Program of Studies 2012-2013

Program of Studies 2012-2013 (Draft - PDF)

Here are highlights of new information included in the 2012-13 Program of Studies.

A Special Welcome to Middle School Students and their Families!

This letter opens the Program of Studies to those new to Leland and Gray with an explanation of the Advisory program, academic expectations and supports, electives such as technology, arts, and wellness, and the exciting transition the middle school years bring to learning and life. 


New Courses

The social studies department seeks to attract students to Economics class, which has been undersubscribed in the past. Next fall, Economics 1.0: From the Black Market to the War on Drugs, combines traditional micro- and macro-economics with contemporary issues that fill the news. They have also designed a new course, Military History, to educate students in the causes of international conflicts and the political and tactical strategies of nations at war. Topics include “World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the U.S. War on Drugs, and military actions in the Middle East.” European history, which was offered for the first time to all sophomores, will continue next year as well. In all of Leland and Gray’s social studies courses, students read, research, analyze, discuss, write, and present their views based on facts, principles, and beliefs.


Beginning next fall in both the middle and high school, the two mathematics courses of Algebra I, Parts 1 and 2 will be reorganized into a yearlong, 42-minute class in Algebra I. The semester course, Algebra I, Part 2 will be offered in fall 2012 to allow students who have completed Part 1 to finish the program before starting Geometry. There are five important benefits to this change. One, students will enroll in higher levels of mathematics to attain the three credits required for graduation, namely in Algebra II. Two, more sections of Algebra I can be offered instead of half the number split between two parts, freeing up students’ schedules to take more courses of interest. Three, by learning algebraic concepts over time, coupled with some students attending Algebra Support class, more students can attain this essential grade-level expectation. Four, state universities and other competitive institutions require completing Pre-calculus for admission. Increased enrollment in Pre-Calculus will enable more students to achieve this milestone. And five, research shows that students who take advanced mathematics in grades 7-12, even if they do not attend college, are more likely to experience future educational success and earn more money in their careers. 


English and Mathematics Support courses will be expanded from the middle school into grade 9, allowing  teachers to focus on grade-level and advanced curriculum during class-time. During an additional 42-minute period, the English or math teacher provides small-group and individual instruction to struggling students, pre-teaching, reteaching, and focusing on fundamentals that will foster success in their regular courses. 


Leland and Gray’s 2012-13 Program of Studies science section includes Earth Science for juniors. Aligned with Vermont’s Grade Expectations, this college-preparatory course includes, “astronomy, the solar system, geology, plate tectonics, and global climate patterns through observations, inquiry, experimentation, and analysis of data. The ideas in this course are applied to real-world problems and local phenomena.” 


The recently developed course, Wellness Ed-Venture, provides a new way for students to explore health and fitness. By understanding of “the causes and effects of stress, self-discovery, and achievement” in a non-competitive environment, each student designs his/her own personalized plan towards a healthier and happier lifestyle. 


In alternative education, a new middle school course, Learn to Serve, allows students to “develop practical, lifelong skills based on interdisciplinary service learning projects. Using the Circle of Courage model, students learn to communicate and collaborate as a team, develop strong work ethics, and come to understand the value and satisfaction of service for the betterment of their community.” The course meets for 42 minutes daily as an early exploration of Hands On, Minds Engaged(formerly known as Alt Ed), while avoiding schedule conflicts with other middle school activities. To enroll, parents/guardians and students should request an application from the school counseling department as well as a recommendation from a classroom teacher.


 



 

Program of Studies 2011-2012

 

Program of Studies 2011-2012 (PDF)

 


 

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English
Social Studies
Mathematics
Science
Visual Art, Technology Education, and Woodworking
Music
Family and Consumer Science
Foreign Language
Physical Education, Health and Drivers Education
Special Education
Self-Designed Studies
Journey East
Windham Regional Career Center
Colleges and Universities
Virtual High School