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K-12 Curriculum and Instruction

Elementary Curriculum Overview

The elementary school experience provides a foundation for learning for all students. Our goal is that students will discover their individual passions along with a strong sense of self and purpose. Students will graduate equipped with the skills and qualities outlined in the Graduate Profile. 

Kindergarten

 
Throughout Kindergarten, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. 

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Explore elements of shape, color, and texture
  • Manipulate art materials
  • Develop appreciation of art
  • Identify eight basic colors

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate comprehension while reading or listening to fictional and non-fiction text
  • Demonstrate an understanding of foundational skills when reading
  • Communicate ideas through writing
  • Utilize reading strategies

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Respect and understand personal safety, peers safety, and classroom safety
  • Understand growth and development

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate number sense
  • Solve problems using a variety of strategies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of geometric shapes and patterns
  • Comprehend the relationship between quantities and whole numbers

Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systemic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Sing tunefully
  • Become familiar with some basic elements of music through participation
  • Recognize same and different
  • Listen, reflect, describe, and move to music
  • Improvise 
  • Practice inner-hearing skills
  • Value and enjoy music
  • Develop audience skills

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Identify body parts and body directions
  • Develop fine and gross motor skills
  • Develop the space concepts: personal space, general space, and open space

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Seasons of the year
  • Collections from Nature
  • My Body
  • Constructions of objects

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Citizenship and Government
  • Geography: Map and Globe
  • History: Past, Present and Future
  • The US Constitution: Create a Classroom Constitution

First Grade

 
Throughout First Grade, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially and emotionally. 

Art


While in Art, your student will be learning these standards in our classrooms:

  • Develop art skills using a variety of media such as drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, mixed media, or textile/fiberwork
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of many artists and cultures from historical and aesthetic perspectives
  • Recognize and uses a variety of lines, shapes, textures, and colors in his/her own work
  • Recognize the primary and secondary colors and mixes colors to meet creative needs
  • Demonstrate the concept of space (empty, full) through their own artwork
  • Name and use geometric shapes

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Express and support ideas through writing 
  • Apply word solving strategies while reading
  • Read and comprehend literature and informational text
  • Use conventions in their writing

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Respect and understand personal safety, peers safety, and classroom safety
  • Understand growth and development
  • Understand and practice disease control and prevention
  • Practice Interpersonal skills

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of numbers by ordering, reading, writing, comparing, and representing numbers
  • Demonstrate and explain strategies to solve real world problems and mathematical equations
  • Demonstrate understanding of money
  • Demonstrate understanding of time
  • Demonstrate number sense

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Sing a variety of songs tunefully
  • Move and perform patterns within a steady beat
  • Echo/read/perform rhythm patterns using quarter and eighths notes and quarter rests
  • Sing and read so-la-mi patterns
  • Understand that music is written down
  • Improvise 
  • Value and enjoy music
  • Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systemic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Know the benefits of physical activity
  • Contribute to a team effort
  • Play by the rules
  • Demonstrate locomotor movements: start, stop, walk, run, hop, jump, skip, gallop
  • Demonstrate manipulation skills: catch, throw, pass, shoot, striking
  • Move in various directions: forward, backward, sideways
  • Move at varying speeds: slow, fast, increasing,decreasing
  • Develop a positive self-image and attitude
  • Practice good sportsmanship in success and failure
  • Listen and follow directions

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Nature of Science and Engineering/Magnets
  • Weather
  • Collecting and Examining Life
  • Motion

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Citizenship: Rules and Elections/Earth Day
  • Economics: Needs and Wants/Good and Services
  • Geography: Our Earth
  • History: Life Past and Present/Famous People
  • The US Constitution: What is the Constitution?

Second Grade

 
Throughout Second Grade, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially and emotionally. 

Art


While in Art, your student will be learning these standards in our classrooms:

  • Develop art skills using a variety of media such as drawing, painting, clay, printmaking, mixed media, or textile/fiberwork
  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of many artists and cultures from historical and aesthetic perspectives
  • Distinguish between man-made and natural lines, shapes, and textures
  • Explore how a pattern is created by repetition of shapes
  • Explore light and dark colors and uses them in their own artwork
  • Recognize and use overlapping shapes to show depth in an art production

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing these ability to:

  • Express and support their ideas through the writing process for a variety of purposes
  • Independently read and comprehend literature and informational text at grade level
  • Apply strategies to read with accuracy and expression at grade level.
  • Know and apply grade level phonics and word recognition skills

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Respect and understand personal safety, peers safety, and classroom safety
  • Understand growth and development
  • Understand and practice disease control and prevention
  • Practice Interpersonal skills

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Use flexible thinking to demonstrate numbers
  • Demonstrate and understand of the various representations of numbers
  • Apply and explain strategies and skill to solve real-world problems and mathematical equations
  • Accurately measure using various units and tools
  • Create and interpret data

Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systemic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Sing a variety of songs tunefully
  • Read and notate music
  • Sing and read do-re-mi-so-la patterns
  • Echo/read/perform rhythm patterns using whole, half, quarter, eighth notes and rests
  • Improvise, create, perform, and listen to music
  • Begin part work
  • Value and appreciate music
  • Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Know the benefits of physical activity
  • Contribute to a team effort
  • Play by the rules
  • Demonstrate locomotor movements: start, stop, walk, run, hop, jump, skip, gallop
  • Demonstrate manipulation skills: catch, throw, pass, shoot, striking
  • Move in various directions: forward, backward, sideways
  • Move at varying speeds: slow, fast, increasing,decreasing
  • Develop a positive self-image and attitude
  • Practice good sportsmanship in success and failure
  • Listen and follow directions

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Nature of Science and Engineering
  • Sound
  • Rocks
  • Life Cycles

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Citizenship: Rights, Rules, Constitution and Voting
  • Economics: Goal Setting, Needs and Wants, and Resources
  • Geography: Maps and Globes
  • History: Calendars,Timelines and Native Americans in Minnesota
  • The US Constitution: Three Branches of Government Established by the Constitution

Third Grade

 
Throughout Third Grade, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. 

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of many artists and cultures from historical and aesthetic perspectives
  • Express ideas in varied media such as painting, clay, printmaking, mixed media, drawing, and textile/fibers
  • Use lines to divide space and create shapes
  • Recognize warm and cool colors and uses them to express feelings in their own artwork
  • Identify similar shapes and uses them to unify a work of art
  • Express their own creative ideas in both two-and-three dimensional work
  • Add texture to artwork to make surfaces more interesting or realistic

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning these about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Use word solving strategies to read accurately
  • Demonstrate the meaning of words and phrases encountered in a text
  • Read and comprehend literature and informational text
  • Write clearly for a variety of purposes and audiences

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Respect and understand personal safety, peers safety, and classroom safety
  • Understand growth and development
  • Understand and practice disease control and prevention
  • Understand Drug Use and Abuse

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Solve real world problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • Display and interpret data using a variety of graphs and charts with different scales
  • Use tools to measure length, time, and money
  • Read, write, represent, compare, and order numbers up to 100,000 with an emphasis on place value and equality
  • Use flexible number strategies to add, subtract, multiply, and divide

Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systemic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Sing a variety of songs tunefully
  • Read and notate music
  • Sing and read pentatonic scales and songs
  • Identify and perform rhythm patterns including sixteenth notes
  • Improvise rhythms, melodies, and accompaniments on classroom instruments
  • Create, perform, and listen to music
  • Value and appreciate music
  • Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Know the benefits of physical activity
  • Contribute to a team effort
  • Play by the rules
  • Demonstrate locomotor movements: start, stop, walk, run, hop, jump, skip, gallop
  • Demonstrate manipulation skills: catch, throw, pass, shoot, striking
  • Move in various directions: forward, backward, sideways
  • Move at varying speeds: slow, fast, increasing, decreasing
  • Develop a positive self-image and attitude
  • Practice good sportsmanship in success and failure
  • Listen and follow directions
  • Evaluate personal fitness levels

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Nature and Science of Engineering
  • Astronomy
  • Light
  • Habitats

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Citizenship: Inventions and Early Rochester
  • Economics: Using Money and Making Choices
  • Geography: Maps and Landforms
  • History: Ancient Civilizations (Egyptian, Chinese and Roman)
  • The US Constitution: Laws and Rights of our Country

 
Throughout Kindergarten, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially and emotionally. 

Fourth Grade

 
Throughout Fourth Grade, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. 

Art

While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of many artists and cultures from historical and aesthetic perspectives
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills when creating and discussing a variety of artistic works
  • Express ideas in varied media such as clay, painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media, and textile/fibers
  • Recognize that repeating lines or texture adds variety and interest to a work of art uses line, color, and shape to show expression in their own work
  • Recognize that colors and shapes can attract attention Identifies and uses positive and negative space in a composition
  • Arrange their own artwork in a symmetrical or asymmetrical composition

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Clearly communicate their thinking through writing for a variety of purposes
  • Communicate their thinking and build on the thinking of others - speaking and listening
  • Identify, define, and apply new vocabulary
  • Evaluate and use information from a multitude of media sources
  • Read and comprehend literature and informational text 

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Respect and understand personal safety, peers safety, and classroom safety
  • Practice Interpersonal skills
  • Understand and practice disease control and prevention
  • Know about healthy body systems

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Work flexibly to show understanding of numbers
  • Determine and apply mathematical strategies in real-world situations
  • Organize, display, and interpret data appropriate to the purpose
  • Demonstrate understanding of fractions and decimals
  • Understand the meaning of area and determine the area of a rectangle

Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systemic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Sing a variety of songs, including part work
  • Identify solfege (major diatonic scale = do-re-mi-fa-sola-ti-do)
  • Read, notate, and perform rhythms using syncopation
  • Identify the sound of various orchestral and world instruments
  • Play simple melodies and ostinati on classroom instruments
  • Improvise 
  • Value and appreciate music
  • Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Recognize the benefits of physical activity
  • Contribute to a team effort
  • Identify rules, skills, strategies, and etiquette of activities
  • Move to open spaces
  • Demonstrate manipulation skills: catching, throwing, striking
  • Develop a positive self-image and attitude
  • Practice good sportsmanship in success and failure
  • Listen and follows directions
  • Evaluate personal fitness levels

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Food Webs
  • Matter
  • Magnetism and Electricity
  • Weather
  • Variables

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Citizenship: Three Branches of Government and Tribal Governments
  • Economics: Productivity
  • Geography: Latitude/Longitude and Regions of the United States
  • History: Minnesotan Immigration
  • The US Constitution: Bill of Rights

 
Throughout Kindergarten, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially and emotionally. 

Fifth Grade

 
Throughout Fifth Grade, our students are challenged to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. 

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an awareness and appreciation of many artists and cultures from historical and aesthetic perspectives
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills when creating and discussing a variety of artistic works
  • Express ideas in varied media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, clay, and textile/fibers
  • Create depth in a composition by using shapes, space, and converging lines
  • Recognize and creates contrast using bright and dull, warm and cool, and light and dark colors
  • Use colors and repeated lines to create value

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Compose a well structured piece of writing
  • Comprehend a variety of literature and informational texts at grade level 
  • Communicate ideas in a range of collaborative and individual methods
  • Use strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words or phrases in grade level text

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Respect and understand personal safety, peers safety, and classroom safety
  • Understand Drug Use and Abuse
  • Practice interpersonal Skills
  • Understand family life

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Accurately display and analyze data
  • Multiply and divide multi-digit whole numbers and apply to real-world problems
  • Add and subtract fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers and apply to real-world problems
  • Solve problems with surface area and volume
  • Write and evaluate expressions and equations with and without a variable
  • Read, write, represent, and compare decimals and fractions

Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systemic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Sing tunefully: individually, within a small group and two-part harmony
  • Read, sing, and notate a combination of rhythms and pitches with solfege syllables
  • Interpret music symbols in the performance of music
  • Listen, reflect, describe, and move to music
  • Appreciate and understand the music of world cultures
  • Improvise within a pentatonic scale - vocally and with classroom instruments
  • Begin minor scales
  • Value and appreciate music
  • Demonstrate appropriate audience behavior

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Recognize the benefits of physical activity
  • Contribute to a team effort
  • Identify rules, skills, strategies, and etiquette of activities
  • Move to open spaces
  • Demonstrate manipulation skills: catching, throwing, striking
  • Develop a positive self-image and attitude
  • Practice good sportsmanship in success and failure
  • Listen and follows directions
  • Evaluate personal fitness levels

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Variables
  • Simple Machines
  • Classifications and Adaptations
  • Earth's Changing Surface

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics:

  • Citizenship: Creating a New Nation
  • Economics: Discovery Simulation and Causes of the American Revolution
  • Geography: Colonies
  • History: The First Americans, Expansion and American Revolution
  • The US Constitution: Preamble

Middle School Curriculum Overview

The middle school experience fosters students' academic, social and emotional development. Students are assigned to teams and receive instruction in the core areas of mathematics, language arts, social studies and science within their teams. Differentiated instruction and accelerated offerings allow students' needs to be met at individualized levels. Students will graduate equipped with the skills and qualities outlined in the Graduate Profile. 

Sixth Grade

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an understanding of aesthetics and art criticism
  • Review and use the elements of art and the principles of design to produce works of art and demonstrates an understanding of composition
  • Experiences techniques in a variety of art media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture
  • Solve visual problems
  • Communicate artistic intent
  • View art of different times and cultures
  • Create a portfolio to record their critiques of art works and to develop, revise, and evaluate their works
  • Be involved in creative endeavors which support the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Support ideas and arguments using evidence from multiple credible sources
  • Use technology tools to communicate effectively with others
  • Write complete, effective sentences.paragraphs, and essays for a variety of purposes
  • Analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
  • Read a variety of genres (including types of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry)and identify the components that make each unique
  • Analyze literary elements and their contributions to the text
  • Prove central theme and main idea by providing support details from text

Energy and the Environment


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • think big and toward the future as they explore sustainable solutions to our energy needs and investigate the impact of energy in our lives and in the world.

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Follow safety procedures and rules during physical education
  • Understand and appreciate various abilities by showing respect for self and others as a spectator and/or participant
  • Recognize and value contributions of sound physical conditioning to performance and enjoyment of team sports and group activities
  • Experience activities that help maintain physical fitness in the health related areas including: cardiovascular endurance, strength, muscular endurance, flexibility
  • Perform basic swimming and survival skills in the pool
  • Participate in the following sports including: tennis, track, softball, aerobics, social dance, soccer, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, speed-a-way, football, team handball, volleyball
  • Complete a fitness log tracking physical activity done outside of class

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to comprehend:

  • Surface area and volume
  • Multiplying and dividing fractions
  • Ratios and rates
  • Fractions, decimals, and percents
  • Angles
  • Order of operations
  • Probability
  • Number Sense
  • Math Facts

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop correct vocal and instrumental techniques
  • Understand melodic and harmonic singing
  • Know the elements of music
  • Use an instrument to experience performance, composition, and improvisation
  • Demonstrate proper concert etiquette
  • Demonstrate proper performance skills
  • Experience performance through band, orchestra, or chorus

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Use past failures to revise and improve design and experimentation
  • Analyze data to accurately explain their findings in an experiment and show supporting evidence
  • Use the appropriate tool and measurements so they can accurately describe, represent, and analyze phenomena in the physical world
  • Create and interpret multiple types of graphs when provided an experimental process
  • Create a model representation to explain processes

21st Century


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations
  • Understand and uses technology systems
  • Transfer current knowledge to learning of new technologies
  • Advocate and practice safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology
  • Exhibits a positive attitude toward using technology that supports collaboration, learning, and productivity
  • Promote and model digital etiquette and responsible interactions related to the use of technology and information
  • Use digital media and environment to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contributes to the learning of others
  • Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
  • Creates original works as a means of personal or group expression
  • Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers employing a variety of media and formats
  • Select and use applications effectively and productively
  • Demonstrate creative thinking, constructs knowledge, and develops innovative products and processes using technology
  • Explore career opportunities

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Interpret and use key features of a map
  • Compare and contrast different points of view
  • Analyze the cause and effect of a conflict
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration skills
  • Summarize main idea through clear and coherent writing on a topic
  • Use text features to support comprehension of informational text
  • Summarize the main idea of a topic

Seventh Grade

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an understanding of aesthetics and art criticism
  • Review and use the elements of art and the principles of design to produce works of art and demonstrates an understanding of composition
  • Experiences techniques in a variety of art media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture
  • Solve visual problems
  • Communicate artistic intent
  • View art of different times and cultures
  • Create a portfolio to record their critiques of art works and to develop, revise, and evaluate their works
  • Be involved in creative endeavors which support the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts

Design and Modeling


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Be introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and produce a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of poetic devices, as well as tone and mood, on a verse stanza of a poem or as section of a story/drama
  • Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials
  • Produce clear and coherent writing using the writing process in which the development, organization, and style are relevant to task, purpose, and audience
  • Analyze a Fictional and Non-Fictional text
  • Predict, make inferences, and draw conclusions, citing examples of textual evidence
  • Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citations

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Personal Health and Wellness: Demonstrates understanding of the dimensions of health and wellness, identifies factors that affect health, analyzes risks and consequences to health, describes and understands the decision-making model ( DECIDE), identifies personal attitudes, values and beliefs that affect decision-making, develops a personal action plan to demonstrate the SMART goal setting strategy
  • Mental Health: Identifies characteristics of mentally healthy people, understands how the following topics affect mental health and behavior: emotional needs, self-esteem, body image, personality types, stress and stress management, recognizes and copes with emotions in healthy ways Recognize and value contributions of sound physical conditioning to performance and enjoyment of team sports and group activities
  • Social Health: Identifies characteristics of healthy and unhealthy relationships ( family, peers, friends), demonstrates understanding of effective communication skills, identifies and demonstrates coping skills for conflict ( bullying and cyber-bullying)

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Follow safety procedures and rules during physical education
  • Understand and appreciate various abilities by showing respect to self and others as a spectator and/or participant
  • Recognize and value contributions of sound physical conditioning to performance and enjoyment of team sports and group activities
  • Experiences activities that help maintain physical fitness in the health related areas of: cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, strength and flexibility

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning these about these topics and developing these ability to:

  • Identify various musical styles
  • Experience, evaluate, and assess music through the process of listening
  • Recognize and demonstrate specific musical performances by sight, sound and definition
  • Experience musical theatre
  • Experience performance through band, orchestra, or chorus

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Developing and using models
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking
  • Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Map Skills - Identify and use components of maps (TODALSS - Title, Orientation, Date, Author, Legend, Scale, and Source)
  • Cause and Effect - Analyze causes and effects of conflict, growth, and location
  • Communication - Be able to justify a position or point of view and develop a thesis statement (written or orally)
  • Citizenship - Understand rights, responsibilities, and duties of citizenship
  • Historical thinking - Explore events from different perspectives (compare and contrast historical events from different perspectives)

Communication Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Interact with multiple technologies while developing writing, analysis, argument and communication skills. The goal of this class is to continue developing students who are critical thinkers, readers, writers, and communicators in order to prepare for life after middle school. The focus is on developing individual critical thinking and reading skills, enhancing each student's research and writing abilities, and preparing students for future endeavors in high school and beyond

Library Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systematic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to comprehend:

  • Use mathematical properties and order of operations to understand and generate equivalent expressions with integers
  • Comprehend the concept of integers to compare and evaluate expressions
  • Use number sense to assess and analyze the reasonableness of consumer math situations (ie. discounts, tips, tax, unit pricing, and interest).
  • Solve real-world problems involving area and circumference of a circle and surface area and volume of cylinders
  • Demonstrate an understanding of proportional relationships
  • Statistics - Calculate, represent, and interpret data
  • Solve and represent real-world problems using algebraic equations

21st Century Tech. and Careers


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Create an electronic portfolio of career exploration
  • Achieve high standard speed and accuracy level in touch typing
  • Explore career interests and opportunities with MCIS Junior
  • Learn internet safety tips of the ethical use of computers and social networking

World Language


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about people, customs, and countries of the language
  • Demonstrate comprehension of written and oral material using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements and commands
  • Communicate orally and in writing using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements, and commands
  • Use acquired vocabulary and grammar to write a multi-sentence composition

Eighth Grade

Art


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Develop an understanding of aesthetics and art criticism
  • Review and uses elements of art and the principles of design to produce works of art and demonstrates an understanding of composition
  • Experiences techniques in a variety of art media: drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and sculpture
  • Solve visual problems
  • Communicate artistic intent
  • View art of different times and cultures
  • Create a portfolio to record their critiques of art works and to develop, revise, and evaluate their works
  • Be involved in creative endeavors which support the Minnesota Academic Standards in the Arts

Automation and Robotics


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics. They learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation and computer control systems. Students use a robust robotics platform to design, build, and program a solution to solve an existing problem

     

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Produce clear and coherent writing through the process of drafting, revising, and editing
  • Produce writing pieces for multiple purposes and audiences
  • Produce clear and coherent writing using the writing process in which the development, organization, and style are relevant to task, purpose, and audience
  • Identify and analyze credible sources
  • Read literature and/or informational text to determine the author's purpose and analyze the central idea or theme over the course of the text
  • Determine what the text says explicitly and make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text
  • Analyze how figurative language and literary devices contribute to the meaning of a text
  • Actively participate in collaborative discussions and/or presentations

Health


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Mental Health Illnesses: Identifies sign and symptoms of the following, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and anxiety disorders
  • Identify warning signs of depression and prevention of suicide
  • Describe treatment options for mental illnesses and community resources for help and support
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs: understands the consequences of drugs and develops refusal skills in order to make healthy decisions, demonstrates comprehension of vocabulary, identifies the stages and types of addiction, describes consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs on the body systems, identifies the categories of drugs and the effect on the Central Nervous System, analyzes the influences of peer pressure and media, identifies community resources for help with substance abuse
  • Human Growth and Development: Develop strategies to effectively communicate about sexuality, demonstrates understanding of the dimensions of sexuality including gender differences, stereotypes, and sexual orientation, identifies developmental changes during adolescence, identifies anatomy and physiology of male and female reproductive systems, develops personal boundaries for healthy dating relationships, understands and identifies reasons that abstinence is a healthy choice for teens, demonstrate comprehension of teen pregnancy prevention, understands the influence of society(family, peers and media) on sexuality and consequences of sexual activity, develops awareness and prevention of sexually transmitted infections ( including HIV/AIDS)

Physical Ed.


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Understand basic structure of the human body system( muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory
  • Develop a fitness plan and incorporates goal setting into a lifetime fitness program
  • Follow safety procedures and rules during physical education
  • Understand and appreciate various abilities by showing respect for self and others as a spectator and/or participant

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Write and solve equations and inequalities
  • Understand slope and its applications to linear equations
  • Represent linear relationships in multiple formats (e.g. verbal descriptions, tables, graphs, equations, written forms, etc.)
  • Understand systems of equations and apply them in various contexts

Music


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Identify various musical styles
  • Experience, evaluate, and assess music through the process of listening
  • Recognize and demonstrate specific musical performances by sight, sound and definition
  • Experience musical theatre
  • Experience performance through band, orchestra, or chorus

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Use maps and imagery to interpret earth and space concepts.
  • When measuring, identify and apply scale and units
  • Apply a systematic and logical approach to problem solving.
  • Use models to interpret and evaluate earth and space phenomena
  • Organize, analyze, arrange, and interpret data into an appropriate visual representations
  • Apply mathematical concepts to scientific principles
  • Engaging in argument from evidence
  • Use evidence to support how human activities impacted earth systems over time

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Define and identify effects of globalization
  • Demonstrate comprehensive map reading skills using physical, political, and thematic maps
  • Describe and explain how physical and environmental features affect human populations and cultural characteristics
  • Demonstrate effective research skills through writing or a social studies focused topic for a variety of purposes and audiences
  • Identify characteristics of different government systems and analyze relationships between individuals, government, and society
  • Analyze the causes and effects of conflicts

Library Media


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Apply reading skills to meet individual needs
  • Select and use appropriate technology for educational and personal goals
  • Analyze information in electronic and print media
  • Use a variety of productivity tools to communicate
  • Follow a systematic research process
  • Recognize ethical practice in a global society

21st Century Tech. and Careers


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Creates an electronic portfolio using the following tools: Google, digital multimedia, computer ethics, career planning
  • Achieve higher standard speed and accuracy levels in touch typing
  • Plan career interests and opportunities: MCIS website activities and portfolio
  • Learn internet safety tips and the ethical use of computers, social networking

World Language


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge about people, customs, and countries of the language
  • Demonstrate comprehension of written and oral material using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements and commands
  • Communicate orally and in writing using familiar vocabulary, phrases, questions, statements, and commands
  • Use acquired vocabulary and grammar to write a multi-sentence composition

High School Curriculum Overview

Rochester Public High Schools seeks to inspire students to find their individual passions along with a strong sense of self and purpose. All of our efforts will go into supporting students as they develop knowledge, skills and confidence to become capable and global citizens. Students graduate equipped with the skills and qualities outlined in the Graduate Profile.

For more information on the offered High School courses and programs, view the Course Registration Guide.

Ninth Grade

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Solve and apply systems of linear equations and inequalities
  • Use the properties of exponents and radicals to simplify expressions
  • Factor, solve, and graph quadratic equations
  • Identify and apply functions (Function Notation [substitution], Domain, Range, Transformations, and Type - including absolute value)
  • Perform operations on polynomials (Add, Subtract, Multiply and Factor)Identify and use complex numbers

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Analyze informational text
  • Correctly collect and cite information from a variety of sources using MLA
  • Analyze literary text
  • Write analytically, persuasively, and informationally
  • Write creatively with appropriate structures and purpose
  • Use Standard conventions to create clear and concise writing

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Chronological Reasoning: Analyze and explain how events of history affect each other
  • Historical Analysis: Analyze and evaluate multiple perspectives
  • Historical Connections: Compare and contrast historical context
  • Historical Argumentation: Create and defend a historical argument

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Ask questions and defining problems
  • Plan and carry out investigations
  • Develop and use models
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Use mathematics and computational thinking
  • Construct and design solutions
  • Engage in argument from evidence
  • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information

Tenth Grade

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Construct logical arguments verbally and in written form (using words and symbols)
  • Calculate measurements of geometric figures (area, volume, perimeter, circumference, and surface area)
  • Apply the properties of angle relationships to solve problems and justify results
  • Apply the properties of triangles, quadrilaterals, and circles to solve problems and justify results
  • Apply the properties of similar triangles (and proportions) to solve problems and justify results
  • Apply the properties of right triangles to solve problems

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate close reading of fiction and nonfiction by using fitting textual evidence to prove a claim
  • Write creatively with appropriate structure, purpose, tone, and conventions for various audiences
  • Write argumentative pieces with appropriate structure, purpose, tone, and conventions for various audiences
  • Use a writing process to develop and strengthen ideas
  • Develop and verbalize a cohesive argument that initiates, builds on, or poses questions to move discussion forward

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Historical Causation: Interpret and trace events to their cause(s)
  • Proper Use of Relevant Historical Evidence: Identify, describe, evaluate evidence, and cite about the past from various sources
  • Historical Interpretation: Describe, analyze, and evaluate different perspectives of the past
  • Drawing Inferences and Conclusions: Make decisions or form opinions based on relevant information
  • Evolution of Citizenship: Trace and define a citizen's role and rights in society
  • Interpret and determine the effect(s) of an event

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Ask questions and defining problems
  • Plan and carry out investigations
  • Develop and use models
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Use mathematics and computational thinking
  • Construct and design solutions
  • Engage in argument from evidence
  • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information

Eleventh Grade

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Graph and solve quadratic functions
  • Graph and solve polynomial functions
  • Graph and solve radical functions
  • Graph and solve exponential functions
  • Graph and solve logarithmic functions
  • Graph and solve rational functions
  • Sequence and series

English Language Arts


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Speaking and Listening: Actively participate in collaborative discussions and/or presentations
  • Write persuasively using a thesis-driven argument
  • Find, evaluate, and integrate relevant sources in student work
  • Identify, explain, and support with textual evidence an author's purpose in informational texts
  • Identify and analyze literary elements in fiction with supporting textual evidence

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Make inferences about the physical or human characteristics of places based on maps
  • Explain and analyze sustainability issues in a variety of geographic contexts
  • Understand how places have unique features and how regions have (a) unifying feature(s)
  • Explain how humans have created and imposed non-natural geographic elements onto the earth and the impacts of those elements
  • Analyze economic data to explain change in various markets
  • Demonstrate an understanding in comparing and contrasting real world economic situations
  • Understand and apply the economic decision making process
  • Identify cause and effect relationships in economic forces in society

Science


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Ask questions and defining problems
  • Plan and carry out investigations
  • Develop and use models
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Use mathematics and computational thinking
  • Construct and design solutions
  • Engage in argument from evidence
  • Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information

Twelfth Grade

Math


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Graph and solve quadratic functions
  • Graph and solve polynomial functions
  • Graph and solve radical functions
  • Graph and solve exponential functions
  • Graph and solve logarithmic functions
  • Graph and solve rational functions
  • Sequence and series

Social Studies


While in our classrooms, your student will be learning about these topics and developing the ability to:

  • Demonstrate how the US Constitution establishes a system of government that has powers, responsibilities, and limits that have changed or are changing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of civic responsibility (characteristics of good citizenship) and civic duty (obligations of citizenship) as well as ways individuals can influence the government
  • Access and analyze information in multiple formats
  • Use fact-based evidence from primary, secondary, and other credible sources, create an argument, deliberate, and reach a decision about an issue
  • Critically analyze ways in which the government (at various levels) operates and impacts daily life

Program Contacts:

Heather Willman
POSA Secondary Curriculum, Instructional Coaches, and PD
(507) 328-4311 | Email

Kate Palmquist
POSA Elementary Curriculum, Instructional Coaches, and PD
(507) 328-4302| Email