Curriculum Committee

White Mountains Regional School District

Lancaster, Whitefield, Jefferson, Dalton, and Twin Mountain, New Hampshire, USA

7 February, 1996, Lancaster Elementary School

Members Present:

Ernest Angelicola (School Board Member/Candidate for school board)

Ed Sanders (Committee Chairperson/Parent/homeschooler/
candidate for school board)

Carly Crawford (student)      

Barry Crawford (Parent)           

Matt Treamer (Teacher)    

Leslie(?) Seppala (Teacher)

John Eddy (Parent)                

Peter Gair         

Dr. R. W. Christie (School Board Member)             

Marie Fay                 

Sandy Bergquist (Co-Chairperson/Parent/Teacher in another district)   

Margaret Moser (Parent)

Agenda Item 1: Develop a conclusion about the very basic idea of what education is for:

Dr. Christie furnished the Random House 2nd edition definitions:

1. "The process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge,
developing the powers of reasoning and judgement, and generally
preparing of oneself or others intellectually for mature life"
and lifelong learning.

2. One in whom we have ingrained the discipline of achieving #1
above: One in who has acquired general knowledge, developed power
of reasoning and judgement and who is prepared intellectually for
mature life and lifelong learning.

John Eddy: Forever, Survival, Fulfillment, Fun.

Peter Gair: Classic choices: flex brain early, need to avoid focus just on business; also how to learn skills later in life, to be flexible.

Margaret Moser: Give them tools to change careers later in life.

Ed Sanders: Our job is to give kids options later in life. (Quoted from Margaret earlier in the week.)

Marie Fay: Determine the learning style of students and access the best learning style for each of them.

Sandy Bergquist: Develop ability to work with others.

Ernie Angelicola: Learn in groups to learn how to be effective as team members. Develop a good background in many areas.

Margaret: Need communication skills as part of literacy; need grammar skills.

Barry Crawford: Grammar needs to be reinforced throughout the curriculum.

Sandy: Need emphasis on grammar; if you don't understand english grammar, almost impossible to learn a foreign language properly.

Marie: Son in 9th grade has much grammar.

Margaret: Shouldn't have to need heavy duty grammar by 9th grade.

Peter: Some of learning grammar has to do with age; kids are ready to learn it at different ages.

John: Integrate grammar across the curriculum.

Agenda Item 2: Define what the WMRSD graduate as a finished product is to consist of:

John Eddy: Be: able to communicate, technologically adept, moral, respectful, responsible, productive, capable, physically fit and have people skills.

Dr. Christie: Has developed a general knowledge.

John: Physically and intellectually fit to the greatest of their capabilities.

Matt Treamer: Meet the Presidential standards for physical fitness.

Barry + Peter: Need assessment and tests to determine if the students are really learning what the curriculum will call for.

Matt: Need to set benchmarks.

Sandy: Students who are held back decline over the years as they lose their group of friends, often become dropouts and do not improve academically over the long term.

Barry & Ernie: Need pre and post testing.

Marie: (on literacy committee) State has assessments for reading literacy, tests vs national norm. Overlaps of assessments.

Sandy: Need to define assessment. Different teachers in the district have different methods of assessing. Use assessment to determine if curriculum is weak. Look at assessment tests to determine curriculum.

Agenda Item 4: Ensure the NH Frameworks are congruent with the current curriculum:

Dr. Christie: The grades don't match up between the two, but overlap so it is almost impossible to reconcile the two.

Matt: Confusion due to this problem.

Sandy: Mrs Thayer at the State Board said the frameworks are about one year ahead.

Peter: The NH Frameworks must drive the discussion of curriculum as we must meet the state standards to get funding.

Mrs. Seppala: The science curriculum was put together using the state frameworks.

Matt: State assessment are from the NH Legislature, only within NH, no longer the California tests. CAT dropped here.

Peter: Check college tests to compare to national standards.

Matt: Need to find out: What does NH want?

Dr. Christie: As an example; health teaching in the classroom - could follow item by item reports from state.

Mrs. Seppala: Have different expectations for different children.

Matt: School population keeps changing; kids from other districts keep moving in who have different educational backgrounds from different schools.

Ed: Is there some overall standard to try to keep kids in different schools at about the same point?

Matt: political remark to Ed.

Margaret: If kids move send tests with them.

Matt: Weakness is tests prepared by outside agencies.

Peter: Two specific tests we could - with content - measure how you improve in reading and writing: DRPWWM - TSA.

Dr. Christie: Asked Carly; Was the grammar she learned from school or other kids?

Carly: Mr. Rylands. The first time she ever heard of a direct object was from him.

Dr. Christie: Adverbs are not in our spoken language - only written.

Ernie (+Ed): Described Marsha Vessia's school; writing on slates first (rough drafts) then transferring to paper with correct grammar and spelling in the first three grades.

* Need for next meeting: Copies of old district curriculum. *

Agenda for next meeting: Thurs., Feb. 22nd, 5 PM at Lancaster School:

1. Start reconciling the relationship of the EIP results to the present curriculum and the New Hampshire Frameworks.

2. Decide what students should know and be able to do and work from there to create benchmarks.

(These were agenda items 3 and 5 from the previous meeting.)


Copyright 1996 by Ed Sanders.