Jersey Shore schools get new elementary science curriculum

JERSEY SHORE —  A new elementary science curriculum was discussed by the Jersey Shore Area School Board at its Monday meeting.

The curriculum is through Full Option Science System, which focuses on hands-on experiments that help students begin understanding scientific concepts better than through a textbook, according to Adrienne Johnson, Jersey Shore Area Elementary School assistant principal.

The district has budgeted the $20,700 program in its 2017-18 preliminary budget, she said. The cost covers three 12-week physical science kits that will be distributed to Avis, Salladasburg and Jersey Shore elementary schools in the fall.

The school board will decide at a future meeting whether the elementary schools will participate in a free pilot program that would begin this year.

Salladasburg Elementary received a $7,500 grant through the National Network and Partnership Schools to increase parent and community engagement to help with students’ academic growth.

The money will be used to promote different books, games and other materials to lend to parents so they can help their child in areas they are struggling with in the classroom, Dr. Kenneth Dady, Salladasburg principal, said.

The district will use its $4,000 Pre-K Counts Grant to provide the Ready Rosie mobile kindergarten preparedness service for all people in the district.

Ready Rosie will provide the subscriber with videos that model how parents can incorporate literacy, math skills and oral skills at the home and in the community, Dady said.

The online program soon will be available.

The Basketball Booster Club requested approval from the board to hold appreciation nights at the basketball games for teachers and YMCA youth basketball participants. The ticket fee would be waived for the individuals the club is honoring for the evening.

Stephen Alexander, district athletic director, said there are other ways to show appreciation for a group of people besides letting them into a game without charge.

Ticket sales and the athletic fund from the district are the department’s only revenue, he said. If people are going into the games for free, that could be a significant loss.

“It is a significant cost if it’s added up,” he said.

Adrienne Craig, business manager, said the fee is never waived, the general fund would be paying for that loss of revenue.

The board decided the sports committee will discuss with the club how it can move forward on its request.