Curriculum and Program Information
- 2010-11 Kindergarten Curriculum
- 2010-11 First Grade Curriculum
- 2010-11 Second Grade Curriculum
- 2010-11 Third Grade Curriculum
- 2010-11 Fourth Grade Curriculum
- 2010-11 Fifth Grade Curriculum
- 2010-11 Sixth Grade Curriculum
- 2010-11 Seventh Grade Curriculum
- 2010-11 Eighth Grade Curriculum
- 2009-10 High School Curriculum
THE CURRICULUM:The curriculum includes rigorous academic requirements: foreign language starting in kindergarten; outstanding music, art and drama programs; and a K-12 computer program. The entire curriculum has been reformatted to show desired results. The staff is uses authentic, hands-on assessments, in addition to traditional tests, to measure achievement.
COMPREHENSIVE PUPIL SERVICES:The pupil services staff includes school psychologists, school social workers and school counselors. Staff members assist student in their development as emotionally healthy, socially competent, productive members of society. They provide such services as assessment, counseling, developmental counseling, consultative services, and workshops for staff and parents. Through various specialists, the school system provides early intervention and prevention services, crisis intervention, and referral to community resources. Each school team of pupil service providers collaborates with parents, teachers, and the community in assisting children with the learning process.
GIFTED PROGRAM:We have a gifted resource teacher at each elementary school and middle school. High school students have Advanced Placement opportunities.
SPECIAL EDUCATION:We have in-building services for most students with mild to moderate disabilities, and programs for students with more severe handicaps. Pre-school handicapped youngsters whose PPT requires a nursery school program are served in an inclusive setting at an elementary school. The program is open to the general population on a fee basis. The high school includes a regional Life Skills program serving students from 15 area communities (on a tuition basis) as well Staples.
TECHNOLOGY:Electronic capabilitiesare continually being expanded as the school system implements a strategic technology plan. Computer access to the Internet is available at all schools. Teachers are collaborating to use the rich resources of the Internet to expand and enrich instruction. Student use of electronic resources are supervised at all levels. Students and their parents are required to sign an "Acceptable Use Agreement" before gaining access to electronic resources.
Elementary (Grades PreK-5)
Our pre-K program , Stepping Stones, is open to the general population on a fee basis. Students identified as having special needs attend at Board expense, as required by law. For information about registration, call 341-1715.
Starting with our extended-day kindergarten, elementary schools provide an enriched, hands-on curriculum using a balanced approach to reading and writing which stresses both skill development and use of real literature. Students in grades K-5 are also taught Spanish, art, music, P.E. and computer by specialists. Every elementary school has a full-time, certified librarian and a school psychologist.
Social Skills Curriculum
Middle Schools (Grades 6-8)
Our two Middle schools use a team-teaching approach so that specific groups of teachers get to know the same groups of students. Each middle school has a student advocacy program. Activities include intramural sports, clubs, and co-curricular music, drama and literary activities. Each school has a full-time, certified librarian and school psychologist. Each middle school also has an after-school program operated by the Department of Continuing Education.
Staples High School (Grades 9-12)
Graduation Requirements: Students must take 25 credits during their four years (7 in grade nine, 6 in each of the others).
Administrative Staff: Teachers are supported by four assistant principals and department chairs. Counselors, social workers and school psychologists, as well as special education teachers, are supervised by a full time coordinator of pupil services.
Activities: Participation in co-curricular activities is high, and through the years, Staples has won many accolades for scholastic competition drama and music productions and student literary works. The school has been honored for having the state's best athletic program, and has repeatedly won good sportsmanship awards. Staples teams win Division and State championships with regularity. Students spear-headed drives to end hunger and won four Governor's Awards.
Facilities: Library Media Center, student-operated FM radio station, TV studio, field house, track. and pool. The auditorium is a fitting back-drop for top notch music and drama performances.