child Approach align with into those of the Next Generation Science Standards. Students need to be challenged, engaged in their learning, supported by caring staff, and they need to connect the material to themselves and their communities.

Citizen Science is a way to get your students involved in local, national, or global science initiatives. Some activities involve little more than an hour a month, having students record birds visiting a feeder or looking for a particular type of beetle. Some activities are done online; some may send monitors and sensors to the class to take air quality readings or bacterial counts. Information gathered by your class becomes part of a larger database that students can access. Websites like SciStarter.com, the Cornell Ornithology Lab, and Scientific America have projects you sort through based on location, age of participants, and subject area. Take a look and have your students doing ‘real’ science!



Plan your grade or school's Hour of Code event during Computer Science Week! Be sure to celebrate your event using #HTSDHourofCode.


What is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities. This grassroots campaign is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators worldwide.

When is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

Why computer science?

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. See more stats here.

How do I participate in the Hour of Code?

Start planning here by reviewing our how-to guide. You can organize an Hour of Code event at your school or in your community — like in an extracurricular club, non-profit or at work. Or, just try it yourself when Dec. 4 arrives.

Who is behind the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code is driven by the Hour of Code and Computer Science Education Week Advisory and Review Committees as well as an unprecedented coalition of partners that have come together to support the Hour of Code — including Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the College Board.

I don't know anything about coding. Can I still host an event?

Of course. Hour of Code activities are self-guided. All you have to do is try our current tutorials, pick the tutorial you want, and pick an hour — we take care of the rest. We also have options for every age and experience-level, from kindergarten and up. Start planning your event by reading our how to guide.


(Danielson Connections will provide specific strategies related to the Danielson Framework.)

Strategies for developing your practice:





Happy Thanksgiving....

This week we begin our Fall/Winter Professional Development. The offerings are aligned to District initiatives and reflective of the input we received after the October In-Service.

Registration can be done via My Learning Plan (see link below):

Seating is limited; hope you can join us!

Hamilton Township School District

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Alejandro Battle
Supervisor of K - 12 World Language
Health and Physical Education

Kevin Bobetich
Testing Evaluation Specialist and Data Systems

Mayreni Fermin-Cannon
Supervisor of ESL/Bilingual K - 12, Family Engagement, Title I Preschool, Title III, Title III-Immigrant

Heather Lieberman
Supervisor of K - 5 English / Language Arts Literacy
Library and Media Services K - 12, ALPS, BSI, Title I & II

Jennifer Marinello
Supervisor of K - 5 Mathematics & K - 5 Technology (STEM)
BSI, Title I & Title II

Kirsten Pendleton
Supervisor of K - 12, Science, and 6 - 12 Technology (STEM)

Anthony Scotto

Director of Curriculum & Instruction

Erick Shio
Supervisor of K - 12 Social Studies, Business,
Family and Consumer Science

Danielle Tan
Supervisor of K - 12 Fine and Performing Arts