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Cactus View is proud to share some of the signature programs we have implemented into our curriculum.
AZ College and Career Ready Standards
All curriculum at Cactus View is aligned with the Arizona Career and College Ready Standards. The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
All students grades K-6 participate in Jackrabbit Reading which is based on Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Students work in small groups based on their reading needs to become accurate and fluent readers.
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support)
The Cactus View staff participates in a school wide positive behavior support program. The staff has collectively identified the expected behaviors and, teaches, models and practices what those behaviors look like, sound like, and feel like. Teachers specifically praise appropriate behavior with private or public acknowledgement. Praise in the form of tokens, Cactus View cash, and pizza with the Principal are just a few examples of positive recognition.
ST Math is game-based instructional software for K-12 and is designed to boost math comprehension and proficiency through visual learning. Integrating with classroom instruction, ST Math incorporates the latest research in learning and the brain and promotes mastery-based learning and mathematical understanding. The ST Math software games use interactive, graphically-rich animations that visually represent mathematical concepts to improve conceptual understanding and problem-solving skills.
Write From the Beginning
Cactus View is proud to offer our students Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning. Through the use of Thinking Maps, students are better able to create visual patterns that represent their thinking. There are 8 maps that the students can use individually or in combination to represent their learning. Students will apply Thinking Maps through the use of Write From the Beginning. This assists students in writing focused and organized pieces of writing. Write from the Beginning provides teachers with a clear way to differentiate instruction along with having clear expectations for each grade level.
Hands On Science Center
The Hands On Science Center (HOSC) provides "kit-based" science materials that are ready to use when they arrive in the classrooms. The HOSC provides three different kits:
FOSS (Full Option Science System) is a modular science program comprised of 27 modules. The modules are organized under four strands: Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science and Scientific Reasoning and Technology. The modular structure of the FOSS program is intended to give teachers the opportunity to adapt and implement the materials according to their own programs.
SEPUP (The Science Education for Public Understanding Program) creates innovative science curriculum. SEPUP curriculum uses personal and societal issues to introduce and explore science.
STC (Science and Technology Concepts) is an inquiry-centered, school science curriculum developed by the National Science Resource Center. Each STC module provides opportunities for students to experience scientific phenomena firsthand.
These kit programs consist of two instructional kits per grade level. The instructional time averages eight weeks per kit. The curriculum resources, including technology, have been integrated to assure that all students have equitable opportunities to experience and learn science.