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The Telegram
  • PTA buys Smart Boards for Herkimer Elementary School

  • Herkimer Elementary School has four new Smart Boards, thanks to the school’s Parent - Teachers Association, elementary school Principal Kathleen Carney told the Herkimer school board last week.

    The PTA purchased the interactive whiteboards for the school at a cost of $17,843.

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  • Herkimer Elementary School has four new Smart Boards, thanks to the school’s Parent - Teachers Association, elementary school Principal Kathleen Carney told the Herkimer school board last week.
    The PTA purchased the interactive whiteboards for the school at a cost of $17,843.
    During the 2011 - 2012 school year, the PTA donated five Smart Boards.
    The school had 18 original Smart Boards, according to Carney.
    The PTA has also planned a movie night for Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. when the film “Brave” will be screened. The PTA Science Fair for fifth and sixth graders is scheduled for Feb. 8 at 6 p.m.
    Enrollment, as of Jan. 7, stands at 675 students in grades pre-kindergarten through six, compared with 662 students on Sept. 5, 2012. Fourteen new students had registered as of Jan. 9.
    Carney reported that announced observations of teachers at the school had been completed and unannounced observation began the week of Jan. 7.
    She said mid-year DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) tests would occur the week of Jan. 22. These tests, described as a set of assessments used for universal screening and progress monitoring in grades K-6, are used to determine the need for intervention to assist students. Intervention groups are formed based on the data gathered, Carney said.
    Board President John Cipriano asked Carney if she thought the tests were accurate in their assessments. Carney said she doesn’t think the test gives a complete picture in all areas.
    “We also have teacher recommendations,” she said. She added the staff is spread thin in meeting the mandated intervention needs based on test scores.
    State ELA and math tests are scheduled for April.
    Upcoming events at the elementary school will include a third grade honor seminar titled “Write to the Point,” scheduled for Feb. 5, and a sixth grade honors seminar, “Bells & Mottley Middle Ages,” set for Feb. 12. Both seminars will take place at BOCES. The YWCA Child Advocacy Center will offer presentations in classrooms Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. The topic for grades K-2 will be personal space. An anti-bullying presentation is planned for grades 3-6.

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