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Academics

Academics at Ogden Middle School are something we take seriously while assisting our students to reach academic success. We recognize that this can be achieved in many ways for each individual student with different supports and programs.
This page provides information and links to better understand what options we have in place.


AVID:
AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides more than 30,000 educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID. 

Common Core 
Ogden Middle School uses Common Core State Standards (CCSS). CCSS are not a curriculum, but are rigorous, learning expectations developed and voluntarily adopted by the majority of states. Our school and district continue to select the books and classroom lessons that best fit our students’ needs as well as meeting these standards. The Common Core simply lays out foundational skills students should master at each grade to be on track for graduation, college and career.  Additional information can be found at the Oregon Department of Education

ELD:
The English Language Learner (ELL) program's mission is to assist students with a home language other than English to become proficient in English.  Students and their families in the ELL program represent 40+ different languages spoken throughout our Oregon City community. The ELL program staff includes a .5 administrator, an ELL coordinator, one full time secretary, 12 ELL teachers and approximately 19 paraprofessionals. English language development (ELD) is taught by ELL specialists through  pull-out sessions or push-in/co-taught content lessons at the elementary level and specifically designed class periods at the secondary level. The Oregon City School District also teaches ELD in its bilingual program (housed at Jennings Lodge, Candy Lane and Gardiner Middle School). The ELL Program also offers additional support for ELL students by scheduling paraprofessionals to assist ELL students in selected mainstream classes. Finally, the ELL Program coordinates professional development for all district staff in the area of sheltered instruction.  To read more about our ELL program, please download our ELL plan below. (See the OCSD ELL/ELD page for more resources.)

Online Textbooks:
Math online textbook link
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Special Services:
Special Services provides special support programs for students with disabilities as prescribed by federal and state law. We provide evaluation services, develop individualized education plans in conjunction with parents, and provide for least restrictive learning settings for students with special needs.

Standards-Based Grading
A fairly recent shift has been moving to Standards-Based grading (Senate Bill 2220), also referred to as Proficiency-Based Grading, aimed at preparing students for life beyond high school.  This Oregon state law requires grading practices to be focused solely on student progress toward these agreed-upon standards. You will notice less emphasis on homework and extra credit, more on assessments.  Each teacher will inform you what this means for their specific classes. Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

TAG (Talented and Gifted):
The Oregon City School District is committed to an educational program that recognizes, identifies, and serves the unique needs and interests of talented and gifted students in all grade levels, K-12. In compliance with the State of Oregon TAG mandate, students are identified as academically talented if they score 97% or higher on a nationally standardized test of reading or math or intellectually gifted if they score 97% or higher on a nationally standardized test of mental ability.

A student may be identified as TAG in reading, math, intellectual or a combination of these. No single test shall be the sole criteria for determination. Classroom teachers differentiate instruction to address each TAG student’s level of learning and accelerated rate of learning. (See OCSDs TAG page for more information and resources)