ELA Pilot Notification
Lake Stevens School District is in the process of beginning to pilot curriculum for the 9th grade English course. This school year we will be piloting core and supplemental reads at Cavelero Mid High School. The Curriculum Commission will consider the feedback from the community, students and staff members to make a decision about the instructional materials at the completion of the pilots.
While curricular materials for this course were adopted, the adopted text is from 2000 (21 years ago) and therefore is no longer meeting our current students’ needs, including not addressing the CCSS at all, as the text was not developed at a time when our district was utilizing state standards, and we feel it is necessary to pilot some alternative materials.
Our goals of the pilot include:
- Create balance in our curriculum by increasing diversity in texts as it relates to a number of demographic factors, thus allowing us to ensure that students’ identities and life experiences are reflected in the works they read and that they have opportunities to explore content, identities, and perspectives beyond those already familiar to them.
- Remove portions of core reads that are inappropriate from a biased content perspective (as determined by utilizing the LSSD district process and tool developed by OSPI in response to the law that speaks to the Elimination of Bias in Textbooks and instructional materials—Instructional materials policy— Elimination of bias: Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-190- 055) in the interim year of 2021-2022, pending a full 9-12 ELA curriculum review. (We understand that the pilot may result in teaching texts that may not be adopted, as with any pilot process, and our focus is on piloting the concept of an inclusive and unbiased curriculum and not specific texts.)
- Teach texts that allow us to teach all CCSS, specifically adding in nonfiction genres to balance the overrepresentation of fictional texts. Simultaneously ensuring that texts are appropriately complex, and become increasingly complex throughout a student’s academic experience, as measured quantitatively with Lexile measures and qualitatively according to the measures defined by CCSS.
As this pilot begins, you may notice a change in your child’s curriculum, but not in the learning.
Copies of the piloted curriculums are available for your review at Cavelero Mid High School. If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, Cavelero administration or Mike Snow, Executive Director of Secondary Teaching & Learning at 425-335-1500 or email@example.com.
6th - 9th Grade Health Pilot Notification 2021-22 School Year
Fall - Spring 2021-22
Lake Stevens School District is in the process of formerly piloting health curriculums in grades sixth through ninth at Lake Stevens Middle School, North Lake Middle School and Cavelero Mid High School.
- McGraw Hill: Teen Health (grades 6—7) and Glencoe Health (grades 8-9) will begin late fall of 2021.
- 8th-9th Grade: Lake Stevens, Glencoe Health, Community Information Sheet: 8th-9th Grade and Glencoe Health Table of Contents brochure (note: we are not piloting Optional supplemental Healthy Relationships and Sexuality units.)
- 6th-7th Grade: Lake Stevens, Teen Health Community Information Sheet: 6th-7th Grade (note: we are not piloting Human Sexuality Optional Supplement)
- Goodheart Willcox: Essential Health Skills for Middle School (grades 6—7) & Essential Health Skills (grades 8—9) will begin second semester. We are not piloting the comprehensive sexual health versions of these curriculums.
Our secondary schools will continue to use the KNOW (HIV/AIDS) and FLASH (Human Growth & Development) supplemental curriculums.
The Lake Stevens School District Curriculum Commission, which includes members from our teachers, administrators, school board and parents will consider the feedback from the community, students and staff members to make a decision about the instructional materials at the completion of the pilot which is scheduled to be completed by the end of the current school year.
For additional information about the piloted curriculums you can schedule a review meeting at your student’s school or our district’s Educational Service Center, 12309 22nd St NE. If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact Mike Snow, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction at 425-335-1500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.