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English language arts department

K-12 Director Jean Winkler,, 518-377-4666, ext. 50751

The Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy define general, cross-disciplinary literacy expectations that must be met for students (Standards) and characteristics of CCLS instruction. The Standards are organized into four overlapping strands: Reading, Writing, Language and Speaking/Listening.

New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards


Middle School English Language Arts

The ELA curriculum is guided by the Common Core Learning Standards. The program focuses on reading comprehension and fluency through a balance of genres and a balance between instructional level and rigorous texts; supporting students with the writing process across a variety of genres; and supporting students speaking in front of groups, formally and informally and listening to speakers, listening for comprehension. Read more about the middle school ELA curriculum

middle school English Faculty

Visit the Iroquois and Van Antwerp staff directory pages for a list of English teachers by teams and contact information and teacher web pages.


High School English Language Arts

9-12 English Language Arts Teacher Leader:  Annemarie Ihnatolya,, (518) 382-2511, ext. 21751

The High School English Department offers students a variety of experiences that include frequent practice in writing, speaking, study of selected books, collateral reading expectations and close attention to the workings of language. Students take the Comprehensive Regents Exam in English at the conclusion of 11th grade. In their senior year, students may choose from a variety of half-year courses or AP and Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) courses.

High School English Faculty

Visit the high school teacher page for English teacher websites and contact information.

High School English Course Descriptions

The English Department section of the high school Program of Studies [PDF]

Remember to Cite Your Sources

If you are struggling to document sources correctly during your research process, consider consulting the following websites for assistance with MLA citations. These sites also offer assistance in the writing and research process: