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MSAD 11 Curriculum Information
Curriculum information for educators, students, and families.
Katie Joseph, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
The MSAD #11 Curriculum is open to the public. It is organized in a database as a series of curriculum maps. This "atlas" of curriculum maps offers an overview of our district curriculum at each grade level and subject area. These maps are tools that can be used as a guide to examine curriculum, instruction, and assessment as well as the alignment of our curriculum to Maine's learning expectations. Our curriculum is fluid and is continually updated and improved. Please visit often.
Click here for the MSAD #11 Curriculum Database
Click on the link below to download directions on how to use the Browse feature within the curriculum database.
March 13, 2017
Dear MSAD 11 Families,
As many of you know, students in grades 3-8 and 11 are tested each year in math and English language arts (ELA) and three times in science. These assessments, known as the MEA tests, help the state to understand how students are doing across all districts in Maine. They are also used by teachers to inform instruction and to help them understand their students’ strengths and weaknesses.
More specifically, grade 11 will take the SAT and grades 3-8 will again take the eMPower test. For the eMPower assessment, students will complete the test on the computer for math and ELA. A benefit of taking the test digitally is that it has electronic supports (e.g. an embedded calculator, highlighting, etc.) to help students with their work. The tests are timed, a change at the state level from last year, and each is just roughly over an hour to an hour and a half. We are pleased that the state has cut down substantially on the timing of these tests from what was required in past years.
First Lady Ann LePage with the Department of Education will issue a challenge to read to a child for fifteen minutes. This challenge begins February 2, and our district is accepting it. The challenge will culminate on Read Across America Day on March 2, so you have the entire month to get reading.
The Department of Education is hoping to spark interest and promote awareness about the power of reading to a child.
Sharing your reading life with a child is a powerful way to connect. “When we give children books, we become part of their future, part of their most cherished memories, and part of their lives.” - Anita Silvey
How to Complete the Challenge:
Please help spread the word about this challenge and encourage older siblings to read to youger ones, extended family and friends to read aloud.
If you are wondering what to read, consider sharing your childhood favorite. You could have your child choose a book.
Read an engaging book, chapter of a novel, newspaper or magazine article, comics, nursery rhymes or poetry.
If possible, use #ReadtoME or #ReadaloudME to post a photo or brief video clip on social media with your challenge to others to read aloud 15 minutes to a child or children they know. An example of a message is: “I completed the Read to ME Challenge. You are next! Read to a child for 15 minutes.” Remember if you are reading to a child other than your own that you should get permission from the guardians to include photos or videos.
If you would like more information, please visit this website below.
Please contact us with any questions.
Let's read on!
Debra Butterfield, Teacher-Librarian