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Forum on Grading

***UPDATE***
THANK YOU​ to those who were able to join us for the forum.  We had a wonderful turn out of approximately 45, not including committee members.  We have collected a number of documents as a result of the forum, which you can review here.  This includes: The Proficiency-based Learning Steering Committee will be meeting 6/13 to review the feedback and discuss any potential adjustments to the philosophy statements (we also got feedback from the faculty at all seven schools).  After that, our next steps include bringing the Philosophy to the Board to consider adoption, and then begin to design practices aligned to the philosophy (such as reporting, recognition, and eligibility, just to name a few.)  Stay tuned, as we will have future opportunities to share more, and gather additional input!

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We'd like parents' feedback on a draft grading philosophy that the district's Proficiency-based Steering Committee has created.  Join us to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback.


Tuesday, May 31st, 6:00-7:30pm
​Mt. Ararat Middle School Learning Commons

More details on the flyer.
Teaching and Learning

Daniel Chuhta, Assistant Superintendent  729-9961 x224   chuhtad@link75.org
Elisa Hawkes, Administrative Assistant      729-9961 x225  hawkese@link75.org


Our curriculum, instructional methods, and assessment tools are built upon Maine's system of standards for student learning.  To read more about many of these standards, please visit our standards page.

We're working to design a proficiency-based learning system in which:
  • All students will be better prepared for college, career, and civic readiness

  • All students will connect to, engage in, and develop a passion for learning

  • All students can learn and show what they know in a variety of ways and paces (multiple pathways)

  • Students, teachers, and families have a clear understanding of where a student’s learning is, and where it is headed

   Information for Families  
 
Elementary (Kindergarten through Grade 5)

Middle School  (Grade 6 through Grade 8)

High School  (Grade 9 through Grade 12)
 

Information for Educators

Elementary (Kindergarten through Grade 5)

Middle School  (Grade 6 through Grade 8)

High School  (Grade 9 through Grade 12)

Effective Teaching and Learning (Grades 6-12)

 

 
     








 
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News and Updates
Twitter Feed
Forum on Grading

***UPDATE***
THANK YOU​ to those who were able to join us for the forum. We had a wonderful turn out of approximately 45, not including committee members. We have collected a number of documents as a result of the forum, which you can review here. This includes: The Proficiency-based Learning Steering Committee will be meeting 6/13 to review the feedback and discuss any potential adjustments to the philosophy statements (we also got feedback from the faculty at all seven schools). After that, our next steps include bringing the Philosophy to the Board to consider adoption, and then begin to design practices aligned to the philosophy (such as reporting, recognition, and eligibility, just to name a few.) Stay tuned, as we will have future opportunities to share more, and gather additional input!

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We'd like parents' feedback on a draft grading philosophy that the district's Proficiency-based Steering Committee has created. Join us to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback.


Tuesday, May 31st, 6:00-7:30pm
​Mt. Ararat Middle School Learning Commons

More details on the flyer.
Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) Information
This spring, the State of Maine will begin to use a new version of the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA) to measure our students’ achievement in mathematics and English Language Arts (reading and writing) in grades 3-8. In addition, we will once again use the SAT for students in their third year of high school. Both tests will replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment used last year.

January Parent Letter (grades 3-8, third year HS)
March Parent Letter (grades 3-8)

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s testing experience, we ask that you contact the school principal before testing. This will help to ensure that we’re all prepared to make testing as successful as possible for your child.
enVisionmath2.0 is now our K-5 Mathematics Program


After a year of exploring, piloting, and preparing, we have launched the implementation of enVisionmath2.0 in our elementary schools this fall. After a number of years with Everyday Mathematics, this new program brings with it:

  • alignment to the Common Core State Standards, including the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • student-friendly "I Can..." statements with each lesson
  • both print and electronic editions, providing flexibility
  • a variety of assessment formats
  • an increase in support resources for parents
We will have a night in the fall for parents to come and learn more!!
upLink75 Back to School 15-16
The latest version of upLink75 is now available. Check it out!!
District-wide Commitments
This year, on our journey toward building a proficiency-based learning system, we are committing to using a combination of cultural and instructional strategies. These are inspired by our work with the Reinventing Schools Coalition, and the Marzano Framework.
June 8 Proficiency-Based Learning Session
On June 8, we held a session to help our community learn about why we are transitioning to a proficiency-based learning system. The slides from the evening are posted here.
May 28 Common Core State Standards Resources
On May 28th, an informational session was held to help the community learn about the Common Core State Standards and their implementation in our district.

The slides are available here.
The questions collected on sticky notes during the session were transcribed here.
Graduation Standards Adopted
On May 7, 2015, the Board of Directors adopted Graduation Standards for the district. The work of defining the evidence and targets that will more specifically define what proficiency means on each standard will be a focus for the 15-16 school year.
Join us for 2 events about student learning in our district
The Common Core State Standards
May 28, 2015 – 6:30-7:30PM
Williams-Cone School

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics describe what students in Maine should know and be able to do in these two content areas. We’ll describe these standards and give some examples of how they are being used in our schools. Additional info at: http://tinyurl.com/msad75standards

Why Are We Transitioning to “Proficiency-based Learning”?
June 8, 2015 – 6:00-7:00PM
Mt. Ararat High School Commons

As a district we are transitioning to an approach to learning which ensures that students graduate with specific skills and understandings. This will be the first of many dialogues in the next few years, helping you understand the related changes. To begin, we’ll start with why…
3/24 Update: K-5 Late Start Calendar
We have made a few changes with the late-start calendar topics to match better with the AIMSweb window.
Reinventing Schools Resources
Click here for the RISC resources.
RSU 75's Deadline to Award Proficiency-based Diplomas Extended
The Maine Department of Education has approved our request an extension to meet the proficiency-based graduation requirements. Please see the approval letter and application from the State at the very bottom of this page.
New Learning Commons Curriculum
On July 10, 2014, the Board adopted our Learning Commons Curriculum. Please contact your building's Learning Commons team, or Dan Chuhta, if you have any questions.
June 2014 upLink
Be sure to take some time to read the latest issue of upLink75: http://uplink75.weebly.com 
PEPG (Teacher and Principal Evaluation) Update
 For an overview of our PEPG Design Team's work, download this presentation:  PEPG April 2014 Update

You may also wish to check out the "Marzano Maps" in the folder at the bottom of the page.
PEPG (Teacher and Principal Evaluation) System Design Team
Since September, a design team has been meeting to craft a new Performance Evaluation and Professional Growth (PEPG) system for our district. Minutes from the meetings can be found here:

http://tinyurl.com/r75PEPGmins

A time -line reminder:

2013-2014: System development
2014-2015: System pilot
2015-2016: System pilot
2016-2017: System implementation

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Daniel Chuhta, or a member of the design team (membership is indicated on the minutes documents).
Files
 Data Questions Protocols.doc
Data questions protocol worksheet
 R75ExtentionApp_DraftV3.p
df
Proficiency-based diploma extension request and approval.
Contacts
+ Booth, Mary
+ Chuhta, Daniel
+ Emerson, Kim
+ Greeley, Kate
+ Hawkes, Elisa
+ Johnson, Judy
+ Moore, Dr. Patrick
+ Palmer, Ryan
Click on name to see details.

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