We continue to have advanced content classes for all core subject area for all grade levels. As you may already know, we must schedule each identified gifted student for one advanced content class. We strive to place these students in the advanced content class that matches a relative strength.
While some students may be scheduled for more than one advanced content class, this opportunity will be limited due to the available sections that we are able to offer this school year. To assist us with this challenge, we revised our matrix that we complete for each student, and this revised matrix for each grade level is posted on our web site. This review of student performance data helps provide an equitable and systematic process to schedule students for our available advanced content classes.
Our goal continues to focus on providing an appropriate academic challenge for all students. While the limited number of advanced content sections presents certain challenges, it also presents opportunities for staff to further collaborate to ensure instructional plans are meeting students’ needs. A challenge also exists for continued communication between home and school to focus on addressing the needs of appropriately challenging each student.
To further our goal to increase student achievement, we will also be scheduling each child in all grades for an Academic Habits class (an exception is select 8th grade Spanish students). This class will focus on reading, writing, or math in addition to vocabulary development and study skills. As all students within a grade level will be scheduled for this class at the same time, students will be grouped by ability to focus on these areas. Along with the four core content areas and two connections classes, this Academic Habits class will provide an experience to help provide a well-rounded middle school program of studies for your child.
As you work with your child’s teachers during this school year, we welcome you to also communicate with your child’s school counselor and administrator. Also, please visit our school web site to stay up to date with our plans and activities.
We look forward to an outstanding 2014-2015 school year, and thank you for your support!