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Teachers and math department chairs from all four Sachem middle schools gave a brief presentation about the middle school common core for math during Wednesday’s Sachem Central School District Board of Education work session.
Stressing the cohesion of working together, brainstorming and sharing lessons, help packets and ideas, they presented a confident and steadfast approach to handling the common core.
Sachem has also scheduled many information sessions to offer assistance to the parents and students who may be experiencing challenges with the district’s new Pearson math curriculum. Each of Sachem’s elementary schools and middle schools have the dates, times, location and information you will need to take advantage of this opportunity.
During Wednesday’s meeting, the board voted to approve requirements for school personnel who will be unable to work during the period of time previously identified as the February break.
Staff members must work with the district’s Personnel Office regarding their individual situations with previously scheduled vacations during those days. If they are unable to change dates or recoup money from scheduled trips, they will have to use personal days.
“The feedback we’ve gotten so far, for the most part, the airlines and certain resorts are being pretty understanding,” Sachem Superintendent James Nolan said. “Overall it’s been pretty good. Everybody knows what they need to produce to Gail [Grenzig's] office in order to use personal days.”
Related to the same dates in February, Sachem reissued its 2012-2013 calendar online, changing the February month to adhere to the changes voted on during the Dec. 5 board meeting.
Another notable action item included the board’s approval of a donation of $11,139 from the Sequoya Middle School Physical Education Department and Leaders Club for Paul DiIorio, a Sachem alum suffering from a rare form of cancer.
Next up: The next regularly scheduled Sachem Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. All meetings are held in the Administrative Annex at Samoset Middle School, unless otherwise noted.
-Words by Chris R. Vaccaro