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Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Sioux Center District Curriculum
Each teacher at Sioux Center Middle School has his/her own classroom webpage that explains what students are learning in their classes. Websites may include academic standards related to what students are learning, links to resources that allow students to practice their skills, reviews of key concepts, etc. Each grade level has also developed standards for each content area that explain the level of achievement students have gained in each category: exceeds expectations, proficient, developing understanding, and beginning level.
Each category is also described. For example, in the category literary elements under reading and language arts, a student who exceeds expectations is able to describe how literary elements in a text, such as story structure and point-of-view, enhance that text. A student at a beginning level of understanding, on the other hand, can identify few, if any, literary elements in a text. Examples of essential elements for understanding for each category are also given; two examples for literary elements are determining the author’s point-of-view and locating story elements.
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Sioux Center District Curriculum Used in Our In-Home Tutoring Programs
Sioux Center Community Schools serve roughly 1,200 students in three schools. Schools in Iowa follow the state core standards guidelines when designing their school curriculum. The Iowa Core Curriculum is used to set state guidelines for major content areas, doing updates to keep them aligned with college and career needs for students. The content areas cover literacy, math, science, social studies and 21st century skills. Each subject is detailed at the grade level and progress along the same strands of learning so that skills are deepened and expanded upon each year. There are also many extracurricular activities and opportunities to work on community service projects that help students compound what they are learning.
We currently cover the following Sioux Center-area school district: Sioux Center Community Schools.
Keeping Informed: Recent Sioux Center Educational News
- Governor Visits Sioux Center, Announces Award - The governor and lieutenant governor of Iowa visited Sioux Center to announce that the high school was one of four out of 23 schools to receive a $50,000—matched by the district—to implement a STEM classroom. Sioux Center High plans to partner with Dordt College to work together to revise the curriculum as well as redesign the learning spaces. The governors also attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Sioux Center’s new universal preschool.
- Sioux Center Opens New Preschool - In 2015, the new Preschool Learning Center opened on the Discovery Campus in Sioux Center. The new preschool is a collaborative effort with Dordt College and its preschool Stepping Stones, which is also located on the campus. The college’s education department head said the venture will “allow the curriculum to extend beyond the four walls in the classroom.”
- Sioux Center Earns STEM Award - Sioux Center was one of 12 Iowa school districts to share $300,000 to become a STEM model program. Sioux Center High is a STEM Redesigned Learning Environment (RLE) school, which, according to the co-chair of the STEM Council, places students in a more collaborative and technological learning environment that helps prepare them for STEM-related success in college and the workforce. The STEM model program also allows the school to establish partnerships with community businesses.
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Chalk Talk: Children’s Books
It is very important for students to understand their own culture and cultures that differ from theirs, and one way they can do this is by reading multicultural books. Cornrows, written by Camille Yarbrough and illustrated by Carole Byard, is a great book for teaching and celebrating African American culture. It positively portrays a young character who clearly is extremely interested in her culture. In I Hate English!—written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Steve Bjorkman—a young girl from China learns to embrace the English language after receiving encouragement from an English tutor. Another way to find books your child may enjoy is to ask about what cultures, countries, topics interest them and speak with a librarian about books in that category.