Office of Curriculum and Instruction

Kelly Gaideski, Director 

St. Joseph Public Schools Administrative Offices
3275 Lincoln Avenue
St. Joseph, MI 49085

Phone: (269) 926-3209
E-Mail: kgaideski@sjschools.org

Amanda Mortimore, Administrative Assistant
Phone: (269) 926-3122
E-Mail: amortimore@sjschools.org

Welcome!

Curriculum and Instruction is committed to ensuring learning for all at St. Joseph Public Schools. This focus on learning, combined with the art and science of effective instruction, alignment of curriculum and assessment to our state standards, and fostering and maintaining positive relationships, makes student learning visible at SJPS.  We value our families as partners in our journey to inspire lifelong learners and create tomorrow's leaders.

Through a collaborative culture and work centered around four essential learning questions, we are reaching our committment of learning for all.  These four questions center on student learning and support systems. 

1. What is it we want students to learn? (Essential Standards)

2. How will we know that they have learned? (Formative Assessment)

3. What will we do when they don't learn? (Intervention)

4. What will we do when they do learn? (Extension)

 

Reading at Home 

Reading is critical for student's academic success and reading at home is an essential piece of reading achievement.  Reading 20 minutes a night with your child makes a huge impact on their academic success!  Reading is comprised of several skills: letter identification, phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.  We are happy to share a great resource developed in Southwest Michigan that targets these specific reading skills.  Simply choose the specific skill and you will see several activities to help your child grow as a reader!

Read at Home Resource

Thank you for partnering in your child's success!

Questions relating to the curriculum or enrollment in the St. Joseph Public Schools can be directed to the Curriculum Office at 3275 Lincoln Avenue, St. Joseph, MI 49085 or by contacting Kelly Gaideski, Director of Curriculum, or Amanda Mortimore, Curriculum Assistant at 269-926-3122.


High School Curriculum

Click on any of these documents to view and download a PDF.

English Language Arts:
9th Grade ELA
10th Grade ELA
11the Grade ELA
12th Grade ELA

Math:
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Geometry
Honors Geometry
AP Calculus
AP Statistics

Common Core State Standards

These have been developed by the National Parent Teacher Association.

High School English

High School Math


Graduation Requirements

Graduation from St. Joseph High School requires that a student earn a mandatory total of 22 1/2 units of credit in grades 9 through 12. One-half unit of credit is received for successful completion (passing grade) of one semester's work in a subject.

Beginning with the Class of 2011, students must earn a mandatory 22 1/2 credits and attend school in grades 9-12 for eight (8) full time semesters. A student must also fulfill the Michigan Merit Curriculum during the course of their educational tenure (K-12)in order to receive a St. Joseph diploma.

All students will be required to participate in the Michigan Merit Exam (MME).

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  • 4 units English
  • 4 units Mathematics
    • Algebra 1
    • Geometry
    • Algebra II
    • One Math Related Class during Senior Year
  • 3 units Social Studies
    • Civics (1/2 unit)
    • Economics (1/2 unit)
    • U.S. History and Geography (1 unit)
    • World History and Geography (1 unit)
  • 3 units Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry or Physics
    • 1 Additional Science
  • 1 unit Physical Education/Health
  • 1 unit Visual Performing Applied Arts
    (Art, Web Page Design, Newspaper, Yearbook, Culinary Arts, Technical Drawing/CAD, Metals, Machine Woodworking, Graphic Arts, Foods & Nutrition, Choir, Band, Orchestra, Jazz, Music Theory, Athletic Training)
  • 1 unit Online learning experience (embedded in curriculum)
  • Electives to reach a total of 22 1/2 units
  • 8 full-time semesters

Credit Recovery

If a student has failed a required class that is needed as a graduation requirement or has failed classes and is behind in his/her total credits, he/she may, with prior approval from the counselor, take a class in summer school, through the Alternative Virtual Academy (AVA), or the Michigan Virtual High School.


Middle School Curriculum

English Language Arts:
7th Grade ELA
8th Grade ELA

Math:
6th Grade Math

Parent Guides

These have been developed by the National Parent Teacher Association.

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade


Elementary Curriculum

Standards Based Report Cards 

St. Joseph Public Schools' elementary students are being assessed using a standards-based report card. Standards-based report cards help to provide greater consistency in academic expectations from year to year and strengthen collaboration between you and your child’s teacher to support student success.

The standards-based report card is correlated to rubrics that specify expectations for each grade level in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  The rubrics are aligned with Michigan's Common Core Standards.  Please note: Standards for Science and Social Studies will be added to the report cards when Michigan completes the standards adoption process in these content areas. In an effort to more clearly identify specific areas of strengths and/or challenges for each child, the report card also separates academic progress and behaviors that lead to successful learning. Traditional grading blended these two areas together and many times did not report a clear picture of your child as a learner.

You will find samples of the report cards and rubrics available below. The rubrics are very informative for you as a parent. You are encouraged to review these and become familiar with the grade level standards for your child. The informational video regarding standards based reporting, which was shown on Back to School Night in September, is available for viewing below. 

On the SJPS 4-1 scale, a level 3 is our target and represents a high level of achievement. There will be very few 4's, as a level 4 indicates performance well beyond grade level expectations and some cases, a level 4 is not possible. (i.e. the kindergarten reading standard: Recognizes capital and lower case letters in random order) The rubrics are very informative for you as a parent. You are encouraged to review these and become familiar with the grade level standards for your child. 

Standards-based report cards help to provide greater consistency in academic expectations from year to year and strengthen collaboration between you and your child’s teacher to support student success. The report card also separates academic progress and behaviors that lead to successful learning. Students are now assessed both in academics and their learner behaviors, traditional grading blended these two areas together and many times did not report a clear picture of your child as a learner. You will find samples of the report cards and rubrics available below.  

Thank you for your continued partnership in your child's success.  If I can answer any questions, please call the curriculum office at 926-3122. 
Kelly Gaideski 

Parent Guides

These have been developed by the National Parent Teacher Association.

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade


Report Card Samples and Rubrics

Annotated Report Card Guide

Kindergarten Report Card
Kindergarten Math Rubric

1st Grade Report Card
1st Grade Math Rubric

2nd Grade Report Card
2nd Grade Math Rubric

3rd Grade Report Card
3rd Grade Math Rubric

4th Grade Report Card
4th Grade English Rubric

5th Grade Report Card
5th Grade Math Rubric

Visual Arts Parent Rubrics

Kindergarten-2nd Grade Art Rubric

3rd Grade Art Rubric

4th Grade Art Rubric

5th Grade Art Rubric

 

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