Thursday, February 24, 2011

Boys Substate Information


Advance Tickets for the game against Western on Saturday night are on sale in the High School office.  Cost is $6.00.  Spectator doors will be open at 6:00.  There will be 3 ticket lines—1 for spectators presenting a ticket, 1 for spectators who have exact/correct change and 1 for spectators who do not have exact/correct change. 

The game will be played at the MOC-FV high school gymnasium.   Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Once the gym is determined to be at capacity, The doors will be locked.  At that point, no one else will be allowed to enter even if they are holding a pre-sold ticket.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


There will be a Send off in HS Gym - 3:05 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15
Good Luck Colton and Kyle!

Hupke Wrestling Productions will be broadcasting LIVE from the State
                     Wrestling Tournament.   Click here for more information about the Tuesday night
                     Preview Show and for live coverage of Colton and Kyle's matches on Wednesday.

What does effective instruction look like?

In the fall of 2002 the Sioux Center Community School District began a partnership with the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) to become a pilot school for the Lighthouse Project.  The Lighthouse Project was a study in how to positively impact student achievement at the Board of Education level.  The district’s participation in the Lighthouse Project was a great success.  The change in culture regarding professional learning for staff was significant in how the district conducts business today.  The Sioux Center Community School District remains very progressive in its approach to improving learning for all students.
During the last two school years, the staff has been working on a process call Curriculum Mapping. This is a process that focuses on what our staff feels is the ‘guaranteed and viable curriculum’. Our teachers have been entering this curriculum information into a special ‘mapping’ program where it can be accessed by administration and other instructors across the district. Our teachers have also been heavily engaged in learning about effective instructional practices, one of which you might remember is called AIW or Authentic Intellectual Work.
Embedded in the mapping process is effective instruction and formative and summative assessment.  I would like to share with you the qualities of effective instruction.  The key relationship in the learning process is the relationship between the student and the teacher.  The district works very hard to hire the best teachers possible and then work to keep the staff current in their craft.  In the classroom there are certain characteristics that have been proven to increase student achievement.  By focusing on these characteristics teachers improve that interaction with students.

Rigor and Relevance creates the challenge that keeps the student focused while authentic work helps the student understand how the concepts relate to the real world.  Rigor is achieved by creating lessons that require higher order thinking skills and reasoned and elaborated explanation on how a question was answered.  Relevance is created by helping the student recognize the value beyond school for what he or she is learning.  Teachers continually challenge the student’s thinking to go deeper.
When the word assessment is mentioned many times the thought is of chapter or unit tests to provide the student with a grade.  These types of tests are actually what are called summative assessments because the results summarize the student’s grasp of the taught concepts.  A Formative Assessment is assessing for learning.  It is the part of instruction that provides feedback to the teacher so that the teaching and learning can be adjusted.  It is monitoring tool used by teacher.  In order to be successful the teachers need to have a deep understanding of essential concepts and skills and have clear learning goals.  Formative assessment can be achieved by the use of descriptive feedback, self and peer assessment, and/or a collaborative classroom climate
Teaching for Understanding creates deep conceptual and procedural knowledge that can be applied in a variety of settings.  In teaching for understanding learning is a long term, thinking centered process.  Teaching for understanding involves project based learning, problem solving, and inquiry based learning.
Effective instruction yields classrooms that are Student-Centered.  In a these classrooms students are directly involved and invested in the discovery of their own knowledge.  Collaboration occurs between the teacher and student and also student to student.  Learning is authentic, holistic, and challenging and students reflect on their learning.  The instruction is authentic which requires students to engage in higher-order thinking.  Assessments are meaningful and in real-world context.
In a student centered classroom staff must Teach for Learner Differences.  Not all students are at the same point in their learning or learn in the same way.  Teachers must plan and respond to learner differences.   Data gained through formative assessment is used for instructional decision-making.  All students, including special education students, English language learners, and talented and gifted students have access to and success in core curriculum.  The classroom instruction is flexible and provides a variety of activities to meet learning styles of all students.
The Sioux Center Community School District is committed to providing a world class education to all students.  This requires the commitment of resources such as financial support and time.  Every Wednesday the district dismisses an hour early to provide staff time to collaborate, plan, and discuss topics such as effective instruction.  The district appreciates the parental and community support in the professional growth of our teachers.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Inclement Weather Information (make up days)

Here is the schedule to make up the days that have been missed due to inclement weather.

November 22, 2010 will be made up on President's Day, February 21, 2011
January 10, 2011 will be made up on April 21, 2011 (Thursday of Easter Break)
January 11, 2011 will be made up on April 25, 2011 (Monday of Easter Break)
February 1, 2011 will be made up on May 27, 2011
February 2, 2011 will be made up on May 31, 2011

Any days missed from today, February 2, 2011 to the end of the year will be made up on June 1, 2011 and thereafter.