Syllabus / Supply List

Teachers

Daniel Magnuson MA., SLD  (Rm 14)                    Grif Brown SLD (Rm 15)

Prep Hours:   Dan - 1st and 2nd Periods (9:07 to 10:49 AM) and Grif - 5th and 6th Periods (1:15 to 2:57 PM) 

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The CLASS Program

The CLASS program (Coordinated Learning for Academic and Social Success) serves middle school students with learning or other disabilities.  We provide intensive, individualized instruction with the emphasis on the development of academics and social skills.  The program has a low student / staff ratio.   The students receive the support of both the classroom teacher (case manager) and from the program support staff including a licensed social worker.  To learn more - Click Here

Program Outcomes

Through whole class instruction, small group/one-on-one work with the teacher and support staff, elective courses, participation in school-wide activities, guest speakers, and field trips, students completing their work should be able to :

  • Achieve or make progress towards the goals and objectives stated within their IEP (Individualized Education Plan)
  • Build relationships with the members of our learning community
  • Discover their own talents as they prepare for secondary school

Academic Work

We assess each child’s needs and how to best meet the goals and objectives stated in their IEPs.  The students’ needs drive the decisions we make about which programs and curricular materials we use to allow them to grow both academically and socially.  Grades are based on the completion of class work and homework and their behavior and participation in each course.  A few of the materials and programs we use are:

  • Advisory - CLASS Program students will have their Advisory classes within Rms 14 and 15 in order to build community with each other.
  • ReadingThe Read180 and System 44 programs directly address individual needs through adaptive and instructional software (fun computer activities using interactive reading passages, videos, spelling and phonics activities), high-interest literature, and explicit instruction in reading and writing skills. For students needing even more individualized reading support, we use a variety of other reading programs and strategies.
  • Language Arts – The students will have many opportunities to read chapter books (shared reading exercises led by the teacher) and engage in meaningful activities to respond to what they’ve read using the Jr. Great Books curriculum.  Response activities will incorporate reading and writing strategies, speaking, and the arts. 
  • Mathematics – In math we work on developing the students’ abilities in basic skills, applied math concepts, measurement, geometry, patterns, and reading and recording data through the Moving With Math and Connecting Math Concepts curriculum. In addition, students are allowed to work at their own pace on math concepts using a program called IXL Math (on-line).  Students will also be exploring general math concepts using various sources.  Students will be assigned a math group with either Mr. Magnuson, Mr. Brown, or with a special education assistant depending on their math ability and needs. 
  • Humanities (History) – This year we will be incorporating the MYP (Middle Years Programme) model in both Humanities and Science.  That means we will be designing and implementing MYP units in these two courses. There will be a variety of assessment tools used that align with the MYP philosophy.  Students will be using History Alive! Students will be exploring America’s past starting with Geography, review of post Colonial America and wrapping up with a the Civil War.  All students will participate in both History and Science throughout the year.
  • Science – We are using a curriculum called SRA Snapshots Video Science. The students will be learning basic science concepts in the Physical, Earth, and Life Sciences. This year our units are Cells; Changing Earth; and Force and Motion.  In addition to these units, students will develop other basic science concepts by working in our Anthony Pizza Garden.  The students will learn basic gardening concepts such as...garden management / maintenance, plant identification, composting basics, food safety practices, harvesting food for a local pizza restaurant and for our school cafeteria. 
  • Social Skills/Behavior – A variety of curriculum tools will be used to promote Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and track behavior.  A separate form will explain our class-wide behavior management program called the Level System where certain privileges are earned and dependent on the students’ ability to follow the expectations and routines of our learning environment. We will directly teach social skills through a variety of formats: Embedded in Reading/Language Arts Lessons; Morning Meeting and various Responsive Classroom strategies; Second Step Curriculum; Choice Theory; and/or Restitution.
  • Lunch - In order to best meet the academic needs of CLASS Program students, all students in the program will have 1st lunch for the majority of school days this year regardless of their grade level.  Typically, when we leave the building for community trips, we return to school and eat 3rd lunch.  This occurs approximately one day every other week or so.
  • Transition – We assess the students’ strengths and weaknesses in the three transition areas (Employment, Independent Living Skills, and Post-Secondary Education).  Our objective is to introduce the transition areas and these skills will be addressed in more depth once students reach high school.  We do, however, work hard to provide learning experiences outside of the classroom (i.e. newspaper route) so students can learn and practice the life skills they need as they become young adults. CLASS Program students also participate in delivering the Southwest Journal newspaper throughout the school year.  Students are responsible for picking up the newspapers every other week, preparing the papers for delivery, and bringing the papers to the residents in the community.  These activities help foster basic job skills.  The money earned from our newspaper route helps to fund field trips and other fun activities for students.

 

Our Beliefs - We believe that Anthony CLASS students need to demonstrate that they are consistently …  

Respectful,   Responsible,   Ready and that at Anthony we build Relationships!

We use a program-wide Level System to monitor the behavior of all students.  To learn more - Click Here

Students also evaluate their own behavior twice each quarter using our 3Rs Rubric  To learn more - Click Here

Consequences

  • Redirection (a reminder about the rule which needs to be followed)
  • Formal warning
  • Time Out (1 to 2 minutes in or near the room)
  • Level drop / or Level 1
  • Social Worker
  • Administrator/Dean (Time away or disciplinary action taken)

 

We look forward to an outstanding year and expect the best of each student here at Anthony Middle School.  We are here to support you and your child.  If you have further questions, please contact us anytime.

Warm Regards,

Daniel Magnuson  and Grif Brown

 

 

 

 

 

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