Curriculum Overview

  • Mr. Tim Jones, Assistant Principal
    Dr. Carmen Smiley, Assistant Principal

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    The classroom instruction is based on the expectations identified in the Florida State Standards.

     

    Instructional Focus Calendars

    Good news! Marion County's Instructional Focus Calendars are online. You can view these PDF documents to see what your child's teachers are focusing on each month.

     

    Contact the front office to request copies of the Instructional Focus Calendar(s).

     

     

     

    Ward-Highlands faculty and staff are proud to deliver a quality education designed to meet the needs of all students and ensure our students become self-sufficient, responsible citizens. By using the resources available at Ward-Highlands, students will be able to continue to grow academically, as demonstrated by data.

     

    The availability of an Instructional Focus Calendar is a standard practice within the district for reading, math and science. These calendars map the instruction of each benchmark and identify the window of testing for each Focus Calendar Assessment and District Benchmark Assessment. These calendars were initially mapped by teacher committees. Each spring teachers are surveyed for recommendations of improvement to the reading, math and science focus calendar. Teachers are then invited to participate in summer committee work where these recommendations are reviewed, along with the data from the calendar assessments and a draft of any adjustments is made. Once the calendars receive final approval they are available for download to the teacher's desktop at the start of the new school year. Assistant Principals are trained and in turn facilitate calendar implementation at their respective school sites. The expectation is that classroom instruction is planned around these calendars. The monitoring of them is achieved through Focus Calendar Assessments that have been identified for each of the targeted benchmarks and the data that monitored.

     

    It is the expectation that all lesson plans and daily instructional delivery are aligned to the Florida State Standards and follow the Instructional Focus Calendars. By complying with district expectations, each subject area automatically aligns across grade levels as each calendar was mapped in its initial design.

     

    The classroom instruction is based on the expectations identified in the Florida Standards for Language Arts and Math.

    Ward Highlands faculty and staff are proud to deliver a quality education designed to meet the needs of all students and ensure our students become self-sufficient, responsible citizens. By using the resources available throughout our district, students will be able to continue to grow academically, as demonstrated by data obtained through progress monitoring. Quarterly Standards Mastery Assessments (QSMA's) are utilized to assess mastery of quarterly standards and drive further instruction in the classroom. 

     

    Reading

    The i-Ready diagnostic assessment is administered three times a year for K-5.  Teachers use this assessment to identify strengths and areas to target.  Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) is a comprehensive program (K-5) that teaches reading, writing, listening, and speaking while building students' vocabulary and knowledge across essential domains in literature, world and American history, and the sciences.  Ward Highlands also utilizes i-Ready online instruction to target specific areas of need. 

     

    Math

    Go Math! is the core curriculum used in K-5 and the series is aligned with the Mathematics Florida Standards.

     

    The iReady diagnostic is administered three times a year for K-5. Teachers use this assessment to identify strengths and areas to target. iReady curriculum is used to support the Florida standards through individualized on-line instruction and for supplemental lessons that align with the Marion County Focus Calendar. iReady Learning Games strengthen fluency, number sense, and conceptual understanding of challenging math standards in a way that is designed to be fun and engaging to students.

     

    Hands-On Standards is another resource where lessons are targeting clearly stated objectives and goals for focused learning with a hands-on approach with manipulatives. 

     

    Students are assigned textbooks to use in school and for home learning. They are responsible for keeping books clean and free of damage. Parents are responsible for paying for any lost or damaged books.