The district utilizes Schoology, Google Classroom (Science), and Kami to maintain continuity of instruction with students who attend traditionally, virtually, and using a blended model of two (2) days onsite and three (3) days virtually. The district curriculum was revamped K - 12 and implemented district-wide, including adopting a new math curriculum. The writing initiative 6 Traits + 1, a district-wide initiative, helps our students in grades 1-12 develop strong writing skills, strengthening them as learners. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs have continued to grow in each of our schools. Teachers use USA Test Prep, common formative assessments, and small groups throughout the district to assess student growth and inform instruction. Additionally, teachers administer Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) MAPS, interim assessments, at all grade levels.
Each campus has dedicated time to conduct Professional Learning Community (PLC) meetings. The goal of PLCs is to use data to guide instruction. During these meetings, teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators discuss the data and share strategies to help students grow academically. Positive Behavioral Interventions Supports (PBIS) continues to thrive at all campuses throughout the district with extension to our buses. We continue to see positive outcomes with this program as it increases learning opportunities and decreases behavioral occurrences. This year we have embedded Socio-emotional learning as a part of our day with students to assist them in navigating day-to-day concerns that face students more in today’s society.
As we utilize these various academic and behavioral initiatives to strengthen our students, Instructional Coaches continue to provide additional job-embedded professional development to support classroom teachers. Additionally, the district and state provide professional development opportunities to all certified and classified staff. It is the goal of PCSSD to equip teachers with the necessary tools to give each of our students a quality education.