CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
October 10, 2018
Committee Members Present: Chair: Pia Holmes; Tom Connors
Committee Member Absent: Jason Bersani
Board Members Present: Christopher Clarke, Edward Hastings,
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Troy Alexander, Heather Gauthier, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette
Others Present: Kevin Lamoreau, Jacob Whitaker
Kim Silsby explained the process for approval when a club is interested in becoming a probationary student organization. She said the organizations need approval from the principal, superintendent, Curriculum Committee and the school board. The Middle School Chamber Singers and School Jazz Band have had a thriving interest group. If they get approval, they would be a probationary group for two years. Jacob Whitaker said these two groups would offer students who are high achievers the opportunity to further their music education and take it to another level.
Motion by Tom Connors to forward the requests to the full board for consideration, second by Pia Holmes, so moved 2-0.
2. Report Cards
Teacher Report Card Guide
Committee member Pia Holmes asked for information about Augusta schools’ report cards. Donna Madore said Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade report cards had been standards based and grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 had maintained the traditional number grade. Grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 report cards changed to standards based about five years ago (see attachments). A focus group was formed and meetings were conducted with teachers and parents. A committee was formed to develop the new report cards and a teacher report card guide (see attachment). Ms. Madore said the high school report card is more traditional and has the number grades. Kim Silsby said a student’s report card grade is 20% habits of work and 80% standards. She said the standards are aligned in every course and are listed in the program of studies. When 6th grade students enter the middle school she said they meet multiple times with parents and students to review their new report cards. Parents also have access to the parent viewer on line to see specific information on the different grades. Ms. Madore said the DOE has Pre-K standards and last year teachers aligned our Tools of the Mind program and reporting system with the DOE standards.
Meeting adjourned at 6:19 p.m.