The Common Core Standards were developed to provide clarity, uniformity, and consistency in what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level. The goal of implementing the Common Core Standards is to prepare students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college, higher education, and the work place. Standards are not curriculum and do not dictate the content of what can be taught. Standards indicate the skills, competencies, and fluencies that students should be able to apply to content. In that, the standards can be applied to Catholic School Curriculum with no danger of compromising Catholic Identity. The Standards will raise expectations with focus on rigorous content and cognitive tasks that demand the application of thinking skills, creativity, collaboration, and communication. In keeping our Catholic School Identity and implementing the Common Core, we will enable our Catholic school students to become morally and academically equipped for college and the workforce.
Throughout this year, principals and teachers in the Diocese of Harrisburg are working to transition from the state standards to the national Common Core Standards. Our Saint Joseph School teachers and principal currently are attending workshops and graduate level courses to help them better understand how to implement the Common Core into their lessons. Mrs. Michelle Hagarman, Sister Susan Wagaman, Miss Theresa Smith, Mrs. Mary Mehring, and Mrs. Mummert will represent our school at Diocesan Workshops during the 1st and 2nd weeks of March. The teachers will then share the information they learned with their grade level peers. All Diocesan teachers also will attend a workshop this summer on August 13th to prepare for the implementation of the Common Core Standards.
Mr. Terrance Golden
Click to Email