*Duckwater Elementary School is a one-room school serving students enrolled in PK-8.
*The school also serves the individual needs of high school students enrolled in Pathways Distance Education program.
*18 students enrolled for the 2010-2011 school year.
*One teacher, with the help of one part-time teacher’s aide, serves all students.
*Nearest commercial services are 70 miles away in Ely, Nevada.
*Community is primarily involved with ranching, oil drilling and refining, and tribal operations.
*Students typically attend Eureka County High School, 55 miles distant, after graduating from the eighth grade.
*Students represent various culture groups: 20% Hispanic, 50% Native American, 30% Caucasian
*Hispanic students are from Mexico and are in various English-acquisition stages
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Because of the small student population in K-8, the individual strengths of the students are varied. These strengths are identified by the teacher through analysis of standardized testing results, as well as by utilizing less formal testing situations and daily observations.
Since Duckwater Elementary/Middle School is a one-room school with multiple grades in one classroom, students may be cross-grade grouped in flexible, cooperative learning arrangements to best suit their needs for a particular subject. Such arrangements may be and are changed daily, weekly, or monthly, depending upon individual students’ needs or strengths. Students are often in different groupings for different subject areas. There are many opportunities for all students to serve as peer tutors, since there is most always someone younger than they are. Similarly, there are many opportunities for re-teaching of concepts because of the many grade levels involved in a K-8 classroom.
Because of the small student population on K-8, there were no observable similar “gaps” for overall student population. To assume that if the one fifth grader tested on the writing proficiency passed, that this was an indicator of excellent or even adequate instruction in writing, would be dangerous. Instead, each student has his or her own particular strengths and needs. The priority concern is to analyze (and re-analyze periodically throughout the year) these individual students’ performance, not just on standardized testing results, but also in everyday applications, and provide appropriate instruction, particular to that student. Such instruction is planned to optimize and draw from a student’s strengths, while targeting their individual needs for improvement. This has been a priority concern and planning activity for many years.
The main new priority for the 2012-2013 school year is to implement the CCSS across all grade levels. Additionally, teacher-created multi-media support materials aligned to the standards, and using existing district-approved textbooks, will be utilized to provide adequate guided and independent practice to achieve mastery.