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Mega Video, MDIHS

December 10, 2014

All about the day!

Are you aware that we have a Maine Arts Education YouTube channel? If not, the name is Maine ARTSEducation and located at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-lElK9bBU_o96Wrg-kNbeg.

I mentioned earlier on the blog and in the weekly list-serv email that Charlie Johnson, one of Mount Desert Island High School visual art teachers created a video of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s Mega-regional workshop at MDIHS.

It is now available for your viewing pleasure on the YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/4kdCr5xksog. Even among the snowflakes falling on the video you can see some of the seriousness and funny moments during the Mega MDIHS on November 25. (Who is that guy in the middle of the dance line?) THANK YOU CHARLIE for your PASSION for ARTS EDUCATION and WORK on the VIDEO!

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MAAI Mega MDIHS Review

December 8, 2014

Nancy Salmon’s review

Nancy Salmon is a member of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s Leadership Team. She is a dancer who has contributed enormously over the years to arts education in Maine. She attended the MAAI Mega MDIHS at Mount Desert Island High School on November 25,2014. Below you will find her review of the day. Thank you Nancy!

Nancy Salmon worked with the Teaching Artists during the Summit

Nancy Salmon

Being a relative newbie on the MAAI Leadership Team, the Mega-Regional workshop at MDI High School was my first. I arrived early and friendly teachers directed me toward the “arts wing.” I knew immediately when I found it – Art EVERYWHERE! Student work on all the hall walls, three visual art studios, a beautiful and LARGE music room and a Dance Studio!

My assignment was to help register people – actually two MDI students took that on, and I was the “elder” helper handling any monetary transactions. Registration table was the perfect place for me to put names, faces, places, and teaching roles together.

I participated in two workshops even though I’m not a public school teacher. I totally enjoyed Jane Snider and Lisa Ingraham, both visual arts teachers, workshop Studio Habits of Mind: Using the “Hidden Curriculum” to Encourage Student Autonomy (or anyone’s autonomy). A couple books they use and introduced were Studio Thinking 2 and From Ordinary to Extraordinary. Jane’s and Lisa’s workshop was a perfect introduction to some very useable concepts and exercises regardless of art discipline. Participants included teachers of all the arts.

Stevie McGary

Stevie McGary

My second workshop, Stir-Crazy: A Movement Tool Kit for the Sedentary School Day was conducted by Stevie McGary, a new teaching artist on the Maine Arts Commission roster. Lots of activities in Stevie’s “tool kit” to use students’ fidgety energy in a productive, creative way. Many of the activities could be used right in the classroom.

Back in the dance studio after lunch, Stevie took us through a short dance class, demonstrating the kinds of things she does in her visiting artist/residency work. (The video of the day that Charlie Johnson created will be posted on the Maine Arts Ed blog in the near future).

For the afternoon session we divided into 2 groups, performing arts teachers (all music teachers in this instance) and visual arts teachers. I participated in Rob Westergard’s session. The session was an opportunity to share successes, challenges and helpful ideas regarding Teacher Effectiveness and Proficiency.

All in all, a success! I’m reminded of how totally impressed I am with the smarts, the passion, the commitment to the arts and STUDENTS that arts teachers are in spite of all the challenges that exist in our public school environment. Applause for all!

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Successful Mega!

December 2, 2014

MAAI Mega MDIHS

The feedback is clear – the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s Mega – regional workshop at MDI High School last week was a success! Participants learned new information and the work that is done each day in classrooms across Maine was reinforced. Once again the highlight was the opportunity for Arts educators to come together for a professional development opportunity that was designed specifically for them.

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A HUGE THANK YOU to Charlie Johnson and his colleagues at MDI High School for hosting, to the MAAI Teacher Leaders who provided outstanding workshops: Janie Snider, Lisa Ingraham, Shannon Westphall, Frances Kellogg, Sue Barre, Charlie Johnson, to Teaching Artist Stevie McGary for the workshop and artists showcase, and to Catherine Ring, Rob Westerberg, and Nancy Salmon who provided technical assistance and leadership for the day!

I LOVE reading the feedback and how the day influenced participants thinking and teaching. Don’t take my word for it, below is what some of the participants said. I will post more in the near future along with a video that Charlie created to document the day.

  • I can’t believe how quickly this day flew by! As always, I wish that we had more time like this and opportunities to meet… I love these MAAI conferences, I always leave feeling more grounded and ready to take action
  • I like the Habits of Mind posters and the idea of the check list to keep throughout a project to assess each habit… These were really solid examples of what can be done.
  • I have already been implementing a few of these processes into my curriculum. Now, I just need to communicate this to my students in a clearer, more consistent manner.
  • Our district is focusing on Habits of Mind. I didn’t realize Studio Habits of Mind are different, but similar. Definitely a lot of useful information.
  • On the arts assessment website http://www.maineartsassessment.com there is a proficiency toolbox that I will be able to revamp my assessments at my school.

I LEARNED…

  • how to authentically apply the learning results to assessment
  • how to create a simple rubric for standards is an easy way to keep track of what 1, 2, 3, 4 etc actually means
  • simple, quick class assessments concrete examples of student growth — A+
  • about how to apply assessments to the art classroom and how to make the language usable for students of all ages
  • recording with the ipad for quick assessment
  • strategies for holding myself and my students accountable for what they are learning and creating in the art room
  • engage and persist can be a way to think about behavior in a positive way
  • about some fun and creative resources to help with assessing my students
  • how students demonstrate their learning through a hands-on project (pinhole cameras)
  • even a quick 60-second movement can benefit across the school day
  • how to clearly describe different standards and allow students to have an important part in the grading process
  • some quick and effective ways to assess students on the fly in the elementary music setting, and how to score and record them.
  • all about the site: http://www.maineartsassessment.com/, I LOVE IT. Need to spend loads of time there.

The above list includes just some of the feedback from November 25. If this is information that you’d like to learn more about please be sure and attend another Mega-regional workshop that is planned for this school year. The dates and locations are below and the link to the registration is http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-2014-2015#

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TODAY on Mount Desert Island

November 25, 2014

MAAI Mega MDIHS

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Perhaps you are at Mount Desert Island High School right now enjoying and soaking up ideas, food for thought, and exchanging your best practices. Today is the first Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s (MAAI) Mega-regional workshop being held during phase 4, 2014-15 school year. There are 55 arts educators participating. A great big THANK YOU to Charlie Johnson and the MDIHS arts staff and administration for opening up their beautiful school for this professional development opportunity.

The MAAI Teacher Leaders are offering these workshops today Studio Habits, Making Evidence of Learning from a Sequence of Artworks, Efficient and Effective Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom, Standards-Based Grading and Assessing for Proficiency, Stir-Crazy: A Movement Tool Kit for the Sedentary Classroom, It’s Elementary, My Dear, and Resources, Resources, and MORE Resources for Music Educators are all offered today.

The PM session is devoted to sharing and learning about where other schools and districts are on the pathway of Proficiency-Based Education and Teacher Effectiveness. The individual workshops will not be repeated at other Megas however, the PM session will be repeated at each one.

The MAAI Teacher Leaders have made a commitment not only to increase their knowledge but to share their learnings and current practices with others. Many of you have heard me say that “none of us is as smart as all of us” and the Megas are designed to share all that SMART!

If you aren’t at MDIHS today you will have multiple other chances for Megas. Please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-2014-2015# and check out the workshops being offered at the following locations.

Dates and Locations

5.5 contact hours are available for participating in the all-day workshop.

Please note
When registering there are two options for payment.
  1. PayPal
  2. By check issued to Maine Art Education Association, and mailed to Maine Arts Commission c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street SHS 25, Augusta, ME 04333. PLEASE DO NOT issue the check to the Maine Arts Commission.
Please email argy.nestor@maine.gov if you have any questions. 
 
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Flexibility is the Name of the Game

November 4, 2014

What a storm!

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Tree down on route 17 in Union on Monday. Photo taken by Chris Norris on her way to work.

On Sunday, November 2, we had an unusually large snowstorm in the mid-coast for this time of year. Sure, other years we’ve gotten snow in early November but I can’t remember ever getting this much – 18 inches. I also don’t remember such a mild fall. We finally had our first frost last week. The snowstorm is very odd since parts of Maine didn’t get one inch, let alone a large amount. And, what’s more unusual is the locations that often get tons of snow, didn’t get any. I know that not everyone was happy with the weather but I do love it!

Power was out, and still is, in many communities. The wind made the situation more difficult and in some places dangerous. Parts of downtown Rockland and Camden are completely out. I understand that the shops were closed. I am certain that it is a hardship to be forced to close due to the weather. And, it was quite the surprise to hear how many schools were closed yesterday.

I’ve been known to say that the best part about the weather is that we have no control over it. Think about it. We control so many parts of our lives but we don’t have any control over the weather. The report was for an inch, and before we knew it the report was increased to 6-8 inches, and not too long afterwards it was increased to 8-12, and lo and behold we ended up with 18 inches at my home.

For some it was a joyful day off from school and others it was stressful to do without heat, lights, and dealing with the damage from trees and branches. And, in some cases it isn’t going to be over when the power is reinstated since the clean up could take several days.

photo2So, how do we cope with this unexpected weather? In some ways dealing with the weather is no different than dealing with the changes in schools. Proficiency-based/standards-based learning is presently causing some Maine educators frustration. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) has designed the Mega-regional workshops at five locations during the 2014-15 school to provide learning opportunities on this topic along with other pertinent topics. You can check out the details by going to the Maine Arts Commission webpages at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-2014-2015#. The cost to attend each Mega-regional is $25 and you can attend as many as you’d like. Participants can receive 5.5 contact hours.

Sometimes individuals get frustrated when they don’t have a forum to express their ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) is providing all Maine citizens the opportunity to lend their voice by taking a five-minute online survey located at https://www.research.net/s/Maine_Arts. Hard copies of the survey are also available if you need them – contact the MAC to request a copy at mainearts.info@maine.gov or by calling 287.2724.

In addition, MAC has a survey specifically designed for teachers. Your best thinking is what want so let us hear from you please! Click the link below to complete the Teacher Survey http://tinyurl.com/ArtsEdSurvey.

We also want to hear from students, since they are the future of Maine. Please take a few minutes with your  classes or pass on the link to students and ask them to contribute their ideas. Student survey link: https://www.research.net/s/MaineArts_Students.

If you have any questions on the topics above, please don’t hesitate to contact me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Registration Open: MAAI Mega USM, Portland

October 30, 2014

University of Southern Maine, Portland, Mega-regional workshop, Friday, April 3, 2015 

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is once again offering Mega-regional workshops in five locations across the state of Maine during the 2014-15 school year. The workshops are being facilitated by the MAAI Teacher Leaders, different workshops scheduled for each location. Yes, you can register for more than one! 5.5 contact hours are being provided for all-day participation.

The five Mega dates and locations for the 2014-15 school year

  • Friday, March 6, 2015 Aroostook county

Registration is also open for Mega Mount Desert Island High School, Mega Oxford Hills, South Campus, and Mega UMaine, Orono.  It will be available for Aroostook county in the very near future.  MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission.

The information for Mega USM, Portland is located at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-USM-2015#USM.

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. To complete your registration please click on this link http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ea1ghdq4i1s4snna/a014xi1tzgnbz/questions.

You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check made out to Maine Art Education Association and mail it to Maine Arts Commission, c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street, 25SHS, Augusta, 04333. You will find all of the information and details that you need when you register at the link above. Please contact me if you have any questions at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

Overall Workshop Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
  • 10:20 – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session II
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Session III Large group by Arts Discipline
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Session

The workshop titles and descriptions for the Mega UMaine, Orono are included below.

Session I

 
The Studio Habits of Mind: Using the “Hidden Curriculum” to Encourage Student Autonomy

Join us in our exploration of assessment and proficiency using the Studio Habits of Mind. This workshop will present a practical look at how we came to understand and use the constructs of Studio Thinking in our K-4 and K-8 classrooms to promote independent, self-directed learning. You will gain hands-on knowledge of these habits and leave with strategies you can use in your own classroom. Grades K-8 (Easily adapted for grades 9-12.)

 

Jane Snider Hancock Grammar School Visual Arts
Lisa Ingraham Madison Elementary School Visual Arts
 

The Recipe: Ingredients in a Proficiency-Based Curriculum

The thought of creating a proficiency-based curriculum from scratch can be daunting. When we try cooking something new for the first time, we seek a recipe to follow, and over time we adjust, improvise, substitute, and personalize the ingredients to make the recipe our own. We would like to share our recipe with you, it may not be exactly your taste, but we have ingredients and tools to share to help you get started. Grades 9-12 (Easily adapted for all grades.)

 

Michaela DiGianvittorio and Sarah Gould Gray-New Gloucester High School Visual Arts

 

 
Unpacking the Standards with your BFF (Best Foot Forward)

Looking for meaningful conversations around assessment in the elementary music classroom? So often music teachers feel as if they are working in isolation. Come see how Teacher Leaders Cynthia Keating and Kate Smith worked together to unpack the standards to identify their essential learnings. Tips for how to report essential learnings to parents will be shared. Grades PK-5

 

Cynthia Keating Village Elementary School Music

Kate Smith Central Elementary School Music

 

The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood

 

A workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Elementary Arts Specialists, and Elementary Administrators. Come join the fun as we explore how and why arts play is essential to every young child’s ability to learn how to learn! Grades PK-2 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music

 

Writing What We Do: A Guide to Standards-Based Curriculum Mapping & Unit Design

Essential what? Enduring Understandings? Why is it important to write down what I do in my classroom? Many districts across the state are focused on Curriculum Mapping and Unit Design using a variety of systems for tracking and organizing curriculum, units, and assessments.  This session will focus on developing skills in navigating the Understanding by Design model of unit and curriculum design. Participants will learn how to organize their curriculum, develop essential questions and enduring understandings, and determine assessment types based on what they are already teaching in their arts classrooms.  Examples and resources will be provided. Grades PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)

Brian McPherson Woodside Elementary School Vistual Arts

Jake Sturtevant Bonny Eagle High School Music

 

Session II

Using Digital Process Folios as a Journaling Approach to Self Assessment

Have you ever wondered how to digitally document students growth and understanding? Using technology, students document their learning experiences in the art room through a process-folio. For many of us, learning is about the process not the end result – learn how reflective writing and self assessments can guide students through a greater understanding of their work. Grades 6-8 (Easily adaptable for grades 9-12.)

 

Melanie Crowe Marshwood Middle School Visual Arts

 

Hatching A Songbird: Teaching and Assessing Singing Skills at the Primary Level

Focusing on the Kindergarten year, this workshop will offer methodical strategies for teaching young children to sing.  Included will be ideas for formative assessment, including student self assessment. Grades K-2 

 

Patti Gordan Raymond Elementary School Music

 

Moving Towards Your Goals: Using Technology for Self-Assessment in a Performing Arts Classroom

This workshop will demonstrate how to have students successfully self-assess their work in your performing arts classroom using their own devices.  Using an existing high school dance lesson, participants will learn how to have their own students measure and analyze their work using applications such as Twitter, Nearpod, eBackpack, and Youtube. Grades 9-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 


Dancing With the Standards: How to Incorporate Standards-Based Dance and Movement Activities in Classroom Learning and Assessment

Are you an arts teacher who would like to incorporate more movement in your classroom, but may feel that you lack confidence or familiarity with dance movement? This experiential workshop will walk you through a powerful yet simple creative movement exploration and dance making process that are standards-based and well suited to integrate with any content area. You will learn simple movement tools and a dance making activity that you can implement – no dance background needed – to help your students explore lesson content and engage in creative problem solving together. Grades PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

John Morris Dance


The How and Why of Digital Portfolios

This workshop is focused on using Google Drive to create a digital portfolio as a means to show evidence of proficiency, allow for a method of feedback on student work and as a way to organize and maintain student work. This workshop can be used by all VPA teachers. Grades 6-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

 

Jeff Orth Richmond Middle/High School Visual Arts

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Registration Open: MAAI Mega UMaine, Orono

October 29, 2014

University of Maine, Orono, Mega-regional workshop, Thursday, April 2, 2015 

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is once again offering Mega-regional workshops in five locations across the state of Maine during the 2014-15 school year. The workshops are being facilitated by the MAAI Teacher Leaders, different workshops scheduled for each location. Yes, you can register for more than one!

The five Mega dates and locations for the 2014-15 school year

  • Tuesday, November 25 Mount Desert Island High School
  • Friday, March 6 Aroostook county
  • Friday, March 13 Oxford Hills Middle School, South Campus
  • Thursday, April 2 UMaine, Orono
  • Friday, April 3 University of Southern Maine, Portland

Registration is also open for Mega Mount Desert Island High School and Mega Oxford Hills, South Campus. It will be available for USM, tomorrow and for Aroostook in the very near future.  MAAI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission.

The information for Mega UMaine, Orono is located at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/MAAI-Mega-Regionals-UMaine-Orono.

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. To complete your registration please click on this link http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07ea1grfwqi1s5vizl/a014xi1tyq8jt/questions.

You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check made out to Maine Art Education Association and mail it to Maine Arts Commission, c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street, 25SHS, Augusta, 04333. You will find all of the information and details that you need when you register at the link above. Please contact me if you have any questions at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

Overall Workshop Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
  • 10:20 – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session II
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Session III Large group by Arts Discipline
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Session

The workshop titles and descriptions for the Mega UMaine, Orono are included below.

Session I

Finding the Hidden Treasure in Art with Student Self Assessment

Learn how setting criteria with students sets the stage for formative assessment. Participants will create a small art work and practice the use of exemplars, setting criteria, and use of assessments to inform instruction.  Come explore the benefits that come from student self assessments. Grades 5-12

 
Jennie Driscoll Brunswick High School Visual Arts
 

 

 

Efficient and Effective Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom

When you see 200 or more students each week, assessing everyone is challenging.  The lack of time seems insurmountable!  At this collaborative session, we will discuss ways to make assessments efficient for both class time and your time, while still keeping them effective for teaching and learning.  The presentation is directed toward elementary classroom music, but all are welcome to attend and give input. Grades K-5

 

Frances Kellogg Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Music

 

Multiple Pathways: Helping Students Achieve Proficiency in ELA and Social Studies through Performing Arts Class!

With the new proficiency based learning law, students must be allowed a variety of ways to demonstrate proficiency. This workshop will examine cross disciplinary units that assess, not only drama standards, but ELA and social studies standards as well.  Specifically, we will look at performance assessments that evaluate ELA and social studies standards and can be demonstrated in the performing arts classroom but count towards a students ELA and social studies requirements. Grades 7-12

 

Beth Lambert Carrabec High School Performing Arts

 

Moving Towards Your Goals: Using Technology for Self-Assessment in a Performing Arts Classroom

 

This workshop will demonstrate how to have students successfully self-assess their work in your performing arts classroom using their own devices.  Using an existing high school dance lesson, participants will learn how to have their own students measure and analyze their work using applications such as Twitter, Nearpod, eBackpack, and Youtube. Grades 9-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

The Foolish Man Builds his House Upon the Sand: Laying a Firm Foundation for the Arts (and life) in Early Childhood

A workshop for Early Childhood Educators, Elementary Arts Specialists, and Elementary Administrators. Come join the fun as we explore how and why arts play is essential to every young child’s ability to learn how to learn! Grades PK-2 (all Arts disciplines)

 

 

Judy Fricke Main Street Music Studios Music

 

Session II

My Choice-Based Art Class, Nurturing Proficiency through Voice, Choice and Reflective Teaching

What are the benefits of a choice-based art room? How can assessments be used to foster creative growth, skill development & proficiency?  In this workshop teachers will have these questions answered as well as see how a choice – based art class can teach studio behavior and allow for art creation and teacher feedback that is individualized and authentic to the learners’ experience. Grades K-12

 

Theresa Cerceo Dr. Levesque Elementary, Wisdom Middle/High School Visual Arts

 

Proficiency-Based Education in Visual Art

This workshop will provide an overview of what Proficiency-Based Education looks like in a middle school art program.  Unpacking standards, creating rubrics, understanding meeting proficiency, formative vs summative, and assessment will all be part of this workshop.           Grades 6-8

 

Gloria Hewett Mount View Middle School Visual Arts

 

Stir-Crazy: A Movement Tool Kit for the Sedentary Classroom

Kids not sitting still in class?  Unable to focus?  This session is for all teachers wanting to add some movement activities and games into the classroom without sacrificing important academic time.  All games can be adapted to fit all subject areas. Grades PK-12 (all Arts disciplines)

 

Stephanie McGary Dance

 

Gold, Silver or Bronze? A Rubric fit for the Olympics!

This workshop is focused on using Google Drive to create a digital portfolio as a means to show evidence of proficiency, allow for a method of feedback on student work and as a way to organize and maintain student work. This workshop can be used by all VPA teachers. Grades 4-8

 

Pam Kinsey Easton Schools Music

 

Rappin’ Differentiated Instruction and Implementing Standards Based Grading

Formative assessments are instrumental in giving teachers the tools they need to discover where each of their students are in the learning process.  Participants  will learn how to use this data to differentiate instruction for content, process and product to meet the needs of all learners. I will also share how Nokomis High School is beginning to implement standards-based grading. Grades 7-12

 

Lisa Neal Nokomis Regional High School Performing Arts

 

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