Our Students Come First! 2012-13
This year we will be concentrating on Common Core State Standards. These standards have been developed as national standards. The State of Wisconsin, as the majority of other states, adopted the Common Core as its state curriculum in language arts and mathematics in 2010. Each grade level has a specific set of standards or learning objectives students are expected to meet. The explicit sets are meant to be consistent from school to school and state to state. The Common Core expectations are rigorous and demand focus on key academic skills. For more information on The Common Core Standards and parent guides see http://www.pta.org/4446.htm.
Student progress in grades 5K-multi-age is reported through a standards-based report card. Grade-level teams designed grading rubrics that align with the Common Core standards. Student skill levels are rated as Advanced, Proficient, Basic, or Minimal. These ratings reflect what students can do at the end of each semester. Student effort is marked separately under each subject area. We believe parents are more informed of their child’s individual progress and how they compare to established grade-level expectations using this reporting format. Parents will also receive a mid-semester report in November and March noting student progress in language arts, mathematics and behavior.
The Power Period will continue this year. Forty minutes per day are set aside to reinforce basic skills through our Response to Intervention Model. Three days per week the focus is on language arts skills and two days per week it is on math skills. Students are assigned to instructional groups depending on their individual levels.
We host a multi-age program for students in grades 4 & 5 instructed by a team of four teachers. In language arts and mathematics students are assigned to a teacher based upon individual instructional levels. Reading, writing, and mathematics instruction is based upon a continuous improvement model and directly tied to grade-level Common Core standards. Science, social studies and RtI interventions are presented to students by grade level placement.
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