Proposed Science Resources for Elementary Schools
A teacher selection committee is recommending the adoption of STEMscopes as the new primary Science resource for GBSD elementary classrooms. STEMscopes is a phenomena-based digital curriculum that is brought to life through hands-on experiences and student-driven inquiry. Through the STEMscope “5E Model”, students will have opportunities to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate.
With school board and budget approval this spring, STEMscopes will be rolled out in two phases. Grades 3-5 will begin implementation during the 2019-2020 school year and grades K-2 will implement the following year. STEMscopes was recently adopted as the primary Science resource for grades 6-8 in GBSD classrooms as well.
If you are interested in learning more about STEMscopes, please click the link above. Reach out to Director of Teaching and Learning at email@example.com with your feedback or questions.
What Can I Expect My Child to Learn?
In 2010 the Oregon State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards which represent K-12 learning expectations for students in English-language arts and Mathematics. Those standards are the foundation of the Oregon diploma and are what educators in GBSD use to guide what content and skills students are taught during each grade. Below you will find parent guides that provide specific information regarding what you can expect your student to have the opportunity to learn in Language Arts and Mathematics in each grade throughout elementary school.
Resources from the Oregon Department of Education's approved curriculum list have been adopted to support instruction in multiple subject areas.
K-5 Literacy: Journeys published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
K-8 Mathematics: Ready Math published by Curriculum Associates
K-5 Health: The Great Body Shop published by the Children's Health Market
GBSD utilizes a balanced system of assessment that includes a continuum of tools and strategies that measure student learning. Assessment occurs at multiple levels and serve a variety of purposes.
State Level: Oregon public schools test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science and social sciences in grades 5, 8, and 11. Additional assessments include an incoming Kindergarten assessment, an English language proficiency assessment for our English learners (ELs) and the Extended Assessment for our students with special needs.
District Level: These assessments monitor student academic growth across the district and help provide information about students who may need additional support.
Classroom Level: Educators design assessments to monitor student understanding of concepts and skills in order to help with instructional decisions.
GBSD elemenatry schools utilize Positive Behaviorial Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS are schoolwide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments.
Right Brain Initiative
GBSD elementary schools all participate in the Right Brain Initiative. It is is designed to transforms learning for all children through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking.