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)
     Clinton City Schools has 3 elementary schools.  LC Kerr houses PreK-Kindergarten, Butler Avenue School houses 1st-2nd grades, and Sunset Avenue houses 3rd-5th grades. Our core curriculum for literacy instruction is Into Reading from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. As a result, all students have online and print access to high quality, diverse, and engaging text on their grade level.  Students also experience guided reading lessons with leveled and/or decodable text based on individual needs.  Teachers understand the Science of Reading and they provide lessons in a sequential order that provides the highest opportunity for student progress in reading, speaking, listening, and writing. Students take a Beginning of Year (BOY), Middle of Year (MOY), and End of Year (EOY) benchmark assessment using iReady.  The results of those benchmark assessments are used to plan instruction and intervention for students and the data is also used for administrators and district staff to target professional development for teachers. The iReady tool provides detailed individual reports on student progress and next steps for instruction. The READY math curriculum is used in K-5, which is a print based textbook described by the publisher this way, "Through teacher-led instruction, students develop mathematical reasoning, engage in discourse, and build strong mathematical habits. The program’s instructional framework supports educators as they strengthen their teaching practices and facilitates meaningful discourse that encourages all learners."  Benchmark data from state provided assessments is collected using NC Check-ins for 3rd-5th grade Reading, Math, and 5th grade Science as well as K-2 Math Assessments.  Science and Social Studies are taught through integration of a variety of resources and align to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  In addition to the core academic areas, all three school sites have access to a K-5 Computer Coding Curriculum, Music, Visual Art, and Health/P.E., which are explored through resource and/or extension activities. 

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, students 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 Check-ins for English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, NC Math 1 and 8th Grade Science. 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. Additional academic data is collected from iReady Reading and Math diagnostics. This tool provides detailed individual reports on student progress and next steps for instruction.  The core reading curriculum is Into Literature from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a variety of resources are used to align with the 6th-8th grade NC Standard Course of Study. 

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. Additionally, Clinton High School offers online opportunities through NC Virtual Public High School and NC School of Science and Math.  Throughout each semester, NC Check-in assessments are used in NC Math I, while teacher created benchmarks are used in other academic areas to determine strengths and weaknesses of students and to help guide differentiated instruction.

Beginning Teacher Support
     Beginning Teachers (BTs) are teachers in their first 3 years of teaching. In CCS, a Teacher Advancement Coordinator and BT Coordinator provides BT support related to personal professional development, data analysis, lesson planning, and classroom management.  Each BT is assigned a school-based "Buddy" and a school Lead Mentor. BTs are also given orientation before their first year of teaching and then opportunities for monthly support meetings throughout their first three years.

Staff


 

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.

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