To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, 3rd-8th grade EXPLORE students chose a national park of their choice to research and presented it to the school on January 27. Some students played the part of an animal that lived in the park, while others dressed as park rangers and gave talks to visitors about their park.
Dear Parents/ Guardians: Welcome to another edition of the Wildcat Press. It's hard to believe we are almost halfway through the 2016-2017 school year.
Acton Elementary School staff has been diligently working towards transforming our professional practice to reorganize AES into a proficiency-based learning school. In 2012, the Maine Legislature passed into law LD 1422, An Act to Prepare Maine People for the Future Economy. Proficiency-based learning refers to instruction, assessment, grading, and academic reporting that are based on students demonstrating that they have mastered the knowledge and skills they are expected to learn as they progress through their education.
You may be most familiar with the traditional 0-100% scale where it was generally accepted that a score of 69 or less was considered an “F”, and scores 70-100 were reported as “D-A”. One of the main goals of proficiency-based learning is to ensure that students are acquiring the knowledge and skills that are deemed to be essential to success in school, higher education, careers, and throughout life. Therefore, AES has adopted national and State standards that set our academic expectations of students on a 1-4 scale where 4 indicates mastery of a particular learning standard.
Overall, AES students have been progressing through the standards nicely and as we refine our processes, all AES students will be well prepared to continue their education in high school.