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Redesign curriculum is getting the support of the Wellington school board

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Thank you for your input. +18 Vote up Vote down No Kids in 353 · 90 weeks ago I wonder if enrollment drops the second semester if that will get some attention. I always thought there was an opt out process. Have no dog in the fight just seems odd how they implemented it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 90 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Watched the meeting · 90 weeks ago Garver stated that his main concern was that the Summit Platform does NOT address how students can accelerate through their entire core curriculum by the end of their freshman year. He also talked about there has been no data to prove that Summit will improve ACT and SAT scores. Report Reply 0 replies · active 90 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. 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But the majority of the Wellington school board appear to be pleased with the ongoing process.Redesign is a new curriculum introduced this semester for freshman, sophomore and Kennedy Elementary students that emphasizes individual paced learning of the four core subjects of English, math, science and social students.At Monday’s meeting, Kevin Dodds, a Wellington city councilman and parent, along with Charles Garver and Chris Smalley expressed their concerns with the new curriculum.“I don’t like it one bit,” Dodds said. “My son has been in tears because of the program. He doesn’t want to go to school.”He said as a councilman he is alarmed by the number of parents who hate the program and are considering moving out of the community because of it.“There is no empirical data that proves that test scores will soar, or even if it helps the kids in anyway,” Dodds said. Garver said he doesn’t have any children involved with redesign at this time but will soon. His main concern is that  the Summit program doesn’t adequately address group learning and that students can complete their core subjects in their freshmen year. Smalley said had it not been for his daughter’s extra curricular activities such as FFA and student council, the family would have transferred already.Even school board member Pat Zeka expressed her reservations, wondering if the board needs to implement a re-evaluation process soon.  “There are a lot of parents who are not happy with Redesign,” Zeka said.“But there are a lot of parents who are happy,” retorted Wellington school board president Jackie Berryman. “I think we need to give it at least nine weeks before we do any kind of reevaluating.”The amount of discontent with the Redesign program may be in the eyes of the beholder. But there is little doubt that the board majority is very supporting of the project and like what they see.“I had the pleasure of taking a tour of the project and what impressed me was how engaged the students were,” Berryman said. “They were making presentations to us without being asked.”Board member Angie Ratcliff concurred.“What struck me was how the computer is used as a tool, much like in my day a pencil, paper and textbook was used as a tool for education,” Ratcliff said “I was talking to a young man who was sitting on the floor doing a book report on ‘Fahrenheit 451.’ And I asked him what he thought about the whole process and he said, ‘this is pretty cool.’ When is the last time you heard that from a student?”Board member Jason Newberry spoke of one teacher, science instructor James Ginter, who he considers one of the hardest workers in the school district.“He said he is working harder now more than ever because he wants what is best for the kids,” Newberry said. “When he was there he was talking to an individual student.”Even the name of the Mercury 7 program has been misinterpreted, said Mark Whitener, Wellington Superintendent.“The term Summit is not our curriculum,” Whitener said. “The curriculum is the state standards initiated by the state. Everyone in the state must meet those standards. Summit is the tool to implement the curriculum. Think of it as a textbook.”Whitener said with Wellington scoring low on average with the ACTs at 18 and only 40 percent of the graduating seniors still enrolled in college two years later was proof the old system was not working.———In other news:The following are hirings. There were no resignations for November:•Kailyn Patterson, para at WMS; •Chris Wonser, para at Kennedy; •Tori Bagby, para at WMS •Candace Dave, functional para at WMS; •Tonner Finch, seventh grade boys assistant basketball;•Jaedyn Ledesma, WMS assistant girls basketball;•Ian Stallbaumer, para at WMS; •Rebecca Benvin, para at Kennedy; •Amy Macias, functional para at Lincoln .Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more