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NEW CHANGES ARE HERE:  Due to the passage of HB 5, graduation requirements have changed for all incoming freshmen for the 2014-15 school year.  This year's freshmen follow the new graduation plan which includes a foundation plan of 22 credits (biggest change is two years of a language other than English) and college/career endorsements (an additional 4 credits).  Students will choose which college or career endorsement they wish to pursue and particular pathways within each endorsement.
 
 
These endorsements include STEM (Higher Math and Science), Multi-discipline (Liberal Arts focus), Business and Industry, Public Service and Fine Arts.  8th Grade students and parents will be able to attend seminars at the end of April for further information which will assist in the students choosing which endorsement area they will pursue.  All 8th grade students must sign up for an endorsement area but will be allowed to change during the first two years of the high school education.
 
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COMING IN 2015-16 is Early College High School (tentative). A new educational opportunity is being pursued which will help students develop that first-time college attender culture and climate including the opportunity to earn college credit hours. This is more than the dual-credit program currently offered and when the program is fully functional, students will be able to earn as many as 60 college hours.
 
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Welcome to the La Vega High School CIA webpage. 

What is CIA? CIA stands for "Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment." Our purpose is to provide parents, students, faculty and staff with the necessary information to assist in making the learning environment as LVHS as successful as possible.

C urriculum:

La Vega ISD, including LVHS, subscribes to CSCOPE which is a curriculum
program used to align content for 1st grade through 12th grade in the
major core areas of Mathematics, Reading/English Language Arts/Science/
Social Studies. It includes the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills)
for courses taught in the district in these core areas, suggested assessments
and lessons which are used to prepare students for high school graduation
and college readiness.

I nstruction:

Where curriculum is the what, instruction is the how information concerning
knowledge and skills is presented to each student. Using the CSCOPE
curriculum allows teachers to focus more time in preparing for each class and
each student's learning opportunity. We promote differentiated instruction to
maximize the strengths and learning styles of our students so they are able
to grasp the material taught and be able to use it in solving all kinds of
problems. It is as important how a student learns as it is what a student
learns.

A ssessment:

In order to know how well a student is not only getting the information but is
able to use the information to solve problems and be good decision-makers,
we use a variety of tests and assessments to measure and monitor progress.
Of course the state has two assessments it requires students to participate
in: TAKS and STAAR EOC.

The TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) has been used since
2003. This is the last year that TAKS will be administered to specific grade level
(Juniors). After this, the only students who will take the TAKS assessment will
be those who have not yet passed any or all of the four assessments involved
after the April administration. They will be labeled as re-testers, assigned
remediation and tutorial opportunities in Summer School and begin retesting
in July.

The new state assessment at the high school level is called STAAR EOC
(State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness, End of Course). This year
our 9th and 10th graders will be taking the STAAR EOC in all four core areas:
Math (Algebra 1/Geometry/Algebra 2); Science (Biology/Chemistry/Physics);
Social Studies (World Geography/World History/U.S. History) and Reading/ELA
(Reading ELA 1/2/3 and Writing ELA 1/2/3). Depending on the student's graduation
plan, a total ranging from 10-15 assessments must be mastered all in order to
qualify for graduation.

Students are encouraged to complete the Recommended Diploma Plan which
provides them with the best opportunity to pursue a four-year college/university
program. Students who graduate on the Minimum Diploma Plan are not automatically
eligible for enrollment in a four year college or university. They will need to attend a
Community College or Technical College/School first and then transfer to a four year
program if that is their academic and vocational goal.

Below are some of the opportunities we are providing to help your students be more successful in and out of the classroom. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. My contact information is on the La Vega High School Staff page.

1. A.C.E. Program

This is an after-school program aimed at providing further learning opportunities including homework sessions, tutorials and future skills classes. You can contact your students' counselor for further information as well as check the district website.


2. BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL TUTORIALS

It is imperative that your son or daughter attend tutorials if he or she is falling behind in class or has not mastered a previous STAAR EOC or TAKS assessment. We know that our students need to spend extra time on task in order to be successful in school and be sufficiently prepared for their college and career future. See your student's teachers for further details. This ETOT (Extra Time on Task) is essentially for accelerated relearning which our students need.

 
I invite you to access my personal page through the staff directory in the box to the right.  I will post weekly insights and strategies to answer questions you may have concerning your son or daughter's education and issues impacting it.  If you ever have any questions or topics you would like to be addressed, please e-mail me.

Have a successful day!  - Chuck Long