Curriculum News

Summer Curriculum Update 2019

The Curriculum Department completed a number of activities this past summer in preparation for the new school year.  Projects have been on-going since school was let out in June and will continue through the end of September. Supervisors, teachers and administrators have worked hard to enhance our instructional program offerings for students in the 2019-2020 school year.

Several curriculum development projects took place this summer, including:

  • Finalization of revisions for School Health Services, anticipated board adoption in the fall;

  • Development of PLTW elective course, Flight and Space (ADT);

  • Development of middle school interdisciplinary units for Sci. & SS (Grades 6 & 8);

  • Development of Spanish units of study (grades 3-5);

  • Revision of literacy protocols for grades kindergarten-8, including One School, One Book protocols for September implementation;

  • Development of Reader’s Workshop protocols around grade specific touchstone texts;

  • Development of units to launch Reader’s Workshop (grades K-1; 2-3; 4-5);

  • Development/revision of Science 3 Dimensional assessment tasks in grades 3-8;

  • Finalization of curriculum revisions for Social Studies units of study at grades 1-5;

  • Refinement of Enrichment Triad Model (Tier III) units for pull-out program;

  • Development of Math Workshop Launching Units at grades K-5;

  • Refinement of Financial Literacy Units at middle school, 

  • Refinement of Math implementation resources for general ed. and special ed. programs at middle school;

  • Follow-up revision of District and School Crisis Management Plans;

  • Refinement of tiered Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) in all grades and subject areas, along with related assessment development/modifications where needed; 

  • And development of presentations for August EdCamp, Paraprofessional Orientation and Teacher Evaluation System Supports for turn-key training at the building level.  

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Therapy Dog Program

Evesham Township School District implements a therapy dog program called Literacy and Leashes at each of the elementary schools. Each school has their very own dog and handler assigned to the building who works directly with the second grade students during their reading time. The district partners with Kalli at Beeler, Isaac at DES, Valerie at Jaggard, Gage at MES, Indy at Rice, and Libby at Van Zant. The goal of this program is to build confidence and strengthen literacy skills in our students with these very special reading companions. All dogs used in the program are registered therapy dogs with volunteer handlers that have been approved through the ETSD as per board policy. The program begins annually in late September/October and lasts the duration of the school year. School and classroom expectations are part of the district’s second grade Health and RC Connections Curriculum. The trained handlers and their dog are volunteers and are in the schools approximately one hour per week. They rotate through each of the second grade classrooms so that students can expect a visit from the school’s assigned therapy dog a minimum of once a month. 

In addition to working with second graders, the therapy dogs attend particular district and school-level events such as District Wellness Night in March and Summer Literacy Events at each of the schools.  A whole school meeting is held annually at each school in the fall to review behavior expectations with all staff and students within the building. This whole school meeting is led by the second grade students and aims to provide the entire school community an opportunity to connect with the building's handler and therapy dog.

Students reading to Kalli.Students with Isaac.Students with Valerie and her handler.Student reading to Gage.Rice students with IndyStudent with Libby.

New for the 2019-2020 school year, the program is extending to middle school.  Isaac and Ollie will work with middle school students, whether reading or working on a project, in each of the library-media centers approximately three times a month.

Isaac with DeMasi Middle students.Ollie with Marlton Middle students.
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