HW Mountz SchoolCurriculum and InstructionThis page has been dedicated to communicating information to you about curriclum and instruction at HW Mountz School. For specific details on classroom instruction please access the teachers' web pages. For a quick reference guide to the lingo educators use when working in professional teams please click here - Teacher Talk.Community PresentationsBOE PARCC Presentation- February 23, 2015PARCC Practice Tests- Try One!Parent Academy for Student Success- Common Core/PARCC - November 19, 2014National PTA Parent Guides to Student Success:Grade K Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 High School ELA High School MathOnCourse Presentation PPT - September 17 & 18, 20142013-2014 NJASK Data Presentation- October 23, 2014OnCourse Connect Back to School Night Presentation- September 17-18, 20142012-2013 HW Mountz School Performance Report Presentation - February 24, 20142012-2013 HW Mountz School Performance Report - February 24, 2014Pro-Social Skills Program at Mountz - December 16, 2013NJASK and NJ Performance Report for 2013 - October 28, 2013Tools of the Mind Presentation - January 16, 2013School Climate - February 6, 2013Bucket Filler Program - February 25, 2013I&RS - February 25, 2012Curriculum and Program - March 20, 2013Curriculum and Program Changes for 2014-2015Grade 6-8 Mathematics Course Sequence- View Here - Approved by BOE 2/24/14Grade 6-8 Spanish Course Sequence - View Here - Approved by BOE 2/24/14Curriculum ProcessThe HW Mountz curriculum is developed using a backward design process based on the 2009 New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS) and the 2010 National Common Core Standards (NCCS). When designing units of study for each grade level and subject area:
- The appropriate state standards are identified and analyzed to determine what students should know and be able to do at each grade level and in each unit of study;
- Assessments (visit this link for more information on district assessments), including both tests and projects, are designed to assess those learning goals;
- Activities are gathered or developed to help students practice the necessary knowledge, skills, and strategies. This is were programs are adopted by the Board of Education to support the curriculum that has been developed. Click here to access information on the BOE approved curricular programs that support our curriculum.
While our curriculum framework is established based on the standards, http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs/ , as our teachers engage in on-going professional development, revisions and adjustments are made to the curriculum documents. As the curriculum is continuously enhanced based on the professional development of our teachers (See Professional Teams below) in the area of curriculum and instruction, the units of study will be updated for public viewing.The Common Core State Standards Initiative strongly informs the Spring Lake School District Curriculum and precisely guides the focus of professional development for our teachers. It will also become the focus of standardized assessments in 2014-2015 under the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). For a variety of resources on the Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness Standards, and the PARCC please visit our Standards Link.Teacher Evaluation and Growth:Professional TeamsThe professional community at HW Mountz School has made it part of its mission (Click here to view the HW Mountz Mission Statement) to continuously collaborate to enhance the development, delivery, and assessment of this curriculum through a focus on research-based best practices in the area of student learning. The greatest impact on our curriculum and student achievement comes through the dialogue between teachers within and across grade levels and subjects. This dialogue results from continual analysis of data on students performance. This data is generated through state standardized tests, district benchmark assessments, and the on-going collection of data during instruction in the classroom. During the 2012-2013 School Year our teachers are involved in numerous Professional Teams focused on enhancing curriculum, informing instruction, and generating a safe and secure environment for all students to learn. To learn more about our professional teams please visit Professional Learning.Teacher EvaluationIn addition to on-going teacher development within the district the the New Jersey Department of Education supports the professional growth of teachers through the NJAchieve teacher evaluation system. Please visit, http://www.state.nj.us/education/AchieveNJ/ to learn more.
- Data, both in grades and in anecdotal form, is collected during instruction todetermine how well students are meeting the goals so adjustments can be made in the instructional plan to help students successfully meet the goals of the units as evaluated in the assessments
- Relevant 21st century skills (http://www.p21.org/)and technology applications are integrated into the units of study to help students gain skills in problem-solving, collaboration, and technology.
- Interdisciplinary connections are made between units to model the integration of knowledge and skills in the real world.
Last Modified on February 24, 2015