Advanced Academics

The Advanced Academic Program (AAP) is an accelerated program that provides a balanced approach to 21st Century Learning for students in grades K-8 who learn best in a rigorous environment combined with inter-disciplinary thematic studies. Students will focus on critical skills in all content areas.  Creative endeavors and opportunities for students to create projects to demonstrate their learning will be provided.

Highlights of AAP

  • High expectations for all students
  • Differentiated learning or instruction will be provided
  • Teacher-directed instruction as well as collaborative group learning
  • Technology is embedded in all areas
  • Collaboration with Power Library
  • Instruction is designed to encourage higher level thinking
  • Students are taught and held accountable for critical skills
  • Students will apply these skills at higher levels in assignments and projects
  • Reading and writing are taught on or above grade level
  • Spelling Connections text materials are one grade level above
  • Everyday Math text is accelerated ½ grade level above
  • Students are held accountable for spelling, grammar, and penmanship in written assignments

Profile of an AAP Learner

  • Prepared to work on grade level and above
  • Highly motivated
  • Independent
  • Enthusiastic about learning
  • Risk taker
  • High achiever
  • Creative and critical thinker
  • Values quality of work and related practice
  • Flexible learning style

Parental Support

Parents are valued partners in the educational process and are invited to volunteer in the classroom.Parents provide additional adult hands for projects, copying, filing, creating classroom displays, etc.,allowing the teacher to spend more time interacting with the students.  There are many ways parents can help build positive relationships with all those involved in educating their child.  These may include:

  • Developing a positive rapport with school and teacher
  • Staying involved with classroom and school activities
  • Reviewing work from Wednesday folders each week
  • Actively interacting  with children about daily homework

AAP Policies

To communicate effectively and to teach students to be organized, students will fill out their homework folder or planner daily.  It may include any of the following:
·  Homework assignments

·  Behavior or academic comments

·  Personal notes from the teacher

Parents are expected to sign the folder/planner each day so communication is frequent and problems can be taken care of quickly.  Teachers will check the folder/planner every morning.

Homework:
Homework is an important part of home-school communication.  Homework is relevant to what is being taught in class, can be done independently, and is practice and generally not new material.  Homework will be assigned four nights a week, with an expectation that the only weekend homework will be longer-term, on-going projects or make up work.  All homework times are averages.  Please keep in mind that depending on your child’s speed and ability, these times may vary.  Expected homework and nightly reading should fall into the following ranges:
·  Kindergarten – 25 minutes per night

·  First grade – 25-30 minutes per night

·  Second grade – 30-35 minutes per night

·  Third grade – 35 – 45 minutes per night

·  Fourth grade – 45-60 minutes per night

·  Fifth grade – 60-75 minutes per

K-3 should include 10-15 minutes of reading aloud each evening within this time frame.

Make Up Work:
When students are absent, it is their responsibility to check with the teacher to get the make up work. Students will have the day they return to get the assignments, and one day for each day missed to get the make-up work completed.  For example, if a child misses school on Monday, they will receive their work on Tuesday and it is due on Thursday.  If your child is absent, please call the office by 9:00 a.m. to request make up work and pick up the work at the end of the day in the bin outside the front office.

Incomplete Homework:
Incomplete or missing assignments may be done at recess that day or the following days until the work is complete.  Loss of Friday Fun may also be a consequence for incomplete homework if needed.Teachers will go over consequences at Back to School night.

Intervention Support:
Supporting students to be successful in academically rigorous studies is the core of the AAP program. Occasionally remediation or acceleration is needed. Information is gathered through classroom, district and state assessments. The results are used to identify those students who need more or different opportunities to address areas of weakness or exceptional strength. Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and Response to Intervention (RTI) teams work hand in hand to support student learning. Those who require specific subject acceleration are placed in the program appropriate for them.

Star Bucks and Friday Fun:
Star Bucks are a reward system to encourage daily communication between school and home, good work habits, and mathematical skills.  Every other week for 30 minutes, students have the opportunity to participate in Friday Fun. They may trade their Star Bucks for various choices ranging in prices. Those who do not have Star Bucks will sit out of Friday Fun.  Students missing assignments will also sit out.

Curriculum materials may include:

Literacy
Math
Spelling
Science
Handwriting
Open Court, Junior Great Books, Novel sets, Scholastic Reading Counts, Step-Up to Writing, 6-traits
EverydayMath
Spelling Connections
FOSS
Zaner-Bloser

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS
Expectations for Incoming Kindergarten Students Basic skills:
·  Tie shoes laces independently

·  Put on coat and zip

·  Button shirt, pants, all clothing independently

·  Blow nose when needed

·  Wash hands with soap independently

·  Verbalize when the restroom is needed and can use facilities independently

·  Sit quietly to listening activities for a minimum of 20 minutes

·  Follow simple directions

·  Hold and use scissors correctly

Language Arts:
·  Name all 26 letters of the alphabet, lower and upper case in random order

·  Give the sound associated with the 21 consonant letters

·  Write first name legible with capital as the first letter

·  Write using proper three finger pencil grip

·  Identify eight basic colors

·  Say the days of the week

·  Listen and follow simple directions

·  Hold a book properly

·  Tell a story

Mathematics:
·  Count orally from 0 to 20 and backwards from 10 to 0

·  Recognize 4 basic shapes – triangle, circle, square, rectangle

·  Recognize numerals 0-10

Expectations for Incoming First Grade Students:
Language Arts:
·  Write first and last name with capital and lowercase letters

·  Name and write all 26 letters of the alphabet, lower and upper case in random order

·  Give sound association for all consonants and short and long vowel sounds

·  Demonstrate an understanding of spatial relationships: top-bottom, over-under, big-little, long-short, right-left

·  Read and correctly spell all Kindergarten sight words

·  Recognize and write rhyming words

·  Sequence pictures from a short story

·  Write a simple complete sentence

·  Use neat, legible manuscript handwriting

Mathematics:
·  Count orally from 0 to 100 forward

·  Read and write numbers to 100

·  Count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s

·  Demonstrate understanding of ordinal numbers first through tenth

·  Add and subtract using a number line or grid

·  Identify and understand value of a penny, nickel, and dime

·  Identify and draw the 4 basic shapes: triangle, square, circle, rectangle

·  Identify simple number or shape patterns

·  Solve simple number stories

Expectations for Incoming Second Grade Students :
·  Can read orally the 2nd grade high frequency words

·  Use neat, legible manuscript handwriting

·  Use period and question mark correctly

·  Write a simple story or paragraph with a beginning, middle, and end

·  Know how to use a simple dictionary

·  Recognize and write antonyms

·  Know the months of the year and the days of the week in order

Mathematics:
·  Know addition and subtraction facts to 10

·  Can tell time to hour and half hour

·  Can count money up to $1.00

·  Recognize fractional parts

·  Know place value to three digits

·  Identify even and odd numbers

·  Write and solve addition and subtraction number stories

Expectations for Incoming Third Grade Students:

Language Arts:

Read for meaning
Read fluently
Identify main idea of a paragraph
Read and understand simple novels and nonfiction
Organize writing with beginning, middle, end, and title
Write complete sentences with good word order and ending punctuation
Know to indent paragraphs
Spell and read all high frequency words
Know multi-meaning words
Find words in the dictionary
Alphabetize to the third letter
Mathematics:

Read, write, count, and sequence numbers through 10,000
Count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, 25’s, 50’s, 100’s, 1000’s
Know multiplication facts 1’s-5’s
Add and subtract 2 digit numbers with regrouping
Know math symbols =, <, >, +, -
Solve one-step addition and subtraction word problems
Tell time to the minute on an analog clock
Count money and make change up to $10.00
Other curriculum skills:
Know their city, state, country, and continent

Expectations for Incoming Fourth Grade Students:
Language Arts:

Read and understand novels and non-fiction material
Identify literal and inferential meaning from reading
Use context clues in reading for meaning
Consistently use legible cursive and manuscript
Write a complete paragraph with topic sentence, supporting details and closing sentence
Use proper grammar in written and oral responses
Use correct capitalization and punctuation in all assignments
Write complete sentences using a variety of sentence structures
Identify parts of speech; noun, verb, adjective, adverbs
Recognize prefixes and suffixes
Alphabetize words to the fourth letter
Possess good organizational skills
Use the dictionary easily for spelling, definitions and pronunciations of new words
Use the encyclopedia to find new information
Determine fact from fiction and opinion
Mathematics:

Knows multiplication facts through 10’s
Adds and subtracts five digit numbers with regrouping
Knows division facts through 9’s
Make change from any amount of money
Convert simple fractions into decimals
Knows Roman numerals 1-10
Problem solving of one step problems involving addition, subtraction and multiplication
Know and read numbers through 1 million
Gather mathematical information from a graph or chart
Use the U.S. customary and metric ruler

Expectations for Incoming Fifth Grade Students:

Language Arts:

Read and comprehend at grade level
Alphabetizes words to the fifth letter
Consistently uses legible cursive and manuscript
Writes 3-4 paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details and conclusion sentences
Uses correct capitalization, punctuation, and grammar in all assignments
Has attention span of at least one-hour
Possesses good organizational skills
Write complete sentences and uses a variety of sentence structures
Uses the dictionary easily for spellings, definitions, and pronunciations of new words
Uses the encyclopedia to find new information
Distinguishes between fact and opinion
Uses reading as a tool to learn independently
Uses writing to communicate ideas and information for various purposes

Mathematics:

Know and read numbers from billions place to thousandths place
Know automatically all basic facts in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
Add and subtract any problem using numbers through the billions
Multiply 3-digit number by 3 digit number
Divide 4-number by  2-digit divisor
Add and subtract fractions with differing denominators and reduce to lowest terms
Add and subtract mixed fractions
Add and subtract decimal numbers
Know Roman numerals through 100
Make change from any amount of money, understand profit and debt
Gather mathematical data from a graph or chart and recognize benchmarks (minimum, maximum, mean, median, mode, range)
Use the U.S. customary and metric ruler
Measure angles with a protractor, construct congruent angles with a compass
Know exponential notation
Construct and read graphs and plot coordinate pairs of numbers on a grid
Understand negative numbers
Other curriculum skills:

·         Use independent planning for research projects
·         Use the globe, maps, and charts to locate information of the world
·         An awareness of global current events