Blissfield Elementary School has developed curriculum in the core content areas of mathematics, language arts, science, social studies, and the arts. These are reviewed on a regular basis and have been approved by the Blissfield Community School Board of Education.
Spanning several years, the school has continually been involved with curriculum development, review, and alignment in all core curriculum areas. This is an on-going process with all elementary staff members involved. All core content areas have been aligned with the Michigan Curriculum Framework Standards and Benchmarks. Both the English/Language Arts and Mathematics content areas are also fully aligned with Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE). New GLCEs are now ready for the content areas of science and social studies, and alignment processes will continue throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Through the district's K-12 curriculum review process, the K-5 mathematics program was thoroughly reviewed with new Saxon math materials purchased for all grade levels. The K-5 social studies program will thoroughly be reviewed during the 2010-2011 school year, with a proposal going to the District Professional Council in early March of 2011.
Curriculum summaries are provided for parents of all students at Blissfield Elementary School. They are available during Open House and inform parents of the content their children will be learning during the school year.
Blissfield Middle School is committed to provided an outstanding education to students. The staffcontinuously monitors curriculum requirements as determined by the State of Michigan. Currently, we are in the process of ensuring that our curriculum aligns with the State of Michigan's Grade Level Content Expectations for each of the core content areas.
With the onset of the new Common Core Standards, our staff will remain committed to curriculum alignment with these new expectations. Our curriculum adoption process is a very thorough process in which teachers and administration collaborate to determine the best resources that will support what the State of Michigan expects our students to master.
Best practices will be a major emphasis as Blissfield Middle School explores the performance indicators for its school improvement process, and continued improvement will be stressed in the areas of lessons, units, and assessments as they pertain to each content area.
Curriculum Committees serve to encourage K-12 scope/sequence/alignment in all of the major curricular areas including: Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Fine Arts, Counseling, Physical Education/Health, and Special Education. K-12 staff members meet regularly and follow a seven year cycle for curriculum review and adoption.
PROGRAM OF STUDY
The Michigan Merit Curriculum mandates that sixteen (16) credits be a part of each school’s graduation requirements. These credits or High School Content Expectations can be acquired through core subjects and integrated (mixed subject) classes, as well as career and technical education programs. All coursework must be aligned with subject area content expectations developed by Michigan Department of Education.
4 Credits - Mathematics including algebra I; geometry; algebra II; one (1) credit must be taken senior year.
4 Credits - English language arts
3 Credits - Science including biology; physics or chemistry; one (1) additional science credit.
3 Credits - Social studies including .5 credit in government; .5 credit in economics; U.S. history and geography; world history and geography.
1 Credit - Physical education/health
1 Credit – Visual, performing, or applied art
2 Credits – World languages (class of 2016)
10 Credits - An additional ten credits must be earned in electives or career and technical education and students must successfully complete all state mandated assessments in order to graduate from Blissfield High School.
ADVANCED STUDIES AND ENRICHMENT
Blissfield High School currently offers Advanced Placement in the areas of Chemistry, English, Physics, and World History and an additional one hundred and seventeen credits were earned by Blissfield High School students through the dual enrollment process last school year. Students are also offered opportunities for enrichment through Michigan Virtual University. Many students are able to take foreign languages not offered by the school or courses aligned with their educational development plan such as forensic science or photography.