Bay City Public Schools is proud to present its Curriculum Corner.
A task force of board trustees, administrators, teachers, and community members has been meeting since June of 1998 in an advisory capacity for implementation of the middle school concept in the Bay City Public Schools. A pilot program was initiated in the 1999-2000 school year with full middle school implementation occurring in the 2000-2001 school year. Our middle school vision encompasses a flexible and responsive program, in a safe environment, which meets the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social needs of young adolescents. "Team" teaching is a vital aspect to this concept and vision. Due to the lack of space and facilities, another task force was initiated for input in the design process of new middle school construction. Our Board of Education, after reviewing the recommendations, has approved the initiative to build two new middle schools, and also the renovation of Handy Middle School.
The High School of the 21st Century initiative began in December of 1998 with a visit to a career preparation high school in Niles, Michigan. A staff survey was then completed and a task force established to examine a broader perspective of what a high school curriculum should encompass for the 21st Century. Further, a career development alignment with our middle school students was also studied - Career Pathways. The task force continues to meet monthly to develop model courses and advise on the career pathway plan. In December of 2000, our Board of Education approved implementation of these initiatives. The model encourages students to investigate and prepare for a career interest to pursue in education and/or training after high school.
The Michigan Literacy Progress Profile (MLPP) initiative is designed to increase student learning and to provide comprehensive training to all pre-kindergarten through third grade teachers. MLPP is a state-developed, research-based assessment program designed to support classroom instruction. Our teachers who have been through the training now have the skills needed to administer these assessment tools in the area of reading and to develop interventions that correlate to the testing. Our District goal: "Ninety percent of the students in Bay City Public Schools will read on grade level by the end of third grade within five years."
Our district has been working in conjunction with Bay-Arenac ISD and other area districts for review and revision of the core curriculum. Core curriculum includes English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Most recently, work has focused on social studies. A revised curriculum framework was completed and grade level committees (K-8) have been working diligently to align our social studies curriculum to the newly revised document. To that end, we have completed a textbook review process, provided recommendations on textbook adoption, and received Board of Education approval to purchase new texts for grades K through 8. Teacher in-services have also been completed for our grade K-8 teaching staff and support materials provided for each classroom. Most recently, (December 2000), our Board of Education approved the purchase of maps and globes for grades K through 12. – less – More from ZoomInfo »