Saturday Parent Academy

Saturday Parent Academy




Digital Services and Subscriptions



Our district provides a variety of digital services for our teachers and students.  We hope these services will be of assistance to you, as you utilize technology to support and enhance the curriculum.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to contact


If your child needs a username and/ or password, please ask them to see

their classroom teacher or school librarian. 


Digital Service or Subscription







Rosetta Stone is a context-based, immersion methodology, where students build fundamental English language skills.


Available to:

SIFE students district wide





BrainPOP, BrainPOP Spanish and BrainPOP Jr. offer animated educational movies with printable resources on a wide variety of subjects.


Available to:

All Teachers and Students District Wide





Castle Learning offers teachers and students content review and skill assessment activities for New York State standardized tests.  Teachers can track student progress and individualize lessons.


Available to:

All Teachers and Students Grades 3-12


Any teacher or student





Method Test Prep is an online SAT preparation offering strategy guides, full-length practice SAT

questions, explanations, strength tracking, and quick study vocabulary builder.


Available to:

High School Teachers and Students





Think Central is a Digital 21st Century learning tool for teachers and students from GO Math!


Available to:

6th grade students and Teachers

K-5 Elementary teachers and students






Interactive online simulations for math and science education in grades 3-12. The simulations are called Gizmos. Gizmos help students develop a deep understanding of challenging concepts through inquiry and exploration.


Available to:

Math and Science teachers and students in grades 6-12.





Newsela provides daily news articles that are leveled to help develop reading comprehension skills. Many articles are accompanied by short comprehension quizzes.


Available to:

All Teachers and Students grades 3+








The Virtual Reference Collection is an extensive collection of reference materials grouped according to school level, assembled in an effort to further enable independent research and foster higher level thinking skills.  Your school library media specialist is an expert in the use of the VRC and would be happy to assist you with it or show you its various components. The High School has added additional resources to its collection.




Available to:

All Teachers and Students District Wide








AP Images Collection is a primary source database from the Associated Press, one of the oldest and largest news organizations in the world. With photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text.


Available to:

All High School students and teachers




Gale is a full-text magazine and newspaper database, InfoTrac, and other online databases accessible from schools and libraries, as well as multi-volume reference works, especially in the areas of religion, history and social science.


Available to:

All High School students and teachers




Big Ideas Math is a complete middle school math program developed with the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Content and Standards for Mathematical Practice as its foundation.



Available to:

Pre-Algebra students







Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Algebra 1, offers an engaging and interactive approach to covering new state standards. This truly innovative high school mathematics program is designed for today’s students with seamless integration of digital features for in-class and on-the-go learning. Focused, balanced, and rigorous instruction encompasses the philosophy and intent of the new state standards.




Available to:

Bilingual Algebra students







FASTT Math’s adaptive technology creates an individualized learning progression for every student, and embedded assessment ensures math fact mastery


Available to:

AIS students in grades 6-8




Empowering you to teach Common Core Math, engage every student, and develop a classroom of critical thinkers, Glencoe Math makes math real for students. Thousands of digital planning tools and interactive resources are available online in one, easy-to-use portal, ConnectED.


Available to:

All 7th  and 8th  grade math students





eSchool Parent Portal






 Parents & Students

can access

Attendance, Schedule,

Grade Book,

Progress Report

& Report Card. 





eSchool Student Portal























 English Language Arts / Social Studies

Technology Programs   





Scholastic NG Programs:


SRI, READ 180, SPI, SYSTEM 44, READABOUT, Expert21 & Expert Space


Scholastic’s Reading Inventory or SRI is administered to all students, grades 3-11 at various times throughout the year. It is a research-based, computer-adaptive reading assessment program that measures reading comprehension on the Lexile Framework® for Reading. The most powerful feature of the SRI is its ability to administer fast and reliable low-stakes assessment to inform instruction and make accurate placement recommendations. Aligned to state tests, SRI helps educators forecast student achievement to those important goals. It allows us to universally screen our students, place them in the appropriate classes and intervention programs, help students set goals for improvement, forecast strengths and weaknesses, and finally drive and differentiate instruction. (Click for more Information)


Scholastic’s READ 180 Program provides strategic reading intervention for our more challenged students in our elementary and secondary schools. It includes three stages, each with unique, age-appropriate content for students. It is a model for blended learning consisting of four rotating stations: In Whole-Group Instruction, teachers begin the class by facilitating instruction in reading, writing, and speaking skills and strategies, and academic vocabulary to the whole class. In Instructional Technology, students work independently on the READ 180 Software where they follow an individualized learning path that allows them to work within their zone of proximal development. In Small Group, with the support of their teacher, students receive individualized, data-driven instruction that meets their unique learning needs. Finally in the Independent Reading group, students engage with complex, content-rich literature and informational texts that they can read with success and apply their newly acquired vocabulary and comprehension skills.



When students struggle with the SRI, scoring between BR and 400L-600L depending on the grade level, a part of System 44, SPI or the Scholastic Phonics Inventory is administered. Like the SRI, it is a computer-based assessment, but this assessment measures decoding and sight-word reading fluency and identifies students who lack foundational reading skills. Using various discrimination tasks, the SPI determines whether or not the root cause of reading difficulty is an inability to decode, and generates one of three possible paths for students: Student should be placed in System 44 and begin with the most foundational lessons. Student should be placed in System 44 and may skip the most foundational lessons. Student has proficient decoding skills and does not belong in System 44, but would likely benefit from READ 180, the comprehensive reading intervention program. It makes four skills-based recommendations that directly correspond to Tiers II and III in any RTI implementation. Tier III recommendations place students within the scope and sequence of an explicit and systematic decoding intervention. SPI also provides three equivalent forms for benchmarking and progress monitoring purposes.



Scholastic’s System 44 Next Generation is a foundational, intensive  intervention reading program for the most challenged readers. We are utilizing it in Grades 7- 12 for these specific students. System 44 is proven to help students master the foundational reading skills required for success with the new standards, college, and career through explicit instruction in phonics, comprehension, and writing. It is designed to help these students become fluent, independent readers of grade-level text including explicit instruction in phonics, close reading, academic vocabulary, and comprehension, plus scaffolded instruction and practice in argument writing.  (Click for more Information)



We utilize READABOUT  in our elementary schools. It is an adaptive leveled, nonfiction reading system which is designed to work seamlessly alongside your core reading program. It utilizes the power of technology, high-interest nonfiction, and the best thinking about motivation to maximize students’ reading achievement through software that individualizes instruction based on continuous assessment. The self-managed program addresses the needs of all students in the classroom, whether they require intervention, instruction, or enrichment. Using research-based, highly engaging materials, ReadAbout helps students comprehend expository text by building nonfiction reading comprehension skills and strategies, high-utility vocabulary and academic language and content-area knowledge.



Our sixth grade students are utilizing Expert 21 which is a comprehensive program that prepares students for the literacy demands of the 21st Century through a powerful combination of explicit instruction, inquiry-based learning, contemporary and relevant literature and informational texts, real-world writing and projects, and supportive and web-based technology. It provides literary and informational texts that students want to read because they're relevant, contemporary and interdisciplinary, inquiry-based learning that helps students build an understanding of the world in which they live, learn and work, explicit instruction in and application of 21st Century Skills students will use in college, career, and life, daily opportunities to reflect, respond, react, inform, analyze and more, both in writing and through classroom discussions, and finally web-based technology to support readers and extend and assess learning.



A part of Expert 21, Expert Space, a web-based learning environment, is utilized to support all learners with reading scaffolds and learning tools. Expert Space is an online learning environment that features reading scaffolds to make texts accessible to all students, plus leveled articles, web links, and more help. It also extends learning and makes cross-curricular connections. Students have 24/7 access to Expert Space to support their reading, research and writing at school or at home. Expert Space also features a number of interactive learning tools to help students develop executive functions like goal setting, planning, organizing assignments, and more.


i-Readyi-Ready® answers “why?” and delivers “what's next?” We are piloting i-Ready with our 7th and 8th grade AIS (Academic Intervention Services) classes. Created for the Common Core, i-Ready combines a valid and reliable growth measure and individualized instruction in a single online product. It begins by identifying why students are struggling. A single K–12 adaptive Diagnostic for reading, pinpoints students’ needs down to the sub-skill level, and ongoing progress monitoring shows whether students are on track to achieve end-of-year targets.

The goals are to support differentiated instruction, identify gaps, and determine where students are ready for further challenge. i-Ready Diagnostic assesses student performance across the key domains in reading for grades K–12, providing a valid and reliable measure of student growth with detailed diagnostic results and individualized next steps for instruction.


It also supports data-driven differentiated instruction. Based on the diagnostic results, i-Ready automatically provides individualized online and teacher-led instruction targeted to each student’s unique needs. In addition, easy-to-read reports provide teachers with a detailed action plan for individual and group instruction and the tools to deliver that instruction in any style learning environment, i.e. rigorous, on-grade-level instruction and practice with Ready® and additional downloadable lessons to help meet individual student or small group needs.


McGraw-Hill Networks Programs:


McGraw-Hill Networks Discovering Our Past, A History of the World is a social studies learning program being used by our 6th grade students. It connects today's students to the stories of our past with integrated print and digital middle school world history curriculum grounded in solid pedagogy with a full collection of teaching and learning tools for a flexible, customized learning experience: it brings the stories of the ages to life with The Story Matters chapter openers, biography features, Step Into Place maps and Step Into Time timelines; it customizes the learning experience with differentiated instruction, leveled reading, customizable assessments and worksheets, and flexible online learning tools; and finally it allows students, parents and teachers to access all of the resources anywhere, anytime with just a point and click.


The American Journey, used by our 7th and 8th grade students, is a student-friendly presentation of American history from pre-exploration to the present. Its unparalleled author team, including National Geographic, ensures accuracy in every detail of the narrative, maps, and charts. This program emphasizes skill development from reading maps to analyzing primary and secondary sources to exploring the connections between history and geography, economics, government, citizenship, and current events. Its textbook’s resources include online access to the book, links, activities, and more. The book’s  Unit and Chapter pull-down menus at left allow students to access resources for the textbook. Here they find Chapter Overviews, Student Web Activities, Self-Check Quizzes, and more. The Program also offers additional resources to explore in-depth information on important historical topics in Beyond the Textbook, discover resources for your home state, keep up on current events with Glencoe and TIME, and locate almost any place on Earth with the NGS MapMachine.


McGraw-Hill Networks World History & Geography I  and World History & Geography II is a social studies learning program being piloted by our high school students in grades 9 and 10 for Global Studies I and Global Studies II. It connects today's students to the stories of our past with integrated print and digital high school world history curriculum grounded in solid pedagogy with a full collection of teaching and learning tools for a flexible, customized learning experience. World History and Geography captures the world’s dramatic history in the first high school program to fully integrate print and digital resources into a seamless curriculum for today’s technology-ready students. Its goal is to build enthusiasm for learning by bringing the stories of our world to life with engaging video, online interactive student projects and

digital resources to sharpen critical thinking and 21st Century Skills. It brings the stories of the ages to life with The Story Matters chapter openers, biography features, Step Into Place maps and Step Into Time timelines; it customizes the learning experience with differentiated instruction, leveled reading, customizable assessments and worksheets, and flexible online learning tools; and finally it allows students, parents and teachers to access all of the resources anywhere, anytime with just a point and click. It incorporates the new NCSS and Common Core Standards for History-Social Science and Career and College Readiness to ensure mastery.



Pearsonsuccessnet Programs:


Good Habits, Great Readers is a unique research-based reading curriculum we are utilizing in  grades 1-5, (may include kindergarten in the next school year). The program is committed to a comprehensive and consistent literacy program and provides teaching and classroom materials to support whole-class and small-group reading instruction. Educators teach reading through an engaging, accessible teacher support system written for busy teachers which includes embedded professional development at point-of-use. The program provides a balance of flexibility and structure to support literacy learning through whole-group (Shared) and small-group (Guided) instruction. It includes:

  • a balance of literature and informational quality texts that support Common Core rigor and promotes content knowledge in science, social studies, and other content areas.
  • a balance of reading and writing. Shared Reading and Guided Reading lessons provide a wealth of strategies, ideas, and options. The writing strand supports a writer’s workshop curriculum.
  • a balance of assessments for strong results. Ongoing assessments and Assessment Cards help evaluate students individually or in small groups. Performance-based Assessments align to Common Core State Standards.
  • a balance of print and digital resources. An amazing array of digital support includes online activities, animations, games, and customizable lesson planners.



Pearson’s Prentice Hall Literature program is being utilized by 7th and 8th grade students. It has been built “Better by Design” and a wealth of online support for both students and teachers.  Its unique organization allows skills and concepts to be taught to mastery by grouping content thematically, by skill focus, and genre. Complete coverage of standards has been incorporated into an effective and manageable teaching plan for teachers. Highly engaging visuals and contemporary lesson designs have been carefully crafted into the program to ensure students will be easily engaged and stay highly motivated as they experience outstanding literature, poetry, and contemporary media. Its online support offers opportunity for support, intervention, extended learning, research, and differentiated instruction. It provides students with textbook companion sites, interactive textbooks, milestones in literature, and current events writing prompts and projects (practice writing and discussion about interdisciplinary issues in the news and in their Reality Central Textbook.


Newsela is an innovative personal reading service designed to help students in grades 3-12 master non-fiction literacy by providing daily news articles at different lexile levels and build close reading and critical thinking skills. All articles are high-interest and common core aligned. It even offers various collections of articles on similar topics designated, Text Sets, which present resources from different genres, perspectives, media, and levels of reading difficulty that are designed to support readers with a range of experiences and interests.

 Applications for Teachers & Students:

  • Easily assign articles, and then check to see who read the story, passed the quiz, and took notes.
  • Lead students toward deeper examination of content through interactive annotations and editable written response questions.
  • Reinforcement of curriculum or choice of topic of interest.
  • Teachers can create text sets of articles on specific topics so students can practice research skills and strategies as well as build background knowledge on a topic and essential vocabulary.
  • Use for current events assignments, summer reading tasks, homework, do now assignments.
  • Website can be viewed from computers, iPads, or any device with Internet/WiFi      access.
  • Curricular connections: ESL, ELA, Reading Lab, AIS, Social Studies, Math/Science/Technology, the Arts, Library, etc


Students and teachers can access all articles and sign up for daily "articles of the day" emails. Teachers can assign articles and writing tasks/constructed response writing assessments (Collins Types of Writing) with one click. Students and teachers can create annotations, offering added support and communication. Teachers can view individual and class-wide progress/dashboards. Teachers can also track student, class and school progress against Common Core standards



Literacy Design Collaborative is an online instructional design system that helps teachers, develop essential literacy skills required to tackle the demands of college and career.  LDC does not provide “off-the-shelf” curriculum units or lesson plans. Instead, LDC offers the teachers the ability to create and build students’ literacy skills and understanding of science, history, literature, and other important academic content through meaningful reading and writing assignments/tasks that are aligned to College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Using LDC’s instructional design system, teachers develop a literacy-rich task and design instruction to help students complete that task. LDC puts educators in the lead by providing a common framework upon which teachers can individually or collaboratively build literacy-saturated curricula within their content area and for their focus topics. is being used at the high school level. It combines the “world's smartest dictionary” with an adaptive learning game that helps students master new words quickly. It teaches words by systematically exposing the student to a wide array of question types and activities that helps them understand all the meanings and nuances of every word they’re learning. Even after the students have achieved mastery, it continues to reinforce what was learned to make sure that it all stays fresh in the memory. As the student improves, the words that learned become more and more advanced. And, with an easy-to-use progress-monitoring tools, the students can always look back to see how far they’ve come. Teachers are able to create classes of students for each period, assign work, and monitor progress. Each class has a leader board that lets students compete amongst themselves. They can also track student performance, how much time they are dedicating to learning the vocabulary and see the words they are mastering and the ones they are having trouble with. Finally it supports curriculum. integrates with whatever is being taught. Teachers can assign students vocabulary activities developed for the most popular texts taught in schools, or quickly create their own. It possesses a bank of texts, so teachers can assign essential vocabulary needed for proper comprehension.




Turnitin is an online service that we utilize at the high school to promote critical thinking, ensure academic integrity, and improve student writing.  Turnitin provides the ability for instructors to connect student work with the rubrics, criteria and feedback that are essential to student success. It offers a Revision Assistant which includes instant formative feedback on student writing, holistic feedback (colorful icons show students how well their ideas are getting across,) targeted feedback (highlighted sentences focus students on areas of strength and areas in need of improvement,) and actionable comments (genre-specific advice guides students through the revision process so that students learn to write for any situation.) It also provides Turnitin: Plagiarism Prevention ensuring that students’ work is original and authentic. It eliminates the time-consuming process of verifying student authorship by presenting easy-to-use reports that show how much of a document is original, cited from other sources, or unoriginal. With Turnitin, educators promote academic integrity in their classroom. Students learn the significance of creating original work, offering providing acknowledgment, and critical thinking skills, all of which are essential to college and career readiness success. The Scoring Engine is the summative assessment of students writing. It actually analyzes the existing prompts, provides instant assessment and scores essays instantly. Using your previously-graded sample essays, the Scoring Engine identifies patterns to grade new writing like your own instructors would. Give the Engine a set of samples, and it will accurately score an unlimited number of new essays quickly and reliably. These resources help the student actively improve their writing and help their peers review their writing as well.



Rubicon Atlas is an online curriculum warehouse that supports faculty, administrators and the greater school community. Built to reflect pedagogy, academic standards and unique curricular needs, it is a managed process for focused collaborative review and advancement of curriculum.
Atlas allows each educator to easily pin meaningful reports to their own dashboard for at-a-glance access to information they need. The program allows those involved the forum to join in on collaborative conversations and make complex decisions vital to the advancement of their curriculum.