Middle School Program
WIVA students in grades 6–8 take teacher-instructed courses in all core subjects - English, math, science, and history. Art is a self-directed course for all students. Elective courses in world languages or music are offered dependent upon age and readiness. Coursework is a mix of online and hands-on work, which caters to a wide variety of learning styles. Formative and summative work are a part of each core subject, and easy-to-use online planning and progress tools keep you and your student on track.
Work Completion Expectation
Middle School is a semester-based approach where students are required to earn a passing grade of 60% or above on their graded work. Due dates are assigned to lessons to encourage consistent, steady progress for academic success. Attending teacher-led, direct-instruction, online synchronous “ClassConnect” sessions, along with completing coursework, is a required component of student success. Middle school teachers will work with families to ensure students are progressing academically as expected. To achieve success, it’s in the student’s best interest to follow the pacing schedule that’s assigned for each course.
Middle School is a time when students become more independent, taking on more responsibility and ownership for their learning. A parent (or other responsible adult) serves as a "Learning Coach" to the child. Parent/Learning Coach involvement is critical for student success, as middle school students continue to build their organization and time-management skills. Teachers set the pace of instruction, but the Learning Coach helps students stay on track.
Parent/Learning Coach involvement may vary per child and grade level. The initial 4-8 weeks can be intensive as families settle into a routine. Students in grades 6–8 build self-advocacy skills and work more directly with teachers, but Parent/Learning Coach involvement is essential for at least 15 hours a week and roughly 70-80% of time is online.
Working with Your Teacher
While online lessons can usually be completed at any time of day, students will be required to attend live ClassConnect sessions with their teacher(s) based on the student’s individual needs. During ClassConnect sessions, students will receive direct standards-based instruction from teachers and have opportunities to interact with classmates. In addition to regular, synchronous classroom instruction, teachers may offer support or small group sessions to assist in student learning. Parents/Learning Coaches are encouraged to contact their child’s homeroom teacher any time they have questions or concerns.
Attendance is logged by school and Learning Coach Monday through Friday; however, academic progress can be achieved during the weekends as well. Middle School students are expected to spend approximately 4–7 hours on schoolwork per school day. Skills and study habits escalate to a goal of five lessons per day, five days per week.
E-mail is the primary form of communication between the school and families. Learning Coaches and students are required to check and respond to e-mails on a daily basis.
Our assessments are purposeful and meaningful, and drives our instructional practices to best serve the individual needs of your child. Below is a list of some of the assessments students will take over the course of the year. Not every test applies to every grade level. Check the Resources section for a list of the tests and the grades in which they are given, as well as the schedule on which they will be administered.
Students in grades 6–8 will be required to take a Star360 Literacy and Math assessment as WIVA’s district-approved growth measure. Homeroom teachers will provide specific testing windows which involve administering the STAR360 three times a year (fall, winter and spring). These assessments are integral to shaping teacher instruction on a more personalized level for students, to meet our goal of one year’s growth in one year’s time for each learner.
Below is a list of the state mandated tests and the respective grade levels associated with these tests.
· ELL (English Language Learners) Access: Grades K–12. Ongoing
· WI FORWARD Assessment (ELA, Math): Grades 3–8. Spring
· WI FORWARD Assessment (Science, Social Studies): Grades 4 & 8 only. Spring
You will be kept up-to-date about testing and assessments through communication from advisors and teachers throughout the school year, as well as informational pieces in the monthly newsletters and the WIVA Weekly. At any time, please feel free to call Katherine Siegmann, WIVA's Testing Coordinator, at 608-838-9482 (WIVA office number) x1111 for any clarification on the information you are receiving.