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Mendon District and Curriculum

Mendon-Upton Regional School District is dedicated to excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement. Mendon-Upton’s curriculum department is responsible for providing professional development opportunities to teachers, continually reviewing and revising the curriculum and making sure it aligns with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core Standards, ensuring that the curriculum aligns both horizontally across grades and vertically from grade level to grade level, obtaining grants, evaluating and recommending instructional methods and resources, analyzing student performance data, and increasing parent and community involvement in the curriculum.

We currently cover the following Mendon-area school district: Mendon-Upton Regional School District.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Mendon District Curriculum

The Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks describes the series of skills and knowledge that students should develop in each subject, including the critical thinking skills fostered by the subject. Each subject is broken down by its major topics, such as algebra, geometry, and statistics in math, and the objectives are specific to the topic. The curriculum also places great emphasis around 21st century skills outcomes, constant access to tools and resources, the cultivation of creativity and innovation, a social and emotional connection, informative assessments, and a relevant and applied curriculum.

Nipmuc Regional High has three expectations of students with regards to 21st century learning skills, and each of these is explained in a rubric that outlines characteristics of a student who is advanced, proficient, developing, and is receiving a warning to improve their skills in the area. The first expectation is for students to clearly communicate for the targeted audience. Next, students should be able to solve problems and use higher order thinking skills. Lastly, they are expected to be able to access information, think creatively, and collaborate with others.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Mendon Educational News

  • Mendon-Upton Updates Curriculum Maps - Mendon-Upton is in the process of updating its curriculum maps to increase transparency for parents and students. The district adopted a new curriculum software, and it has been recognized for its use of the software. The district's curriculum director mentioned how, with curriculum maps being an online tool, they are very dynamic—living documents that can be changed at any time. Mendon-Upton is working on adding curriculum maps for elective courses.
  • Changes to Website, Too - Mendon-Upton has improved its district website to make it more user-friend, better the flow, and improve its technology. The superintendent described the new website, which needed to be updated due to a change in the software, as not a drastic overall but a refresh. In the first website re-design since 2006, the district cleaned up and removed old documents and incorporated parent feedback.
  • Mendon-Upton District a "Bang for Your Buck" - The Mendon-Upton Regional School District ranked 16th of all districts in Massachusetts on NerdWallet's "Best School Districts for Your Buck" list. The study considers several factors, including the cost of the living in the school district, standardized assessment scores, graduation rates, percentages of students who move on to attend college, and student-to-teacher ratios. The district's superintendent said the strong ranking validates the great work the teachers are doing and stresses that all the statistics are an important part of the ranking.

Mendon 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: Finding Subjects and Predicates in Sentences

Every sentence has a subject and a predicate. The subject is whom or what the sentence is about, while the predicate describes what the subject is doing or his/her state of being. Students will be asked to find both complete and simple subjects and predicates. Complete subjects are typically easier to find than the simple variety because they compose the entire description of whomever the sentence is about up to the verb. For example, in the sentence "Many of Brenda's friends bake cookies in the oven," the phrase "many of Brenda's friends" would be the complete subject. Meanwhile, the complete predicate is made up of the verb (bake) and all the words that modify that verb--"bake cookies in the oven." Identifying the simple subject is trickier because it requires the student to really narrow in on whom or what the sentence is about. The example sentence is about Brenda's friends," so "friends" is the simple subject. Simple predicates are not too difficult to identify if one has an understanding of verbs, as simple predicates are simply action words or states of being. In the example sentence, the action "bake" is the simple predicate.