Thanks to your support great changes are under way
We are excited at the smooth start to the 2016-17 school year!
Our constant theme is Getting Better Together and our community’s support is playing a huge role in that forward progress toward improved student learning.
The supplemental levy is making a tremendous difference and I want to showcase how this investment is paying dividends throughout the year.
Last year, we rolled out new K-5 English Language Arts (ELA) Curriculum, which includes reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. This year, middle and high school ELA classrooms get new curriculum.
With more than 40,000 books, each student will have textbooks and novels instead of relying on a classroom set. We also have some great online tools (and digital textbooks) for teachers and students. Learn more in this short video.
This year, we are finishing the research and selection process for K-12 math materials. You can follow the work of the math committees here. New materials will be here for the 2017-18 school year.
Nampa Personalized Learning
In August, we began rolling out the first devices for students in the six schools -- Columbia, Willow Creek, New Horizons, Central, Endeavor and Lake Ridge -- that are part of Phase I of our Nampa Personalized Learning Initiative. These schools applied to be among the first schools in the initiative. We will continue to issue devices throughout this month.
We are excited about this change because it is far more than just a laptop or iPad for every student as I explained to the local media in August. (Watch the video here.)
NPL also provides teachers with extensive training through our partnership with Northwest Nazarene University’s Doceo Center and our partners at Apple, Microsoft, Dell, and Education Elements. With the devices and the teacher support, we are transforming classrooms.
Our plan is to reach every student and school in the next three years. We are soliciting applications from schools for Phase II and will announce those later this year.
It is an exciting time in Nampa, and I’m looking forward to sharing our improvements with you throughout the school year.