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Mamaroneck Principal Looks Ahead With Parents

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- After the bell rang Thursday morning at Mamaroneck Avenue School, Principal Carrie Amon gave a small group of parents an overview of the school year at the first of three annual "Views of MAS" reports.

Amon addressed how the district planned to meet the Common Core Standards for Math and English Language Arts and Literacy for 2012-2013, approved by the New York State Board of Regents this past January. The new standards "raise the bar" on what students in each grade level will be expected to learn, Amon said. In the past, kindergarten students had to be able to count from one to 20. Now they will have to be able to count from 1 to 100.

Teachers will incorporate guided math and tiered lessons to reinforce lessons for students who may not fully absorb the material the first time. All elementary students will also have their reading comprehension monitored by participating in flexible guided reading groups. Teachers will monitor their progress by, among other things, figuring out why a student makes a mistake and then teaching to those mistakes.

Amon also reviewed the school's third, fourth and fifth graders performance this past spring on the New York State exams .

Assistant Principal Alice Borsella stepped in to outline various grants awarded to the school in 2011-2012. They include a music grant promoting visual literacy through digital media, a grant that will help fund a new inclusive playground and playground surface at Mamaroneck Avenue School, and a grant for E-Books in the library.

Borsella also announced the various grade-level theme nights, including a second grade family night storytime and special snack on Jan. 26, third grade family night Bingo on Jan. 19, a fourth grade treasure hunt on May 22, and a fifth grade square dance on March 6.

For more events, visit the Mamaroneck School District website here .

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