Principal’s Note in the 4.22.2013 eNews: The New Common Core Learning Standards and Assessments

Athena High School eNews 

Week 31 – April 22, 2013

Theme of the Month:  Citizenship

 Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it.

 – Martha Gellhorm

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A Note from the Principal: 

We are living in a time of incredible change and technological advancement. When I was in high school the internet was in its infancy, cell phones were a thing of science fiction and music was played from cassette tapes.  Learning was far more confined and static than it is today, and that was okay at the time. The world we are preparing our student to enter, shape and influence is remarkably different than the one that we were prepared for when we were in high school.  The world our students will enter demands that the next generation know how to think critically and operate interdependently.  The world they will enter will assume they can create, analyze and evaluate meaning. Our students must be able to not merely memorize information, but master the skills of finding, deciphering and evaluating the information that is readily available in a Google-centric world. It is an exciting and critical time to be engaged in the journey of preparing the next generation for success.

One way that our systems are changing to meet the needs of the 21st Century is in the area of curriculum and assessment.  As you have probably heard, New York State has adopted the Common Core Learning Standards.  These national standards are both aggressive and comprehensive.  They are helping to guide us to ensuring that all of our students are on track to college and/or career success.  Our staff has spent extensive time over the past two years analyzing and beginning to imbed these standards into our daily instruction.  The NYSED Regents Exams for high school will begin to reflect these standards beginning with ELA and Algebra beginning at the end of next year.  For elementary school they have already begun this alignment. 

Recently, while driving home from school, I was listening to the radio and heard one commentator decrying these standards as deplorable and politically motivated.  This was immediately followed by another pundit refuting that perspective with a myriad of reasons why the new standards were imperative. This issue has become politically sensitive and people on all sides are passionate about what they believe. As a parent and/or a community member, you should take the time to become more familiar with the changes these new standards and assessments will bring. We as a school community are working diligently to understand the standards and leverage them to assure that all students are equipped for success in college and beyond.

 For more information check out the Parents and Family Resource page on the website. (

Together we will continue to ensure that all of our students are on track to graduation, success in college and ultimately that they become contributing members of the global community.

Jason GianottiPrincipal
(p) 585.966.4043 (f) 585.966.4039
Twitter: @AthenaHigh

 School Community Updates:

  • AP Exams – All students taking an AP exam in May must attend a mandatory pre-administration session to complete the necessary information required by College Board prior to the exams.  Students in grade 12 will attend Monday, April 22, during 4th block Advisement.  Students in grade 11 will attend Wednesday, April 24, during 4th block Advisement.  Students who have early dismissal must attend during the designated time. 

Counselors Corner:

  • Scholarships Available – The College Center, room 102, has many scholarships available.  Please stop in to see if you qualify for any of them.
  • Women in Engineering – High school young women entering grades 10 to 12 can attend RIT’s program for engineering on 7/18 and 7/19.  For more information click here.

Sports Calendar:

  • Boys Tennis, 4/23, 4:30 pm, Basil Marella
  • Girls Lacrosse, 4/23, 4:30 pm
  • Track, 4/24, 4:30 pm
  • Boys Baseball, 4/24, 4:30 pm
  • Girls Lacrosse, 4/25, 4:30 pm
  • Girls Softball, 4/26, 4:30 pm 

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