Our Focus is Student Learning
Four foundational blocks drive our district when it comes to student learning: planned instruction, assessment, collaboration and intervention. Teachers are at their best when they are collaborating and working together with student learning at the forefront of their conversation. Teachers analyze data, they align curriculum, they discuss what is and what is not most important for students to learn, and they share ideas for better instructional delivery.
When teachers collaborate, they work inside the boundaries of four basic questions:
These questions keep teachers focused on student learning and best practices.
Formative assessment is testing but not as we regularly think of it. Tests at the end of a chapter or at the end of a quarter or end of level tests are called summative assessments. Formative assessments are the little checks along the way. They come in many different forms, but they are the tool that allows teachers to measure whether students are learning a particular concept before the real test is given. By conducting checks along the way, teachers can modify their teaching to fit the needs of students at that time. Teachers can assess what needs to happen next in order for their students to be successful.
There are many times when students struggle learning a concept even after all the creative lessons and reviews have been conducted. When students are struggling with a concept or a subject, they typically need more time or they may need the concept explained in a different way. Intervention allows the extra help to take place. Each of our buildings conducts their intervention plans differently, but they are in place, and our administrators are always looking for ways to improve that process. The most important thing for parents and students to remember is that intervention is not a punishment. It is an opportunity for students to receive additional help. It can and will make a difference in their learning.
Our goal is to help more students reach grade level each year. With our commitment to do this and with parents providing a strong support system, our schools can continue to improve student learning, and we will all see the benefits of our hard work. We still can change the world in our small district, and we are willing to do it one student at a time.
We at North Summit School District are committed to providing parents and students with accurate and prompt information in the event of school closures or other urgent matters impacting our schools and community. Depending on the type of emergency situation, the district utilizes the following methods of communication: direct telephoning, information placed on the district's website at www.nsummit.org, emailing, cell phones, emergency radios- between schools and the district office. Keeping parents informed helps to assure student safety and provides peace of mind. In an effort to improve communications with our families, we are requesting that all parents Like our Facebook page, North Summit School District, and friend North Summit. Facebook is a very great tool for getting information out quickly. We also suggest that you update your personal information including address, email, home and cell phone numbers for anyone you would want contacted in the event of a school closure or emergency. Sometimes this information is updated at one school for one child, but does not always get changed on all students in the same family. Please help us by contacting the schools or district office if you feel your information may be out of date.