Strong curriculum standards have led to Troy student achievement levels being among the highest at state and national levels. Together with teachers and administrators in the Troy School District, Hill Elementary continues to implement a comprehensive curriculum for all students in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Our curriculum is based on Common Core Standards that have been approved by the State of Michigan Board of Education. If you would like to learn more about our curriculum we invite you to visit the TSD web site for a complete Grade Level Curriculum Overview.
Special programs available at Hill
Reading Recovery® and Reading Support.
Students in first and second grade at Hill have access to reading support at a critical stage in their literacy development. Our reading specialist works with students both individually, and in small groups. As the "Reading Recovery® Teacher" for the building, the students who experience extreme difficulty learning to read and write, receive“one on one” assistance to accelerate their progress in literacy development. Reading Recovery® is an intervention that serves the lowest-achieving first graders—the students who are not catching on to the complex set of concepts that make reading and writing possible. Through Reading Recovery®, students become successful readers and writers within a very short time. Students in both first and second grades who may find reading and writing challenging, continue to be supported by our reading specialist.
The Troy School District seeks to provide every child, regardless of national origin or native language, quality and meaningful educational instruction. Consequently, students who are English Language Learners (ELLs), are provided instructional services through our English as a Second Language program designed to meet their unique needs. The program includes services that range from one-on-one basic English language instruction to content tutoring inside the child's classroom
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The Troy School District has an award-winning, renowned instrumental music program that includes band and strings instruction for grades 5 through 12. All district fifth graders will automatically be in band or string orchestra class for the entire school year. The students can choose to study violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, or snare drum/bell kit. No previous experience is necessary. Class instruction includes basic sound production and technique, note-reading, elementary ear-training, playing a variety of music styles, and chances for creativity. For optimal progress, band and strings students are encouraged to practice for 15 minutes a day as their homework. Group performance opportunities include a winter concert, a spring concert, and an all-school assembly concert.
The Troy School District provides 45 minutes of Spanish instruction per week in every 3rd and 4th grade class and 25 minutes in every 5th grade class. Students will receive grades for Spanish based on Michigan’s Foreign Language Benchmarks twice a year. The assigned grades will indicate if a student is secure, progressing, or needs more practice in a particular area. A brief overview of the course content for 2011-2012 is as follows:
- 3rd: Students will focus on pronunciation, basic vocabulary and phrases. Units include: Introduction to the Spanish Speaking World, Pets in My Home, My Family & My Community, My Healthy Meals, and My Cultural Experience
- 4th: Students will refine pronunciation, increase Spanish vocabulary, and learn basic grammatical rules. Each of the fourth grade units will be a spiral and an expansion of the third grade units.
- 5th: The students will continue to refine pronunciation, increase Spanish vocabulary and grammatical concepts and begin to focus on conversing and writing in complete sentences. The units will again be a review and expansion of the previous years.
The Troy School District places its students at an advantage by offering Spanish during the elementary years. Research studies indicate that childhood is the optimum time for students to begin to acquire another language. Children who have studied a second language have been shown to achieve an excellent near-native pronunciation of that language, as well as higher levels of proficiency than those who start during or after adolescence. It has also been proven that early language learners have a greater understanding of their native tongue, superior problem-solving skills and an increased cultural awareness.