Lefler Academic Programs

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Students during grades six, seven, and eight will have 364 minutes of instruction per day. The courses they are expected to complete successfully include the following:

6th Grade

  • Language Arts 6 or Language Arts 6 Differentiated – 120 minutes everyday
  • Social Studies – 75 minutes every other quarter
  • Science – 75  minutes every other quarter
  • Math 6 or Math 6 Differentiated – 60 minutes everyday

Then

  • 1 Period of X/Y Academic Connections = PE (all year) alternates with Vocal Music and Computing Skills (1 semester each)

And

  • 1 Period of Every Day Academic Connections that rotate throughout the year = Art, World Language, Healthy Living, and Technical Sciences (1 quarter each)

*Instrumental Music – Lessons are scheduled once a week as a pullour lesson.  the pullout is from the Everyday Academic Connections class.  Students will be contacted the first week of school for details on practice and lesson schedules.

*Math Relearning – see below

*SOAR Reading – Students are pulled out of Language Arts to work on additional reading skills.

7th Grade

  • English 7 or English 7 Differentiated
  • Social Studies 7 or Social Studies 7 Differentiated
  • Science 7 or Science 7 Differentiated
  • Math 7, Pre Algebra, or Pre-Algebra Differentiated
    • Go Math – Go Math program supports the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. The program emphasizes Essential Questions and Big Ideas with depth of understanding as the goal. Every 7th grade student is supported through the universal access features of the Go Math program as they learn to think critically and apply their math knowledge. Whether using the innovative Online Student Edition or Write-in Student Edition, students have all the resources they need to succeed.
  • Language Arts/Health = 1 semester each
  • PE/AC* = 18 weeks of each X-Y Day Rotation: PE/Computer and PE/Art
  • Academic Connections: Students receive 1 “full year” class or take 4 “9 week” classes
    • Math 180 (full year)
    • Reading Elements or Reading Ideas (full year)
    • Instrumental Music (full year)
    • Family & Consumer Science (9 weeks)
    • Skilled Technical Science (9 weeks)
    • Vocal Music (9 weeks)
    • French (9 weeks)

 8th Grade

  • English 8 or English 8 Differentiated
  • Social Studies 8 or Social Studies 8 Differentiated
  • Science 8 or Science 8 Differentiated
  • Math 8, Algebra, or Algebra Differentiated
  • PE/Health = X-Y Day Rotation (full year)
  • Elective Classes:  Students receive 2 “full year”, 4 “semester”, or 1 “full year” + 2 “semester” classes
    • Reading Elements or Reading Ideas (full year)
    • Instrumental Music (full year)
    • Spanish (full year)
    • French (full year)
    • Art (semester)
    • Vocal Music (semester)
    • Drama (semester)
    • Industrial Technology (semester)
    • Family & Consumer Science (semester)
    • Publications (semester)
    • Computer (semester)
    • Business (semester)

 

 Math Support (Math Relearning)

Math instruction in middle school is extremely important to the success of students both in high school and in college. The key to this success is for students to learn and retain essential mathematical skills. Lefler will utilize a support system entitled “Math Relearning” to achieve this goal. Math Relearning is an opportunity for students to receive extra support to master the concepts being taught in math classes.

All math levels have a number of “Big Idea” concepts taught in each unit.  Students who do not master these concepts will be given an opportunity to relearn in a Math Relearning pull-in class. We will pull students from an Academic Connection class for a week-long relearning session. A post-test at the end of this week will be used to determine if additional relearning time is needed on the concept.  This pattern will occur for each of the major concepts taught at all three grade levels.

 Math Relearning class is not optional. Students who do not master concepts will be required to attend assigned math relearning classes, participate fully and appropriately in class activities, and complete assigned work. Failure to master the concept will result in additional Math Relearning support.

Math180 is a Tier 2 math intervention program published by Scholastic, and is modeled after Read180. The curriculum is highly structured and utilizes a blended learning approach, including: whole class instructional activities, small group instruction, personalized learning software, and a”brain arcade” students can access outside of school for additional practice. The personalized learning component assesses students’ current mathematics level and designs instructional activities to address individual needs. In addition, the curriculum includes videos to demonstrate the application/use of mathematics and seeks to develop a mathematical “growth mindset” among students.