• Reading Department

    Key West High School

    2019-2020

    Sunday, October 25, 2020

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    What We Are Reading

    • Ms. Liana Gonzalez-Blanco:  "Im always reading books in a variety of genres, and I like to jump around to different topics.  Presently, Im reading Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  It is about a woman who travels through time to important moments in history.  She falls in love, and also tries to impact the future by intervening in past events.  I like that you learn about history but also follow a love story.  I first saws the TV series based on her novels, and because I know the books are always better than the movie, I immediately ordered the first 4 books of the series."

    • Mrs. Sarah Smith: "As Library Media Specialist, I'm always reading at least one book at school, another at home, and listening to a third on Audible. I try to read as many of the new YA books that are published each month as possible so I can make knowledgeable recommendations to students on good books from each genre, but I also have lots of favorite adult authors I can't ignore. I'm currently reading Finding Chika by Mitch Albom and The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey and listening to American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. No matter how busy I am, I will always make time to read!"

     

    Courses

    INTENSIVE READING 1000410 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 The purpose of this course is to enable students to develop and strengthen reading skills through integrated experiences in the language arts strands. Reading skills will be determined and an individual reading program designed to meet the specific need of the student. Emphasis will be on remediation, motivation and skill development. These courses are recommended for students scoring a Level 1 on the FSA/ELA during the previous year.

    READING 1-3 1008300-30 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 The purpose of these courses is to enable students to develop and strengthen reading skills through integrated experiences in the language arts strands. Reading skills will be determined and an individual reading program designed to meet the specific need of the student. Emphasis will be on remediation, motivation and skill development. These courses are recommended for students scoring a Level 2 on the FSA/ELA during the previous year.

     

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    Students in reading 1 classes are following the district initiative to increase fluency. Timed reading is done three times a week with the final reading being logged in the fluency section of their composition notebook.

     

     

     ENGLISH THRU ESOL (ELL) 1002300, 10, 20 & 1002520 Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 These classes offer English Language Learners a series of courses to help increase English language proficiency. The goal is to work toward meeting state learning standards while providing support to achieve social and academic language proficiency. Students are referred to and placed in this program based upon the district Home Language Survey, classroom performance, and/or assessment by the ELL contact. Beginner - Tier A: In this course students will develop basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will develop grammar, punctuation and spelling skills in order to write proper sentences, while developing social and academic vocabulary to support basic reading skills. Pre-requisite: LAS Links Language Test and/or ACCESS Language Test 12 Intermediate/Advanced -Tier B/C: In this course, students with moderate to advanced English fluency will continue to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills for the academic setting. Students will increase academic vocabulary fluency and reading comprehension skills as needed for standardized state testing situations. Students will use proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling to write proper sentence and structured paragraphs. Pre-requisite: LAS Links Language Test and/or ACCESS Language Test.

    Graduation Requirements

     According to Florida Law, students must meet all academic requirements in order to earn a standard high school diploma from a public school. This means that students must pass required courses, earn a minimum number of credits, earn a minimum grade point average and pass the required statewide assessments. Students who meet these requirements but do not pass the required assessments will receive a Certificate of Completion, which is not equivalent to a standard high school diploma. Passing scores for the statewide assessments are determined by the State Board of Education.

    Students must pass the following statewide assessments:  Grade 10 FSA/ELA or earn a concordant score on the ACT/SAT  Algebra 1 End-of-Course (EOC) exam or earn a comparative score on the ACT/SAT/PSAT NMSQT or earn a comparative score on PERT (Class of 2021 only). Students must participate in the State of Florida EOC assessments and receive credit in course. The results of the EOC assessment constitute 30% of the final course grade. The assessments are in the following subjects: Algebra 1, Biology, Geometry, and U.S. History. Additionally, for each Non-EOC course, the student must take the semester exam and the results constitute 20% of the final semester grade.

    ADDTIONAL STANDARDIZED TESTING ASVAB - (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) - The ASVAB is an optional multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success. It is a comprehensive career exploration and planning program. The ASVAB is administered annually, in the fall, to juniors and seniors who sign up to take it. There is no commitment to military service for the students taking the test.

    PSAT/NMSQT - (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/ National Merit Scholar Qualifying Test) - The PSAT promotes college readiness by providing students, parents and educators with detailed feedback on students’ skills in critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills. It also provides tools for improvement in these three subject areas and college planning. The PSAT is given in October to students in grades 9- 11.

    SAT 1 - (Scholastic Aptitude Test) - The SAT is an objective test designed to measure how well students have developed their verbal, math, and writing skills. KWHS offers the SAT twice a year, one in the fall and one in the spring free of charge. The test is also administered on various dates throughout the year and a fee is required. Optimum test dates are two to three times during the junior year and again in the fall of the senior year, if necessary. Results are mailed to the students’ homes, high school, and specified colleges and universities. Results are also available online, roughly three weeks after each test. Students must set up and create an account online and register through collegeboard.org.

    ACT - (American College Test) - The American College Testing Program measures scholastic aptitude in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Natural Sciences. This test is accepted for admissions by most colleges and universities. Optimum test dates are in the junior year, two to three times and again in the fall of the senior year, if necessary. Results are mailed to the students’ homes, high school, and specified colleges and universities. Students must set up and create an account online and register through ACT.org.

    The Rules

    HIGH SCHOOL ABSENCE POLICY & GRADES Students in grades 9-12 must be in attendance for a minimum of 135 hours of instruction in each subject area in order to receive credit for the school year. A student can only have a maximum of 9 excused and/or unexcused absences during a semester. If the minimum attendance requirement is not met, students must demonstrate mastery of the performance standards in the course. The final exam in the course will serve as the competency-based exam and the passing of the final, when combined with the other grades earned, shall enable a student with less than 135 hours of instruction to pass a course if the number of required points have been earned. Written notes from parents are required for excused absences within two days of the absence. Please see the student planner for more details regarding the attendance policies and reasons for excused absences.

     

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