The KPBSD Curriculum and Assessment Department is offering certified teachers the opportunity to participate in a 3 credit graduate course to enhance professional practice in the area of assessment design. Teachers will learn how the assessment experts from AAI (our AMP developers) create high-quality, standards-based, common assessments. Teachers are encouraged to work in teams to build our bank of common assessments. All content areas are invited and teachers should seek approval from their school administrator before applying.
Click HERE for more information or contact Melissa Linton at extension x8861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Think Central ran a content update to their online materials recently, and as a result, some online resources have been moved. For example, the Critical Thinking and Thinking Beyond resources have been moved to the Leveled Reader Teachers Guide.
If you find other variances in the online material, please notify Melissa Linton at email@example.com.
Good Morning! I hope everyone is having an amazing first day of school! I just wanted to send out a friendly reminder that if you are looking for instructions on how to access online Pearson Products such as Successnet, Successnet Plus, and Realize you can find everything you would want to know on our district website at:
Have a wonderful school year!
Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator
The Narrative Standards Referenced Writing Rubrics have been updated. There has been a slight change for grades 7 and 8 in the quarterly writing assessment sequence. The ELA Standards shift their emphasis from narrative to informative writing and to support this shift, we will assess informative writing in both first and second quarter.
Click here for Narrative Rubrics
Click here for 7/8 Informative Rubrics
Argument Opinion Writing will remain in place for all grade levels for the third quarter.
Quarter 1: K-6 – Narrative, 7/8 Informative, 9-12 Narrative
Quarter 2: K-12 – Informative
Quarter 3: K-12 Argument/Opinion
*Research – W.4 is assessed when it makes best sense for the teacher to do so.
Prompts, directions and scoring guides will be updated shortly. Information regarding the quarterly writing assessments will be posted on the Instruction Blog, the web page and emailed directly to principals, PD Liaisons, and School Assessment Coordinators.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Melissa Linton, ext. 8861 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer, a cadre of dedicated KPBSD Middle School Science Teachers collaborated to design coherent units of instruction to support our middle school science curriculum. This is the District’s first attempt to create and purposefully share teacher made materials that will be utilized as the core material for our curriculum. EXCITING!!!
Below are draft unit resources we have developed and we invite you to use them. The science teachers will continue to add and revise these units, so please send feedback and suggestions to Melissa Linton. Finally, we hope to add formative and summative assessments starting this fall.
GRADE 6 MS Science Units
GRADE 7 MS Science Units
GRADE 8 MS Science Units
Additional resources can be found in the KPBSD Shared (S:) – District-wide staff shared – Middle School Science Folder
We hope these materials and resources are helpful! Have a wondering school year.
The following Mathematics Sequences have been drafted assist schools who offer accelerated math courses in grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. We hope they are helpful to your planning. This is a pilot project, so if you do use these sequences, please send feedback and recommendations to Melissa Linton, email@example.com.
Grade 4/5 compacting Priority and Mymath Pacing Guide
Gr7/8 Course 2 and Course 3 Priority and Holt McDougal Pacing Guide
Please note the following items apply to all levels, K-12.
These items apply only elementary levels:
- 2015 Enrollment of Accelerated Elementary Students provides guidance on the appropriate course enrollments for elementary students who are academically accelerated.
- 2015 Early Entrance reminds principals of the required deadlines to notify the Elementary Education Office of any children screened, or scheduled for screening for admission under the Early Entrance policy.
- The training for the Kindergarten Developmental Profile is now available online at https://mix.office.com/watch/suamma467bqs and will no longer be delivered through a webinar or Lync session.
New Health Curriculum and Materials
HEALTH CURRICULUM WEBPAGE – CLICK HERE
The Great Body Shop program will be the core curriculum material used for Health Education in grades K-8. Over 40 teachers have been trained in the new materials this summer. Teachers who have not attended a summer training will receive an email in August to access the online materials. Student subscriptions will be pre-loaded via PowerSchool once student schedules are active. Teacher and student materials have should have been delivered to your schools.
High School Health Course can be taught using the Pearson Health or the Health Course in Canvas (a course developed by our KPBSD teachers in an electronic format)
Health Modules for grades 10, 11, 12 have been identified. Training for these modules will be offered on September 22. Ideally, each high school will send 1-2 teachers to this training. Lessons from The Fourth R Plus and Common Sense Media have been chosen as the core material.
Digital Citizenship Program – Common Sense Media replaces ISafe for grades K-12
Common Sense Media Resources – CLICK HERE