Supervisor of Instructional Practice

Our New Digital Citizenship Website!

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on September 20, 2017

Last year we began the process of implementing a comprehensive digital citizenship curriculum from Kindergarten through Grade 12. This implementation began with five digital citizenship lessons per grade level (based on Common Sense Education’s curriculum), along with the work teachers were doing in their classrooms.

Now, in year 2 of our implementation, our new School Libraries page is up and running. (and it can also be accessed by going to > Salisbury Township School District > Departments > Curriculum and Professional Development > School Libraries)

The first section of the page contains our K-12 digital citizenship curriculum. Our Library Media Specialists – Robin BurnsBarb Jaindl, and Jane Brennan – have put a great deal of time and effort into this resource. The second section of the page contains resources related to public domain and creative commons, in order to continue our efforts with effective copyright practices.

The page is still a work in progress, we are proud of what has been created thus far, and it can certainly continue to evolve to meet the needs of our students and teachers!

Fundations – Our New Literacy Program for Kindergarten and First Grade

by Randy Ziegenfuss and Lynn Fuini-Hetten on September 20, 2017

Ms. Attar’s classroom

A new school year has launched! Starting this year, all of the district’s Kindergarten and First Grade regular education classrooms will be using a program called Fundations to teach some important basics of reading, spelling, vocabulary, and handwriting.

You are likely wondering, “What is Fundations?”

Research indicates that systematic and explicit phonic instruction is effective for all children. Fundations provides a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics. We will combine this instruction with the reading of good literature, which is just as important for your child’s development.

Fundations is systematic because it follows a very definite sequence for teaching and it follows a very definite procedure to teach those concepts.

Fundations is explicit because this program does not leave room for guessing. It teaches all concepts directly. The children will review letters and how to form these letters. They will learn sounds using keywords to help them remember. They will soon move on to blend the sounds into words. As the year progresses, Fundations introduces many aspects of word structure and sentence structure.

Ms. Ziemba’s classroom

Help Develop Oral Expression And Vocabulary

You can help your child develop oral language (the spoken word) with the following ideas. Do these anytime you are with your child:

1. Encourage your child to answer “wonder” statements.
Say such things as “I wonder why a dog barks.” Or say, “I wonder if Grandpa likes spinach.”

2. Help your child expand his/her vocabulary by rephrasing.
When your child says something such as, “He’s scared,” you could say, “Yes, the dog barks because he is frightened, you are correct!”

3. Ask open-ended questions.
Do not ask, “Are you raking leaves?” (The child would simply answer, “yes.”) Instead, ask, “What are you doing with your rake?” The child will answer you and then you can rephrase the answer to further develop vocabulary (see #2).

4. Limit the amount of TV
However, if your child watches a children’s program, talk about it (see #’s 1, 2, 3).

5. Provide household props that encourage pretend play.
Use spoons/pans in the bathtub; cups/teapots/dolls; small rakes/shovels. While playing, be sure to talk through your actions (see #’s 1, 2, 3).

For additional information about Fundations, please refer to:

1. The program’s official website

2. This video that shows the program in action:

Our New Digital Hub!

August 22, 2017

Our New Digital Hub! As Salisbury continues to move forward with TL2020 and our new vision (which includes a Profile of a Graduate and Learning Beliefs) we have accumulated many valuable resources that align with our current direction – resources that span across all subjects and grade levels. To make all of these assets as […]

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Summer Academy, Having a Blast!

August 22, 2017

Summer Academy, Having a Blast! As educators, we shouldn’t ask our students to do anything we aren’t willing to do ourselves. Which is why, if we want our students to be lifelong learners, we must be as well. At Salisbury, part of this continuous learning involves Summer Academy, during which educators from across the district […]

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Summer Academy in Full Swing!

July 2, 2014

Salisbury Township School District faculty and staff are participating in this year’s Summer Academy.  After 115 staff members completed a Needs Assessment in May, over 40 sessions were developed for this summer!  Sessions are being offered in a variety of formats by teachers, administrators, and other staff members. Thank you to all of those staff (and […]

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Get Connected this October!

October 2, 2013

Get involved this October with Connected Educators’ Month! Discovery has a full calendar for the month of October.  A different opportunity for learning is presented each day.  For example, today’s professional development opportunity is a link to Kathy Schrock’s blog for Discovery, Kathy’s Katch. There are also links to Discovery webinars, twitter chat information, learning […]

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