Homework…now what?

Thank you to the large number of attendees who turned out for our meeting on “Homework, Mindfulness, and Reducing Stress” last week. Those of you that were unable to join us can read the meeting notes here.

Because local, state and national conversations are happening in and around homework, the focus of the meeting quickly turned towards understanding and analyzing research on homework “best practice” and to local and national school district homework policies.

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Save the Date: Meet the Candidates, 10/25

AGATE and SEPTA will be co-hosting a “Meet the Candidates” event on 10/25 at 7:30pm in the Schreiber Cafeteria, where candidates running for State Senate and Assembly will be sharing their thoughts on education reform and what role they hope to play if elected. We are looking for a committee of volunteers to help us organize and run this event. If you are interested please email us here at portagate@gmail.com.

Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress Meeting on 9/29

Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress
Does your child feel overwhelmed by homework?  Is homework causing stress and overload? Do you wonder if there is an issue with your child’s time management or if the homework is out of alignment with the district’s homework policy? (Click here to view.)  Come find out steps you can take to become more mindful and help reduce stress around homework.

AGATE is hosting Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress on 9/29/16 9:30-11am at the Weber Library.  Guest speaker Dr. Joseph D’Angelo, College Board Certified Instructor of Teachers of AP English, retired from Manhasset High School: District Specialist in Programs for Gifted Youth, and nationally recognized private consultant for gifted students with learning deficits, will discuss research on the topic of homework appropriateness as well as: Continue reading “Homework, Mindfulness, & Reducing Stress Meeting on 9/29”

Welcome Back

We hope the school year has gotten off to a great start for you and your children!

The good news in regards to G&T education and enrichment as a whole is that the district has hired a consultant to look at our current program, evaluate our needs as a district, and make a recommendation as to how best to reconfigure our enrichment program so that more children benefit and needs are met across the spectrum.

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How does homework correlate to school success?

AGATE applauds the initiatives undertaken by the Compact Committees at Weber and High School to support students by encouraging mindfulness and is appreciative of the most recent Schreiber decision to provide ninth graders with a homework moratorium over the last school vacation, both of which are designed to reduce stress and anxiety, and build a better school environment.

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