New Nebraska Tests
Nebraska is revising its state tests to reflect the new reading and math standards. This year, your student will be practicing for the new reading test. Next year, your student will practice the new math test and actually take the new reading test.
The NeSA-Math test is being revised as well. It will use other question types similar to those used on the NeSA-ELA test.
High school students will no longer be taking the NeSA assessments. The state of Nebraska is having all 11th graders will take the ACT test. The test will be given in April 2017.
If you have any questions about the new tests, talk to your student's teacher or contact Dr. Larson at email@example.com.
Student learning is impacted by how they think about challenging situations. See below for "I can" statements that reflect a growth mindset!
Growth Mindset I Can Statements
We heard you say you wanted a math program that helped students be successful in high school and be able to use math in their world. Our teachers are busy implementing our new math program- Go Math. Go Math is used to teach the new Nebraska standards. The new standards set the bar high for our students. We are happy to say that your student(s) are already reaching that bar! Go Math will also help our students get ready for the more challenging Nebraska math test coming in 2017. More importantly, this program is designed to help students really understand math so that they can use it in their world and do well in high school.
Please feel free to ask any questions or let us know of any support you or your student needs as we use this new program.
Communicating on Our Website
PCSD is working with a learning framework based on the teacher evaluation plan.
What are our priorities-in all subjects and all grade levels?
Writing using valid arguments and evidence
We know this will impact learning!
Link to complete list of priority standards and expectations
Getting Students to Think!
PCSD Student Council Representatives Encourage all Students to:
Take time to celebrate these habits!
Two Great Resources!
1) Parent Resources page: Information on helping your student with math, reading, and parenting in general
2) Essentials Brochures file (on the right-side of this page): Specific information about what is taught and how
Welcome to a Great District!
Four Questions Guide Learning at PCSD:
What do we want our students to know and be able to do?
How do we know when they know it?
What do we do if they donít know it?
What do we do if they do?
What Do We Want Students to Know and Be Able to Do?
Vision, Beliefs, and Goals
PCSD partners have identified a vision, beliefs, and goals for academics, behavior, and civic engagement as well as for content areas (i.e. math, science, reading, etc.). Through continuous improvement, teachers set yearly goals for content areas.
Curriculum and Essentials
The curriculum and essentials include what is taught, when it is taught, and what is essential for students to learn at each grade level.
How Do We Know When They Know It?
PCSD educators use many ways to assess student learning and share results with partners.
What Do We Do If They Donít Know It?
What Do We Do If They Do?
PCSD meets the needs of learners through:
Blue Devil Academy Middle School After School Program
Parents As Teachers- Birth to Three
Plattsmouth Academy for Learning (PAL) K-8, 9-12
Plattsmouth Early Childhood
Big Day for PreK
Math- Go Math!
Reading- K-4 Good Habits, Great Readers
Writing- Units of Study
Science- Pearson Interactive Science
Social Studies-K-3 Harcourt Social Studies
Grade 4- Pearson My World: Nebraska
Math- Do the Math
Reading- Leveled Literacy Instruction, Corrective Reading, Sonday, Stepping Stones, Early Interventions In Reading, System 44
Math- Go Math!
Reading- Grades 5-6 Wonders
Grades 7-8 - Collections
Writing- Units of Study
Science- Grade 5 Pearson Interactive Science
Grades 6-8 Pearson Science Explorer- Life, Physical, and Earth Science
Social Studies- Grade 5 Harcourt Social Studies
Grade 6 World Regions
Grade 7 Ancient Civilizations
Grade 8 United States History Beginning to 1877
Reading Interventions - System 44, Read 180
Science - Varied resources
Social Studies - Varied resources, Holt World Geography, Holt American History
Math- Varied resources
English Language Learners - National Geographic Reach
Continual Improvement Process
PCSD partners use data from student learning to reflect on what they do and continually improve their educational system.
Do you want to know what is being focused on at each grade level? Check out the Essential Brochures. We are "digging in our heels" on these learning outcomes!
Birth to Three Grant! Parents as Partners
Birth to 3- Parents as Teachers Overview