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Jacinda Yonker, Director of Curriculum and Gifted Services


As the Director of Curriculum & Gifted Services, I provide leadership in the development, implementation, and coordination of the Educational Service Center's Pre-K through Grade 12 curriculum program and gifted services.  I assist the Superintendent with the task of providing leadership in developing, achieving, and maintaining the best possible educational programs and services for our customers.
Please read the articles about how we can help children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19. 
April's Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020.  Here is what to expect.
In this time of uncertainty, we will find that we lean on our neighbors more than ever. Let's explore what it means to be a community. Below please find several standards-aligned activities and resources related to community.
Featured App: PBS Parents Play and Learn App
PBS' first app designed specifically for parents, PBS Parents Play & Learn provides more than a dozen games parents can play with their kids, each themed around a familiar location - including the new "In the Garden" game, plus the grocery store, a restaurant, the kitchen, and many more.

PreKindergarten: Being a Good CitizenIn this segment Abby Brown learns from students what it means to be a good citizen at their school. Students demonstrate how taking responsibility for jobs in the classroom is a privilege! We can take it one step further by encouraging children to do a simple chore around the home.

In this online game children go on virtual scavenger hunts with Noah and Nell to collect items that Coco lost on her way to a pool party and a picnic. It's a good thing that they have some friendly neighbors to help them with Spanish directional clues along the way! In this lesson, children will play Lost and Found and participate in hands-on activities to learn new Spanish vocabulary.

Grades 3-5 & Grades 6-8: Know Ohio: How Ohio's Cities Got Their NamesExplore how some Ohio cities were named after settlers, figures in history, other cities from around the world or by incorporating words from other languages.  More unusual city names were created by local lore or the personal preference of the settlers. What is the name of your city? Why do you think that's the name of your city? If you could rename the city, what would you name it and why? Know Ohio is a special segment from NewsDeptha weekly interactive television program produced by WVIZ/PBS ideastream, breaks down the biggest news stories into teachable lessons. 

Grades 9-12: American Creed: Condoleezza Rice's Family MattersFormer Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together to ask: what ideals do we share in common? Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of citizen-activists striving to bring communities together across deepening divides. In this collection find classroom ready video clips to support teaching with American Creed. What ideals do you and your family hold that reflect what it means to be American?
Take Care!
While everyone is home together, it is important to check-in with each other and those that may be alone. Everyone deals with situations and the stress it might bring differently. It is important to be aware of  our own feelings and the signals our bodies may be sending us. The following video and articles offer insight and ideas for how to be sure we all stay mentally healthy. 
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