WBCH offers this space to area school superintendents to highlight news in their districts. This posting is from Maple Valley Superintendent Michelle Falcon:
“It has taken our district a few years, but Maple Valley Schools has expanded educational programming in many areas. Our students who are at or above grade level have different opportunities to expand their knowledge at all buildings. Our elementary schools utilize online learning programs such as Moby Max and Khan Academy to individualize instruction for each student.
These programs prescribe assignments at or above their level to challenge the child. Students have enrichment classes to further academics in areas such as: creative writing, Lego robotics, and project based learning.
Elementary students are invited to participate in Odyssey of the Mind or Mathletes. These academic clubs are offered to enrich Science and Mathematics after school hours.
Students in grades 5 – 12 are placed in advanced English and Mathematics courses based on assessment data.
At our secondary building, we offer advanced classes such as Honors: Physics, Calculus, Anatomy, Chemistry and this year we have added Honors English 10 and Honors Geometry to our curriculum for underclassmen. For upperclassmen we offer two Advanced Placement (AP) English classes, AP Biology, and AP US History.
We also allow students to take college level classes through Davenport, Lansing Community College, or Kellogg Community College. For those students who qualify, we offer independent study courses as well. After school hours we have a plethora of academic and fine arts clubs such as: chess, DECA, musical programs, PALs, student council, National Honor Society, jazz band, and De Capo. For our students who are identified as at-risk by state qualifications, we have worked diligently to improve our intervention classes in all buildings to support these students who need additional academic instruction.
We do this by offering a tier support system where the students get 1, 2, or 3 blocks of instruction on important core content standards. We are proud of student achievement improvements that we are making. Our state and local assessment data show steady increases in all content areas. The following points of pride are additions to our instructional programming:
· Caring Student-Centered Teachers
· Updated Curriculum: Elementary & Social Studies
· Little Lions Preschool and Child Care
· Online Learning Opportunities
· Specials Courses
o Physical and Health Education
o Library and Computers
o Music and Band (Grades 5 - 12)
o Fine Arts Education
· Career Technology Education
o Award winning Agriculture program
o Comprehensive Business and Marketing programs
o Woods/Manufacturing/Sawmill (operations)
o COMING SOON! MV Works Skilled Trades Education
· Maple Valley Pathways High School (Alternative/Adult/Virtual)
· Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS)
o Positive Behavior Interventions
o Comprehensive Assessment Plan
o Intervention Classes
· Special Education Supports
· Counseling Services
· District-Wide School Nurse