by Mary Ann Gerriets
In living out our building-wide goal, we are focusing on K-12 Communication Arts and Math. In P/K, the communication focus is on “Wee Write” and the Saxon math series. In K-2, the Communication Arts focus is on literacy skills. K-2 is using Saxon to build basic math skills. Grades 3-6 are cementing the reading-writing connection through reading, 6 Trait +1 Writing, and Multisensory Grammar in Communication Arts. ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is a web-based assessment and learning system, based on artificial intelligence, to meet the math needs of students in grades 3-12. It is being utilized as both an intervention and extension along with Saxon math in grades 3-6. Study Island is a web-based program in Communication Arts that provides additional practice for students in grades 2-6.
The elementary teachers are monitoring each student’s progress in preparation for Success Team meetings. Currently, there are seven high school students tutoring elementary students as part of the A+ Program. Achievia will be providing tutoring for Title 1 elementary students in reading on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting in mid-November.
In high school Communication Arts, Mrs. Roberts, instructional coach, has joined the teachers as they implement 6 Trait +1 Writing and Multisensory Grammar. At the high school level, ALEKS allows the classroom to become a computer lab, supplemented with one-on-one teacher instruction. This is a perfect example of creating classrooms within classrooms. In one classroom, students can be taking either 7th grade math, Algebra I, or Algebra II, all correlated to the Missouri Course Level Expectations. Students receive immediate feedback. ALEKS is individualized to meet each student’s needs whether they are learning skills they didn’t have or sailing on to advanced courses.
Success Team meetings occur every two weeks to determine eligibility. Pride Time allows for high school students to receive additional Communication Arts and Math assistance.
Our goal is for every student to be academically successful!