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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 deep 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 programs into our second and third grades. Moreover, after a yearlong pilot of Connected Math 3, our middle level grades will implement this program into our sixth and seventh grade mathematics courses. Both programs embrace an inquiry-based approach to learning mathematics. Our mathematics lessons will facilitate an environment where students will expand their understanding of mathematics beyond the formulaic responses and rote memorization to constructing meaning behind mathematical concepts. 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 our middle school students.  In the 2020-2021 school year, our high school will integrate the second component of the AP Capstone program with the introduction of AP Research. Our high school students will have the opportunity to conduct research on a topic of particular interest through the lens of STEM or Humanities.

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