At Cuyuna Range Elementary School, our academics are aligned with Minnesota State Standards for each grade level. We participate in the "Multi-Tier System and Support", which students are provided 30 minutes a day to work on "What I Need". This tiered system allows Cuyuna Range Elementary School staff to best meet the needs of individual students by targeting skills, strategies or project-based learning to achieve academic success.
In 2014 Cuyuna Range Elementary adopted the "Balanced Literacy" model of instruction. Our reading data almost doubled in one year of implementation! In fall of 2016 we adopted a similar instructional model for mathematics. In fall of 2015 we adopted student-driven programming in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) resulting in a STEAM Expo for each grade level this year. This adoption lead to the inclusion of "maker spaces" and an extended school day learning model with our Bright Futures programs.
Cuyuna Range Elementary School report cards also reflect the Minnesota State Standards of achievement. Students are tested for mastery on specific learning benchmarks. Teachers report on each child's achievement level quarterly and describe what areas still need work to achieve mastery. The grading system has been adjusted for the 2016-2017 school year.
E = 90-100% (Excellent)
S+ = 80-89% (Highly Satisfactory)
S = 70-79% (Satisfactory)
N = 69% and lower (Needs Improvement)
A+ = 97-100%
A = 93-96%
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 87-89%
B = 83-86%
B- = 80-82%
C+ = 77-79%
C = 73-76%
C- = 70-72%
D+ = 67-69%
D = 63-66%
D- = 60-62%
F = 59% and lower
Music, PE, Tech and Innovation, and Citizenship
E = Excellent
S = Satisfactory
N = Needs Improvement
Cuyuna Range Elementary School's high tech classrooms include the use of iPads and Chromebooks. These technologies are supplemented with fantastic teaching aids, such as Schoology.
What resources can be extended to your home?
One of the most notable teaching aids is IXL, an online supplemental Math instruction program that allows students to log in to their personal account in school or at home. The lessons are structured by grade level and sub categories and promote practicing math skills in a fun and entertaining way.
Another program frequently used by Cuyuna Range Elementary School students is Accelerated Reader, which allows them to get credit for reading outside the classroom. After finishing a book, students take a short quiz online and teachers can check the status of each student's at-home reading.
Starfall is a website for "beginner readers". Starfall is so easy to use, there are no complicated instructions. The website supports your child's exploration. Every word when tapped or clicked will read aloud enabling your child's speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary to grow alongside his or her curiosity. On occasion, sit down with your child and use the website together and encourage your child to share what he or she has learned. Although the website is organized sequentially, please allow your child to play freely and create a unique path.
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