Informational meetings and facility tours are set for later this month at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School and Woodhull Intermediate School for the parents of current Huntington School District fourth graders.
Fourth grade parents are being asked to select one of the schools for their child to attend in September. The selection can be made online or via regular US Mail. The deadline is February 17.
An open house will be held at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School on Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. Principal Donna Moro and staff members will be on hand to meet with parents, who will be offered an opportunity to tour the facility, including classrooms and the cafeteria, library, gym and auditorium and any other area of the building they want to see.
An identical informational program will be held at Woodhull Intermediate School on Monday, January 30 at 7 p.m. Principal Traci Roethel and assorted staff members will speak with parents and be available to answer questions. Tours of that facility will also be available.
The selection form can be accessed via the district website at www.joshuacarnes.info. Go to the Quick Clicks link on the top right of the homepage and under “For Parents” click on the link for Grade 5 School Choice Form: Jack Abrams STEM/Woodhull. The form can be submitted electronically.
Forms can also be submitted through the US Mail or in person at one of the informational meetings later this month. The form has already been mailed to parents. It can also be accessed via the district website under PDF in the “Informative” section. It can be found by clicking on the link for Letter to Parents on Grade 5 School Choice.
Parents are asked to consider the following:
• While the core instructional program will be similar in both buildings, schedules will vary at each school to accommodate an interdisciplinary STEM block at Jack Abrams and an instructional period that will accommodate a survey of languages offered by the district at Woodhull.
• An enrollment cap and the need for a lottery may develop only if choices exceed section capacity in either building. Such a lottery would involve random drawing from respective primary school attendance zones.
• Those who indicate “no preference” or who do not return the form will be assigned after those who have made choices are accommodated.
• Students in the “bridge” and dual language programs need not return the form as they will be assigned to Jack Abrams and Woodhull, respectively.
• Once enrolled in a given school, it is expected that a student will remain in that school through grade six.
A copy of Superintendent James W. Polansky’s public presentation on the elementary school reorganization can be found on the district website under PDF in the “Informative” section.