Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School gets new math curriculum and looks forward to new location
Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School Educational Coordinator Dan Klatz and Administrative Coordinator Amy Aaron pose for a portrait outside of the school's current location in the Brassworks in Haydenville July 25, 2013. They are hoping to move the school to Easthampton.
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Amy Aaron, administrative coordinator for Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School, Thursday.
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WILLIAMSBURG — Hilltown Cooperative Charter Public School students in kindergarten through fifth grade will be working with a new math program this year called “Math Expression.”
Educational Coordinator Daniel Klatz said staff at the Hilltown school like the program because it offers clear, quality material for students and teachers.
“We think that this program offers a really good blend of direct instruction and hands-on activities,” Klatz said.
“We also like the clarity of the program and its emphasis on language.”
Another notable change this year is that the school’s traditional Friday morning “all-school meetings” will move to Friday afternoons.
“The weekly meeting is an important school ritual. It’s a time when everyone at the school has the chance to gather together,” Klatz said.
Klatz said school staff decided Friday mornings are better than afternoons, so the switch will be implemented.
An even bigger change on the horizon is that after 17 years of looking for a new school building, the school may be moving to Easthampton.
While the relocation must still be approved by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, school officials are excited about what appears to be a probable move to the 24,268-square-foot former Jenoptik Optical Systems manufacturing building on a four-acre property at 1 Industrial Parkway.
Administrative Coordinator Amy Aaron said the opportunity to relocate comes at an opportune time as the school is looking to grow their middle school.
“If all goes as we hope, this year we will have to devote our energy to packing, moving and of course preparing the students for the move,” Klatz said, though he noted “that would probably be more in the last quarter of the year.”
New teachers at Hilltown this year are special education teacher, Caitlan Florschutz and Spanish teacher Shelly Greenstein.