News from the Office of Curriculum & Instruction
Happy New Year! There are many new and exciting activities going on in the Avon Lake City Schools! Our office looks forward to continue working with our schools to help meet the needs of our staff and students.
- The Avon Lake City Schools’ Curriculum Council is currently working on planning bridging meetings for teachers of students in grades 5-12. The focus of these meetings is to share and collaborate on content, expectations, teaching strategies and materials used for students in each subject area.
- The Curriculum Council has also been focusing on sharing and implementing strategies which focus on student engagement across the district and content areas.
- On Jan. 21-22, several staff members from Learwood and ALHS will be trained in the Check & Connect mentoring program which will be piloted for a number of 8th and 9th grade students this spring. For over 25 years, Check & Connect (C&C) mentors have helped keep thousands of students on track toward graduation. C&C is the only dropout prevention intervention listed on the What Works Clearinghouse found to have positive effects on staying in school.
- Feb. 14 is our next district-wide professional development event. ALCS staff members will receive ALICE training (school safety). Training will also occur on an updated elementary math curriculum, as well as bridging meetings between the middle school and high school.
- Our elementary schools are in the process of participating in training and implementing PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) teams. PBIS is a framework that guides school teams in the selection, integration and implementation of evidence-based practices for improving academic, social and behavior outcomes for all students.
- Our instructional coaches, Erin Cheney and Heather Hamker, continue to support teacher initiatives in the classroom. Some of the specific initiatives they have been working on with teachers include writing workshops, technology integration, student engagement strategies, and coaching models.
- The instructional coaches are also participating in various grade-level and subject-area collaboration meetings to help teachers share and implement best practices.
- Single sign-on technology is coming this spring to the Avon Lake City Schools! We have been working with our IT Department to integrate applications and programs used by students into one login. This will also allow students to have access to their programs at home.
- Avon Lake High School now has a podcast studio! The studio is located in The L.A.K.E. and will allow students and staff to record podcasts for both broadcast and for class assignments. The high school is also in the process of setting up a new Innovation Space in The L.A.K.E.
Advanced Placement (AP) Capstone Program
- Avon Lake High School will be offering the AP Capstone Program beginning next school year. AP Capstone™ is a diploma program from the College Board. It’s based on two, year-long AP courses: AP Seminar and AP Research. Students entering grades 10 and 11 in the Fall of 2020 will be able to sign up for AP Seminar, the first of the two courses.
- Rather than teaching subject-specific content, these courses develop students’ skills in research, analysis, evidence-based arguments, collaboration, writing, and presenting. Students who complete the two-year program can earn one of two different AP Capstone awards, which are valued by colleges across the United States and around the world.
Kindergarten Information Night
- Do you have a child that will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2020? If so, join us on Jan. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. This is an evening you do not want to miss! Information will be presented regarding the registration process, neighborhood buildings, full-day vs. half-day programs, kindergarten screening, and start dates. Welcome Class of 2033!
Board of Education Appreciation Month
- Gov. Mike DeWine has recognized January 2020 as School Board Recognition Month. Please join me in thanking our Avon Lake City Schools Board of Education members - Jim Stobe (President), Pamela Ohradzansky (Vice President), Dale Cracas, Ron Jantz and Mike Sherban. We appreciate all they do for our students, staff and community.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Jack Dibee, Curriculum Director
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