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.
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.
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.