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  • SBD Timeline for Spring 2016 (final)
    Principal’s Memo To: Curriculum Committee
    From: Christian M. Elkington & Larry Malone
    Re: SBD Timeline for Spring 2016 (final)
    Date: 2-22-16
    Suggested Next Steps/Timeline:
    - February 8th: Updated “Frequently asked Questions” section
    - February 22nd review at Curr. Com. Mtg.
         *Approved recommendations and suggested adjustments
         *Updated Question Answers
         *Timeline approval
    - By Feb 25, send District Instant Alert to Grades K-9 parents/guardians about 3- 14-16 District Mtg.
    - The week of Feb. 29th through March 11th, school newsletters will include information and another K-9 instant alert will be sent out
    - End of February: Update MHS’ SBD Page
    - March 14th have short Curriculum Committee meeting and then from 6:30 – 8:00 PM have District Meeting update in MHS Aud.
    - 3rd week of March send SBD Update to K-9 parents & guardians
    - Sometime at an April school board meeting, discussion with full school board about progress with SBD will occur
    - By middle of May, public meeting update and Q & A meeting (date determined by April Break)
    - End of May, send SBD Update to K-9 parents & guardians
    - End of June public meeting, update and Q & A meeting (date determined by end of May)
    - Middle of July, send SBD Update to K-9 parents & guardians.

    Regular feedback & updates, along with suggested policy changes will go to the Curriculum Committee at monthly meetings.
    Posted Apr 5, 2016, 9:37 AM by Massabesic highschool
  • SBD Approved Recommendations and Changes Memo
    2-8-16 SBD Approved Recommendations and Changes Memo

    Date: 2-8-16
    The following are the recommendations approved by the Curriculum Committee last
    year. If a change is being requested you will see it highlighted.
    Recommendations:
    1.) Which class will graduate with a SBD?
    Approved recommendation:
    - Class of 2019
    Requested changes:
    – Move to the Class of 2020.
    -- Start with the 4 core areas and the Guiding Principles as RSU57’s
    expectation for the Class of 2020.
    2.) How will we report student proficiency to Students, Parents & Guardians?
    Approved recommendations:
    - Learning Targets to receive a score based on a rubric, reported
    by target in Empower.
    - A non-weighted 4.0 College Rubric Scale will be used.
    - LT scores will be based on evidence collected within a course.
    - LT progress will be reported by course/ semester.
    3.) How will we assess content area/strand proficiency on the transcript?
    Approved recommendations:
    - To average the final LT’s under their Measurement Topic.
    - For Empower to show an in-progress average of the LTs so
    that teachers, students, parents & guardians can see overall
    MT progress.
    4.) What will be our proficiency baseline score for the Class of 2019?
    Approved recommendations:
    - A student must earn an average score of 2.75 on each MT
    within a course and within each strand (subject)
    - That a student can’t receive any individual LT scores below a
    2.0
    Requested changes:
    - Overall MT/Course Score to be 2.5.
    - 80% of MTs must meet this expectation in each subject area
    graduation requirement for the Class of 2020.
    - For the Class of 2019 and all proceeding classes a course grade
    of a 2.5 is the minimum needed to ear credit.
    - For students with an IEP, the IEP Team will determine
    foundational knowledge expectations for those areas the student is
    identified w/a disability in.
    5.) Do we allow for quarter points above 2.0?
    Approved recommendation:
    - No, only .5 increments will be used
    6.) Will LT scores below a 2 be recorded?
    Approved recommendation:
    - No, student scores below 2 will be considered:
    o IP for In-Progress
    7.) How will we assess Maine’s Guiding Principle proficiency?
    Approved recommendations:
    - To convert from the present three MHS Work Habits to the
    five Maine State Guiding Principles.
    - For each course to report progress in meeting 2 Guiding
    Principles (#s 2 & 4), by course as we did with the MHS Work
    Habits, using school-wide rubrics.
    - To earn the RSU 57 Standards-Based Diploma students for the
    class of 2019 and all classes thereafter must have an average of
    2.75 on each individual Guiding Principle by the end of their
    7th semester of their senior year.
    - That the remaining three Guiding Principles (#s 1, 3, & 5) be
    assessed through a student-developed, evidence-based portfolio
    supported through their Advisor in the MHS Advisory
    Program.
    Requested change:
    - The Guiding Principle score for each GP will be a 2.5
    8.) What will progress reports look like?
    Approved recommendations:
    - The progress and report card will report out on LTs &
    Guiding Principles B & D by course
    - The transcript will report out on LT proficiency by reporting
    out on Measurement Topics (MTs)
    o The overall MT score will be determined by an average
    of the LT’s under that MT.
    9.) Will students have the opportunity to earn advanced recognition?
    Approved recommendations:
    - Yes, using a college Dean’s List system after each semester
    - We will use the college Latin Summa, Magna, & Cum Laude
    process (Potential to have several students meeting Summa
    Cum Laude honors using a non-weighted 4.0 scale)
    - Students will be able to earn the Latin Summa, Magna, Cum
    Laude recognition in each of the eight content areas (math,
    science English etc.)
    - Students will be able to earn a Latin Summa, Magna, or Cum
    Laude Diploma
    10.) What do we do about the State’s World Language expectations?
    Approved recommendations:
    - That we go with an immersion program in one language at
    MHS (Spanish because 1/5 of the world’s pop. speaks Spanish)
    - That we go with conversational expectations, to meet the state
    requirement
    - That we allow students to take alternatives to Spanish through
    online options
    - That we start to phase-out French starting in 17-18 (16-17 last
    year we offer French 1), as the state law expects us to have all
    students demonstrating some World Language proficiency in
    order to graduate and to have World Language expectations
    for students each year
    Requested changes –
    -That we continue to look at immersion options 6-12 &
    K-12.
    -That we wait to see what the state suggests before our next
    step.
    11.) Will there be, one MHS Diploma or will there be diploma options for
    graduating students?
    Approved recommendation:
    - One diploma with four different levels of academic recognition/
    distinction, where students can receive an MHS Standards-
    Based Diploma or a Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and
    Summa Cum Laude Standards-Based Diploma
    12.) Are there to be added expectations for a student earning a Standards-
    Based Diploma in RSU #57?
    Approved recommendations:
    a. Yes
    b. 50 Service Learning/Community Service hours
    c. For each student to complete a portfolio to demonstrate
    proficiency in meeting Guiding Principles 1, 3, & 5
    i. A Sophomore Exhibition for the end of sophomore year
    ii. A culminating Senior Project/ Experience to be completed
    and presented in a student’s senior year
    Posted Mar 4, 2016, 11:25 AM by Massabesic highschool
  • Standards-Based Diploma Feedback Process

    Principal’s Memo

    To: RSU 57 K-11 Parents & Guardians

    From: Christian M. Elkington

    Re: Standards-Based Diploma Feedback Process

    Date: 5-28-15

    Law 1422 has been on the books for several years with the important Standards-Based

    Diploma adjustment completed during the 2012-2013 Legislature. The Maine Dept. of Ed

    has spent the last several years trying to assist districts with their next steps. During this

    time we have been spending a considerable amount of time researching what the

    opportunities could be for our students and learning in moving toward the mandated

    Standards-Based Diploma. Our efforts have been based on improving the instruction and

    learning our students receive at Massabesic High School and in our district as a whole.

    Only through an approach and focus system-wide, will real growth and progress be made.

    We made visits, invited guests to visit with us and have belonged and worked with a

    cohort of schools learning together.

    Through this work we came up with a number of ideas for discussion and planning. Upon

    further review and research the recommendations were submitted to the RSU 57

    Curriculum Committee. We received final approval at the March RSU 57 Curriculum

    Committee Meeting and are now expected to receive further input from all stakeholders.

    Please understand that the next step in this process as well as the expectation from

    our District’s Curriculum Committee is to collect feedback from parents, guardians,

    students, and staff.

    The feedback process started this May with some initial meetings first being held at our

    district’s elementary schools. This process was to continue at the school level, but was

    changed as concerns about this process were shared. These concerns are understandable

    as information flys to all very fast in today’s world.

    Our structure for sharing information has changed to a new format of Informational

    Meetings. The first set of these meetings will be held in the Massabesic High School

    Auditorium at 6:30 PM:

    - Monday, June 15th

    - Tuesday, June 23rd

    - Late August and early fall, follow-up dates will be shared shortly

    We hope to see you there!

    Posted Jun 13, 2015, 2:09 AM by Massabesic highschool
  • Memo from the Principal Regarding the Standards-Based Diploma
    Hi All! It is clear from recent comments, questions and concerns that there is some
    confusion on the implementation process for RSU 57's and Massabesic High School’s,
    Standards-Based Diploma.

    Please know:

    - The Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018 will NOT be asked to change to a new
    Standards-Based Diploma in their remaining years at MHS

    - The Class of 2016, 2017 and 2018 will continue to use the transcript being used
    by the Class of 2014

    - The Class of 2016 will not have adjustments made to the following:
    • A GPA based on a Zero to 100 Scale
    • The Top Ten Percent
    • A Valedictorian, Salutatorian and an Honor Essayist
    • Class Rank
    • Grades reported on their transcript using a Zero – 100 scale
    • Weighted grades for Accelerated (2015-2016), AP and College classes.
    During the 2015 – 2016 school year each class will see one change with how student
    progress is reported on progress reports and report cards. These will look different, as
    they will be coming from the Empower/Educate Program used in grades K-8. Each report
    will explain progress based on the Learning Targets within each of course in 2015-2016.
    These reports will share student progress following a 1-4 rubric scale we have been using
    for several years at MHS. For students in grades 10 – 12 course rubric scores will be
    converted to a Zero to 100 scale on their transcript.
    Information about the new progress and report card will be available online and shared
    with all sometime this June.
    Informational Meetings will be held in the Massabesic High School Auditorium at 6:00
    PM on:
    • Monday, June 15th
    • Tuesday, June 23rd
    • Early fall, follow-up dates will be shared shortly
    Posted Jun 9, 2015, 5:32 PM by Massabesic highschool
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