Hilliard City Schools                                                                                 January, 2012       ...
The Curriculum Connection  Summer School  The Hilliard City School District will offer summer school this year. Interventi...
The Curriculum Connection  High School On-Line Courses  Hilliard City Schools’ on-line courses will be available to high s...
The Curriculum Connection  K-1 New Standards Professional Development  The third full-day of district professional develop...
The Curriculum Connection  Clarification about Common Formative Assessments (CFAs)  Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) ar...
The Curriculum Connection  Gifted Task Force  A twelve-member Gifted Task Force (GTF) has been assembled to study service ...
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January 2012

  1. 1. Hilliard City Schools January, 2012 A Monthly Bulletin from the Offices of Curriculum and InstructionThe Curriculum Connection Kindergarten Registration at the Welcome Center Parents of new K students for 2012-2013 will have a face-to-face appointment at the Welcome Center between January 30th and February 22nd to submit residential documentation. Please send the schedule of appointments for your building to Jan Hemsworth and Carolyn Flowers at least one day before your building’s Registration date. If school is cancelled due to weather on your building’s registration date, your make-up date will be Friday of that week. If school is delayed, all appointments prior to 11 a.m. will be re-scheduled for Friday (same time). There is a screening meeting scheduled for elementary principals - Friday, February 24th, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at SSF. Middle School Language Arts Courses Transition from Two Periods to One Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, some middle school language arts courses will transition from two periods to one period. The courses moving from two to one are: Language Arts 7, Advanced Language Arts 7, and Language Arts 8. LEAP 7, LEAP 8, ELL Language Arts, and Special Education Resource Room Language Arts will all remain two period courses. Additionally, Honors English 9 will replace Advanced Language Arts 8 at the eighth grade level for high school credit; this will be a one period course. These changes are logical next steps in the evolution of our literacy course of study and Common Core implementation as we are now more purposeful in unit design (thematic), text selection (tiered), assessment (MAP), and intervention (READ 180). Additionally, literacy instruction strategies are now an expectation in all content areas. This adjustment will create an additional period in the school day for the majority of our middle school students creating time for more exploration (through elective courses) and /or intervention (especially in mathematics as all 8th graders will be taking Algebra I beginning with the 2013-2014 school year). Intervention will also be available in language arts for those students needing additional time. It is important to note that all seventh grade students (with the exception of those still in a two-period language arts course) will now be required to take a semester-long public speaking course. Additional elective courses in language arts courses will also now be available for eighth grade students: Introduction to Writer’s Craft, Introduction to Journalism, and Media Explorations. Middle school language arts teachers will be involved in several work sessions throughout the second semester to modify existing courses and develop new courses to match new standards and expectations. These changes are a result of the district’s middle school curriculum alignment project that began during the 2010-2011 school year to align the schedules and course offerings at all three middle schools. Implementation of the recommendations from this work/research began during the 2011-2012 school year and will continue through the 2013-2014 school year. For more information about the middle school curriculum alignment project, contact Mike McDonough.
  2. 2. The Curriculum Connection Summer School The Hilliard City School District will offer summer school this year. Intervention classes for grades 2-5 and ELL programming will be offered at Avery Elementary. Enrichment, remediation, and/or grade replacement courses for grades 6-12 will be offered at Heritage Middle School. 2012 Summer School dates and times are as follows: Elementary: June 5 - June 28, three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), 8:30-11:30 a.m. Middle: June 6 - June 22, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. High: Session I: June 6 - June 22, 7:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.; Session II: June 25 - July 12, 7:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m., no class on July 4 ELL: June 5 - June 28, three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), 8:30-11:30 a.m. Summer school registration materials will be sent to buildings in mid-February; registration begins on February 28th. For more information about summer school, contact Joyce Brickley. Summer Work for AP Courses Summer work will continue for the following advanced placement courses for the summer, 2012: Biology, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature & Composition, European History, Physics, US Government & Politics, and US History. No other courses have summer assignments. Teachers collaborated in the winter and spring of 2011 to create common summer assignments for use at all three high schools. These assignments were developed as part of the curriculum for these courses; therefore, their use is NOT optional — nor should changes or alternative assignments be created at the building level. The summer assignments for these courses will be posted on the district website in early spring for students to access. If teachers are interested in making modifications to a summer assignment, they need to collaborate with their colleagues at all three high schools and contact Mike McDonough prior to February 29, 2012. K-12 Performing Arts Course of Study Revision Revision is underway! The Steering Committee of Music and Drama/Theatre teachers representing grades K-12 are facilitating the work of developing revised Course of Study documents using new state standards. The projected completion date for this new course of study is June 2012. Tentative plans are to implement the new course of study in grades K-5 at the start of the 2012-2013 school year; grades 6-12 implementation will take place at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Value-Added On-Line Courses K-6 principals need to complete the teacher-level module prior to next administrative team meeting on February 9th. You are encouraged to use any of the free on-line modules with your teachers prior to the linkage process (which will begin in mid-April). There will be two important value added workshops for principals beginning in March to continue our preparation for these new value-added reports. More details will be provided on February 9th! Page 2
  3. 3. The Curriculum Connection High School On-Line Courses Hilliard City Schools’ on-line courses will be available to high school students for first time credit beginning in the 2012–2013 school year. In the past, district on-line course have been for remedial credit only. This change comes after a full year of revision and updating of current on-line courses to ensure appropriate rigor to justify the first time credit. In addition to modifying existing courses, many new on-line courses have also been created this year for 2012-2013 implementation. These new courses include: Personal Finance, Media Communication, Leadership Development, Personal Decisions, Spanish I, and Chemistry. For a complete listing of district on-line courses, go to page D-56 of the high school program of studies: http://www.hilliardschools.org/audience/studentSection.cfm Students may request a maximum of two online courses during the registration process. The pacing/timeline for on-line courses taken for first time credit will mirror those of the traditional setting (i.e. start on first day of semester and end on last day of semester). Additionally, seating capacity (and, thus, teacher-student ratio) for on-line courses will resemble those of a traditional course. Teaching assignments and section numbers will be determined as part of the staffing process once all course requests have been processed. For more information about district on-line courses, contact Mike McDonough or Mark Pohlman. Senior Capstone Experience Beginning with this year’s ninth grade class (class of 2015), students will be required to complete a senior capstone experience for ½ credit to fulfill graduation requirements. It is important to note that, because students do not declare how they will complete the capstone requirement until second semester of their sophomore year, we are still in the process of finalizing exactly what the capstone will look like. We do know . . . • The senior capstone experience can be fulfilled in one of the three following categories: • Advanced Studies Experience: The Advanced Studies Experience is designed for the student who has a desire to focus his/her senior capstone within a particular content area and/or area of study, complete the experience during the school day, and earn college credit while in high school. • Explorations Experience: The Explorations Experience is designed for the student who wants to explore career interests or design his/her own unique capstone experience. • Service Learning Experience: The Service Learning Experience is designed for the student with a strong interest and passion in community service. • All capstone options will require some type of external (outside of the high school building) experience; however, the amount of time, structure, logistics, requirements, etc. are still being developed. Teachers in content areas with a capstone option will be involved in finalizing these requirements in the coming months. Nothing has been finalized yet. • Potential capstone options have been identified in the 2012-2013 High School Program of Studies so students can begin to develop an understanding of expectations, format, etc. Please encourage teachers to develop and share capstone experience ideas in their respective content areas and share them with Mike McDonough by the end of the school year. All departments are eligible and encouraged to participate in this important requirement for students. For more information on the Senior Capstone Experience, please refer to page D-71 in the 2012 -2013 High School Program of Studies: http://www.hilliardschools.org/audience/studentSection.cfm or call Mike McDonough. Page 3
  4. 4. The Curriculum Connection K-1 New Standards Professional Development The third full-day of district professional development will occur Tuesday, February 28th (Kindergarten) and Wednesday, February 29th (First grade), 8:45am-3:30pm in the CO Large Annex on both days. Teachers will receive four Common District Trimester Curriculum Maps. Building teams will plan collaboratively to build a monthly pacing guide for all four content areas. A small curriculum subcommittee will provide feedback on District Curriculum Maps, Friday, February 10th, 9:00 a.m.-3:30pm at Washington prior to sharing the documents with all teachers later in the month. 2nd - 3rd Grade Standards Professional Development Work sessions have been scheduled for 2nd and 3rd grade teachers to introduce the new standards in English-language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. All 2nd grade teachers will attend on Tuesday, April 24th; the overview will take place on Thursday, May 3rd for all 3rd grade teachers. Implementation of new standards in grades two and three will begin with the 2012-2013 school year. Secondary Course Registration Updates • High School Course Registration • Online registration/modifications to 4-Year Plan for Freshman and Sophomore students will close on Friday, February 3rd. • Paper/pencil registration for Juniors and Seniors will close on Friday, February 3rd. • Middle School Course Registration • Registration materials will be distributed to Middle Schools on Monday, February 27th. • Parent Meetings for students entering 7th Grade will be held at the respective middle schools on Wednesday, February 29th. • Parent meetings for students entering 8th Grade will be held on the following nights: • Heritage MS – Thursday, March 1st; Memorial MS – Wednesday, March 7th; Weaver MS – Thursday, March 1st • Registration materials are due back to student’s respective home school by Friday, March 16th. • 6th Grade Course Registration • Registration materials will be distributed to 6th Grade buildings on Tuesday, February 21st. • Parent Meetings for students entering 6th grade will be held at the respective 6th Grade School on the following nights: • Station 6th Grade – Thursday, February 23rd • Tharp 6th Grade – Wednesday, February 22nd • Registration materials are due back to student’s respective home school by Monday, March 5th. Page 4
  5. 5. The Curriculum Connection Clarification about Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) Common Formative Assessments (CFAs) are designed collaboratively by grade level or course teams of teachers and represent the power indicators of the standards in focus. Being formative, the assessments are administered prior to and during the instruction; and the intent is two-fold. The teacher is provided with regular, timely feedback regarding student attainment of the most critical indicators, allowing time to modify the instruction to better meet the needs of diverse learners. In addition, students can receive specific feedback on the learning targets to be achieved. Questions arise about administering CFAs in a heterogeneous classroom. Regular education, special education, and gifted students, many times, are scheduled to the same classroom. Regardless of the achievement level of the student, the same CFA should be administered to all students on that roster. The assessment questions should not be modified nor should they be made more rigorous to match the student population. Remember that these assessments are measuring the tested indicators, of which all students will be held accountable. The information will be used to “drive the instruction” and predict student attainment of the priority indicators. With CFA data, the entry point for instruction will be established, and the teacher can then differentiate the lesson to meet the needs of all students. Students on target will be instructed at grade level; adaptations will be created for students in need of support, and increased rigor will be provided to students who have already mastered the indicator. An exception to this process would be if a student’s reading level was far below the Lexile range of the test questions. This student would be unable to read the question, and therefore, it would be difficult to determine whether the student had prior knowledge of the content. In this case, the CFA questions would remain unchanged, but it would be acceptable for a staff member to read the passage/questions to the student. In summary, the purpose of a CFA is to determine where students are in the continuum of acquiring the intended knowledge and skills. This information will be used in instructional planning, as well as in data team analysis. Keeping Your Eye on RTI! The key to remember is that tier 1 interventions take place within the normal classroom, with the classroom teacher, and should be helping/reaching a large percentage of your students (75-80%). Working together through data teams and other collaborative efforts, we can keep the majority of students successful in the normal classroom and save our tier 2 & 3 interventions for those that need it most! Tier 1 interventions you might be using and don’t even realize it, may include: • preferential seating • examples of strong • proper cues • freshman teams & weak work • good questioning • extended time • home access • information • class websites • proximity organizers • guided notes • data teams • and many more….. • use of rubrics • calling on each student daily Page 5
  6. 6. The Curriculum Connection Gifted Task Force A twelve-member Gifted Task Force (GTF) has been assembled to study service delivery model options for gifted students in Hilliard Schools. The task force met for the first time on January 25th. The GTF is comprised of parents, classroom teachers, gifted intervention specialists, and administrators. The focus group will meet four times this school year to study the expectations of ODE’s Operating Standards for identifying and serving gifted students, read research about best-practice, and survey neighboring districts. The group will share their feedback on the pros and cons of ODE’s allowable service delivery model options that meet the needs of Hilliard students. The focus group will ultimately report findings to the Superintendent. We are not expecting the findings of this group to impact gifted service delivery prior to the 2013-2014 school year. February 2012 Calendar Dates: Feb. 1—Gr. 7-8 MAP Window Opens Feb. 2—7:45-2:45 Gr 6-8 Social Studies Collaborative (Lg Annex) Feb. 6—1:00-3:00 HS Dept Facilitators (ABC); 3:00 & 4:30 Project Based Learning Cohort Meeting (Lg Annex) Feb. 7—7:45-2:45 Gr 7-8 Lang Arts Common Core (Lg Annex); 8:00-4:00 Alternate Assess (ABC) Feb. 8—7:45-2:45 Gr 6-12 LEAP Collaborative (Lg Annex) Feb. 9—PLTW—DE/POE 8:00-11:00 Pre K-12 Administrative Meeting (Annex); 2:30-4:00 The iGeneration Seminar (Lg Annex); 3:30-4:45 Resident Educator Mtg (Board Conference Room) Feb. 10—Gr 6-12 Interims; 8:00-4:00 Alternate Assess (ABC) Feb. 13-17—CONFERENCE WEEK Feb. 13—8:00-4:00 Alternate Assess (ABC) Feb. 17—Parent Teacher Conference Comp Day—NO SCHOOL Feb. 20—President’s Day—NO SCHOOL Feb. 21—7:45-2:45 Gr 7-8 Lang Arts Common Core (Lg Annex); 10:00-6:00 LPDC Meeting (SSF Comp Lab) Feb. 24—Gr 7-8 MAP Window Closes Feb. 27—1:00-3:00 HS Dept Facilitators (ABC) Feb. 28—8:45-3:30 KG Standards Implementation PD (Lg Annex) Feb. 29—8:45-3:30 Gr 1 Standards Implementation PD (Lg Annex) Page 6