Curriculum & Instruction

The term curriculum can be defined in a number of ways.  To some, curriculum represents a specific course offered by the district, while to others it encompasses the entire educational environment.  Although perceptions of the term often vary from district to district, it must be recognized that “curriculum” encompasses a wide range of ideas and cannot be simply defined.  Cassia Joint School District views curriculum as a key element in the educational process; its scope is extremely broad, and it touches virtually everyone who is involved with teaching and learning. Because the adoption of curricular resources is so important, the district follows a comprehensive process when deciding on the resources to be used throughout our schools.

Each curricular content area taught within Cassia Joint School District is evaluated on a rotating basis using a rigorous process which generally spans several months and includes extensive research, grade-level collaboration, and board approval.  For the adoption of new curricular resources, a committee is formed at the district level which may include representation from a variety of stakeholders:  teachers, administrators, patrons, parents, and board members.   Each year, the district analyzes at least one content area and makes suggestions for new, cutting edge resources to serve as a tool for teaching and learning. Despite the extensive nature of curriculum adoptions, the district is committed to providing adequate resources for staff to powerfully teach and for students to continually succeed and grow.  Funding for curricular resources comes from a variety of sources such as the state department of education, grants acquired by the district, and supplemental levies.

Contacts

Sandra Miller
District Curriculum Director
Central Office
208-878-6600

James O'Connor
Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator
Special Services South

Cindy Shaw
Math Curriculum Coordinator
Burley High School
208-878-6606

Carrie Carson
Science Curriculum Coordinator
Burley High School
208-878-6606

Jeanne Allen
Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator
Special Services (South)
208-878-6618 ext. 108

Curtis Richins
Career Technical Education Content Specialist
Cassia Regional Technical Center
208-678-4444

Tim Wood
Humanities Curriculum Director
Burley High School
208-878-6606

Michael Hill
Humanities Curriculum Director
Burley High School
202-878-6606

Grade-Level Specialists

Kim Mathis--Kindergarten
Mountain View Elementary
matkim@cassiaschools.org

Melanie Terry--First Grade
Dworshank Elementary
termelan@cassiaschools.org

 

Melissa Simmons--Second Grade
Dworshak Elementary
simmelis@cassiaschools.org

Melissa Farran--Third Grade
White Pine
farmelis@cassiaschools.org

Judy Bennett--Fourth Grade
Dworshak
benjudy@cassiaschools.org

Danielle Barborka--Fifth Grade
John V Evans Elementary
barbdani@cassiaschools.org

Kayla Cook--Sixth Grade
White Pine Elementary
cookayla@cassiaschools.org

 

Professional Technical Education

Curriculum Guides