The Wallkill Central School District recognizes the important role of parents in the learning community. We share a common commitment to supporting students’ academic pursuits and ensuring their successful achievement. We subscribe to the requirements set forth in state and federal regulations for the purposeful involvement of parents in their children’s education. To these ends, the District’s mission is to enhance the educational programs of its student population through an active, productive parent-school partnership. Its goal is to increase the constructive, ongoing involvement of parents in the education of their children.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in their child's education by attending parent workshops, Open Houses, parent conferences, parent organization meetings and volunteering. Please feel free to stop by and visit your child's school, but please remember to stop in the main office first. The Wallkill Central school District strives for an active partnership between school and home.
The following are useful websites for homework help and Common Core support. Please check back often for updated resources.
EngageNY Parent and Family Resources:
The Wallkill Public Library offers a variety of online research tools
http://plattekill.lib.ny.us/ -Plattekill Public Library website featuring Tutor.com. Click the Tutor.com icon and use your Ulster County Library Card number to access the website, which offers free homework help from 3 p.m. to midnight every day.
http://homework-hotline.org/ - PBS website for parents, teachers and student; includes videos, games, and information on the Dial-A-Teacher Homework Helpline
www.jiskha.com - Post homework questions online and get free homework help from tutors; more than 200 tutors volunteer their time to help over 4,000 students with homework everyday. Students receive answers from teachers in various school subjects including math, science, social studies and more.
www.homeworkspot.com - homework help, tutorials, parent resources for grades K-12
http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ - Library of Congress "Ask a Librarian" website; email questions based on subject or participate in a chat session
http://www.neok12.com/ - Free online educational videos, lessons, quizzes, games and puzzles
Easy Ways to Grow a Great Reader - helpful hints from the New York State Library
www.hotmath.com - live tutors. math videos and other resources
http://www.khanacademy.org/ -extensive video library of tutorials for mathematics, computer science and more
www.wolframalpha.com - computational search engine
http://mathcentral.uregina.ca/QandQ/ - Math Central Quandaries and Queries; problem of the month, math resources
http://www.scientificamerican.com - science videos, blogs, articles; "Ask the Expert"
http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov - Imagine the Universe! This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe. Contains links to other NASA websites.
The following databases/virtual library resources are available free through NOVELNY (New York Online Virtual Electronic Library) and are recommended and appropriate for elementary students. Students should ask their teachers for their user names and passwords.
eLibrary Elementary: Contains over 140 magazines and books for elementary students. Also includes the American Heritage Dictionary.
Kids InfoBits: Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.
Amazing Animals of the World: Resource for elementary school students that includes facts and photos for over 1200 animals.
Understanding the Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative was a joint effort by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) www.nga.org and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) www.ccsso.org in partnership with Achieve, ACT, and the College Board. Through this initiative, Governors and state commissioners of education from across the country committed to joining a state-led process to develop a common core of state standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics for grades K-12. One of the main goals was to develop a “common core of standards that are internationally benchmarked, aligned with work and post-secondary education expectations, and inclusive of the higher order skills that students need…”
(New York State Education Department)
Common Core Websites for Parents
Common Core Shifts - Includes a practical guide providing steps that parents can take to improve their child’s learning of the Common Core
PLEASE CLICK HERE to read a letter from New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia regarding the Grade 3-8 Assessments.