High Ability

Martinsville’s High Ability Mission Statement

 

The mission of the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville’s High Ability program is to provide accelerated and enriched learning experiences to all students in grades K-12 for students in all socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, if they are found to perform at, or demonstrate an exceptional level of learning ability in language arts and/or math.  Martinsville schools recognize the need to identify these students and provide a challenging and differentiated curriculum for all students to reach their potential; the high ability students experience an educational journey through student-centered exploration.  Together, as the high ability representatives for the Martinsville School District, we challenge and inspire high ability students through rich experiences, empowering them to achieve success.  When high ability students walk across the stage at their graduation from Martinsville High School, they have been prepared through curricular challenges and opportunities based on their needs, and they are ready to make positive contributions to our world.

 

Metropolitan School District of Martinsville

High Ability Program Identification

 

High Ability Assessments for Spring Testing:

CogAT Screener:  K and 2

CogAT:  K and 2

NWEA:  Grades K-8

InView:  Grades 3-8

PSAT/SAT/ECA/AP Tests:  High School

 

Kindergarten

  • Identified through CogAT screener, and teacher recommendation
  • Will test using NWEA (performance-based assessment) and CogAT (potential-based assessment)
  • Will receive services for 1st and 2nd grade if qualify through Spring testing  
  • Will retest at the end of  2nd grade to qualify for enrichment program for grades 3-4

 

2nd Grade

  • Identified through CogAT (potential-based performance) screener, and teacher recommendation
  • Will test using NWEA (performance-based assessment) and CogAT (potential-based assessment)
  • If qualify through testing, will receive high ability services in 3rd and 4th  grades for the remainder of elementary school and will retest at the end of 4th grade to qualify for enrichment program at the intermediate school.

3rd Grade

  • Newly identified students through ISTEP+ scores or teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using NWEA and InView.

 

4th Grade

  • Identified through screening process, tested and qualified as high ability student
  • Will test using NWEA and InView (potential-based assessment)
  • If qualify through testing, will receive high ability services in 5th and 6th grades and will retest at the end of 6th grade to qualify for enrichment services at the middle school

 

5th Grade

  • Newly identified through ISTEP+ scores or teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using NWEA and InView.

 

6th Grade

 

  • Identified through screening process, tested and qualified as high ability student
  • Will test using NWEA and InView (potential-based assessment)
  • If qualify through testing, will receive high ability services in 7th and 8th grade

 

7th & 8th Grade

 

  • Newly identified through ISTEP+ scores or teacher recommendation will test during the Spring assessment using NWEA and InView.

 

Additional High Ability Assessment Information:

 

  • Students may be exited from the program based upon their performance.  The teacher and high ability representative must complete paperwork, meet with the student and parent, set goals and give a timeline to reach those goals before the exit process is completed.

 

  • In order to qualify, students must score in the 89 percentile or above on the CogAt OR in the 95 percentile or above on the NWEA or InView.  

 

  • Students can qualify as math, LA, or general domain depending on scores.

 

  • Communication is sent to parents once scores are received and eligibility is determined.

 

Enrichment Program for the High Ability Students

Services for grades K-12

 

MSD of Martinsville will offer the following services to students based upon their High Ability domain.

 

  • Grades 3-8 Enrichment Program

 

Enrichment Program:

The Metropolitan School District of Martinsville’s Enrichment Program is geared at providing special curricular challenges and activities for the high ability and high achieving students at all of the district’s schools. The

program coordinators submitted a grant to the State of Indiana, and the State funds received from that grant help provide for the District’s Enrichment Program to function. The grant helps to fund materials and opportunities for high ability students. Each school’s Enrichment Program will be set up differently. Parent permission is required in order for each child to participate in the Enrichment Program; there is a Parent Permission Form that is distributed, completed by parent and returned to the child’s school. Though the Enrichment Program students are

engaged by the activities, this one-two hour per week opportunity is not inclusive of the district’s curriculum that is in place at each school to challenge the high achieving and high ability students. Other services and programs are offered at each of the district’s schools.

 

  • Grades K-12 Differentiated Instruction in classrooms based upon domains
  • Grades K-12 Special program/enrichment activities offered by the school

 

MSD of Martinsville

Enrichment Program for the High Ability Students

Service Options

 

Please Note:  All schools offer differentiated instruction or leveled classes to challenge the High Ability Students.  Other programming options are listed below, but vary from school-to-school and by grade level.

 

Kindergarten

Weekly Spanish Club for high achieving students

Creative Writing

Leveled Readers

Encoding

Word a Day-Vocabulary

Analogies

Centers

Differentiating homework

Differentiating class work

Paired/Shared Grouping

Choice boards

Problem Based learning

Cooperative group learning

 

First Grade

Weekly Spanish Club for high achieving students

Word-O

Reader’s Theatre

Book Study-above level reading and higher level thinking

Creative Writing

E books-interactive games

Enrichment Problem Solving

Higher levels of Build Up and Spiral Up Phonetic Skills Bags

Enrichment math packets with 5th grade buddy

Brain Quest Questions

 

Second Grade

Weekly Spanish Club for high achieving students

Science/Social Studies/Vocabulary Flip chart

 

Third Grade

Enrichment Program

Weekly Spanish Club for high achieving students

 

          

Fourth Grade

Enrichment Program

Weekly Spanish Club for high achieving students

Math Bowl

Spell Bowl

 

Fifth Grade

Enrichment Program

Weekly Spanish Club for high achieving students

Math Bowl

Spell Bowl

Rocket Math

Simulations

 

Sixth Grade

Enrichment Program

Math Bowl

Spell Bowl

Leveled Math classes

Leveled English classes

High Ability Interest Groups (Foreign Language, Sign Language, etc.)

 

Seventh Grade

Enrichment Program

Math Bowl

Spell Bowl

Academic Super Bowl (Math, Science, English, Social Studies)

Leveled Math classes

Leveled English classes

Journalism

Art Honors

High Ability Interest Groups (Foreign Language, Sign Language, etc.)

 

Eighth Grade

Spell Bowl

Leveled Math classes including High School Algebra

Leveled English classes

Journalism

Art Honors

Academic Super Bowl (Math, Science, English, Social Studies)

 

High School

Advance Placement Courses

Advanced College Project Courses

Honors Courses

Academic Clubs

Credit offered for high school courses taken by middle school students

Dual-credit/Dual-enrollment courses (Advanced English/LA, Advanced Science, Advanced Business, Advanced Career-Technical Education; Plan to be added:  

Advanced Social Sciences, Advanced Mathematics, Advanced Business)

 

Language Arts: Varies by school/grade/teacher

  • Accelerated Reader
  • Advanced leveled readers/reading groups
  • Enrichment vocabulary development
  • Higher level questioning
  • Challenge worksheets/stations
  • Daily Oral Language Activities
  • Goal Writing
  • Research
  • Brainteasers
  • Discussion
  • Novels
  • Note-taking Skills
  • Reading SRA
  • Individualized Spelling lists/Challenge Words
  • Rocket Reader
  • 300 Word Club/100 Word Society
  • Journal Writing/Free Writing Time
  • Book Reports
  • Literature Circles
  • Self-selected reading /SSR
  • Book Commercials
  • Quote of the week
  • Participate in Shurley jingles and are encouraged to make up new rhythms
  • Current Events
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Creative Writing/Journal writing
  • Oral Presentations

 

Mathematics:  Varies by school/grade/teacher

  • Challenge worksheets
  • Ability grouping based upon instructional mapping
  • Higher level questioning
  • Math facts tests are tested at a lower time
  • Math leadership groups/student math tutors
  • Daily enrichment activities
  • Daily Oral Math Activities
  • Brainteasers
  • Math SRA
  • Rocket Math
  • Problem Solving activities
  • Computer math games
  • Think Alouds
  • Participate in math chants to remember formulas for area, perimeter, volume

 

Other Subjects:  Varies by school/grade/teacher

  • Participation in high school dramas
  • Participation in special parts in programs
  • Higher level questioning
  • Group projects/ Poster Reports
  • Creative individual social studies and science projects/experiments
  • Listening Skill Activities
  • Hands-on experiences
  • DARE/BAT
  • Draw your own conclusions
  • Art history-Indiana, US, World, geography, culture
  • Computer/Technology Opportunities
  • Centers for exploration of science and math
  • Drawing Center
  • Ask “What if…” questions
  • Design visuals for the social studies timeline
  • Design posters to advertise civic responsibility
  • Design visuals for natural disaster theme in reading
  • Perform songs they have written
  • Perform dances with appropriate social studies lessons

 

School Opportunities

  • Honor Roll
  • BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Club
  • Perfect Attendance Recognition
  • Most Improved Student Recognition
  • Top Acuity Scores
  • Most Improved Acuity Scores
  • Highest Average Acuity
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Student Council
  • Field Trips
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Peer Mediators
  • Art Contests
  • Music Productions
  • American Legion essay Contest
  • Sports Teams
  • Scouts
  • Community Service Projects
  • Participate in Engineering Week
  • Poetry Contest
  • Drama Club
  • Bradford Woods activities
  • Classroom duties