Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Layered Curriculum in Science: Atoms and their Properties

From the Science Website

Activities Available Online:

A layered curriculum is a way to allow choice and differentiation in the classroom.  Students can choose activities from a menu of possible assignments. Assignments can be modified to increase rigor or help a student struggling with the content. The daily “mini-lessons” teach specific topics and skills. The lessons range from ten to fifteen minutes which offers students ample time in class to conduct lab activities, complete worksheet activities, or plan a project. Students should choose assignments that fits their interests. Activities need to be turned-in on a regular basis to meet the checkpoints.

Many resources for the layered curriculum are available on the internet.  Students will have a choice of assignments from a menu of activities. Students are to start with “Level C – Basic Knowledge” assignments and move to “Level B – Advanced Practice” and then on to “Level A – Assessment” assignments. Each class period starts with a mini-lesson and concludes with time to work on layered activities.

Scores for the layered curriculum will be tracked by the students in their layered curriculum activity guides (folder created in class). Copies are available from the internet.

Some assignments have specific due dates. There is a special layered curriculum calendar on the menu of assignments.  The online tutorials and assignments require a computer with internet access. All Unit G layered curriculum assignments are due by Wednesday, 3/16/16.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Baseball Open Gym

There will be an open gym for 7th & 8th Grade boys interested in joining the Middle School baseball team this upcoming season.  

7th Grade open gym will be on Tuesday, March 1 from 4:30 to 6:00. 
8th Grade open gym will be on Thursday, March 3 from 4:30 to 6:00.

See Coach Smith or Coach Johncour if you have any questions.

Important March Dates


Thursday, March 3 - Spring Field Trip Form Due
Friday, March 4 - AMS Semi-formal
Wednesday, March 10 - Court House Field Trip 1
Friday, March 11 - No School/Previously Held Parent-Teacher Conferences
Wednesday, March 16 - Court House Field Trip 2
Wednesday, March 16 - End of Third Grading Period
Thursday, March 17 - Court House Field Trip 3
Monday, March 21 - Friday, March 25 - No School/Spring Vacation
Tuesday, March 22 - Report Cards
Monday, March 28 - Schools in session (snow make up day)

spring conferences