Kindergarten and first grade teachers in the West Branch Local School District are intensely investigating and planning full implementation of the new Common Core Curriculum for the 2012-2013 school year. We are very proud of our staff. They collaborate and work well together focusing on aligning content and engaging students in developmentally appropriate activities. The teachers have high expectations for all learners. The children will be well prepared for the new state assessments to be introduced in 2014-2015. All teachers across the district will be involved in ongoing professional development beginning this spring and throughout the summer months.