Lawrence School Program of Studies 2019-20

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    Principal:
    Mr. Thomas Bushy

    Assistant Principal:
    Ms. Rebecca Vieira

    Special Ed Building Administrator:
    Dr. Margaret Valdes

    Principal’s Secretary:
    Ms. Laurel Robbins

    Main Office Secretary:
    Ms. Tammy Lomba

    7-12 English Department Head
    Ms. Sarah Cox

    7-12 World Language Department Head
    Dr. Pat DiPillo

    7-12 Math Department Head
    Ms. Carrie Fitzpatrick

    7-12 Science Department Head
    Ms. Christine Brothers

    7-12 Social Studies Department Head
    Mr. Mike Feeney

    K-12 Fine Arts Department Head
    Mr. Steven Edwards

    K-12 Director of Physical Education, Health and Wellness
    Ms. Julie Williams-Tinkham

    5-12 Director of Guidance:
    Mr. Alan Kazarian

    Guidance/Adjustment Counselors:
    Ms. Selby Bourne
    Ms. Nina Casavant

    Guidance/Special Education Secretary:
    Ms. Deborah Lynch

    School Psychologist:
    Mr. Tyrone Gonsalves

    Course Registration Timetable

    March/April

    • Teachers make course level recommendations on student registration forms

    March

    • 6th grade Curriculum Night for incoming 7th grade families in LAW library @ 6:30pm

    March

    • LAW counselors visit MP 6th grade classrooms and distribute elective course registration forms

    March

    • Elective course registration forms distributed to 7th grade students

    April/May

    • Student schedules data entered and created

    May

    • Course verification forms distributed to incoming 7th grade families and rising 8th grade families

    May

    • 6th grade tours of LAW

    August

    • Annual Open House and detailed student schedules distributed

    COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

     All courses at the Lawrence School are designed so as to be in alignment with the current Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks applicable to the respective subject matter, inclusive of the Common Core State Standards.

    ENGLISH

    Grade 7

    English:  This course focuses on the development of critical and close reading skills, as well as solid communication skills, using a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction works.  The course is designed to enhance each student’s writing, reading, analysis, and speaking skills, with an emphasis on a process-approach to coherent writing.  The goal of the course is to develop in students the habits of mind to become close readers, structured and analytical writers, and clear and confident speakers.

    Essentials English (ESS English):  Students with certain identified disabilities who require specific and specialized instruction in English, as set forth in their IEPs, are enrolled in ESS English.  This course seeks to cover the same curriculum and concepts as the grade 7 English class, but at a slower pace.

    Using a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction texts, ESS English creates and builds on opportunities for success by presenting information in small, sequential steps, using a multi-sensory approach and structured tasks.  Students are taught active reading strategies, critical thinking skills, and writing skills based on a process-approach to coherent writing.  The course offers consistency in previewing, reviewing and repetition, and the curriculum is taught using research-based language-based strategies, and appropriate leveled texts and materials, while incorporating all necessary modifications and accommodations.

    Reading Lab:  The purpose of this course is to improve students’ reading skills by providing explicit and direct instruction in reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary development.  This is predominantly a general education support class, and is taught by the Team English teacher.  The class is intentionally small so as to allow for specially designed, targeted and direct instruction.  Students are recommended for this course based on their performance on benchmark testing and standardized test scores in grades 5 and 6, and on the recommendation of their grade 6 teachers.  Reading Lab currently meets one period every other day throughout the year.  When students show sufficient progress, they can be moved out of Reading Lab.

    Specialized Reading:  Students with certain identified disabilities who require specific and specialized instruction in reading, as set forth in their IEPs, are enrolled in our grade level Specialized Reading classes. Specialized Reading focuses on building reading stamina, reading comprehension, decoding, and fluency skills by presenting information in small, sequential steps, using a multi-sensory approach, structured tasks, and engaging in active reading skills before, during and after reading.  The course offers consistency in previewing, reviewing and repetition, and the curriculum is taught using research-based reading strategies, and appropriately leveled texts and materials, while incorporating all necessary modifications and accommodations.

    Grade 8

    English:  This course focuses on the development of critical and close reading skills, as well as solid communication skills, using a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction works.  The course is designed to enhance each student’s writing, reading, analysis, and speaking skills, with an emphasis on a process-approach to coherent writing.  The goal of the course is to continue to develop in students the habits of mind to become close readers, structured and analytical writers, and clear and confident speakers, with an eye on preparing students for the rigors and expectations of high school.

    Essentials English:  Students with certain identified disabilities who require specific and specialized instruction in English, as set forth in their IEPs, are enrolled in ESS English.  This course seeks to cover the same curriculum and concepts as the grade 8 English class, but at a slower pace.

    Using a wide variety of both fiction and nonfiction texts, ESS English creates and builds on opportunities for success by presenting information in small, sequential steps, using a multi-sensory approach and structured tasks.  Students are taught active reading strategies, critical thinking skills, and writing skills based on a process-approach to coherent writing.  The course offers consistency in previewing, reviewing and repetition, and the curriculum is taught using research-based language-based strategies, and appropriate leveled texts and materials, while incorporating all necessary modifications and accommodations.

    Reading Lab:  The purpose of this course is to improve students’ reading skills by providing explicit and direct instruction in reading comprehension, fluency and vocabulary development.  This is predominantly a general education support class, and is taught by the Team English teacher.  The class is intentionally small so as to allow for specially designed, targeted and direct instruction.   Students are recommended for this course based on their performance on benchmark testing and standardized test scores in grade 7, and on the recommendation of their grade 7 English teacher.  Reading Lab currently meets one period every other day throughout the year. When students show sufficient progress, they can be moved out of Reading Lab.

    Specialized Reading:  Students with certain identified disabilities who require specific and specialized instruction in reading, as set forth in their IEPs, are enrolled in our grade level Specialized Reading classes. Specialized Reading focuses on building reading stamina, reading comprehension, decoding, and fluency skills by presenting information in small, sequential steps, using a multi-sensory approach, structured tasks, and engaging in active reading skills before, during and after reading.  The course offers consistency in previewing, reviewing and repetition, and the curriculum is taught using research-based reading strategies, and appropriately leveled texts and materials, while incorporating all necessary modifications and accommodations.

    MATHEMATICS

    All Lawrence School mathematics teachers subscribe to the “Rule of Four,” a way of thinking about mathematics through multiple representations – (1) verbal, (2) numerical, (3) graphical, and (4) analytical -- which helps students develop a strong and deep understanding of mathematics, allowing them to make connections across concepts and topics in mathematics.

    Grade 7

    Pre-Algebra:

    This course offers a strong foundation in algebra, strengthening students’ foundational math skills by reinforcing the use of properties, integers, factoring, functions, and equation solving.  Topics explored in this course are ratio and proportional reasoning, percent’s, the number system, expressions and equations, geometry, and statistics and probability.  Concepts covered include the language of algebra, operations with integers, operations with rational numbers, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, ratio, proportions and similar figures, percent’s, statistics and probability, congruence and similarity, and volume and surface area.

    Essentials Pre-Algebra (ESS Pre-Algebra):

    Students with certain identified disabilities who require specific and specialized instruction in math, as set forth in their IEPs, are enrolled in ESS Pre-Algebra.  This course is designed to provide specialized, small group instruction. The curriculum provides students with opportunities to learn the skills and concepts necessary to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for this grade level.

    Math Lab:

    This course is designed to supplement and reinforce the skills taught to students enrolled in grade 7 Pre- Algebra, and focuses on concepts students are struggling with in the Pre-Algebra curriculum.  This is predominantly a general education support class, and is taught by the Team mathematics teacher.  The class is intentionally small so as to allow for specially designed, targeted and direct instruction.  Students are recommended for this course based on their performance on benchmark testing and standardized test scores in grades 5 and 6, and on the recommendation of their grade 6 mathematics teacher.

    Advanced Pre-Algebra:

    This course is designed to prepare students for a five year sequence in mathematics culminating in AP Calculus during their senior year of high school.  Students will explore all of the 7th grade state standards and some of the 8th grade standards.  Topics explored in this course include the language of algebra, operations with integers, operations with rational numbers, powers and roots, ratio, proportion, and similar figures, percent’s, algebraic expressions, equations and inequalities, linear functions, statistics and probability, congruence, similarity and transformations, volume, and surface area. The pace of this course is more rigorous and students will be expected to persevere in solving problems, reason abstractly and quantitatively, and model with mathematics. Students that successfully complete this course with a B- or better and have the recommendation of their Mathematics teacher will be placed in Algebra 1 CP in 8th grade.

    Grade 8

    Algebra 1 Part 1:

    This course builds on students’ previous skills and expands their algebraic thinking and reasoning skills in order to provide students with a solid foundation.  Students will explore real numbers, equations, functions, triangles and the Pythagorean Theorem, transformations, congruence and similarity, volume and surface area, and data analysis.  Students will learn how to persevere in solving problems, reason abstractly and quantitatively, and model with mathematics.

    Algebra 1 CP:

    This course is a modern approach to the study of real number system, solution of linear equations and inequalities, graphing of linear equations and inequalities, special products and factoring, and operations with exponents and radicals. This course is the equivalent of the full Algebra 1 course taught at Falmouth High School. Students that complete this course with a B or better will receive elective credit at Falmouth High School.

    Essentials Algebra 1 Part 1 (ESS Algebra 1 Part 1):

    Students with certain identified disabilities who require specific and specialized instruction in mathematics, as set forth in their IEPs, are enrolled in ESS Algebra 1 Part 1.  This course is designed to provide specialized, small group instruction. The curriculum provides students with opportunities to learn the skills and concepts necessary to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for this grade level. Instructional time will focus on the following three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; and (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

    Math Lab:

    This course is designed to supplement and reinforce the skills taught to students enrolled in grade Algebra 1

    Part 1, and focuses on concepts students are struggling within the Algebra 1 Part 1 curriculum.  This is predominantly a general education support class, and is taught by the Team mathematics teacher.  The class is intentionally small so as to allow for specially designed, targeted and direct instruction.  Students are recommended for this course based on their performance on benchmark tests, standardized test scores in grades 7, and on the recommendation of their grade 7 mathematics teacher.

    SCIENCE

     

    Grade 7

    Students in grade 7 focus on systems and cycles using their understanding of structures and functions, connections and relationships in systems, and flow of matter and energy developed in earlier grades.  A focus on systems requires students to apply concepts and skills across disciplines, since most systems and cycles are complex and interactive. They gain experience with plate tectonics, interactions of humans and Earth processes, organism systems to support and propagate life, ecosystem dynamics, motion and energy systems, and key technological systems used by society.  Students participate in numerous lab assignments which provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences.  Students are required to carry out three term projects throughout the school year and are encouraged to participate in the school district’s K-12 Science and Engineering Fair in early March.

    Grade 8

    Grade 8 students use more robust abstract thinking skills to explain causes of complex phenomena and systems, many not immediately or physically visible to students. An understanding of cause and effect of key natural phenomena and designed processes allows students to explain patterns and make predictions about future events. These include causes of seasons and tides, plate tectonics, weather and climate; the role of genetics in reproduction, heredity, and artificial selection; how atoms and molecules interact to explain the substances that make up the world; and how materials change. Students participate in numerous lab assignments which provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences.  Students are required to carry out three term projects throughout the school year and are encouraged to participate in the school district’s K-12 Science and Engineering Fair in early March.

    SOCIAL STUDIES

    Grade 7

    Ancient World History: This course exposes students to ancient civilizations from 3,000 B.C. through 500 A.D., with an emphasis on the impact those civilizations have had on today’s modern world.   The course provides a general introduction to some of the most prominent ancient civilizations from across the globe:  Mesopotamia, the Ancient Middle East, Egypt, India, China, Greece, and Rome.  Important “skills of the historian” will be taught, including using textual evidence to form an opinion or argument, the relationship between cause and effect, understanding bias and point of view, analysis of primary sources, a focus on timelines and chronology, and how to read and use maps, charts and graphs.

    Unlocking Social Studies:  This elective/project based social studies course focuses on exposing students beyond the confines of their current social studies course. In this course, students will be exposed various historical topics, civics, debate and current events. Students will be expected to participate in cooperative learning experiences that include multiple presentations. This elective course is intentionally small, with approximately 10-12 students per class. Due to the scheduling constraints, each Team has just one social studies elective course which is taught by the Team social studies teacher.  Please note that limitations inherent in our scheduling process may prohibit students recommended for this course from enrolling in it.

    Grade 8

    World History:  This course focuses on developing an understanding of the connections Modern Western Society has to its historical and cultural foundations. The goal of the course is to make students world citizens through the understanding of cultural roots and the progression of Western Thought and institutions from the fall of Rome, through to the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Reformation, Enlightenment, and exploration of the New World.  The resurgence of trade, rise of nation states and development of political thought are important topics.  Students will focus on map skills, the relationship of cause and effect, analysis of primary source readings, building of historical vocabulary, and research skills.

    Unlocking Social Studies: This elective/project based social studies course focuses on exposing students beyond the confines of their current social studies course. In this course, students will be exposed various historical topics, civics, debate and current events. Students will be expected to participate in cooperative learning experiences that include multiple presentations. This elective course is intentionally small, with approximately 10-12 students per class. Due to the scheduling constraints, each Team has just one social studies elective course which is taught by the Team social studies teacher.  Please note that limitations inherent in our scheduling process may prohibit students recommended for this course from enrolling in it.

     

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT

    English Language Development Courses (ELD):

    These courses are designed for students identified as English Learners (EL). ELs are developing their English language and literacy proficiency skills, which range from basic interpersonal communication skills in the Foundational course to complex academic English skills in the Developing and Transitional courses. ELD teachers provide explicit instruction in the English language to promote an EL’s academic achievement in all of his/her classes. All levels of English language proficiency are supported in ELD classes.

    WORLD LANGUAGE

    The Lawrence School World Language Department teaches for proficiency and bases assessment on the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes by setting proficiency targets by level.

    Grade 7

    Spanish:  This course introduces the Spanish language through the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of world language learning. Students acquire skills through interactive participation, practice, and personalization including the use of integrated technologies and are expected to reach a novice high level of proficiency. At the conclusion of this course, among other topics, students will be able to describe themselves and their families, and talk about school subjects and daily activities. Students will also gain an awareness of the global world with a focus on areas where Spanish is spoken.

    French: This course introduces the French language through the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes of world language learning. Students acquire skills through interactive participation, practice, and personalization including the use of integrated technologies and are expected to reach a novice high level of proficiency. At the conclusion of this course, among other topics, students will be able to describe themselves and their families, and talk about school subjects and daily activities. Students will also gain an awareness of the global world with a focus on areas where French is spoken.

     

    The Lawrence School World Language Department teaches for proficiency and bases assessment on the interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational modes by setting proficiency targets by level.

    Grade 8

    Spanish: This course is a continuation of grade 7 Spanish, and emphasizes further development of the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of world language learning. By the end of the course, students are expected to achieve an intermediate low level of proficiency. Students are encouraged to communicate in the target language and to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to promote proficiency.

    French: This course is a continuation of grade 7 French, and emphasizes further development of the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of world language learning. By the end of the course, students are expected to achieve an ‘intermediate low’ level of proficiency. Students are encouraged to communicate in the target language and to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to promote proficiency.

    NOTE:  Some students are required to take certain courses based on their individual educational profiles which, due to schedule constraints, prevent them from being able to take Spanish or French.  In most cases, and because we believe exposure to world languages is a critical component  of the junior high school experience, these students will still have the opportunity to take Exploratory Language.

    Grade 7 Exploratory Language:  This is a world language course which takes place on an every other day basis, and which provides students with a 21st century global view of the world by introducing fundamental aspects of the Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, and French languages through the interpersonal, interpretive and presentational modes of world language learning.  Students are introduced to basic geography and culture, as well as to essential vocabulary and conversational dialogues.  Students also gain an awareness of the global world with a focus on areas where Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, and French are spoken.

    Grade 8 Exploratory Spanish Language:  This is a world language course which takes place on an every other day basis, and which focuses primarily on the Spanish language, further developing the interpretive, interpersonal and presentational modes of world language learning in Spanish.  Students are encouraged to speak in Spanish, and to participate in a variety of interactive activities designed to promote proficiency.

    NOTE:  Students who complete grade 7 and grade 8 Spanish or French at the Lawrence School receive one full year of high school world language credit. The high school credit does not apply to students enrolled in Exploratory Language courses.

     

    PHYSICAL EDUCATION & HEALTH

    Grade 7

    PE:  The Physical Education Program will provide students the opportunity to experience a variety of sports and activities. Students will learn the skills necessary for successful participation. During the Lifetime Activities segment of the physical education program, students will experience a wide variety of activities focusing on lifelong participation. During the Fitness component of the program, students will focus on safety information, introduction to and use of equipment and muscles, and creating a fitness plan. Units are designed with an emphasis on facilitating participation in age-appropriate exercises and activities along with teaching the proper rules and safety guidelines to ensure well-being and success.

    Health:  The Health Education Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to make informed, responsible decisions and assist them in leading healthy lifestyles. The health classroom instruction will consist of drug education (including alcohol, tobacco and vaping), healthy eating, personal health and wellness (including sexual health), mental and emotional health, physical activity, safety and injury prevention, and violence prevention.

    Grade 8

    PE:  The Grade 8 Physical Education Program is a continuation of the 7th grade program, providing students the opportunity to experience a greater variety of sports and activities. Students will learn the skills necessary for successful participation. During the Lifetime Activities segment of the physical education program, students will experience a wide variety of activities focusing on lifelong participation. During the Fitness component of the program, students will focus on safety information, introduction to and use of equipment and muscles, and creating a fitness plan. Units are designed with an emphasis on facilitating participation in age-appropriate exercises and activities along with teaching the proper rules and safety guidelines to ensure well-being and success.

    Health:  This Health Education Program is a continuation of the 7th grade program, providing students with the knowledge and skills to make informed, responsible decisions and assist them in leading healthy lifestyles. The health classroom instruction will consist of drug education (including alcohol, tobacco and vaping), healthy eating, personal health and wellness (including sexual health), mental and emotional health, physical activity, safety and injury prevention, and violence prevention.

    Grades 7 & 8 Adaptive PE:  Adaptive PE is available for students with various disabilities, and involves physical education which has been appropriately adapted or modified to meet the unique needs of each student. The course includes physical and motor skill development, instruction on fundamental motor skills and patterns, and individual and group games and sports.  Adaptive PE involves adapting or modifying the curriculum, task, equipment, and/or environment, as well as differentiating instruction, so that each student can participate in all aspects of physical education, with an emphasis on facilitating participation of students with disabilities with peers in age-appropriate exercises and activities.

     

     

    MUSIC, BAND, CHORUS, CHAMBER STRINGS

    Grade 7

    Guitar: This course focuses on music composition using music technology, as well as on the fundamentals of beginner guitar with an emphasis on learning how to read and play music on guitar. No prior music, music composition, music technology, or guitar experience is necessary.

    Band: This course focuses on developing instrumental playing skills with an emphasis on performance. Students are required to participate in regularly scheduled practices and performances throughout the year. Prior performance experience is NOT required. Rehearsals, Concerts, Parades and Music Festivals are scheduled throughout the year. Attendance is required.

    Choir: This course focuses on developing singing and vocal skills with an emphasis on performance. Students are required to participate in regularly scheduled practices and performances throughout the year. Prior performance experience is NOT required. Rehearsals, Concerts, Parades and Music Festivals are scheduled throughout the year. Attendance is required.

    Chamber Strings: This course focuses on developing instrumental playing skills with an emphasis on performance. Students are required to participate in regularly scheduled practices and performances throughout the year. Prior performance experience is NOT required however private instruction is strongly encouraged. Rehearsals, Concerts and Music Festivals are scheduled throughout the year. Attendance is required.

    Grade 8

    Music Tech: This course focuses on music technology. No prior music or music technology experience is necessary. In a hands-on, project-based environment, students discover and explore the fundamental concepts used in modern computer music production including MIDI sequencing, recording and editing sound, notation, and basic piano skills. 

    Band: This course focuses on developing instrumental playing skills with an emphasis on performance. Students are required to participate in regularly scheduled practices and performances throughout the year. Prior performance experience is NOT required. Rehearsals, Concerts, Parades and Music Festivals are scheduled throughout the year. Attendance is required.

    Choir: This course focuses on developing singing and vocal skills with an emphasis on performance. Students are required to participate in regularly scheduled practices and performances throughout the year. Prior performance experience is NOT required. Rehearsals, Concerts, Parades and Music Festivals are scheduled throughout the year. Attendance is required.

    Chamber Strings: This course focuses on developing instrumental playing skills with an emphasis on performance. Students are required to participate in regularly scheduled practices and performances throughout the year. Prior performance experience is NOT required however private instruction is strongly encouraged. Rehearsals, Concerts and Music Festivals are scheduled throughout the year. Attendance is required.

    NOTE: All students auditioning for Southeast District are to be “in good standing” academically and an active participant in the school’s instrumental and/or vocal program as determined by the director.

    TRIMESTER COURSES

    Grade 7

    21st Century Technology (also referred to as “Tech 21”):  This course seeks to inspire students to use technology appropriately, and as a way to create, inform, engage, and impact change in their world by collaborating and publishing our online school newspaper, The Bulldog Bulletin.  Students rotate through assignments on News Desk, Features, Editing, and Marketing/Advertising, allowing each student an opportunity to practice digital citizenship while simultaneously strengthening their research, writing and technology skills. To see some of our student work in this course, please visit The Bulldog Bulletin at www.bulldog.falmouth.k12.ma.us.  All grade 7 students rotate with classmates from their Team through this course during one trimester.

    Engineering:  This course focuses on the practical application of science and math to solve problems.  Using units on the design process, principles of flight, and electrical energy circuit design, students learn engineering concepts through a series of hands-on challenges and building projects.  Students also learn how to safely use basic woodworking and shop tools.  Teamwork and creative problem solving are emphasized throughout the course.  All grade 7 students rotate with classmates from their Team through this course during one trimester.

    Art:  This is a fundamental studio art course which uses the elements of art (line, shape, color, form, texture, value, and space) to explore a variety of art materials that include units of study in drawing and painting.  All grade 7 students rotate with classmates from their Team through this course during one trimester.

    Grade 8

    Community Service Learning (also referred to as “CSL”) :  This course seeks to spark student awareness with respect to the hardships that many people, especially children, both around the world and in our own Cape Cod communities, encounter on a daily basis.  Students participate in a variety of community service activities and events.  Students also are required to work in groups on a community service topic – students research the topic, write about it, create a video about it, and finally, present their research and video to their classmates.  The course seeks to raise public consciousness while simultaneously strengthening students’ research, writing and technology skills.  All grade 8 students rotate with classmates from their Team through this course during one trimester.

    Engineering:  Having already been exposed to fundamentals of engineering in their grade 7 engineering class, the grade 8 engineering course focuses on helping students recognize the role engineering plays in their everyday lives, and seeks to unleash each student’s inner creative forces through various hands-on projects. Topics covered include the role of failure in successful engineering, bridge design, craftsmanship through the construction of wooden shelves, the role of physics in creating Rube Goldberg style machines, and a capstone project integrating all skills developed over two years.  Students continue to learn how to safely use woodworking and shop tools.  Teamwork and creative problem solving are emphasized throughout the course. All grade 8 students rotate with classmates from their Team through this course during one trimester.

    Art:  This studio art course is an extension of the grade 7 studio art course, and is intended to expand upon the knowledge and skills gained in grade 7 art.  Students build upon their use of the elements of art (line, shape, color, form, texture, value, and space), and begin to explore the principals of art (balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity) using a variety of art materials.  The course includes a unit on clay, where students learn how to use a pottery wheel to create a functional piece of pottery.  All grade 8 students rotate with classmates from their Team through this course during one trimester.

    ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS

    Strategies:  This course is aimed at providing students with content area instruction and support in their various subjects, as well as instruction in organizational and study skills. This class follows a pass/no pass grading system.

    The Connect Program:  The Connect Program is a special education program designed primarily for students with emotional disabilities.  The program uses grade level curriculum for both grades 7 and 8 with modifications and accommodations to meet the unique and diverse needs of the students in the program. English, mathematics, and study skill strategies are taught in this program, with students typically attending general education classes for other courses, including social studies, science, PE, health, music, band, chorus, and trimester enrichment courses.

    The Learning Center:  The Learning Center program provides a highly structured setting with individually designed instruction and a high staff to student ratio in a substantially separate classroom for students with any one or combination of the following disabilities: physical, intellectual, autism, PDD-NOS.  The program is staffed with a special education teacher and teacher assistants who are assigned to support the enrolled students. A behavior specialist is also available to consult with classroom teachers and when appropriate, teaching is focused around Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) techniques. Using a modified curriculum, English, reading, math, social studies, science, are taught and lessons shift towards functional academics life-skills, pre-vocational and vocational instruction. Students in this program also have the opportunity to participate in PE, health, music, band, chorus, and trimester enrichment courses. Students take the alternate MCAS assessment.

    Thank you for taking the time to read our program of studies.  We look forward to the school year!

Program of Studies

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Last Modified on December 15, 2019