Academics for Fanning Falcons

Fanning teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Common Core State Standards (see side bar).

Report Cards and Progress Reports are standards-based and are sent home each trimester. In October each year, we have Minimum Day Conference Week, which gives our teachers an opportunity to meet with parents to each child’s progress towards academic proficiency.

The academic needs of all students are addressed in the classroom through differentiated instruction and flexible grouping. Students who have been identified to participate in GATE receive instruction at their level in the classroom during the daily schedule. GATE students in grades 4-6 are also clustered in their homeroom classes. Our GATE program offers a multitude of teaching strategies, including more in depth curriculum, independent projects or additional parts of a classroom project.

Other services offered to students during the day as interventions include: EL (English Learner) program, RSP (Resource- special education), Speech Therapy and Occupational Therapy.

Assessment results inform teachers and are key in planning instruction. As we see the evidence or results from students, we use that data to see what we need to teach next or reteach. With PLCs (Professional Learning Communities), our teachers meet regularly to consistently share, collaborate and analyze data. They conduct station rotations to share all students in a grade level, thereby holding themselves accountable for the education of all students. They articulate across the grade level, vertically articulate with the grade level educators below and above them, and enjoy articulating with that grade level of teachers throughout the District.

Textbooks We Use:

Kindergarten-5th Grade

Science - Houghton Mifflin

Language - Houghton Mifflin

Math - Harcourt School Publishers

Social Studies - Harcourt School Publishers

6th Grade

Science - Houghton Mifflin

Language - Holt, Rinehart & Winston (A Harcourt Education Company)

Math - Holt, Rinehart & Winston (A Harcourt Education Company)

Social Studies - Harcourt School Publishers

Common Core State Standards are here!

California educators have joined a national movement to adopt common standards and assessments for English language arts and mathematics. Currently, standards for what students should know and be able to do vary among states, as does the difficulty of the assessments used to determine whether students are meeting those standards. Common standards allow for collaboration among states on best practices and professional development.

What are Common Core Standards?

Common learning goals provide a clear vision of what educators and parents in all states should aim for. These learning goals help ensure that students meet college and work expectations, are prepared to succeed in a global economy and society, and are provided with rigorous content and application of higher knowledge thinking. Benchmarked against international standards, the Common Core Standards assist students in their preparation to complete the requirements for enrollment at a California public university. California’s Adoption of Common Core Standards

Adopted in California in August 2010, the K-12 Common Core State Standards were developed through a state-led effort to establish consistent and clear education standards for English language arts and mathematics.

The Common Core also added strength to the existing California standards by including additional standards for vocabulary and new standards for collaborative discussions. Literacy standards that focus on reading and writing instruction during history/social studies, science, and technology also were included. In mathematics, standards were added to demonstrate a stronger emphasis on number sense and algebraic thinking. Implementation of the Common Core in California’s schools will occur in stages over the next few years.

Click here for a link to a parent handbook about the CCSS.

Click here for a link to released questions from the Smarter Balanced test, which is scheduled to replace the ELA and Math portions of the CST in the 2014-15 school year.

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