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Connie McCarthy
A Midyear Checklist for 2nd Graders

Jan 29, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 2nd Grade

This informal 12-point checklist will help you determine if your 2nd grader is on schedule academically at the halfway mark of the school year. Common Core skills are fashioned to be taught sequentially, building on skills fr... Read more
Craig Bystrynski
Keep Communication Lines Open on Mobile Safety

Jan 25, 2013 - Posted by Craig Bystrynski in SchoolFamily.com, Internet Safety, Cell Phones

As parents, we want to convey the right messages about mobile safety so our kids understand the importance of behaving responsibly when using smartphones. But these conversations can be tough. Did you know two out of five kid... Read more
Livia McCoy
Brain Development in Teens: Help Them Deal With Peer Pressure

Jan 24, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Livia McCoy

A key area of the brain lies just behind the forehead. This area is called the prefrontal cortex, and it controls many high-level thought processes. Teens tend to make impulsive decisions and fail to consider the consequences... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Midyear Checklist for 1st Graders

Jan 22, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards, 1st Grade

Below is an informal 12-point checklist for your 1st grade child at the midyear mark. Use this to measure six important math and six important English/Language Arts skills that are crucial to 1st grade progress. As a 1st grad... Read more
Livia McCoy
Life Beyond School Is Often Successful for Students With Learning Disabilities

Jan 17, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities

Students who struggle in school are complicated. There are similarities between any two of them, but there are many more differences. I used to say this is why we should not label children as having a learning disability, att... Read more
Connie McCarthy
A Midyear Checklist for Kindergartners

Jan 15, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Kindergarten, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

Most schools have recently passed or are fast approaching the halfway mark in the 2012-13 school year. At this point, it’s important for parents to know if their kindergarten child is also halfway through the required a... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why Is Spelling So Hard for Some Kids?

Jan 10, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Livia McCoy, Kids Writing, Kids Reading

Have you ever wondered why some people can speak and read well but are terrible at spelling? In order to understand why, you have to take a look at language in general. Not long after a baby is born, he begins to babble by mi... Read more
Connie McCarthy
Balancing Creativity and Academics

Jan 08, 2013 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Creativity, Connie McCarthy, Common Core Standards

I believe in the Common Core State Standards. Schools need a framework to help their students achieve college and career ready goals. This framework should be clear, rigorous, and equitable for each grade level. This is espec... Read more
Livia McCoy
Helping Your Teen Through the Tough Times

Jan 03, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Middle School, Livia McCoy, High School

Adolescence is a difficult time of life. I frequently hear my students complain about their family, their parents, and life in general. Many adolescents feel that their parents do not love them. From my perspective, many of t... Read more
Elizabeth Leaver
Reaching Out to the Sandy Hook School Community

Jan 02, 2013 - Posted by Elizabeth Leaver in Community Service

If you are sending a child off to school tomorrow morning, you may be thinking of the Sandy Hook community, which was struck by tragedy last month. Tomorrow, the Sandy Hook students will return to school at a new location, a... Read more