• SAGE is the name given to the Deer Valley program for gifted and talented students, which is the service model used Greenbrier Elementary School. Services at the elementary school are traditionally provided as a pull-out, replacement program for qualified third through sixth graders in the areas of English Language Arts (Reading and Writing) and/or Mathematics.  Program placement depends upon qualifying scores on state recognized assessments in the areas of Verbal, Quantitative and Nonverbal.  Greenbrier students attend SAGE classes for their respective subjects and are pulled out to attend these classes on a daily basis while the classroom teacher is instructing in those same subject areas.  In other words, they are pulled out for Math during Math instruction and for ELA during ELA instruction in their regular classrooms.  Math and ELA assignments and grades for SAGE students come from the SAGE teacher.

     

    SAGE  ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

    The curriculum for SAGE English/Language Arts includes all of the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards and district curriculum requirements for each grade level in the program.  Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, Deer Valley has added the William and Mary Reading/ Language Arts program and curriculum materials ( published by Kendall Hunt) for use in all programs for students identified as verbally gifted in grades 3-8. These include instruction in the Reading, Written Language and Speaking areas of Language Arts.  In addition, skills involving literature, research, critical thinking, problem solving, inquiry, and logic will also be covered.

    Additional materials used to cover these skills may include:

     

    Daybooks of Critical Reading and Writing -  This series has excerpts of many forms of  literature and stresses comprehension with writing and critical thinking.

     

    Writing, Vocabulary and Language Usage Supplements – These are supplementary materials used to ensure instruction throughout the Common Core concepts and objectives of Language Arts.

     

    Nonfiction/Informational Texts - These resources relate to grade level appropriate, curriculum-based themes and genres covered throughout the year (Chocolate, Mysteries, Poetry, Egypt, Mythology, Historical Fiction, Invention, etc.)

     

    Literature Studies - Non-textbook publications, correlating with a topic or theme, are studied in depth. These can be fiction or nonfiction and assignments and instruction are based on the state standards for each grade level and district guidelines for gifted students. The literature and nonfiction resources              used will reflect and support the Core Knowledge Curriculum for each grade level.

     

     

    Skill-oriented Practice - Professional publications and activities that provide practice in specific skill  areas, research, logic, or critical thinking.

     

     

     

    Homework:  For the /ELA  classes, homework will generally consist of the completion of assignments begun in class.  The various assignments may include vocabulary work, comprehension, reading selections, and various types and stages of the writing process.  With the adoption of the new Reading series (fall 2012) assignments will sometimes include students reading and writing about selected novels throughout the year.  Parents and students will be notified of these assignments and due dates for the written reflections well ahead of time..  Occasionally, some projects will involve deeper research, preparation or group work and may necessitate work that must be done outside of the classroom.  Ample time for the completion of the assignments and due dates are given at the onset of the assignment.  All assignments are to be recorded in the student’s assignment notebook or assignment sheet along with the due dates so that students can pace the time spent on the assignments accordingly and so that any conflicts can be addressed at the beginning of the assignment.

     

    Grading:  The standard percentage-based grading format used by Deer Valley School District also applies to SAGE classes.

                90 - 100% = A    80 - 89% = B    70 - 79% = C    60 - 69% = D    Below 60% = F

     

    Grades will be based on daily assignments, quizzes, tests, project work, presentations, class participation, and homework points (for coming to class prepared).  Extra weight is given to grades for tests, quizzes and long term projects.  Full credit will be given to all assignments turned in on time.   Parents will be notified in writing of late or missing assignments via an assignment cautions slip.  These small forms indicate what the missing assignment was and the original due date.  I ask that you sign and return these caution slips the following school day.

    Assignments receiving a score less than 80% will need to be corrected and returned to class the following day.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SAGE MATH

     

    The curriculum for SAGE Math includes all of the Arizona College and Career Readiness standards and district curriculum requirements for each grade level in the program.  In addition, skills in problem solving, critical thinking and logic will also be covered.  The SAGE Math program is both accelerative and enriched.  The skills will be covered at a faster pace and at higher levels ( usually one grade level above current grade placement) than typical Math instruction. 

     

    Materials used for instruction will include:

     

    Engage New York Math lessons – This program has been adopted by the district and will be used in all Math classes.  For SAGE students the curriculum for both the student’s current grade level placement AND one grade level above will be covered.

     

    Supplemental materials from Scott Foresman/Addison Wesley publishers will be used to reinforce skill areas.  A book will be loaned for student home use during the school year.

     

    Professional publications - These aid in the instruction of Math skills, critical thinking, logic and problem solving, and provide extra practice in the areas covered in class.

     

     

    Homework:  For Math classes, homework will generally consist of any assignment not completed during class time.  Most of the daily assignments will be due the next day.    All assignments are to be recorded on the students’ assignment sheet/notebook along with due dates, so that students can pace the time spent on assignments accordingly.

     

    Grading:  The standard percentage based grading format used by Deer Valley School District applies to SAGE Math classes.

     

    90 - 100% = A  80 - 89% = B  70 - 79% = C  60 - 69% = D  Below 60% = F

     

    Grades will be based on daily assignments (which may include credit given for showing the work done to solve problems), quizzes, tests, class participation and homework points (for coming to class prepared). Quiz and test grades will be weighted at a higher level than daily assignments.  Full credit will be given for assignments turned in on time. Parents will be notified in writing of late or missing assignments via an assignment cautions slip.  These small forms indicate what the missing assignment was and the original due date.  I ask that you sign and return these caution slips the following school day.

    Assignments receiving a score less than 80% will need to be corrected and returned to class the following day..
          

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Following is the daily schedule and a list of supplies helpful for SAGE classes.

     

    SAGE SCHEDULE

     

                                                    3rd-4th ELA                              9:00 – 10:30

                                                    5th -6th MATH                         10:30 – 11:30

                                                    3rd--4th MATH                         12:45 - 1:45

                                                    5th/6th ELA                              1:45 – 3:15

     

    This is a very different schedule from the 2013-2014 school year and make take some adjusting in order to better work for the students and the classroom teachers.

     

    SUPPLIES

                                        ALL SAGE:

                                                    1 box tissues

                                                    pencils and erasers (for personal use)

                                                    package printer/copier paper

     

                                        READING:

                                                    2 spiral notebooks (1 subject, 70+ pages, college ruled)

                                                    1 - 2 pocket (horizontal pockets) folder or accordion file

                                                    highlighter

                                                    editing pencils

     

                                        MATH:

                                                    2 spiral notebooks (1 subject, 70+ pages, college ruled)

                                                    1 -2 pocket (horizontal pockets) folder or accordion file

                                                    Material to cover Math book (non-adhesive)

                                                    red ink pens

                5th - 6th grade - a 4-function calculator may be helpful but is not required.