Each student will be scheduled in a RISE class with a teacher who teaches one of his/her core classes. This time provides teachers the opportunity to build strong relationships with students, check on students’ grades, and support students in navigating school. During the first quarter, this course will also provide students with the yearly opportunity to learn the RISE pillars and expectations. Teachers will also provide lessons based on skills to help students navigate school and become lifelong learners. In 6th grade, the focus of these lessons will be on AVID strategies including organization, note-taking, inquiry, reflecting on learning, and goal-setting. In 7th and 8th grade, students will learn the habits of the mind. The following webpage provides a detailed description of these character traits as they support lifelong learning, based on the book Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind (Costa & Kallick, 2008): http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/108008/chapters/Describing-the-Habits-of-Mind.aspx
The lessons below will occur Tuesday – Thursday on
“FLEX” days. Mondays and Fridays, “RISE” days, will be time for relationship
building, grade conferencing, organization, etc.
Beginning Quarter 2, we will be expanding the purpose of the RISE time three days a week to support students with content-specific learning. On Mondays and Fridays, students will be in their assigned RISE class to continue the work described above. However, Tuesday – Thursday, students will attend a "FLEX" class to target skills and deepen learning within their core subjects. Students will be assigned to different FLEX classes based on their needs within units of study. For example, if a student has not yet mastered the skill being taught in the unit, they will attend a FLEX class designed to address that skill in different ways until the student has reached mastery. If a student has already demonstrated mastery of the skill within the unit, they will attend a FLEX class designed to extend and deepen their understanding of that skill even further. In this way, every student will be focused on growth, regardless of their current level of mastery.
Teachers will determine which FLEX course students need to attend based on analysis of assessment data and levels of student mastery. These decisions will be informed by students' current class schedules and through data analysis and discussion within teachers' grade level, content teams called "Professional Learning Communities". The first four-week FLEX session will be organized around student's first core classes. For example, if your student has Math as their first core class, they will be working on growing their math skills during FLEX for the first four-week session. Students may be assigned to a FLEX course for four-five weeks that is not taught by their regular core teacher, but a teacher who teaches the same subject. Students and parents will be notified of their upcoming FLEX assignment a week in advance of the beginning of each four-week FLEX cycle and will be provided contact information for the FLEX teacher. Student progress in the FLEX class will be communicated through grades in PowerSchool and the portfolio students will keep of their work in this class.
The following schedule for FLEX sessions and parent notification dates is tentative and subject to change:
|FLEX Rotation Based on:||FLEX Rotation Dates||FLEX assignment will be emailed home on:|
|First Core Class||October 11 – November 17 ||October 5, 2016|
|Second Core Class|
November 29 – January 5
(No FLEX November 22)
|November 22, 2016|
|Third Core Class||January 24 – February 16||January 4, 2017|
|Fourth Core Class||February 22 – March 16||February 8, 2017|
|TBD by grade level and student need|
March 21 – May 25
(CMAS testing begins March 14)
* Quarter 4 will be impacted by spring state testing and will be determined by the specific needs of each grade level. More information will be provided 2nd semester.
Please refer to the attached FAQ document for more information about how FLEX will look for your student and contact information if you have questions. We look forward to this exciting opportunity to use the time we have with your students each day to support their growth and better meet their individual learning needs.
If you wish for your student to not participate in any of the specific RISE lessons, please contact Aaron McElhattan at 720-886-4402 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent FAQ RISE-FLEX.pdf