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Le Mars District and Curriculum
The Le Mars Community Schools have a vision of education that always puts students first, stressing individual concerns and needs in the curriculum as well as individual attention in the classroom. This is evident in the district’s three elementary schools as well as Le Mars’ middle school and high school. For example, Le Mars Community Schools are committed to implementing the Iowa Core curriculum but not at the expense of student achievement or learning.
We currently cover the following Le Mars-area school district: Le Mars Community Schools.
Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Le Mars District Curriculum
In terms of the curriculum, students at all grade levels are expected to read an increasing amount of informational texts and display proficiency in a non-fiction based curriculum. This is a departure from a traditional fiction based curriculum, especially at the high school level where works of literature have been traditional reading material. Although this shift is based on the Iowa Core Curriculum, it addresses student needs for success in a media literate world.
This focus on literacy in informational texts crosses the curriculum and incorporates skills from different disciplines. Science texts, history books, writing in social science and even math are all considered informational texts and language arts classes teach literacy in these skills at every grade level. Administrators and instructors are working together to ensure that all guidelines are met without sacrificing high expectations and while maintaining a focus on the individual student and his or her needs.
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Keeping Informed: Recent Le Mars Educational News
- Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum - Le Mars is the ice cream capital of the world and no visit is complete without a tour of the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum. Occupying a historic building in downtown Le Mars, the Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor offers tours and tasting.
- Plymouth County Fairgrounds - Every year at Christmas, the Pioneer Village at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds is transformed into a destination for locals and tourists intent on celebrating the holiday season in an ideal setting. Pioneer Village focuses on the history of the area complete with horse drawn sleigh rides through historic buildings that make up a rural ghost town.
- Power School - The Le Mars Community School District uses the Power School program to keep students and parents informed of school events and activities. In addition, parents have a way of following student progress without having to wait for progress reports or report cards and students have a convenient way of checking assignments.
Le Mars 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: How to Read Informational Texts
Although most children begin their reading careers with fiction in the form of stories and picture books, the amount of non-fiction and informational texts in a child’s life should not be discounted. Almost all material from street signs to web sites are considered informational texts and demand specific skills and unique literacy. First of all, pay attention to subheadings and bullets. Most informational texts use bold type or key points to focus the reader on important facts. Also, be aware of subject-specific vocabulary and don't be afraid to look up words you don’t know. In addition, informational texts often include visuals to assist your understanding. Don’t ignore the supplemental information like charts and graphs that the author has provided for you. Feel free to take notes or use a highlighter. Unlike a novel or work of fiction, informational texts present information in a linear way and you can pull out main points as you read.