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North Syracuse Board of Education looks forward

"Not only does curriculum mapping enable teachers to assure that they allocate sufficient time to cover each standard and objective," Slater said. "But it gives some assurance that required standards and objectives are being addressed by all."

Slater said that curriculum mapping includes the documentation and dialogue around what faculty teach and the collaborative process that helps everyone understand teaching and learning throughout the district.

She also said that mapping "benefits everyone," because it is a communication, planning and collaboration tool.

Right now, core groups of teachers are utilizing this method for students in all grades, from kindergarten through 12th grade. This process allows teachers of all levels to collaborate with one another and help revise the current curriculum to better serve the districts students, according to Slater.

NSEF grant recipients

During the Monday night board meeting, several faculty members were recognized for receiving a North Syracuse Education Foundation grant.

NSEF President Nat Ordway announced the names of the 2010 winners who are listed as follows:

Fourth grade Allen Road Elementary teacher Mary Bearkland --Awarded $1,410.72 for "Shedding Light on Photosynthesis," North Syracuse Junior High School science teacher Larisa Black -- Awarded $760 for "DNA Research for the Future," Roxboro Road Elementary School reading teacher Traci Buff --Awarded $586.97 for "ElVes in Action,"NSJHS teacher Elizabeth Cannella -- Awarded $523.60 for "Read Naturally," Lakeshore Road elementary School librarian Darci LaRose -- Awarded $979.56 for "DVDs to Support Curriculum," NSJHS German teacher Barbara Mathews -- Awarded $473.42 for "Multimedia Lessons for the German Classroom," Gillette Road and Roxboro Road middle schools teacher Joanne Thornton -- Awarded $654.60 for "Don't Get Sucked In' Smoking Centers," C-Ns High School FACS teacher Shirley Ware -- Awarded $500 for "Hi-Tech Sewing" and $249.99 for "Screen Printing."

The public will vote on the 2010-11 school budget and the election of three members to the Board of Education on May 18. To learn more about the four candidates running for election, pick up the April 28 edition of the Star-Review or visit cnylink.com/starreview.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 24 at Roxboro Road Elementary School.

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