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Curriculum & Instruction

Purpose Statement

"The C&I Team will collaborate to shape district initiatives that support growth and learning by challenging Clinton City Schools students and staff to reach their full potential."


Elementary (K-5)- Our organizational framework for literacy instruction is Daily 5/Cafe'.  As a result, students experience small group guided lessons with their teacher as well as opportunities to study vocabulary, read to themselves, read with a partner, and write in response to reading. For the past several years, students in grades 2-5 have taken benchmark assessments 3 times a year using the NC Schoolnet tool for English Language Arts (ELA) and for Mathematics.  The results of those benchmark assessments are used to plan instruction and intervention for students and to target professional development for teachers.  This year students in grades 4-5 used the iReady tool for benchmark assessments in ELA in place of Schoolnet.  This tool provides detailed individual reports on student progress and next steps for instruction.  Students in grades K-2 participate in formative assessment and progress monitoring through mClass/Reading 3D for ELA.  This tool also gives K-2 teachers detailed monitoring and support of student learning in reading.  A Global Schools Initiative is underway to be implemented in the 2017-18 school year.  We have partnered with Participate Learning to provide a common framework at all 3 elementary sites.  The elementary schools have explored computer coding this school year through club, resource, and extension activities. All three school sites have a K-5 Coding Curriculum to be implemented in the 2017-18 school year for all students. 

Middle School (6-8)- Sampson Middle is the only middle school in the Clinton City Schools District. Like all of our schools, instruction at the middle school is grounded in the core instructional practices of  1) differentiated instruction, 2) formative assessment, 3) meaningful embedded vocabulary, 4) student collaboration, and 5) effective use of digital learning tools.   In addition to their core academic classes, student in middle school have elective courses in the Arts, CTE,  and extended learning opportunities in North Carolina Virtual Public courses.  Students take benchmark assessments 3 times a year using the NC Schoolnet tool for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.  The results of those benchmark assessments are used to plan instruction and intervention for students and to target professional development for teachers.  Middle school students have scheduled intervention/enrichment time in the day where they are grouped for remediation and extension activities based on recent assessment data.  This year students in grades 6-8 used the iReady tool for benchmark assessments in ELA in place of Schoolnet.  This tool provides detailed individual reports on student progress and next steps for instruction.

High School (9-12)- Clinton High School is the only high school in the Clinton City Schools District. Through our partnership with Sampson Community College, we are able to offer college credit course work which equips students with the tools necessary to be successful as they continue their education and careers after high school. Clinton High School offers 162 courses in 14 major disciplines. More than 60% of Clinton High School's graduates attend four-year colleges or universities and 85% attend post-secondary institutions. Clinton High School operates on a concentrated block schedule in which students take four 90-minutes classes per day each semester. Therefore, students may earn a total of eight full credits during a school year. Honors and Advanced Placement courses, as well as career-technical education courses, are offered in many areas to prepare the students to reach their goals in life.  

Beginning Teacher Support-Beginning Teachers (BT) are teachers in their first 3 years of teaching.  In CCS each BT is assigned a school-based "Buddy" and a school Lead Mentor.  Additionally, there is an instructional coach assigned at K-5th and 6th-12th grades. BTs are also given summer orientation before their first year of teaching and then opportunities for monthly support meetings throughout their first three years.   

Five of our 1st year teachers with 6-12 Instructional Coach, Kelly Schultz and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Dr. Kelly Batts


Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)

Digital Teaching and Learning-  Clinton City Schools has a strong emphasis on technology integration.  Our classrooms are all outfitted with SMART boards and SMART technology.  Our acquisition of mobile devices (primarily Chromebooks) is quickly reaching a 1:1 goal.  We are a Google district which means teachers are regularly trained in, and are regularly seen using, the suite of Google tools to deliver instruction. The newly formed Digital Teaching and Learning team is comprised of teachers, media specialists, instructional coaches, administrators, and senior leadership from all levels and content areas grades K-12.  This team helps to inform the district on new digital initiatives related specifically to the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.