Poughkeepsie School District Helping Parents Understand Common Core
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Poughkeepsie City School District’s Clinton Elementary School has been hosting parent breakfasts to help parents and guardians understand the new state-mandated Common Core Learning Standards and the learning expectations the State Education Department has for each grade level.
“We are working to prepare your children to be college and career ready,” Clinton principal Nadine Jackson-Ivey told fourth-grade parents at a recent breakfast. “There are big changes.They are starting to get ready for college the second they walk into pre-K. “
After having breakfast with their children by their sides, parents were shown a presentation designed to clarify the English language arts (ELA) curriculum and learning standards.They were also given advice about how to best help their children with homework and reading at home.
Teachers worked together to prepare grade-specific PowerPoint presentations about math, ELA, classroom rules, the homework policy and the focus on attendance and discipline.The school’s literacy coach, school nurse, and the reading and math specialist also participated in the parent meetings.
“My fondest memory of my mom is that she came to my school and the teachers knew her,” Jackson-Ivey said. “She asked questions and educated herself. So I thank [the parents] for being here for your child. It lets your child know you are working with the team.”
One more breakfast remains, slated for fifth grade parents on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.