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Curriculum & Instruction

Welcome to the West Hempstead Curriculum and Instruction Page

As reflected in our vision, the West Hempstead School District is committed to developing a lifelong quest for learning across our grade levels and educational continuum. By promoting academic excellence through equitable opportunities for all students, our school district employs innovative strategies which engage students to become active participants in their learning process. The cornerstones of a twenty-first century education are critical thinking, continuous improvement, application, and persistence. These key factors will prepare our students to meet the challenges of college, career, and life experiences.

We are deeply committed to creating profound thinkers who can solve problems and discover solutions. Using this premise as our compass, the West Hempstead school district continues to implement programs which engage our students in the learning process. Our district will expand the integration of our elementary math program, Investigations 3, into our fourth and fifth grades classes. Simultaneously, the district is spiraling the Middle School version of this program, Connected Math 3, with our students. Both programs embrace an inquiry-based approach to learning mathematics. Our mathematics lessons facilitate an environment where students expand their understanding of mathematics beyond the formulaic responses and rote memorization to constructing meaning behind mathematical concepts. This will allow all students to have exposure with an enriching curriculum that will prepare them for higher level classes both in middle and high school. Our ELA program continues to focus on reading and writing through the Fundamentals writing program and Guided Reading instruction. The program is expanding this school year to include this workshop model with our middle school students. The district has partnered with Nassau Community College’s Concurrent Dual Enrollment program. Our seniors have the opportunity to acquire both high school and college level credit while attending classes at the NCC campus. This innovative program allows students to earn up to 36 credits towards a degree. These credits are accepted at all SUNY institutions of higher learning. In the area of emotional and social well-being, the West Hempstead School District is launching our Habits of Mind program in grades K-12. Together with their teachers, our students will explore the 16 habits of highly successful people in order to ensure they achieve both academic and personal success.

The West Hempstead School District has been awarded a grant through the Primary Project beginning school year 2020-2021. This grant targets students in our primary grades who have difficulty transitioning into a school setting by allowing them opportunities to bond with trusted adults through meaningful play activities. As the research indicates, students are more apt to successfully complete their education when they foster a connection to the school and learning. 

The West Hempstead School District remains fully dedicated to collaborating with our teachers, students, administrators, and parents in creating meaningful learning opportunities while developing an appreciation of the arts. We recognize the value in creating an extensive professional development program which supports our teachers and staff to realize their greatest potential both inside and outside the classroom.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 516-390-3119 or via email at dreilly@whufsd.com. I look forward to our continued partnership on behalf of our students and our community.

Warmest Regards,
Dina Reilly