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Westport Public Schools aims to provide a cohesive and comprehensive curriculum that intentionally connects standards, instruction, and assessment. Our curriculum development process is guided by a backward design approach. Backward design is based on the idea that planning is best done by starting with the desired results. It is a design approach that results in purposeful thinking about curriculum planning from a micro lens, as well as programmatic reform from a macro level. Looking at the outcomes first results in coherently-designed curriculum units, performance assessments, and classroom instruction. The primary goal of backward design is student understanding, which is revealed when students autonomously transfer learning to novel scenarios.

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On Thursday, December 21, the GFS 4th and 5th-grade chorus and the 5th-grade orchestra under the direction of Mrs. Suzanne Propp and Ms. Ellen Hardy performed for the students and staff during school and in the evening for parents and families. Some of the songs performed were; River by Joni Mitchell, Down By the Riverside, Skater’s Waltz by Emile Waldteufel, and Nutcracker March by Tchaikovsky.

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