2014 Revised Health Curriculum (Great Body Shop and Common Sense Media)

Good morning!

Below are links to the new K-8 Health Curriculum and the aligned Great Body Shop and Common Sense Media resources.  High School Resources will be available in August.

If you have not already done so, there are training opportunities being offered on August 3 and 4 for The Great Body Shop (K-8) and High School Health.  Please visit Generation Ready for a complete schedule of trainings.

See below to access a Demo version of The Great Body Shop Program:

Go to www.TheGreatBodyShop.net

–  Click on the “Current Customer” tab at the top right corner.

Username:  GBSvteacher

Password:  99669

To review the new health curriculum, please click the following links:

Elementary Health (K-6)

Middle School Health (6-8)

High School Health (Health Course and 10-12 Social/Emotional Modules)

New Digital Citizenship Program – Common Sense Media replaces Isafe

Beginning fall 2015, we will discontinue the use of ISafe lessons and will replace CIPA required digital citizenship curriculum with material from Common Sense Media (CSM).

CSM offers a wide variety of resources beyond digital citizenship lesson, so please feel free to check out all they have to offer.

Visit www.commonsensemedia.org  to learn more. Click here to help you get started!

KPBSD Grade Level Lesson Sequence, Memo and  Forms

Kindergarten                                  Fourth Grade                           Tenth Grade

First Grade                                    Fifth Grade                                Eleventh Grade

Second Grade                               Sixth Grade                               Twelfth Grade

Third Grade                                   Seventh/Eighth Grades

Common Sense Media Introduction Materials

Community Discussion Guides

8th Grade American History Text Update

MEMO: 8th Grade Social Studies Resources

The current 8th grade American History text will be replaced in fall 2015.  Middle School American History teachers should keep their current instructional resources until the new materials are received.

If you need support or have questions, please contact Melissa Linton, Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator at ext. 8861 or mlinton@kpbsd.org




Argument Opinion 3rd Quarter Common Writing Assessment

Below you will find Common Rubrics, Prompts, Directions and Resources for the 3rd Quarter Argument Opinion Common Writing Assessment.

Click below:


The ELA Committee encourages teachers to use the Rubric for instructional purposes as well as for this on-demand assessment.  Teachers are also developing student friendly rubrics/checklists to assist in their instruction.

Rubrics may not match the pre-load assignments in PowerSchool.  Only input scores for standards that are identified in the common rubric. This misalignment will be corrected in the 2015-2016 school year.  Thank you ahead of time for your patience.

As teachers transition to the standards referenced rubrics from the Six Traits, the following resources from  Education Northwest may be helpful:


Please send specific feedback to Melissa Linton at mlinton@kpbsd.org or ext. 8861

ELA Common Writing Assessment Committee Members

Secondary Education & Student Activities “Administrivia” (1.21.15)

Secondary Education “Administrivia” (1.21.15)

  • Digital Technology Initiative Mid-Year Update:
    • We are half way through year 1 of our three year grant from the DEED.  Our mid-year report was submitted January 15th to the independent evaluator (Dr. Dale Cope)
    • The 15 teacher cohort is in the middle of their formalized training/PD sessions.
    • Most cohort members have completed the Quality Matters online course training curriculum.
    • Several Blended Learning topic Lync session trainings have/will also take place throughout this school year.
    • 19 Educators attended the iNACOL conference in Palm Springs, CA funded by the grant
    • 20+/- Educators will also attend ASTE this February in Anchorage funded by the grant
  • Activity/Field Trip Travel Possible Technology Assistance:  
    • David Henson and Jim White are working on a prototype activity trip tracking system that will preload trips, participants, emergency paperwork, and the ability to add/subtract trip participants and add notes/details using a smartphone and a QPC code reader application.
    • We are going to be working with some schools to pilot this  year and hope to go live district-wide next Fall for all activity and fieldtrips (K-12).
    • A new Travel regulations memo will be formalized by the end of this year to reflect all current and any new activity travel expectations for schools (i.e. travel range restrictions, when use of ALMR radio is expected, private vehicle transport restrictions, coaches driving restrictions, and driver on duty/driving time restrictions, etc…).
  • Distance Learning Program:
  • Our second semester course enrollment numbers are at 1010 as of this morning (1.21.15).  This is early for numbers to be this large and our teachers are near capacity on their individual teacher loads.
  • Some changes planned include allowing students to enroll in distance classes during the course enrollment period directly from Powerschool (DP/Counselors working on this now)
  • Next year Credit Recovery Courses for Connections and our K-12 program will no longer be supervised/Teacher of Record by the Distance Learning Program.  Like our larger high schools have for years, these schools will now need to oversee Credit Recovery with their own teaching staff.
  • As the program grows we are hearing concerns/worries from teachers about whether they will eventually be replaced by distance education.  This is absolutely not the case and I would be happy to discuss these concerns with anyone.  Please refer questions on this matter to me (John O’Brien)



  • Summer School Credit Recovery Session:  
  • The session will be run just as it has in the past.
  • Our large high schools provide the program (SoHi, Nikiski, Homer, KCHS, Seward)
  • All CORE areas are provided (Math, Lang. Arts, Social Studies, and Science)
  • The program is an “on-line prescriptive” web based program through Pearson called “GRADPOINT”
  • The Session runs for three weeks in June. Half days (8:00-noon) June 1-19
  • Principals do their own hiring by emailing internal certified staff to solicit interest
  • Staff need to be certified and HQ in one of the four CORE areas (preference)



  • Policy Change TAKE NOTE: 
  • AR 6146.1 High School Graduation Requirements: Additional quality points will be assigned for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) courses for the purpose of calculating grade point average (GPA). For each passing semester grade in an Advanced Placement course, 0.021 will be added to the student’s cumulative GPA. Effective for SY 2015, the fall semester weighted quality points will be added at the conclusion of the fall semester (like before).  In order to receive the spring semester weighted quality points, students must also complete the National Advanced Placement course examination.


It has come to our attention that Electronic Student Editions of MyMath materials in Connected will soon expire.

ALL teachers who use these digital resources will need to extend the date of usage in the Student Editions, Manage Content Tab.

This PowerPoint (MyMath ConnectEd Redeption Code date renewal) will walk you through a very simple four step process to change the date so expiration will not occur.

Please share as needed and call/email Melissa Linton if you need assistance.

Thank you,


x8861 mlinton@kpbsd.org

Aimsweb Winter Benchmark Information

The winter window for benchmark testing is January 1-30.

Here is what should be tested at each grade level for Aimsweb.  KPBSD Benchmark Testing Schedule_v3

I have also included a link to a  quick chart on the TEN and TEL errors TEN and TEL Error Charts  as well as the PDF’s on testing and scoring The New Aimsweb 2_test and scoring, The New Aimsweb 2_National Norms and reporting in the New Aimsweb 2.0.

Please take a moment to look over these documents as they contain all of the information you will need for benchmark testing. Scores for Aimsweb are expected to be entered in by January 30th. (Please do not wait until then to log into Aimsweb.)

If you cannot get into Aimsweb you must go through the forgot password process. If your class list in Aimsweb is not correct please let your school interventionist know or the person at your school who has access to the google doc for adding students.  If you do not have an assigned interventionist this will most likely be your I-team coordinator or your principal.

*If you do not have an interventionist please check with your principal to see if they can answer your question or direct you to a person in your building before emailing Michael Hanson.

Log into Aimsweb before December 17, 2014 https://aimsweb2.pearson.com/flex/AIMSwebFrontOffice.html

  1. If you lost your password you must go through the forgot password process.  No one else can reset it for you.
  2. Find your class list and make sure it is up to date
  3. Let your interventionist know if your class list is not correct (see above)
  4. *When communicating about your class list to your interventionist, I-team coordinator or principal you must include:
    1. What school
    2. Student name
    3. Student ID

Second Quarter Common Quarterly Writing Assessment – Informative/Explanatory

Below you will find a link to Rubrics, Common Prompts and Directions for the Common Quarterly Writing Assessment for Quarter 2 – Informative/Explanatory.

The ELA Committee continues to refine and revise our Quarterly Writing Assessments.  Please be sure to read the directions, rubrics, and prompts before you administer the assessment.

ELA Common Writing Assessment Committee Members


The Common Quarterly Benchmark Writing Calibration online course is available! This course offers teachers the opportunity to calibrate and score common quarterly assessment student writing samples with the district standards-referenced rubrics.

How to participate in the course:

1. https://kenai.avatarlms.com/login.html

2. Find Common Quarterly Benchmark Writing Calibration (click to add to cart and check out)

3. LAUNCH the course from your current class list

4. After reading the Overview page, SELECT YOUR GRADE LEVEL and you may participate in all the grade levels if you wish.

In addition…

Melissa is offering three Lync sessions to familiarize teachers with the online course.  Mark your calendars for one of the dates below!

December 15 @ 3:45 – Join Lync Meeting  Join by phone 1 (907) 714-8965

December 18 @ 3:45 – Join Lync Meeting Join by phone  1 (907) 714-8965

December 19 @ 8:00 – Join Lync Meeting      Join by Phone 1 (907) 714-8965


As always, feel free to contact Melissa Linton mlinton@kpbsd.org  with any questions.













Blended & Online Learning

KPBSD sent 17 educators to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) Symposium in California.  Through the Digital Learning Initiative Grant that the KPBSD received we were able to send a team of district teachers and administrators to learn about “Blended Learning.”  This conference focuses on showcasing districts, schools, and classroom teachers who are using new learning models considered blended learning.  The intent is to “level the playing field for students through the creation of new learning models, and to ensure that students everywhere have access to a world-class education that prepares them for a lifetime of success, no matter their geographic location or economic situation.” -iNACOL


What is Blended learning?  Blended learning is any time a student learns at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home and at least in part through online delivery with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace; often used synonymously with

Hybrid Learning. (Horn and Staker, 2011)


KPBSD hopes that this 3 year Digital Learning grant will help us to build the capacity of our teachers to learn how to and begin to apply blended learning strategies throughout our district’s 43 schools. Over the next three years the grant will help fund professional development and learning opportunities for three cohorts of 15 teachers per year. The teacher cohorts will learn how to implement blended learning/teaching strategies within their classrooms and to share what they have learned with colleagues in their schools so that blended learning can be implemented in more and more classrooms.


Blended learning is all about personalizing the learning experience for each student focusing their individual learning at a time, place, path, and pace that meets their unique learning needs.  By using digital learning tools  within the classroom setting, teachers are able to leverage these tools and skills to provide higher quality immediate feedback to their students about their learning and growth.  Some teachers in our district already employ blended learning strategies in their classrooms and we hope more and more of our classrooms will become blended in the near future.