Mr. Ballentine's Course Pages and Resources
"All American students should acquire knowledge of a range of literary works reflecting a common literary heritage that goes back thousands of years to the ancient world. In addition, all students should become familiar with some of the outstanding works in the rich body of literature that is their particular heritage in the English-speaking world."  (Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, 2011)




"With practice, training, and above all, method, we manage to increase our attention, our memory, our judgment and literally to become more intelligent than we were before." (Carol Dweck, from Mindset)

WSHS CORE VALUES AND BELIEFS STATEMENT

West Springfield High School educates all students to be well-rounded, responsible individuals
 who contribute to our evolving 21st century society.

Academic Expectations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Core Value Exemplary     Proficient     Needs ImprovementUnsatisfactory
Effective 
Reading   
 Student consistently demonstrates skill in
analytical reading.
 Student frequently demonstrates skill in analytical reading. Student sometimes demonstrates skill in analytical reading. Student rarely demonstrates skill in analytical reading.
Effective 
Writing 
 Student consistently demonstrates skill in all aspects of writing. Student frequently demonstrates skill in all aspects of writing. Student sometimes demonstrates skill in all aspects of writing. Student rarely demonstrates skill in all aspects of writing.
Effective
Speaking 
 Student consistently demonstrates use of appropriate vocabulary and knowledge of audience. Student frequently demonstrates appropriate use of vocabulary and knowledge of audience. Student sometimes demonstrates an appropriate use of vocabulary and knowledge of audience. Student rarely demonstrates an appropriate use of vocabulary and knowledge of audience.
Effective
Listening and Viewing
 Student consistently demonstrates active listening and viewing strategies, and consistently uses information in a variety of assessments. Student frequently demonstrates active listening and viewing strategies, and frequently uses information in a variety of assessments. Student sometimes demonstrates active listening and viewing strategies, and sometimes uses information in a variety of assessments. Student rarely demonstrates active listening and viewing strategies, and rarely uses information in a variety of assessments.

The West Springfield High School Learning Community will be able to collaborate, think creatively, critically, and logically
 while using a variety of problem-solving tools, methods and materials.

 Core Value Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Unsatisfactory
 Effective Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Student consistently demonstrates higher order thinking skills and always uses current research techniques and resources to solve problems creatively. Student frequently demonstrates higher order thinking skills and frequently uses current research techniques and resources to solve problems creatively. Student sometimes demonstrates higher order thinking skills and sometimes uses current research techniques and resources to solve problems creatively. Student rarely demonstrates higher order thinking skills and rarely uses current research techniques and resources to solve problems creatively.

Social and Civic Expectations

The West Springfield High School Learning Community will demonstrate respect and responsibility by recognizing the impact of their decisions on others and themselves.  They will also participate in meaningful activities in the learning community.

 Core Value Exemplary Proficient Needs Improvement Unsatisfactory
 Respect Student consistently demonstrates respect for cultural, personal and social differences. Student frequently demonstrates respect for cultural, personal and social differences. Student sometimes demonstrates respect for cultural, personal and social differences. Student rarely demonstrates respect for cultural, personal and social differences.
 Personal Responsibility Student consistently demonstrates positive choices, sets short-term and long-term goals, and learns from mistakes. Student frequently demonstrates positive choices, sets short-term and long-term goals, and learns from mistakes. Student sometimes demonstrates positive choices, sets short-term and long-term goals, and learns from mistakes. Student rarely demonstrates positive choices, sets short-term and long-term goals, and learns from mistakes.
 Civic Responsibility Student consistently practices guidelines established in the school handbook. Student frequently practices guidelines established in the school handbook. Student sometimes practices guidelines established in the school handbook. Student rarely practices guidelines established in the school handbook.
 School and Community Involvement Student consistently participates in school and community activities.  Student frequently participates in school and community activities.  Student sometimes participates in school and community activities.  Student rarely participates in school and community activities.