Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! This year, we are extremely excited to incorporate, for the first time ever at White River Valley School District, the middle school model for our students. It is a program that has been proven as best practice for middle-school- aged kids as they transition from elementary school to high school.
We have spent the last few months developing a plan and schedule we believe that will allow our students to grow exponentially by adapting best-practice methods from both elementary and high school ideologies. Our curriculum will focus on reading and writing instruction that is integrated across all subject areas.
As a staff, we recognize that literacy instruction should provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and skills with materials that match their abilities and interests. We will ensure that our instruction remains rigorous and focused to ensure that concepts, skills, and strategies are being taught daily.
Along with our transition to this model, we will also be transitioning away from Acuity testing that has been done in the past. Students will now participate in the NWEA assessment called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s learning level and provide teachers and staff with a detailed data that can be used to enhance classroom instruction.
As a result of this switch, students will have a higher opportunity of success in each individual class, which in turn, creates a more positive learning environment for our students. This test will be given twice a year (once in the fall and once in the winter). We believe this test will be one a great tool for students, parents, teachers, and administration.
I am very pleased with the work and preparation we have put into this school year, and I know all of our kids will grow because of our transition.