KMS Curriculum Plan for 2008-09
Thank you for choosing Kayenta Middle School for your child. As you can see
by our Mission Statement, education is our business.
KMS Mission Statement
Kayenta Middle School will provide each and every student with an education
that encourages them to develop strategies, knowledge and skills for life
We want our parents to know what our curriculum is and what educational
programs we offer your child.
Webster’s Dictionary defines Curriculum as “A course of study offered by a
Here at Kayenta Middle School, the Arizona State Standards are the
backbone of our curriculum. Here is the link to the ADE website where you
can review all of the Arizona K-12 standards.
You will note if you follow this link to the ADE website, there are literally
hundreds of standards that may be taught in our K-12 classrooms. This is
why our KMS teachers meet together in their content areas each semester
to map out what standards they will teach and when they will teach them.
This process is called curriculum mapping. Here is our link to the rubicon
atlas site that our teachers use to plan and write their curriculum maps.
Here is the link you will use: http://kayenta.rubiconatlas.org/
1. Simply go to this link and enter as directed on the home page. (Click
on Atlas Curriculum Mapping)
2. Use the drop down arrow in the Name site to find my name (Gilmore,
Marti) and type in my password (colts) to search the site.
3. Go to “Check Here to Learn More” to continue
4. Go up to the top and click on Search
5. Find your child’s teacher and click the search button to view their map
These curriculum maps are a work in progress and may change from time to
time. Working together in teams, teachers collaborate to choose the
standards they will teach and plan a time line for teaching those standards
and objectives to students throughout the year. This way, our teachers build
their instructional plans together to lower the risk of students missing out
on skills they need.
The Arizona Department of Education requires students in grades 6-8 to
have 1068 hours of instruction within the school year. Our current schedule
exceeds that requirement.
Kayenta Middle School provides five core academic areas of instruction for
all students in grades 6-8. These core areas of instruction include:
Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
Kayenta Middle School provides seven elective classes. 6th grade rotates
through six of these classes every six weeks. Grades 7 and 8 may choose 2
classes per semester from the seven offered classes. Elective Classes
Health, P.E., Art, Music, CTE, Navajo Language & Culture, Navajo
Grade 6 has self contained classes with one elective class that rotates every
Grades 7 and 8 are set up in “Houses” with five core academic teachers in
each house. This system was designed by our teachers to allow collaboration
time and integration so that students can benefit from a small learning
The programs we use in each core area for grades 6-8 have been approved
by the Kayenta Unified School District Governing Board. All textbooks and
supplemental materials are selected by content committees and must be
aligned with the AZ. State Standards. Our current core textbooks include:
Reading: KMS uses Passport Reading Journeys for middle school reading as
our core reading program.
The link to this website is: http://www.voyagerlearning.com/
Please go to the website for more information on the program components.
All students have a password to this site to access their individual
information. Your child can explain what the data means. They have a lexile
score (this reflects their reading comprehension level) and a RCT score (this
reflects their reading speed and accuracy). Students are tested three times
per year to measure growth and diagnose their progress. Benchmark I is
scheduled for August, Benchmark II is scheduled for January, and
Benchmark III is given in May. Your child’s reading teacher will be happy to
share this information with you. We also offer advanced Voyager reading
classes for accelerated students in 7th and 8th grades. 6th grade teachers
provide differentiated instruction for accelerated students.
KMS also uses the following textbooks for reading instruction:
Buckle Down AIMS Reading, Reader’s Handbook, Time Warp Summer Series.
Math: KMS uses Vmath 3-8 intervention and Glencoe Mathematical
Application and Concepts for our core math program. The link to the Vmath
website is: http://www.voyagerlearning.com/
We also use the Vmath Live site:
With VmathLive students can practice and sharpen their
math skills, prepare for high-stakes tests, and play in
real-time competitions of speed and skill–all in an exciting,
web-based environment. Our students LOVE this component of the program.
Visit the site with your child and they will show you how it works. All
students have a password to this site and can access the site from any
Glencoe mathematics is the program we use for students who are performing
on or above grade level. This program includes a Pre Algebra course of
instruction for students in grades 7 and 8. KMS offers advanced math
classes for accelerated students in 7th and 8th grade. 6th grade teachers
provide differentiated instruction for accelerated students.
Students are tested three times per year (August, January and May) to
measure growth and diagnose their progress in computational fluency and
specific learning modules including: Decimals, Number Theory, Integers,
Fractions, Pre Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, Ration, Proportion &
Percent and Data, Probability & Statistics. All of these modules are included
on the AIMS Math test.
KMS also uses the following textbooks for math instruction:
Vmath Summer Series, Math On Call, Curriculum on Wheels.
Language Arts: KMS uses the Six Traits Writing Process in our classrooms
to teach students how to write. The Six Traits include:
Ideas, Organization, Voice, Sentence Fluency, Word Choice and Conventions.
This is the scoring tool that is used for the AIMS writing test in grades 6-8.
Please go to this link for more information on the AIMS writing tests.
Below are examples of writing prompts that are included in our Language
Concept 1 – Expressive (sometimes referred to as Narrative)
This mode involves fiction and personal non -fiction writing that presents a
significant, continuous account of an event or series of events that may be
real or imagined. Prompts in this application include creative stories,
personal experience narratives, poetry, songs, and dramatic pieces.
Concept 2 – Expository
This mode involves non-fiction writing that describes, explains, informs, or
summarizes. The writing supports a thesis based on research, observation,
and/or experience. Prompts in this application include essays, summaries,
newspaper articles, reflective papers, logs, and journals.
Concept 3 – Functional
This mode involves writing that provides specific directions or information
related to real - world tasks. Prompts in this application include friendly and
formal/business letters, thank you notes, messages/memos, invitations,
schedules, forms, recipes, manuals, and technical pieces for specific content
Concept 4 – Persuasive
This mode involves writing that is used for the purpose of influencing the
reader. The author presents an issue and expresses an opinion in order to
convince an audience to agree with the opinion or to take a particular action.
Prompts in this application include essays, formal/business letters, letters to
the editor, and advertisements.
KMS also uses the following textbooks in our Language Arts classrooms:
English, Writing and Grammar- Communication in Action, Resource Pro (a CD
ROM), Junior Great Books, Write Source, Buckle Down on Arizona Writing
Books, 6+1 Traits of Writing, Mastering the 5 Paragraph Essay, Literacy
Plus, Figuratively Speaking, 20 Hands On Activities for Learning Idioms,
Using Picture Books to teach Writing with the Traits, LINKS: A Resource
Handbook for Teaching Strategies. KMS teachers formally assess student
writing three times per year (August, January and May) to measure student
growth and practice consistent scoring.
Science: KMS has adopted the Holt Science & Technology Series for grades
6-8. This series covers Physical Science, Earth Science and Life Science.
Our 8th graders are also required to take the AIMS Science test in May.
This year the areas of study testing included:
Concept 1- Observations, Questions, Hypotheses
Concept 2- Scientific Testing
Concept 3- Analysis & Conclusions
Concept 4- Communication (History & Nature of Science, Personal & Social
Perspectives, Changes in Environmental/Science & Technical Science)
Concept 1- Properties & Changes of Matter Properties
Concept 2- Motion & Forces
KMS provides labs for students to do “hands on” experiments with real
results. KMS also promotes student participation in Navajo Nation and State
Science Fairs and Science Bowl competitions.
KMS uses the following resources for science instruction:
Buckle Down AIMS science
Social Studies: KMS uses the following textbooks in our Social Studies and
History of Our World- grade 6
The American Nation- grade 7
Civics – grade 8
Arizona Government & Citizenship- grade 8
Curriculum on Wheels
A Young People’s History of the United States Volumes 1 and 2
Our teachers have also been working together to integrate the KUSD Dine’
Language and Culture Curriculum Standards into the Arizona State
Standards to provide students with a comprehensive curriculum that teaches
both State and Navajo Nation Social Studies concepts.
All 6th grade students rotate through elective classes every six weeks. This
schedule gives them exposure to all elective classes at KMS.
All 7th and 8th grade students are offered 2 elective classes each semester.
Art: The KMS Art program is using the following textbook for grades 6-8:
The art curriculum is also based on the AZ State Standards and integrates
the KUSD Dine’ Language and Culture Curriculum Standards.
Music: The KMS Music program is using the following textbook grades 6-8:
The Music Connection
Hal Leonard Guitar
Bastien Piano Method
Standard of Excellence Book for all instruments
Our KMS Music program offers, Guitar/Piano Instruction, Advanced Band,
Beginning Band and General Music.
CTE: KMS offers a new elective this year, Career Exploration. This class
provides students with an opportunity to explore a variety of possible future
careers as they begin to build their ECAP or Education and Career Action
Plan that is required of all high school graduates beginning in the year 2013.
Go to this link for more information on this requirement.
Go to this link and use this user name and password to explore the site that
KMS is using to help our students design their ECAP’s and explore careers:
Health and PE: KMS uses this textbook for our Health classes in grades 6-
The Great Body Shop
Students have the opportunity to take swimming lessons in P.E. if they are in
scheduled in P.E. when the pool is open to KMS. If you would like information
on the Pool (KUSD Natatorium) please contact Eric Dodson at 697-2157.
Navajo Arts & Crafts: KMS offers this elective to all 7th and 8th grade
students. The textbooks currently being used in this class is:
Foundation of Navajo Culture
Dine’ Culture Based Curriculum
Dine’ Culture and Language Curriculum Framework
Navajo Language & Culture: KMS offers this elective to all 6th graders for
a 6 week period, and to 7th and 8th graders for a semester. The textbooks
being used in this class include:
Navajo Clan Legends
The Journey of the Dine’
Day and Night
Turkey and Giant
Southwest Mammals: Navajo Beliefs and Legends
The Navajo Hogan
Time Among the Navajo
Keeping the Rope Straight
The Navajo Year: Walk through many seasons
A Grammar/Colloquial Navajo Dictionary
Dzani Yazhi Naazbaa’: Little Women Warrior Who Came Home
Encore/Advisor: The Encore/Advisor Program is unique to the Middle School
philosophy which embraces the idea that middle school students are at a
transitional point in their education and hence have unique needs. This
program provides the opportunity for all students to have a caring adult to
advise and assist them during the middle school years. During this time
student concerns and interests are discussed, communication links
established, academic counseling occurs and a forum for the democratic
process is provided. The Encore/Advisor program will be incorporated in all
6th grade self contained classrooms and in all three houses for 7th and 8th
KMS uses the following resources for the Encore program:
Team Building Activities for Every Group
More Team Building Activities
SPARK: Sports, Play, Active Recreation for Kids
The English Language Learner Program
This is a new program that Kayenta Middle School is providing to be in
compliance with the new law (ARS 15-751 English Language Education in
Public Schools). Go to this link for more information:
This law requires KMS to provide 2-4 hours of English Language instruction
for students who qualify for services. Qualification for these services is
determined by student performance on the AZELLA (Arizona English
Language Learners Assessment). This assessment is administered to
students whose Primary Home Language or Enrollment form indicates that
another language other than English is spoken in the home.
Presently, KMS offers the following classes to qualified students:
6th grade- A Self Contained class taught by a highly qualified teacher who
teaches English Language Skills in reading, writing, grammar and speaking.
7th and 8th grade are classes taught by highly qualified teachers who teach
the required skills within the “House” model of 52 minutes class periods.
Academic Oral English Vocabulary- 52 minutes per day
English Language Arts- 52 minutes per day
Academic English Reading- 52 minutes per day
Academic English Writing and Grammar- 52 minutes per day
Teachers are required to use the Discrete Skills Inventory (DSI) as a
companion teaching tool to the AZ K-12 English Language Proficiency
Standards. Together, these documents guide both the planning and
implementation of English Language Development (ELD) instruction for
English Language Learners.
Current programs we are using that meet the criteria for curriculum
instruction for these classes are:
Voyager Passport Reading Journeys-Reading
Six Traits Writing Process-Writing
Writing and Grammar- Grammar
Students are tested as new students to our school and will be tested again in
the spring or when recommended by their teacher. Students may exit the
program if their test performance is proficient. Parents are always notified
in writing and in person, if possible, about their child’s AZELLA results.
Parents may choose to opt out of services for their child upon a conference
with the Principal.
KMS uses the following formal assessments for students in grades 6-8:
AZELLA- The Arizona English Language Learner Assessment
Given to students who meet the criteria when they enter as new students
Given to students who are eligible for ELL services to check progress as
recommended by teacher
Voyager Reading Benchmarks- The reading assessment that measures
growth in comprehension and reading fluency
Given three times per year: August, January, May
Voyager Math Benchmarks- The math assessment that measures growth in
computational fluency and mastery of modules
Given three times per year: August, January, May
Writing Benchmarks- The writing assessment that measures growth in the
six traits writing process for a variety of genres
Given three times per year: August, January, May
AIMS DPA: The Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards/Terra Nova
Grades 6-8 take this test at the end of March. Students are testing in
Reading, Writing and Math skills
AIMS DPA Science- All 8th grade students will take this test in May.
As stated in the beginning of this document, Curriculum is a course of study
offered by a school. Our curriculum at KMS is many things. It is based on
the Arizona State Standards. Our teachers use many tools to help our
students learn. Effective teaching may include using a specific text book or
producing a radio webcast (go to this link)
Whether it is educational fieldtrips, guest speakers, or teleconferencing,
the teachers at KMS will use whatever it takes to teach your child!
Please contact us if you have questions or concerns. We are happy to help!