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Abington Heights School District Language Arts' Philosophy
The Language Arts program of the Abington Heights School District is intended to build a lifelong appreciation of the English language in all its forms and to develop the skills necessary for success in all subject areas. Learning to read is seen as a complex process of constructing meaning from print – not merely learning a set of isolated skills. Skills should be taught within a meaningful context, and there should always be a balance between skills instruction and application. While students are always encouraged to write, even if they make mistakes, correct grammar, spelling and usage are expected on final drafts. Daily opportunities should exist for actual reading and real writing. There should also be a balance among the types of reading and writing assignments in which students take part (narrative, informational, persuasive). Although students come to school from diverse backgrounds and with differing levels of motivation, all students can learn to read and write. We recognize that students learn at different rates and in different ways. We know that the classroom atmosphere should meet the cognitive and affective needs of the learners. In order to best meet the needs of all learners, multiple types of approaches and materials should be utilized. The interrelationship of the language arts should always be stressed.

Because language can neither be learned nor evaluated in a fragmented way, holistic, performance-based means of assessment should be used as the true indicators of student ability. Monitoring of student progress should be ongoing and results should guide instruction. Teachers who are knowledgeable of the reading and writing processes are essential. Staff development activities which reflect current research about reading and writing must be available to all teachers in order to ensure the most effective classroom instruction. Effective instruction requires that each teacher achieve a balance between developing an individual teaching style and incorporating specific methods supported by research to help students master state and local curriculum standards.

We believe that literacy skills are the keys to opening the doors for productive, meaningful citizenship. Our ultimate goal, as a school system, is to produce students who have the ability to read and write independently and the desire to do so frequently.
Contact Information
Vicki Jones
Director of Language Arts Services
200 East Grove Street
Clarks Summit, PA 18411

Barbara Frutchey, Reading Specialist, Clarks Summit Elementary School
Mary Griffin, Reading Specialist, Newton Ransom Elementary School
Amy Ruddy, Reading Specialist, South Abington Elementary School
Maureen Chiavacci, Reading Specialist, Waverly Elementary School
Carina Klinetob, Reading Specialist, Abington Heights Middle School
Marty Memolo, Reading Specialist, Abington Heights Middle School
Krista Carey, Reading Specialist, Abington Heights High School

Elementary Language Arts

over 2 years ago

Elementary Thematic 


These overarching Language Arts and History topics can be discussed at home.


Fall: All About Me
Winter: Let's Play in the Neighborhood
Spring: Animals all Around

First Grade

Fall: Families
Winter: Communities
Spring: Fairy Tales

Second Grade

Fall: Our Country
Winter: People and Places in History
Spring: Our World

Third Grade

Fall: The Many People of Our Land
Winter: Immigration
Spring: Overcoming Slavery

Fourth Grade

Fall: United States Regions
Winter: Pennsylvania History
Spring: Pennsylvania Government and History

Coaching Resources

What is PIIC?

By Rosa Sabie

Middle School Language Arts

over 2 years ago

Middle School Thematic

These overarching Language Arts and History topics can be discussed at home.

Fifth Grade

Fall: Explorers
Winter: Colonial America
Spring: Revolutionary War

Sixth Grade

Fall: From Nomads to No Man Left Behind
Winter: From the Pyramids to the Afterlife and Beyond
Spring: From the Steps of Socrates' Sandals to the Roar of Hannibal's Elephants

Seventh Grade

Fall: Creating a Nation
Winter: Challenges and Expansion
Spring: Reform and Division

Eighth Grade

Fall: Where do I Belong?
Winter: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility
Spring: That ain't right! Play by the Rules


By Rosa Sabie