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West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: 860-929-5500
Fax: 860-236-2486

Kelly Brouse, Principal 

Curriculum Corner

Katie Feldman, Bugbee Curriculum Specialist

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Curriculum Update- 10/20/17

Curriculum Corner

Katie Feldman, Bugbee Curriculum Specialist


West Hartford Public Schools has begun a multi-year implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These standards, adopted by the state of Connecticut, are the backbone of our new science curriculum. During the 2017-2018 school year, our students in grades 2 and 3 will embark on this new science curriculum.

The NGSS calls for active science engagement in our classrooms through three dimensions including Cross Cutting Concepts (how students think), Science and Engineering Practices (what students do) and Disciplinary Core Ideas (what students know). The NGSS focus on deep understanding of content as well as the application of concepts in science. Written as performance expectations, our new standards closely align with the Common Core Curriculum, are integrated K-12, and prepare our students to make sense of the world around them.

Each unit of study is based on a story line (a phenomenon) that students can observe and to which they can easily relate. The lessons in the unit will help students discover and explain what is happening in the phenomenon. The 5 E Instructional Model, which is not new to West Hartford, will support our students as they Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate science.

In the classroom, you will notice that students will have the opportunity to explore and begin to construct their own understanding before learning the content. This inquiry based approach will foster rich conversations. Students will be engaged and excited about describing a phenomenon or solving a problem. Below you will see the units of study planned for our 2nd and 3rd graders this year. Implementation of the NGSS in Grades 1 and 4 will occur during the 2018-2019 school year, followed by implementation in Grades K and 5 during the 2019-2020 school year.


West Hartford’s 2017-2018 NGSS Implementation


Grade 2

Grade 3






Matter and Its Interactions

Structure and Properties of Matter


Movement and Interactions of Objects

Forces and property


Changes of the Land

Impact of Wind and Water


Similarities and Differences in Organisms

Plants and Animals


Ecosystem Dynamics: Animal / Plant Adaptation and Survival

Traits of organisms that support survival, habitat, seed dispersal and pollination


Survival of Organisms



Changes to Organisms’ Environment

Fossils, weather and climate

Curriculum Update- November 2017

Curriculum Update: Social Studies

In February 2015 the Connecticut State Board of Education passed the Connecticut Social Studies Framework. The new framework encourages instruction in four disciplines: Civics, Economics, Geography and History. West Hartford Public Schools has adopted a multi-year implementation approach for our new standards.

Last year, we began with implementation of two of the four disciplines: Civics and Geography. These two disciplines help to build the foundational skills that students need to be successful social scientists. Civics is rooted in fostering social and emotional development and the ability to interact with one another in the classroom. In Kindergarten through 3rd grade our students focus on knowing yourself, recognizing how your behavior impacts others, understanding and following rules, and developing healthy relationships. In 4th and 5th grade, our students focus on Citizenship and Civic Virtue, Local and State Government and Federal Government.

Students at all grade levels are engaged in the on-going study of Geography. In Geography students will learn to visualize where objects, places, cities and countries are in relation to one another. They will also learn to read and build maps.

This year, we will add the the discipline of History to our curriculum in 4th and 5th grade. Our 4th graders will focus on the history of West Hartford and the State of Connecticut while our 5th graders will focus on Exploration and Colonization. These units are closely tied to the English Language Arts curriculum.

In social studies, the goal is to help students develop discipline-specific skills so that they can begin to think historically, to solve historical problems, to see cause and effect, notice change over time, identify bias, as well as relationships between people, places, and time. Through an inquiry approach, students learn to develop questions and plan resources, apply disciplinary tools and concepts, evaluate sources and use evidence from them, and finally communicate their conclusions and take informed action on what they have learned.

Home-school connections are important. As your children delve into social studies in school, please continue to foster their thinking and understanding at home. Below are some questions that can be adapted for each unit of study.

Ask Me Abouts:

Grades K-3: How does this action affect me? My Family? My School?

Grades 4 - 5: How do historical events affect our community? Our State? Our World? How is this different than what has happened in the past?


Curriculum Update- December 2017

An Eye on Conferring

Three years ago, West Hartford Public Schools implemented Writing Workshop. The workshop model includes a mini-lesson, independent writing, conferring and opportunities for sharing. One essential component of the Writing Workshop is the writing conference. Through the writing conference teachers work one-on-one with students to support, guide and teach writing. Early in November a number of our teachers attended a professional development workshop with Carl Anderson, author of How’s It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers.

Why is Conferring so Important?

Conferring is differentiated instruction. It is an opportunity for your child’s teacher to tailor instruction to the individual writer while providing students with specific feedback.

What happens during a Writing Conference?

During a writing conference, students will learn what they are doing well, as well as writing techniques to support their next mission (ie: next steps towards their goal). Teachers address only one writing skill during the conference in an effort to provide focused instruction. In addition to providing excellent, individualized instruction, the writing conference allows students and teachers to develop strong relationships. Through the one-on-one conference, teachers learn about students’ interests, passions and hobbies. Students are more engaged in the writing process when they are connected and excited about their writing pieces. Just like during a mini-lesson, the teacher may refer to a mentor text, anchor chart, or previous piece of writing during the conference. The ultimate goal of the writing conference is not about improving one piece of writing, but instead encouraging students to apply their skills and techniques to their writing. In November, Carl Anderson reminded us to “teach the writer, not the writing!”


Curriculum Update- March 2018 (Spring Assessment Information)


Spring Assessment Information


This month the Bugbee halls have been filled warmth, love and celebrations of learning. It is hard to believe that we are more than halfway through the 2017-2018 school year. As we turn the calendar to March later this week, we know that springtime is around the corner and with that comes State Assessments for our students in grades 3 - 5.


Assessments provide important information about our students, our school and our district. At Bugbee, we are very proud of our students and their progress, not only reported through formal assessments, but the progress that we see, hear, and experience in our classrooms and hallways on a day-to-day basis. Nonetheless, yearly assessments do provide important information and accountability for the learning that takes place in our school.


Math Quest Screening: At Bugbee, the Math Quest Screening will take place on Wednesday, March 14, 2017.  A handful of our 3rd and 4th grade students will participate in this screening. More information is available through the Quest department or from your child’s classroom teacher.  


State Assessments: During the months of April and May, the West Hartford Public Schools will be administering the annual state assessments in English/Language Arts and Math to all students in grades 3-5. In May, the district will also administer the state Science assessment to students in grades 5. The state assessment results are one of many indicators of student performance and growth. The results of these assessments inform our continuous work to enhance the West Hartford curriculum and improve instruction. Bugbee’s Assessment Calendar is included below.


We are confident that our Bugbee students will be well prepared for the assessments at their grade level. When you visit our classrooms during the months of March and April you will not see students visibly prepping for these tests. Instead, you will notice that our students are engaged in authentic reading, writing and math tasks that meet the standards of the West Hartford Curriculum and the Common Core State Standards. We know that this active learning and engagement is the best preparation our students can receive and has been in place (and will continue) all year.  


If you have any questions or concerns with our assessments, please feel free to contact me at anytime via email (Katie_Feldman@whps.org) or by calling the Bugbee Main Office at 860-929-5500.  


Grade Level Test Dates
Grade 3
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 (ELA)

  • Friday, April 27, 2018 (ELA)

  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Math)

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Math)

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Math)

Grade 4
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018 (ELA)

  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (ELA)

  • Friday, May 11, 2018 (Math)

  • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Math)

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Math)

Grade 5
  • Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (ELA)

  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 (ELA)

  • Friday, May 11, 2018 (Math)

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Math)

  • Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Math)

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Science Pilot)


Curriculum Update- 5/3/18

Social Studies: Connecticut History


Last month our 4th graders had multiple opportunities to to enhance their study of Connecticut History.  Students have been learning about our state through their integrated Social Studies and English Language Arts curriculum this year.


The Giant Traveling Map

Ashley Callan, West Hartford K-5 Townwide Curriculum Specialist for  Literacy and Social Studies, taught 4th grade students about our state’s geographic significance and landscape.  Students were invited to travel around the state on a huge floor map of Connecticut. Mrs. Callan presented an engaging and interactive lesson that helped students better understand why towns settled in the various locations around our state, reviewed map features, and provided many other pertinent and interesting historical facts about Connecticut.  

Did you know....

  • Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford were the first three towns founded in Connecticut

  • West Hartford used to be part of Hartford.  It was called the West Division.

  • The Connecticut River is the longest river in New England.

  • There are 169 towns and 19 cities in Connecticut.

  • Lake Candlewood, one of the largest lakes in Connecticut, is actually man-made.


The Connecticut Historical Society: This is Connecticut:

In addition to studying the geographical features of our state, our 4th graders spent the morning at the Connecticut Historical Society learning about famous Connecticut people, places, events and products. This experience included a timeline study of people from Connecticut history, including Noah Webster. Our students learned the significance behind our state’s nicknames, The Constitution State and The Nutmeg State. Finally, they learned that the name Connecticut came from the Algonquian word “Quinnehtukqut” meaning Long Tidal River (The Connecticut River). This lesson circled back to Mrs. Callan’s instruction on Connecticut’s geography!


Upcoming Events

  • October 2018
    • TueOct23 Bugbee "Read In" 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM
    • WedOct24 International Night Potluck Dinner Meeting 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    • WedOct31 Grade 1 Halloween Parade 8:50 AM to 9:15 AM
    • WedOct31 Kindergarten Halloween Party 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • November 2018


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