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Curriculum & Instruction Update

As the school year gets underway, you may notice some changes in some of the courses at both the MS and HS.  Each year we strive to improve the teaching and learning experience and as a result we are adopting some of the components of Standards Referenced Grading. 

  • Homework is considered practice.  Following all new learning teachers will direct the students on how to practice the new learning.  Teachers will assess student understanding by administering short assessments.  
  • We understand students learn at different rates; therefore, if the student does not understand the concept being taught or they need more time for the new learning, they can do additional problems than what the teacher has assigned.  The amount of practice required is entirely based on the rate of each student’s learning.  Being able to self-assess your understanding of a problem or situation is a valuable skill.
  • Students may have multiple opportunities to pass a quiz and/or test.  We understand that all students may not master a skill or concept at the same pace.  Our ultimate goal is that each student learn the material being presented; therefore, if they need to do more practice and reassess, that is completely acceptable.  Students may get extra help or reassess by contacting their teacher and arranging a time.  Students must show evidence of new learning before they are allowed to reassess.
  • Teachers will use multiple measures to assess learning.  This could include traditional assessments such as quizzes and tests, but also labs and on-line activities.  With the 1:1 laptop program we will utilize more on-line resources than in the past.
  • Students will be grading using a rubric type system.  This will NOT replace letter grades, it is simply a way for teachers to provide more information to students and parents regarding their child’s learning.

It is our philosophy that all students can and will learn the material and that they will do so at different rates.  This philosophy is the premise on which we are designing our instruction.  The amount of homework or practice completed will be determined on an individual basis.  Students will need to take time to personally evaluate their own learning and understanding and communicate that with their teacher.  Our teachers work very hard to facilitate our students’ learning, and by working together we can create a classroom environment that will challenge and create personal accountability within each of our students.




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