Combs High School
Combs High School
J.O. Combs Middle School
Combs Traditional Academy
Ellsworth Elementary School
Jack W. Harmon Elementary School
Kathryn Sue Simonton Elementary School
Ranch Elementary School
PLC Data Teams
English Learner Program
English Learner Content Coach
Combs High School SEI Teacher
Ellsworth SEI Teacher
Ranch/Harmon Elementary SEI Teacher
Simonton Elementary/Combs Traditional Academy SEI Teacher
In The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model, gifted students are clustered into a mixed-ability classrooms at each grade level. The teacher has had training in understanding, planning for, and instructing gifted students. If there are more than eight gifted students in the grade level, two or more clusters may be formed. High-average students are placed into classrooms without the gifted clusters to create a balance of ability/achievement levels in classes across the grade level. Because all classes maintain a slightly narrowed range of performance and abilities, this method of grouping students does not represent a tracking system. Classroom compositions are carefully structured with two main goals: to ensure that there is a balance throughout the grade level, and to reduce the learning range found in any given classroom. This system provides opportunities for teachers to more readily respond to the needs of all their students.
Gifted cluster teachers plan appropriately challenging instruction for their gifted students. This may involve acceleration, enrichment, and various extended learning opportunities targeted to develop the following skills through learning in the content areas:
- Logical thinking
- Reasoning skills
- Critical and creative thinking
Gifted students receive instruction that is differentiated in content, process, product, learning environment and assessment:
- Content — Complex, abstract ideas presented in a variety of disciplines, including interdisciplinary curriculum
- Process — Higher-level thinking through Bloom’s Taxonomy and the Multiple Intelligences
- Products — Alternative methods of demonstrating mastery with a range of complexity
- Learning environment — Student-centered, flexible grouping based on readiness, interests, and abilities
- Assessments — Pre-assessment and testing out-of-grade level curriculum.
- KG-6th Grade - Saturday, November 21, 2020
- Ranch Elementary School
- Registration for KG-6th Grade Testing
- Blanket Testing of all 3rd Grade Students - February 1st-5th, 2021
- KG-6th Grade - Saturday, April 17, 2020
District Instructional Resources
- Thinking Maps
- Write from the Beginning - Builds on the power of Thinking Maps to establish a focus on effective writing across all grade levels and content areas. Its approach helps students internalize the skills and strategies used by effective writers, so they can apply them in academic discourse wherever their paths take them.
- Units of study are organized around the principles of Understanding by Design. For more information, please see ASCD's UbD Framework Page.
- We employ the ICLE Rigor and Relevance model to instruction. For more information please see ICLE's Rigor and Relevance Framework Page.