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Fitchburg, Massachusetts Tutoring Programs
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Fitchburg District and Curriculum
Fitchburg Public Schools contain six schools and nearly 5,000 students. There are three elementary schools (grades PK-4), two middle schools, and a high school. The district also contains an “Innovation School” that is dedicated to “educating the whole child through the arts.” The McKay Arts Academy is for students in grades PK-8 and integrates standards-based art projects into the Common Core curriculum. When the Common Core Standards are fully implemented in 2015, it will be evaluated every two years and will be altered as needed based on student achievement data.
We currently cover the following Fitchburg-area school district: Fitchburg Public Schools.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Fitchburg District Curriculum
In math and English language arts, Fitchburg Public Schools currently use a combination of the Massachusetts Framework and the Common Core Standards. Common Core and the PARCC assessment will be fully implemented by the year 2015. Through the curriculum, the district strives to teach a diverse body of students what they need to know and to set high expectations for both students and staff.
The instructional model for math is represented by a pie chart divided into three phases: launching, exploring, and summarizing. Assessment is built into all three parts of the process. Launching involves introducing the lesson, which may include activating students’ prior knowledge, setting expectations for student learning. Exploring occurs when students are actively engaged in the mathematical learning through flexible grouping, revising and editing their work, and conferencing. Summarizing can include generalizing rules to other mathematical situations and comparing the different strategies that students used in their work.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Fitchburg Educational News
- The Innovation of a Science Teacher - A Memorial Middle School science teacher is finding unique ways to incorporate the technology that his students are glued to into his instruction. He has created SMART Board stations with interactive presentations and podcasts of notes. The most interesting thing that he has done is transformed smartphones into microscopes, which his Science Club helped him construct by placing a lens from a laser pointer in a piece of plexiglass and lining it up with the phone. These “microscopes” have excellent magnification, and the innovative educator’s seventh grade students have closely examined several objects, including rocks and minerals, with them.
- Running for Shoes - Fitchburg High School strives to instill the values of giving back to the community and helping others in its students. For the fourth year in a row, the 5K for Little Feet charity race was held to purchase shoes for Fitchburg elementary and middle school students who are in need. The event is 100 percent student-organized. Proceeds that do not go directly to shoe purchases are received by the school district’s currently underfunded Unified Track Team, which allows underprivileged students to be involved in physical activity and social interactions through running track.
- Leadership Students Challenge Others to Feel “Fantastic” - Three sophomore students involved in Fitchburg’s Student Leadership Training Program (SLTP) spoke in front of School Committee members about a simple act that can help empower others: When they are asked how they are, they should respond with “fantastic” instead of “good.” They equated a response of “good” with an academic grade of a B. The three students credited SLTP with dramatically building their confidence, and they—along with nine other students—will participate in a conference that involves a total of 1,700 hours of training among the 12 students.
Fitchburg 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: Balancing Academic Subjects
Social studies and science were once staples in elementary classrooms, but with state standardized assessments and the No Child Left Behind Act focusing on reading and math, this has changed dramatically. Now, the majority of elementary classrooms contain literacy and math “blocks.” The math block often covers two class periods, while the literacy block is even longer and incorporates reading, writing, and grammar. However, social studies and science are frequently not even held every day and may be taught on a rotating schedule. Social studies and science are often replaced by Response to Intervention (RTI) lessons, which are literacy-centered, as RTI was designed to provide students with the help they need to gain proficiency on the reading portion of their state assessment. RTI disappears after the state tests conclude, but this is typically not until April, when the school year is almost over. It is very important that young students receive regular instruction in social studies and science. Social studies teaches students about the roles they have as citizens of the United States, keeps them in tune to current events happening around the globe.