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Algona District and Curriculum
Algona Community School District is home to approximately 1,200 students in five schools. The district has employed over 107 teachers—half of which hold a Master’s degree or beyond. The district uses the Iowa Core Curriculum as the basis for instruction. One goal of the curriculum is to develop 21st century skills such as critical thinking, broad literacy skills, collaboration, and communication. The district also offers award-winning vocational programs in healthcare, auto technologies, video broadcast productions, industrial technology, agricultural education, business education, and family and consumer sciences.
We currently cover the following Algona-area school district: Algona Community School District.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Algona District Curriculum
The Language Arts curriculum is focused on developing essential skills in four core areas: reading, word study, oral language, and writing. This sequential program builds upon basic principles within these core areas throughout advancing grade levels. Students’ comprehension and fluency abilities are strengthened through a rigorous reading program. Word study focuses on developing students phonic and spelling skills. Writing proficiency is measured by grammar usage, sentence mechanics, and appropriate use of varied styles.
The goals of the Mathematics curriculum are to encourage students to learn the value of mathematical applications, acquire the skills to solve numerical problems, and to develop mathematical reasoning and communication skills. Overall, the curriculum strives to produce students that are confident in their mathematical abilities allowing them to participate in activities that require a high level of analytical proficiency. Students’ mathematics skills are assessed each winter and spring through participation in statewide standardized testing.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Algona Educational News
- AHS Wins Mascot Contest to Help Make the School Healthier - Algona High beat out 32 other schools to win the a mascot challenge and $1,000 from the Healthiest State Initiative Walk. Students were encouraged to send in ideas on how to use the prize money—most of which centered on promoting physical activity in the school.
- Algona Music Dept. Receives $25,000 Donation - It is often difficult for school music departments to receive enough funding to maintain their programs, so Algona Community School District was very appreciative when it was gifted $25,000 from an anonymous donor. The district will use the monetary gift to purchase new uniforms for the Scarlet Regiment marching band.
- Superintendent Spotlights School District - Algona Superintendent Marty Fonley talked about what makes his school district special in a news article. Over half of the district’s staff has been trained to implement Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), which direct professional development in the district and guide teams of teachers in making data-driven decisions to improve student learning. The district also uses APL—a series of instructional strategies that keep lesson design, implementation, and classroom management consistent and places an emphasis on a curriculum that is rigorous.
Algona Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed
SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.
Chalk Talk: Books That Help With Language Awareness
Children’s books are a great way to help students gain and improve their language and sound awareness. Titch, written and illustrated by Pat Hutchings, shows that children can grow up to do great things. In Whistle for Willie, written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, a little boy named Peter learned how to whistle after looking for his dog, Willie. Both of these titles have a similar sound, so it us no surprise that they particularly help children identify short I sounds. Another author that writes books which help children develop an awareness of the language is Richard Scarry. One of his books, Cars and Trucks and Things That Go, contains illustrations of all sorts of automobiles and displays the word for each. Another of his books, Best Word Book Ever, contains illustrations of many common household objects and shows what the word is for them.