Orientation Activities Planned
for New Faculty
Helping new teachers get off to a strong start is one of the key goals of the Huntington School District's orientation program, which will be held later this month.
The teachers have been hired to fill various positions left vacant by resignations and retirements. The new faculty members will begin their day by gathering in the Jack Abrams School library for a breakfast sponsored by the Associated Teachers of Huntington.
Superintendent James W. Polansky will speak during the induction program, as will Huntington High School Principal Dr. Carmela Leonardi and J. Taylor Finley Middle School Principal John Amato. Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr., assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, will make a presentation on "Teaching in Huntington."
The Employees First program will include presentations on personnel, payroll and benefits topics. There will be an hour-long opportunity to meet with district directors and department chairpersons. Joan Fretz, director of fine and performing arts will make a presentation on "Influencing Student Success through Messages and Mindsets."
New teachers will also learn more about the district's professional development workshop series during the orientation program. The rookie Huntington faculty members will gather together as a group on Sept. 12 ("Your Digital Connection" – e-mail, automated substitute placement and absence management program, My Learning Plan), Oct. 12 ("Classroom Management" – classroom organization), Nov. 15 ("Using Data to Inform Instruction") and Dec. 13 ("Your Digital Portfolio").