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Tamarus Curriculum

As a community of learners, we have adopted the Nevada Academic Content Standards (NVACS) for ELA and Mathematics. Coral Academy of Science has a defined rigorous curriculum for our K-5 students.

Our reading program uses McGraw-Hill Education Wonders. Wonders is a research-based, developmental reading and language arts program for kindergarten through fifth grade. The foundation of the program is its high-quality children’s literature, as well as informational texts.

Through the Student Editions, students are exposed to a variety of genres.  Wonders reflects current, confirmed research and prioritizes and sequences essential skills and strategies into a clear, organized model for rigorous instruction.

Wonders features an organized, direct approach to teaching reading. The program emphasizes explicit, systematic instruction in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing.

To meet the needs of all learners, the teachers use supplemental materials such as high quality novels and little readers to enrich the learning.

Our math curriculum is Everyday Mathematics. Everyday Mathematics is a proven mathematics curriculum for Kindergarten through Sixth grade students. Used in classrooms for more than 35 years, Excel Math curriculum carefully presents math in a spiraling fashion. Students learn and review different concepts throughout the year while developing a solid foundation of math skills.

Meeting our writing goals is achieved by teaching the principals of Lucy Calkins using the Writer’s Workshop method and Step Up to Writing®.

The Lucy Calkins method of instruction focuses on the goal of fostering lifelong writers. It is based upon four principles; students will write about their own lives, they will use a consistent writing process, they will work in authentic ways and it will foster independence.

Step up to Writing features research-based, validated strategies and activities that help students proficiently write narrative, personal narrative, persuasive, and expository pieces; actively engage in reading materials for improved comprehension; and demonstrate competent study skills.

For science, we are using the Next Generation Science Standards. Next Generation Science Standards identifies the science all K-12 students should know. These new standards are based on the National Research Council’s A Framework for K-12 Science Education. The National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Achieve have partnered to create standards through a collaborate state-led process. The standards are rich in content and practice and arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.

School Closure

 

Per the order of Governor Sisolak and the Nevada Department of Education, Coral Academy of Science Las Vegas (CASLV) campuses will remain closed through April 16th, 2020. Distance Education has started through all of our campuses. If you need any help regarding your child’s distance education please contact your campus administration. We will have our Spring Break as scheduled from April 4th through 12th; there will be no distance education during Spring Break. We will resume distance education on April 13, 2020.

 

This action is an extra measure of protection to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19. CASLV strongly recommends that all children stay home during this time. Family members are also encouraged to practice social distancing, continue washing their hands and avoid touching their faces.

 

We understand the significant impact school closure will have on families, and we are committed to addressing the needs of all our students. We are working with the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority and the State Department of Education to ensure that your children’s education is not interrupted by this closure. 

 

More information will be emailed to you from individual campuses. Important items will also be posted on our website and social media pages, regarding instructions and other supports for students and families. 

 

The health and safety of our students, staff, and community are our top priorities. We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate this rapidly changing public health crisis.

As a reminder, if students and families need meal assistance, here is the link to the Food Distribution locations for students in Clark County. We have confirmed that any student, including CASLV students, is eligible to pick up food.

For more information regarding the virus, please see the websites of the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and Southern Nevada Health District (https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/coronavirus).

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