Department of Elementary Instruction
The goal of Elementary Programs is to provide the needed supports to ensure that each student receives an excellent foundation that will propel them forward in their educational journey. The mission of Elementary Programs is to ensure that all students receive a rigorous, appropriate, and challenging course of instruction. Elementary Programs is committed to supporting all students in becoming productive, 21st century, literate students. Every student will develop and demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, and mathematics conceptual understanding by participating in high-quality, explicit instruction across all content areas.
- Support the implementation of the district’s elementary curriculum
- Provide support to administrators, teachers, and other staff in developing and following recognized best practices
- Identify and provide opportunities for professional development
- Monitor the implementation of the district’s elementary curriculum
Director of Elementary Instruction
Approved Elementary Curriculum Resources:
These resources are available on student devices via Clever.
- Huntsville City Schools Literacy & Math Pathways: A compilation for teachers of best practices, procedures, routines, and resources designed to guide HCS teachers in providing effective, research-based literacy and math instruction.
- SchoolsPLP: Fully virtual digital curriculum used for every core subject for traditional school and Huntsville Virtual Academy. This digital curriculum choice makes it easy to focus on the basics across all subject areas.
- enVisionMATH: Math curriculum that focuses on deep conceptual math understanding aided by visual models, student-centered projects, 3-act tasks, and personalized learning.
- Collaborative Literacy: (Being a Reader, Making Meaning, Being a Writer, SIPPS)-Literacy curriculum whose programs and carefully selected trade books help children appreciate the ideas of others, learn to agree and disagree respectfully, think critically about big ideas, and become responsible citizens of the world.
- Freckle Math: A supplemental math platform that covers K-9 standards. Students start off with a diagnostic, and after that, Freckle algorithms show them problems at their own skill level.
- Lexia Core5: A supplemental reading platform that supports educators in providing differentiated literacy instruction for students of all abilities in grades pre-K–5.
- MobyMax: Supplemental adaptive learning platform in all K-8 subjects. MobyMax offers differentiated learning that help close learning gaps.
- Renaissance MyOn Reader: A student-centered, personalized literacy environment that gives students access to more than 6,000 enhanced digital books.
- BrainPop: A group of educational websites with short, animated movies together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
- BrainPopJr: A group of educational websites geared toward younger students with short, animated movies together with quizzes and related materials, covering the subjects of science, social studies, English, math, engineering and technology, health, and arts and music.
- ChessKid: A supplemental engaging online chess curriculum where kids can learn and play chess and parents and coaches can teach chess.
The Huntsville City Schools (HCS) Reset Plan enables two learning options: traditional and virtual academy.
- Traditional-Students attend school daily on a normal schedule. If health conditions warrant, HCS is prepared to employ alternative methods for teaching and learning.
- Huntsville Virtual Academy (HVA)-A fully online learning experience for students who access learning materials anywhere at any time in the online environment. The program offers each student a personalized pace and schedule.
- Students on the traditional learning path will receive instruction from their assigned classroom teacher at their school.
- Students on the virtual learning path (HVA) will receive instruction by an assigned Huntsville City Schools teacher (HCS) that may or may not be from the students’ schools.
In the event the school district is required to develop an alternate schedule for student attendance, each school principal will develop Cohort A and B student lists by following the district, state, federal, and CDC guidelines. A staggered schedule operating mode involves students attending school on designated days and receiving instruction both face-to-face and online.
- The principal will ensure all siblings from the same family attend school on the same days.
- The principal will notify (in writing) each parent/guardian to let him/her know what days his/her students will be attending school.
- The classroom teacher will provide copies of the daily schedule reflective of the core subjects, art music, PE, ETA, choir, and band classes.
The full staggered schedule is available in the main Reset Plan document available on the Reset Plan Page.
In the event of school closure, traditional learning students will be required to transition to remote learning students. Remote learning student status does not equate to enrollment in the Huntsville Virtual Academy.
- Teachers will be responsible for continuing standards-based, quality instruction for their students through Schoology.
- The classroom teacher will provide students and parents a daily schedule identifying dates and times when whole group instruction, small group instruction, and interactive meetings will occur.
- Students, parents, and classroom teachers will communicate with one another via Schoology, email, and/or telephone relating to instruction and other school related inquires.
- Classroom teachers will provide daily academic support to students during normal school hours.
- K-12 students will be issued daily lessons and assignments in assigned courses.
- Each K-12 teacher will provide three interactive meetings per week per class during school closure. Students will be engaged in each subject for a specified period each day. (see remote learning times for grade level chart)
For English Language Arts, traditional students will receive instruction through the use of the Collaborative Classroom curriculum. For Math, traditional students will receive instruction through the use of the enVisionMath curriculum. Other materials may be used as secondary resources.
Schools PLP is the core curriculum for HVS students. Teachers may also use Collaborative Classroom for English Language Arts instruction and enVisionMath for math instruction. Other materials may be used as secondary resources.
Protocols for the areas indicated below have been developed for each school. Reach out to your school for their detailed plan. The principal is responsible for communicating the details regarding the following:
- COVID-19 Accommodations: Student Plan
- COVID-19 Accommodations: Teacher Plan
- Action Plan for School Closure
- Arrival and Dismissal Schedules for Students
- Check- in/Out Procedures
- Meet the Teacher/Open House
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Interventionists, Volunteers, Visitors
Traditional Learning Framework
- 1 3-Ring Binder
- 1 Colored Pencils (12 Pack)
- 1 Composition Notebook
- 1 Crayons (24 pack)
- 1 Pencil Bag/Box
- 2 Pencils (12 count)
- 1 Scissors (student size)
- 3 Spiral Notebook
- 1 Dry Erase Markers (4 pack)
- 1 Erasers (pink 3 pack)
- 4 Folders (pockets and brads)
- 1 Glue Sticks (2 pack)
- 1 Highlighters (2 pack)
- 1 Loose Leaf Paper (200 count, wide ruled)
- 1 Markers (8 pack)
- 1 Headphones
- 1 Water Bottle
- Face Covering
Huntsville Virtual Academy
- Post-it Notes
- File Folders
- Loose-Leaf Paper
- Graph Paper
- Printer Paper
- Print Ink Cartridges
Visit the schools listing page and navigate to the appropriate school’s website. On the website, you will find the school phone number. There is also a faculty list where you can find the email address of your student’s teacher and administration. Email your student’s teacher to see if there are additional communication methods available (ClassDojo, Remind, etc).
Student assignments are located in Schoology. Communicate with your student’s teacher for directions on how to create a parent/guardian Schoology account and to request the “Child Code.” Once you have an account, click the drop-down arrow next to your name at the top right. Click Add Child and type in the Child Code. Repeat that process for additional children.
To view assignments, click the drop-down arrow at the top right and select the appropriate student. Next, click on Courses at the top of the page. Select the appropriate course to view assignments.
Login to Clever. The student’s username is first.last and their password is their 6 digit birthday (mmddyy). Once logged in, click on the Renaissance Learning app. Click on I’m a Student and login with the same credentials (first.last and mmddyy). Accelerated Reader, Freckle, MyOn, and STAR Enterprise assessments are all located within Renaissance Learning. STAR Assessments are only to be taken at school or at home, as directed by the teacher.
Grades can be viewed in the iNow parent portal. Reach out to your student’s school office for iNow parent portal login information and directions.