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Huntington BOE Approves New Elementary School Reconfiguration

 

Superintendent James W. Polansky has been attending individual elementary school PTA meetings over the past month as well as the district’s PTA Council meeting to review elements of the plan, which were originally presented during a public meeting of the Huntington School Board in November.

Mr. Polansky also attended a community meeting at La Casita in Huntington Station in an effort to reach as many parents as possible about the plan and he’s shared information with local churches and organizations.

The 2016-17 Huntington School Board.

There have been question and answer sessions at each of the PTA meetings to help clarify items associated with the transition to the new configuration. A copy of the 21 page presentation of the plan has been available on the district website since November.

Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School’s focus will remain on inquiry-based, interdisciplinary themed learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics. There will be a science and engineering block within the daily schedule.

Woodhull School’s focus will be on world languages and history with the potential expansion of the FLEX language program or an earlier start to a full-year language course.

“The quality of program and instruction in K-6 grades in Huntington is already top-notch, but the forthcoming changes will take it to the next level in terms of academics and opportunities. Times are changing. Many of the college programs and/or careers that our students will be investigating years from now don’t even exist today. Providing a strong core program in all schools and the chance for students to move more deeply into a particular area will benefit all students, regardless of choice, in preparation for the academic and professional opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for them.”

Key components of the reorganization plan include:

2017/18 school year:

• Next year’s third graders in primary schools only. (There will be no third graders at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School in 2017/18.)
• Current third graders (next year’s fourth graders) may apply for Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School as in the past (priority will be given to students currently on the waiting list).
• Current fourth graders (next year’s fifth graders) may choose Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School with an attendance zone lottery as needed or they may choose Woodhull Intermediate School with a primary school attendance zone lottery as needed.
• The dual language program will remain at Woodhull Intermediate School and the Bridge program will stay at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.
• Enrollment caps may exist at each school depending upon selections.
• Those who do not indicate a choice of schools will be assigned to one based on attendance zone and/or service availability.
• Current fifth graders (next year’s sixth graders) will move-up to the next grade level in their current schools.

2018/19 school year:

• 2017/18 third graders (2018/19 fourth graders) may choose Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School with an attendance zone lottery as needed or they may choose Woodhull Intermediate School with a primary school attendance zone lottery as needed.
• The dual language program will remain at Woodhull Intermediate School and the Bridge program will stay at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School.
• Enrollment caps may exist at each school depending upon selections.
• Those who do not indicate a choice of schools will be assigned to one based on attendance zone and/or service availability.
• 2017/18 fourth and fifth graders (2018/19 fifth and sixth graders) will move-up to the next grade level in their current schools.

Applications/choice forms will be mailed to parents before the winter break. Parents will be asked to return their form by mid-February.

Open houses will be held at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School and Woodhull School on January 23 and 24, 2017, respectively.

Source: Public Information Office

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