Competency-Based Grading: In line with our charter, next year we will be moving to competency-based grading. You may sometimes see this as mastery-based, or standards-based grading. It all refers to the same thing - the idea that grades should directly tell scholars, teachers, and parents what a child knows how to do, and what they do not. Please see a more detailed explanation of this here. You can also comment online on our Parent Communication page. We discussed this at the April Coffee/Cookies & Conversations and will also discuss during May's Board meeting. Thank you!
CHCS offers a dynamic curriculum that fuses all core-content areas with the arts, environment, and agriculture. Our teachers craft engaging lessons that enable students to master all grade-level Georgia Standards of Excellence while exploring our community’s natural surroundings, sustainable farms, and thriving arts community as a platform for their learning. This integrated, experiential approach empowers students to construct their own meaning and build connections in their minds here in Chattahoochee Hills.
Our students are guided in this process by our outstanding teachers and administrators. They not only perform well on exams, but go on to have rich and meaningful lives. They solve problems, work with others, make discoveries, and develop into independent thinkers.
Most importantly, our students are happy and well. They come to school curious, and head home engaged with their surroundings and community. Historically our school has some of the lowest absence rates of any school in the area because our students want to be at our school.
Our vibrant instructional approach makes learning fun and even messy! A student can explore our bird sanctuary to gather data and be inspired to show that data as a piece of art. While caring for our farm animals, a child can be guided to a connection that might help him or her better understand a concept in math. An observation made in a notebook on the first day of school may inspire meaningful writings a student can develop throughout the year. Our students have voice in the direction lessons may go, as their curiosity also inspires our teachers. This type of curricular culture develops a sense of community and fellowship that is the bedrock of meaningful learning.
Curriculum Guides for 2018-2019
If you have a question about your child's class please speak with your child's teacher or visit your child's teacher's page. If you have already talked to the teacher, please visit the Director of Curriculum and Instruction's (DCI) page above or reach out to the DCI for you child's grade level.
It takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to educate one. See how you can reinforce the learning going on at school, whether it's by reading to your child, having them read to you and explain key concepts, having them practice keyboarding, checking out their teacher's class page, or practicing our GROWING Traits.
Make sure your child is reading EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, even on weekends and holidays. Scholars should read at at least 20 mins for K-2, 30 for 3-8. Push your child to read more and more non-fiction as the common core requires more of those texts. Have your child explain to you what they read, ask them questions about it, "Why did the character do that? How would you feel if that happened? Is it fiction or non-fiction, how do you know? What is the significance of what you read?
iXL.com- unlimited practice for Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies
Raz-Kids- Online guided reading program with interactive books, and reading quizzes.
TypingClub-Learn touch typing from over 600 lessons.
If you have trouble loggining into the platforms above, please contact Ashley Fields at firstname.lastname@example.org
USA Test Prep- test prep resources
If you have trouble logging into USA Test Prep , please contact Chaz Patterson at email@example.com
Keyboarding is becoming increasingly important in the real world as well as in the academic world. This year all of our state tests must be completed online. Please try the following programs to help increase scholar typing ability. We want state tests to measure how much scholars know, not how well they can type. Please make sure this is not an obstacle by making sure scholars are practicing at least 15 minutes EVERY night. Please see the following typing programs you can use. BBC Dance Mat Typing Typing Games Zone, Typing.com,
Monthly GROWING Trait and Weekly Messages:
Willing - Try new things. Always know that there is more to learn and seek to understand. Step outside your comfort zone, sometimes physically, sometimes mentally, but never morally.
Week 1 Message: We are willing to show courage by being fearless and by trying new things.
Week 2 Message: We are willing to show courage by being brave in the face of danger.
Week 3 Message: We are willing to take chances and sometimes step outside of our comfort zone physically, mentally, but never morally.
Week 4 Message: We are willing to standing up for what we believe in, even if other’s doubt
Writing is one of the most rigorous activities a child can engage it. It forces him/her to synthesize learning and ideas, to organize thoughts, and to communicate them coherently and powerfully. Please use our R.A.C.E. with your scholar at home when creating expository or argumentative paragraphs.
Have scholars use RACE for any stand alone paragraphs or body paragraphs for informative or persuasive writing.
R - Rephrase the question
A - Answer the question
C - Cite the evidence
E - Elaborate
Takeaways and summaries
Connections to bigger ideas, similar situations, the future, the past, personal connections or a new application of the idea or perspective
Use our writing rubrics to push your scholar to the next level when writing essays
Math & Reading
Any pre-designed curriculum used at Chatt Hills is incomplete. We must tailor those curricula and materials to fit our artistic, agricultural, and environmental lenses. With that said, we are using Eureka math also known as Engage NY, a common core aligned math program to serve as the foundation on which our math curriculum is built. We use STEP (Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress) K-5 for reading. STEP includes phonics as well as reading comprehension and not only assesses to see where scholars are in their reading abilities but then provides the next steps and reading materials for teachers to use to get them to the next step.
From the Eureka website: "Eureka Math was written by a team of teachers and mathematicians who took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression from grade PK—12. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students already have learned and ensures that students are prepared for what comes next. When implemented faithfully, Eureka Math will dramatically reduce gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math."
From the STEP website, "STEP is a research-based formative assessment, data management, and professional development system that has been proven to significantly improve student achievement in literacy. STEP assesses children’s literacy skills, provides key data to educators, and trains teachers how to interpret that data in a way that moves children reliably through a 13-level system toward reading proficiency."