The Office of Curriculum and Instruction
The assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction oversees the academic disciplines and special areas, and works with the district directors and principals to link the New York State Learning Standards to the content areas.
In the Huntington Union Free School District we provide students with a high quality core curriculum in social studies, Languages Other than English, science, mathematics and English language arts. Students also participate in other learning experiences that include physical education/health, art, music, technology and business.
The assistant superintendent is also responsible for research, testing and academic intervention services provided to our students district wide. He is responsible for providing professional development opportunities for our professional teaching staff and others through workshops and conferences, and our New Teacher Orientation program.
Classroom instruction in each curriculum area is guided by the New York State Learning Standards. These standards articulate the skills, knowledge and understandings students need in order to become educated citizens. Student performance toward these standards is measured by classroom assessments, periodic benchmark assessments and the New York State assessments. The office of curriculum and instruction is responsible for the development of curriculum guides that assist our teachers in their development of daily lesson plans.
The assistant superintendent, directors, assistant principals and chairpersons, work closely with our building principals in the supervision of instructional staff. They maintain their expertise in their fields of study through continual professional development. The office of curriculum and instruction responds to New York State Department of Education mandates and initiatives to ensure that our programs of study are compliant with federal and state guidelines.
Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. was named assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in August 2009. He earlier served as principal of Woodhull Intermediate School since July 2005.
Dr. Card began his career as a social studies teacher. A May 2006 graduate of Dowling College's doctoral program in educational administration, leadership and technology, Dr. Card earlier attended Stony Brook University where he earned a bachelor of arts Summa Cum Laude in 1997 and a master of arts in 2000, both in history. He obtained a professional diploma in school administration at Dowling in 2002.
Dr. Card is an appointed member of the Farmingdale State College Council, which meets with college officials about continuing operations and programs and new initiatives.
Before coming to Huntington, Dr. Card worked as assistant principal at Oldfield Middle School in the Harborfields school district for three years and worked in the Uniondale alternative school, Western Suffolk BOCES summer school program, Brentwood's evening high school and at Harborfields High School, where he taught from 1998-2002.
Dr. Card's prior experience includes serving his country in the United States Navy from 1982 to1989. He was awarded the Navy Achievement and Good Conduct medals. He has also worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan, the Department of Veterans Administration Medical Center in Northport and as an administrative assistant at Alliant Techsystems in San Diego, CA.
Widely known as a thoughtful, innovative and decisive leader, Dr. Card is also the director of the Huntington School District's adult and continuing education program. He has served in a variety of key roles in the districts where he has worked, including chairing committees on character education and student attitudes and responsibilities. The veteran administrator holds memberships in several professional organizations.
Dr. Card's doctoral dissertation was titled "Secondary Teachers' Attitudes Toward Important and Existing Classroom Observation Practices that Promote Instructional Improvement." He has been an assistant professor at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus since January 2007.
Dr. Card was accepted into and completed the Leadership for Educational Achievement Foundation's Future Superintendent's Academy. The highly intensive learning experience is designed to prepare administrators for a career as a superintendent of schools.
In his free time, Dr. Card enjoys traveling, socializing with family and friends and reading, especially books on politics and history.
- Elementary Summer Reading Letter & Packet
- Summer Reading Assignment Packet for Grades 7-8
- Summer Reading Assignment Packet for Grades 9-12
- Summer Reading 2013 at New York Libraries
Curriculum guides and grade level Scope and Sequence documents define and provide consistency in the instructional program across school buildings and grade levels. Below are the curriculum guides for Grades K – 5, and Scope and Sequence documents for English language arts, grades 7 through 10.
- ELA Scope & Sequence for Grade 7
- ELA Scope & Sequence for Grade 8
- ELA Scope & Sequence for Grade 9
- ELA Scope & Sequence for Grade 10
- HUFSD 5th Grade Curriculum Guide
- HUFSD 4th Grade Curriculum Guide
- HUFSD 3rd Grade Curriculum Guide
- HUFSD 2nd Grade Curriculum Guide
- HUFSD 1st Grade Curriculum Guide
- HUFSD Kindergarten Curriculum Guide
- Information Technology Curriculum Benchmarks Checkist K-8
Video: Common Core in Math - An Overview
Video: Common Core in ELA Literacy An Overview with New York State Education Commissioner John King
- Presentation to Administrators on Implementing Common Core State Standards
- SED Guidelines on Student Learning Objectives
- Huntington Administrative Team Meeting Presentation
- Instructional Shifts in the Common Core
- Teacher Evaluation Roadmap
- Math Crosswalk - Where to Start
- Learning Standards ELA/Literacy - Lesson Exemplar - Grade 7 Social Studies
- Common Core, APPR, Data Driven Instruction: How they Relate
- Network Team Deliverables
- Huntington UFSD - Response to Intervention Manual
- Response to Intervention - Parent Guide
- Meet the Reading Teacher Night Presentation
- New York State approved Supplemental Education Services (SES) providers
- SES Frequently asked Questions
- SES Eligibility and Participation
- SES Letter to J. Taylor Finley Middle School Parents
- SES Letter to Woodhull Intermediate School Parents
- SES Letter to Parents of Children Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch
- Professional Development Activities Calendar for 2012-13
- Professional Development Activity Dates for Spring 2013
- Fall 2012 Activities Calendar
New York State Learning Standards
The links below will direct you to the New York State Education Department’s website:
- Social Studies
- Languages Other than English
- English Language Arts
- Physical Education
- Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS)
- Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS)
- NYS Report Card for the Huntington UFSD - 2010-11
- NYS Report Card for Huntington High School - 2010-11
- NYS Report Card for J. Taylor Finley Middle School - 2010-11
- NYS Report Card for Woodhull Intermediate School - 2010-11
- NYS Report Card for Flower Hill School - 2010-11
- NYS Report Card for Jefferson School - 2010-11
- NYS Report Card for Southdown School - 2010-11
- NYS Report for Washington School - 2010-11
- Letter to Parents on NYS School Report Cards
- National Board Certification Presentation Flyer
- District Comprehensive Improvement Plan - 2012-13
- HHS Comprehensive Education Plan 2012-13
- Finley Comprehensive Education Plan 2012-13
- Building a Grad Nation Report - 2012
- HSP Math – New York – HELP
- RTI Action Network
- Doing What Works: Research-based Education Practices
- Intervention Central – Jim Wright
- Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
- District Shared Decision-Making Committee Minues - March 2013
- District Shared Decision Making Committee Minutes - Dec. 2012
- District Shared Decision Making Committee Minutes - October 2012
- District Shared Decision-Making Committee Minutes 5.29.12
- Shared Decision Making Biennial Report
- District Shared Decision Making Committee Minutes - Dec. 14, 2011
- District Shared Decision Making Committee Minutes - Oct. 12, 2011
- Parent University on April 22 Flyer
- Parent University Seminar Presentation: Dignity for all Students Act
- Letter to Parents on STEM Program Interest
- Huntington UFSD 2012-13 Annual Professional Performance Review Plan
- APPR Form F - Teacher Professional Responsibility & Artifact Report
As word filters around the Huntington School District community that officials are studying the feasibility of creating a STEM magnet program at Jack Abrams School, parental interest in learning more continues to abound...full story>>
How much interest is there among elementary grade level parents in the Huntington School District's STEM-magnet school initiative? To determine the answer, school officials sent a letter to about 1,500 local families, including district residents who are sending their children to St. Patrick's School...full story>>
The Huntington School District is refining its final plans for a virtual Advanced Placement program that recently garnered a state grant worth nearly $350,000. The initiative is being designed to provide students at J. Taylor Finley Middle School and Huntington High School with "flexible options" for their diverse educational needs...full story>>
The Huntington School District has been awarded a state grant worth nearly $457,000 to help it recruit, develop, support and retain effective teachers and administrators...full story>>
The Huntington School District has landed a State Education Dept. grant for nearly $350,000 to improve access to online and blended Advanced Placement courses for low-income students...full story>>
School might be starting a little bit earlier in the morning for some Huntington School District students. Officials are trying to work out the details necessary to launch an intensive reading support program for at-risk first graders to increase their letter naming skills and reading fluency...full story>>
In a challenging financial era, every last dollar helps. The Huntington School District has learned that it has qualified for a state grant worth more than $450,000 to fund professional development and teacher training and mentoring and national board certification...full story>>
Students aren't the only ones getting an education in the Huntington School District these days. Parents are gaining insight about the district's new three-tiered instructional approach known as Response to Intervention or RTI, an academic tool designed to provide early assistance to youngsters who are having difficulty learning...full story>>
Even though the vast majority of students on every grade level are doing just fine academically, the Huntington School District has been recognized as a "Focus district" by the State Education Department. The designation is a result of a single sub-group of students not meeting academic proficiency requirements...full story>>
The Huntington School District will host a freshman seminar next week to support students selected for program with their transition from J. Taylor Finley Middle School to Huntington High School. Attendance is by invitation only...full story>>
Perhaps even more so than their more experienced colleagues, new teachers need to be able to jump off to a successful start to the new school year. Helping these incoming faculty members do just that is the focus of the Huntington School District's orientation program, which will be held next week...full story>>
With so much do and not enough hours in the day to do it all, Dr. Kenneth A. Card, Jr. is becoming an expert at prioritizing and time management. The Huntington School District's assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction keeps busy. He seamlessly moves from one task to another while keeping his eyes firmly affixed to the goal of improving academic performance across the district...full story>>