• Lake Hills Elementary School Curriculum

    Lake Hills' students benefit from a variety of educational programs that address core curriculum in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
    Language Arts - K-5 teachers have many resources to address the learning needs of students.  All teachers have the Making Meaning program to help address comprehension needs of the learners in their classrooms. Making Meaning is a research-based comprehension curriculum that is based on current research and supports social and ethical learning.  Classrooms have the Pearson Basal Reading Program to further support student reading fluency and comprehension.  In addition to this, each K-2 classroom uses Fundations to implement strategies that address phonemic awareness and phonics with all learners.  Pre-K and full day kindergarten is offered to all students attending Lake Hills School.  In addition,  classroom teachers K-5 have begun to implement the Daily 5 Language Arts structure to build independence for literacy learners.  This has enabled teachers to begin using small group guided reading instruction with all students based on instructional reading levels.  Two sections of Read 180 have been implemented for fourth and fifth grade students that did not pass Spring 2010 ISTEP+ in English/Language Arts.

    Guided Reading Level/Lexile Range Benchmark Expectations


    Writing - Each classroom has Units of Study and trade books to study the various writing genres.  Both writing programs complement one another in classroom learning.


    Math - Everyday Mathematics is used in K-6 classrooms to address student needs in mathematics.  Since the use of Everyday Mathematics which began in 2004, ISTEP+ scores have been positively impacted.  A pacing guide is used district-wide to help address the transient student population within the district.  Instructional assistants work with students to address areas of need in mathematics. 

    Resources by Grade Level:


    Science and Social Studies - These subject areas are often integrated into the language arts block to address learning needs.  All classrooms use Science Kits which are part of the Indiana Science Initiative.


  • School Wide Grading Scale



    Participation Standards                                        


    80 - 89

    GoodStudents must maintain a 1.5 grade point average to participate in after school clubs and athletics.  We feel that if students have regular attendance, active participation in learning, and complete assigned work, no students will be ineligible to participate.  Responsibility is the key word -- it is hoped that each student chooses to do his/her personal best.


    70 - 79



    60 - 69

    Needs Improvement


    0 - 59



    Quarterly Honors Awards Program

    At the end of each grading period students are honored for their hard work and effort.  Awards are presented for citizenship, improvement, attendance and academic achievement.  Parents and Community members are welcome to help us honor our students 


    School Improvement Initiatives

    Instructional Programs

    • Small group/one-on-one instruction
    • Balanced Literacy
    • Literacy Groups
    • Daily Oral Math, Language, Analogies, Geography 
    • Math Problem Solving
    • Title I - provides Instructional Assistants in Gr. K-2 and a Literacy Coach
    • Everyday Math 
    • Read 180
    • Fountas and Pinnell

    Staff Development

    • Balanced Literacy
    • Effective Instructional Strategies--Collaboration, Assessment, and Planning
    • Curriculum Alignment Process--grade level benchmarks, on-target instruction, curriculum mapping
    • Everyday Math
    • Read 180
    • Professional Learning Communities
    • Daily 5/C.A.F.E.


    • Acuity - Grades 3-5 in English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Gr. 4) and Social Studies (Gr. 5)
    • Wireless Generation - Grades K-2 in DIBELS, Reading and Math
    • Indiana's Standardized Assessment - ISTEP+ Grades 3-5 Spring 
    • Everyday Math Unit Tests
    • Language Arts/Math Grade Level Goal Setting Fall/Spring Review
    • Quarterly School-wide assessments
      • Writing Prompts scored with the Blackburn Cramp/MCAS Writing Rubric
      • Every Day Math QuarterlyTests