Curriculum Updates for Educators


Updates & Information

Grades 3-5 NFTI School Year Sessions

Summer 2016 participants of NFTI Science who are continuing with school year sessions recently communicated through OSU/TLC must secure a substitute through AESOP and include in the notes "NFTI Science" (If you have already submitted you do not need to resubmit with the notes.). Also please email Devin Anderson indicating your interest in participation as soon as possible.

Grade 5 ELA District Assessment Update

Just a reminder that the Trimester 1 district assessment window is coming up, Oct. 17-21. This first assessment will be a literary reading focus. Students will take this assessment on OLA and the scores will automatically be entered into Performance Plus.

K-5 Investigations 3.0


  • Investigations 3.0 “Hot off the Press”-Your Questions Answered-Are you looking for more information about assessment reports? Checkout the Class & Student Data document (9/22/16) on the website.
  • If you have any extra SAB's as students have moved out please send to central office. Thank you!
  • Please contact Devin Anderson if you are experiencing any issues or need students added to your lists. At this time you are welcome to delete inactive student accounts from your list.

K-5 Math Website Updates

Many new items will become live on the math department website over the next few days. Please be on the look out for the following...

-Cohort presentation materials for Kindergarten.

-Video of assessment reports navigation to compliment click sheet Class and Student Data which is already available on the site.

-Video demo of manual scoring of assignments on the Investigations website.

-GIZMOS included on grades 3-5 curricular guides.

-Grade card/progress report guidance documents for grades 1-2 included on "landing pages" and in curricular guides.

K-5 Kids Voting

Voting will be open Oct. 17-Nov. 8. More information will be coming soon! Find more details and resources on their site .

Grade 4 Social Studies Information: Requesting a Museum in a Box

"Museum in a Box" is a program for renting materials to support your work with a topic. Boxes are available for rent from Ohio History Connection for 2 weeks at a time, so you can share among your team and use within classrooms for lessons and as centers. The boxes for First Ohioans are being scheduled now into November, so if you see a topic that you're interested in as you look across our Year at a Glance, please plan ahead and make your reservation.

Here's how:

  1. Talk with your Social Studies Leadership Team member, review the information about Museum in a Box, and plan with your team. Click here to review info on Ohio History Connection's website or see the flyer you received in your Ohio as America "goodie bag."
  2. Complete the Museum in a Box Order Form to request a box from the Ohio History Connection.
  3. When you receive the payment email from Ohio History Connection, forward that email to Diane Caulkins ( AND Erin Schmidt ( at central office so that we can take care of payment. (We want you to forward it to both of us, in case one of us is out of the office on that day; payment is needed to ensure that you have reserved a Museum in a Box.

Speaking of using objects, such as those found in a "Museum in a Box, " here is a related article -- an excerpt from this week's Ohio as America update:

Using Object-Based Learning as a Teaching Tool
Sohayla Pagano, Coordinator, Educational Outreach discusses the power of objects and object-based learning in the classroom. Learn how examining objects as primary soures can engage students' natural curiosity and help them develop and refine historical thinking skills. To watch this PD Bite, click here.