Wood BOE approves new instructional materials

Wood BOE approves instructional materials

Photo by Tyler Bennett Emerson Elementary reading resource teacher Debra DeWees shows the new English material to the Wood County Board of Education during its meeting on Tuesday.

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Schools Board of Education approved new instructional materials for English and health courses and recognized students for completing i-Ready lessons and recent competition winners from the Wood County Technical Center on Tuesday.

A team of classroom teachers and administrators in the English and Health departments worked since October to review materials, collect feedback and attend presentations. The ELA Instructional Material Review Team selected McGraw Hill’s Wonders (K-5) and StudySync as the secondary core program for the 2021-27 school years.

According to curriculum coordinator Ashlee Beatty, ELA made its final selection basing the material to meet the state’s Department of Education requirement.

WV College and Career Readiness Standards for English Language Arts are to be delivered through the core reading program. Beginning the 2021-2022 school year, McGraw Hill’s Wonders will be the county-adopted core reading curriculum in grades K-5 and StudySync in Grade 6-12. Supplemental material may be used but not as a replacement for the adopted core curriculum, Beatty said. I-Ready Reading diagnostic and online lessons will continue to be used in elementary and middle school classrooms.

“I’d like to thank the members of the ELA teams for their dedication to the review process and selection. I’ve been through several now, this is my fifth adoption and this is the biggest and this has been the most challenging year,” Beatty said. “We met virtually, they participated, they were always engaged. I really do appreciate everything they’ve done.”

The books used will be consumable instead of the usual hard-bound textbook, allowing students to make highlights, take notes in the book and lessons can be accessed in print or digitally. The books can be recycled as well.

The Health Instructional Materials Review Team selected The Great Body Shop for elementary and Goodheart-Willcox Comprehensive Health Skills for both middle and high school students for the 2021-2027 school years.

According to Math & Science Curriculum Coordinator Jason Potts, The Great Body Shop was selected based on the fact it is a magazine that students can take home with them at the end of the month and discuss the information with their parents or guardians.

For G-W, students will be taught about body safety and more up-to-date information, including vaping or dealing with the epidemic.

“We wanted flexibility to be able to have in-person learning or if we needed to do digital learning that we had the resources that we believe and we also want up-to-date information,” Potts said.

At the start of the meeting, the school board recognized students for completing i-Ready lessons and recent competition winners from the Wood County Technical Center

Students who completed I-Ready lessons were:

• Reading: Jackson Middle School’s Meridith Carter, Owen Friend and Andrew Shafer.

• Math: Matthew Carter (Jackson), Evan Miller (Jackson), Kiera Ahart (Hamilton), Cyrus Backus (Hamilton), Guy Bradley (Hamilton), Isaac Dailey (Hamilton), Ethan Dela Cruz (Hamilton), Alyssa Dennis (Hamilton), Mason Dilly (Hamilton), Zane Lewis (Hamilton), Maya Mincks (Hamilton), Ashley Moore (Hamilton), Jamilah Munsayac (Hamilton), Jasmine Parrish (Hamilton), Abigail Read (Hamilton), Kolsen Shuman (Hamilton), David Smith (Hamilton), Joseph Taylor (Hamilton) and Chase Waybright (Hamilton).

HOSA- Future Health Professional State Leadership Conference winners:

• Julia Auch, a senior in the therapeutic services program, was first place in the epidemiology knowledge test and awarded the Cath Alexander Scholarship; Natalie Lee, instructor


Gold Medal Winners:

• Emma Hunt – Firefighting, enrolled in the emergency and firefighting management program; Jim Reynolds, instructor

• Charles Boston – First Aid/CPR, enrolled in the emergency and fighting management program; Jim Reynolds, instructor

• Nick Garner – Carpentry, enrolled in the Carpentry program; Mike Kimble, instructor

• Isabelle Wigal – Construction Tool identification enrolled in the Carpentry Program; Mike Kimble, instructor.

Silver Medal Winner

• Gage Brown – Construction Tool Identification, enrolled in the Carpentry Program; Mike Kimble, instructor.

You can contact Tyler Bennett at tbennett@newsandsentinel.com


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