Clarence Central School District

Together We Make Learning A Way Of Life

Office of Curriculum and Staff Development

 Kristin Overholt

The Office of Curriculum and Staff Development supports and advocates for high quality, professional opportunities for our faculty and staff to continue to develop learning new skills. Additional responsibilities include overseeing all components of a quality, district-wide curriculum, the New York State assessment and reporting requirements, and the management of federal and state grants.

In our elementary schools, we focus on the early literacy and language arts skills of our youngest students, ensuring their ability to read, write and think critically in all curricular areas including math, science, social studies, art, music, library skills, and physical education.
 
At the middle school, interdisciplinary teams strive to meet the academic, developmental, and social needs of early adolescents. These teams work closely with students, providing them with appropriate support and a nurturing environment in which to grow.
 
Above and beyond the diverse course offerings at the high school, numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses, clubs, sports and extra curricular activities are in place to meet the many interests and aspirations of our young adults.
 
Starting in 2005/06, all students in grades 3 – 8 are required to take an assessment in English Language Arts and Math. A score at level 3 indicates that children are meeting the proficiency standard and a score of level 4 indicates a child is exceeding the standard. 

Effective June 2005, new state-wide diploma and graduation requirements went into effect for students who entered ninth grade in September of 2001 and thereafter. In order to earn a Regents diploma, students are required to pass five Regents examinations in English, Integrated Algebra, Global History, U. S. History, and a Regents laboratory Science exam. Also in effect this year, graduates are required to complete 22 units of credit, including three units in both math and science.
 
The success of Clarence Central Schools is largely due to the collaboration of all constituents who truly believe that together we make learning a way of life. I encourage you to join and become active in our school community. The input of parents and community members is always valued and appreciated.

In accordance with the Commissioner's Regulations to allow flexibility in districts in the provision of Academic Intervention Services (AIS), the Clarence Central School District will provide a Response to Intervention (RtI) program for students who score below the level 3 (Proficient) score on the Grade 3-8 English Language Arts or Mathematics assessments.

If you have any questions regarding our academic programs, please feel free to contact the curricula office by phone at 716.407.9109 or by mail at koverholt@clarenceschools.org.  

Contact Information

Office hours are
Monday through Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
716-407-9109 
 
 
Kristin Overholt
Director of Curriculum
 
Elizabeth Chelus 
Program Coordinator
 
Kate Celej
Program Coordinator
 
Melissa Byrd
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