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Comparison - Working Draft

Comparison - Working Draft

The district has been working to share information about Valley Crossing since the decision to purchase the building was made. Below is a comparison of the “typical” District 833 school to that of Valley Crossing. A steering committee (program development) and task force (consultation and program implementation) will be meeting with this document as a starting point for their efforts to transition Valley Crossing to a District 833 school in the fall of 2017.

District 833 Elementary Schools     Valley Crossing Community School    
Student learning aligned to state standards     Student learning aligned to state standards    
Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Delivery Model     Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop Delivery Model    
Math – Pearson resources with a focus on math talks/CGI     Math – Pearson resources with a focus on math talks/CGI    
Specialist Schedule – phy-ed, music, media and art (60 minutes)     Specialist Schedule – phy-ed, music, media, and art (45 minutes) **    
Orchestra begins in 4th Grade – school day; Band in 5th Grade – school day; Choir begins in 4th grade – ex-curricular     Orchestra begins in 4th Grade and Band in 5th Grade- ex-curricular; Choir in 3rd Grade **    
Kids Club Programming before and after school     Kids Club Programming before and after school    
Recess/Lunch time with same grade level peers     Recess/Lunch time with mixed grade levels    
School layout is by grade levels     School layout is by neighborhoods with students in grades K-5 in each neighborhood    
Differentiation of instruction occurs in the classroom and across a grade level   Differentiation of instruction occurs through the use of multi-age across classrooms and grade levels    
Most schools utilize the Morning Meeting as one Component of the Responsive Classroom Model                  Staff is fully trained in the Responsive Classroom model and the management of students and climate/culture in the building for both students and adults is based on these foundations    
Community Building Activities are integrated (reading buddies, monthly themed recognitions, carnivals, dances, parent grade level events during the day, assemblies, and other activities both during the day and after hours involving families.) Varies by school     Community building activities are part of the culture of the school (Hopes and Goals, Opening Ceremony, Neighborhood Gatherings, reading buddies, assemblies, Peace Site Re-dedication, Good-bye Ceremonies) 
Access/Updates to Technology     Access/Updates to Technology    
Special Education Resources – (Fed Setting 1 – 3)     Special Education Resources – (Fed Setting 1 – 3)    
Trimesters     Semesters    
Use of Assessments – MAP, MCA, Literacy     Use of Assessments – MAP, MCA, Literacy    
Quality Staff     Quality Staff    
Permanent Walls     Portable Walls    
Emphasis on Academic and Social Curriculum     Emphasis on Academic and Social Curriculum    
Desks, tables, chairs, stools, with some time gathered on floor     Tables, chairs, stools, with some time gathered on floor    
Building discipline and rules are regularly enforced     Building discipline and rules are regularly enforced    
Classroom management is at the discretion of the teacher     Logical rules and consequences; focus on preserving the dignity of the child; discipline is viewed as a learning opportunity    
New homeroom teacher each year, students may flex group and have other teachers within the grade level     Same homeroom teacher for 2 years, with students remaining in the same neighborhood throughout their time in the school.    

** To be changed to align with other District 833 schools in the fall of 2016.