- About NVA
- About the Staff
- LEA Literacy Plan
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Elementary Specials
- Health & Wellness School
NVA provides literacy-rich environments, supports high-quality classroom libraries, maintains a focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) and school climate to create a positive and safe environment where students feel ready to read and learn. We regularly assess student understanding and use it to inform instruction.
K-2 Learning at the Primary PondProvides weekly phonics, phonological awareness and spelling instruction for K-2 students. Teachers use decodeable texts, sorts and activities with the whole group, differentiated small groups and as games students can use to solidify the content.
Reading Writing Project
Reading and writing workshops are deliberately designed to offer a simple and predictable environment so that the teacher can focus on the complex work of observing students' progress and teaching into their needs.
Middle School Standards
|Focus Area||Anchor Standards|
|Reading||Making inferences and conclusions, using evidence, analyzing themes and content; interpreting word usage and meaning; analyzing point of view and text structure; analyzing arguments, evidence and reasoning in written, visual and quantitative content; understanding age-appropriate literature and other types of texts|
|Writing||Composing arguments based on reasoning and evidence; constructing clearly written explanatory, narrative and informational texts using appropriate writing techniques and structure; editing and rewriting texts; collaboratively publishing writing; researching topics effectively and accurately using various tools and evidence gathered from texts; writing both short- and long-form texts that appropriate address objectives and audiences|
|Speaking and Listening||Effectively working with others; understanding and presenting information digitally, quantitatively, verbally, and visually; analyzing the effectiveness of oral presentations; using formal and informal speech appropriately|
|Language||Showing mastery of English language conventions both verbally and in writing; understanding how language usage impacts meaning and comprehension; using context and other tools to determine the meaning of vocabulary; understanding figurative speech and the relationships between words; learning age-appropriate vocabulary that prepares one for college and the workforce|
Building Mathematical Thinkers
Bridges in Mathematics is a comprehensive K–5 curriculum that equips teachers to fully address state standards in a rigorous, engaging, and accessible manner. Students gain a deep understanding of concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve complex problems. The curriculum is composed of three distinct but integrated components: Problems & Investigations, Workplaces (games) and Number Corner.
6th Grade Middle School
Ratios & Proportional Relationships, the number system, Expressions & Equations, Geometry, Statistics & Probability
7th Grade Middle School
Ratios & Proportional Relationships, The Number System, expressions & equations, geometry, statistics & probability
8th Grade Middle School
The Number System, Expressions & Equations, functions, geometry, statistics & probability
Scholastic News and Story Works which create weekly content that address the state standards as well as current events happening in the world.
- In 6th grade Social Studies, we will cover the time period from roughly 15,000 BCE to 1500 CE. This is admittedly a big time frame, covering everything from early humans, the ancient world, and a world in transition.
- In 7th grade Social Studies, students will learn about the Geography and History of our great state of New Mexico.
- 8th grade Social Studies explores the History of the United States, from our nation's earliest peoples, to Colonization and Settlement, Statehood and the Declaration of Independence. We will examine the roots of conflict and study how individuals and groups affect change. Our year will culminate with the end of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Generation Genius is a K-8 teaching resource that brings school science standards to life through fun and educational videos paired with lesson plans, activities, quizzes, reading material and more. The videos are produced in partnership with the National Science Teaching Association, and aligned to standards in all 50 states.
The most popular K-5 science curriculum
- Standards Aligned and Common Core
- Prep in minutes, not hours
- Used by 3+ million students
A physically active school helps support improved classroom behavior, physical fitness, and standardized test scores. NVA’s physical education programs provide standards-based daily learning opportunities, age- and developmentally-appropriate instruction, meaningful content and ongoing assessment. The skills, knowledge, and behaviors learned in PE help kids to establish and maintain active lifestyles well into adulthood.
Art: NVA nurtures culturally responsive classrooms through art integration, utilizes the principles of design to creatively explore various arts media, and provides a high quality, comprehensive K–8 visual arts curriculum.
PE: A physically active school helps support improved classroom behavior, physical fitness, and standardized test scores. NVA’s physical education programs provide standards-based daily learning opportunities, age- and developmentally-appropriate instruction, meaningful content and ongoing assessment. The skills, knowledge, and behaviors learned in PE help kids to establish and maintain active lifestyles well into adulthood.
Top 10 things learned in drama class:
- Oral Communication Skills
- Creative Problem Solving Abilities
- Motivation and Commitment
- Willingnes to Work Cooperatively
- The Ability to Work Independently
- Time-budgeting Skills
- Promptness and Respect for Deadlines
- Respect for Colleagues
Health and Wellness
Here at NVA we believe in developing the health of the whole child.
Our Counselor works hand in hand with our classroom teachers to use Second Steps Social Emotional Learning Curriculum in all classrooms K-8.
We believe that students need fresh air and sunshine to thrive. Our campus includes a ⅕ mile track for students to use during recess and PE time.
In our cafeteria, we have a salad bar for students to select raw fruits and vegetables daily as well as our hot lunches which are never fried only baked.