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EPIC presents family workshops about Common Core State Standards

Druquan Hurley learns to recycleMay 23, 2012

Parents and guardians of Monticello Central School District elementary students were invited to a two part Family Informational Workshop to review the changes in the NYS Common Core State Standards in the areas of Math as well as the English Language Arts (ELA), which include reading, writing, speaking, listening and language.

The workshops, held on April 3 and April 11, were facilitated by school principals Sandra Johnson-Fields, Bill Frandino and Kimberly Patterson for the purpose of explaining the changes in the current Common Core standards and describing how the parents can help their children achieve success in the classroom.

While the parents were being enlightened at the K.L. Rutherford Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room, their children attended and thoroughly enjoyed their own Wellness and Health Workshops, which were sponsored by the EPIC Program (Every Person Influences Children). EPIC Program Coordinator Jane Sorensen was assisted by staff and faculty as well as Key Club members and school volunteers in Art Teacher Amy Garrett works with studentsfacilitating and escorting the students to the various workshops.

The Workshops included the following: “Story Reading” by Speech Therapist Dana Taylor; “Planting Art Project” with Art Teacher Amy Garrett where the students had fun designing and pasting a feather face on a solo cup filled with planting seeds; “Recycling Game Activities” with Jane Sorensen, who played games helping students identify various recyclable items; “Yoga and Breathing Techniques” led by Doreen Foxwell of Children’s School of Yoga allowing the students to express themselves in various motions and positions; “Building a Worm Bank and Learning about Composting” presented by Gardens by Kelley giving the children an opportunity to dig up the soil and learn about the importance of worms, vegetables and fruit in making compost; and our School’s very own Chef Andy and Nutritional Coach Lisa DeAlessandro, instructing on choosing, preparing and sampling healthy snacks. Chef Andy also demonstrated cooking fresh, healthy vegetables. The children and adults were very happy to participate in the tasting segment of that workshop and Chef Andy proved that vegetables can be both nutritious as well as delicious.

Top photo: Druquan Hurley learns how to recycle.

Bottom photo: Nyreka Forrest, Alexandra Lahey and Rosalie Sheppard get ready to make a mask with Cooke Art Teacher Amy Garrett.