- Structured Literacy
- Serving Our Youngest Learners
- Gifted Services
- 1:1 Chromebook Initiative
- Design & Modelling
- College & Career Readiness
Sidney City Schools’ teachers use a structured literacy framework for instruction that includes explicitly teaching foundational skills while building background knowledge through reading and writing.
Reading unlocks the door for all future learning and provides a lifetime of opportunities. Strong literacy skills are necessary for all, starting with the very youngest of learners and continuing into the lives of students after high school, including postsecondary education, immediate entry into the workforce, military service or other types of career development.
Through structured literacy and targeted instruction, our teachers are able to fill holes in students' reading skills to narrow the gap in their learning.
Our reading instruction includes:
- Heggerty (hearing sounds in words and playing with them)
- Phonics First (learning letter-sound relationships in reading and writing)
- CKLA (building knowledge of the world through reading and writing).
Our phonics program is accredited by organizations that research best practices for helping people with dyslexic tendencies learn to read.
Early childhood education lays the groundwork for the development of a lifelong learner.
Sidney City Schools recognizes the importance of early childhood education. As educators, it is our goal to support the whole child by providing learning opportunities in all areas of development including social-emotional skills and academic foundations.
We strive to provide a fun, safe, and exciting culture that encourages students to take risks, problem-solve, and move toward independence.
Children develop an excitement for learning through a play-based, multi-sensory approach and meaningful interactions with others. We strive to provide a fun, safe, and exciting culture that encourages students to take risks, problem-solve, and move toward independence. Our program provides learning experiences that incorporate student interests and address individual needs. Additionally, we believe that our relationships with students and families are central to the advancement of each child’s development. Our intent is to build a strong beginning for future learning and empower children to reach their highest potential.
Through hands-on, project-based investigations, teachers will build children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes. The curriculum aligns to Ohio’s Early Learning and Development Standards. Within this context, children with disabilities receive play-based, individualized, developmentally-appropriate interventions, including child- and teacher-directed activities.
All program services are operated according to the Ohio Department of Education Rules for the Education of preschool children with disabilities and state licensure rules.
Sidney City Schools works to serve those with gifted needs. Education acceleration is one of the cornerstones of exemplary gifted education practices.
Gifted and talented students and those with high abilities need gifted education programs that will challenge them in regular classroom settings and enrichment and accelerated programs to enable them to make continuous progress in school.
Our gifted education services seek to meet the needs of students through acceleration. Acceleration occurs when students move through traditional curriculum at rates faster than typical. Among the many forms of acceleration are grade-skipping, early entrance to kindergarten or college, dual-credit courses such as Advanced Placement and College Credit Plus programs, or subject-based acceleration (e.g., when a fifth-grade student takes a 6th grade math course).
Our district uses a three -stage approach to screen and identify students who perform or show potential for performing at high levels of accomplishment in the areas of superior cognitive ability, specific academic ability, creativity, and visual and/or performing arts. If students are identified as gifted, our curriculum department works to
By providing each of our students a Chromebook, we also enhance their educational experience by allowing them to research, collaborate, create, and learn beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.
Sidney City Schools has reached a 1:1 device status, where every student will have a school-issued device to use. Because of this, our students and teachers are able to leverage the Chromebooks as a tool for creative instruction and learning.
At the primary level, though there is one device per student, those devices are kept at school. At the intermediate school level, devices mostly remain at school with some chances for them to be taken home depending on the situation. In middle school, students are issued a device at the beginning of the year to keep and use between school and home; this practice continues through high school.
Being 1:1 with devices has allowed greater access to technology while preparing our students to succeed in the ever-changing, and increasingly-technological, world. It has also eliminated both the need for teachers to schedule computer lab time at school and the need for students to have a device at home.
In looking to expand STEM opportunities at Sidney Middle School, Design & Modeling I & II were introduced in the 2022-2023 school year.
DESIGN & MODELING I
Design & Modeling I is a basic introduction to pre-engineering and explores skills and topics like 3-D printing, energy transfer, modeling, circuits, CAD, and woodworking. Projects may include:
Balloon Powered Car Race where students construct a car powered only by a balloon that they use to race their classmates.
Circuit Construction in which students learn about the two main kinds of circuits and have to construct them.Students create circuits simulating a light switch, traffic light, and a wind powered car.
3-D Printing in which students explore the rapidly growing industry of 3-D printing and real world applications to include printing of things like houses, food, and medicine. Students also learn how to 3-D print objects using the program TinkerCAD.
Robot Construction in which students construct a claw robot and learn how to program it to perform different tasks. The class explores how these tasks can be applied to the real world to help NASA, factory efficiency, and future transportation.
Wood Construction in which students create two projects: string art and a bird house. During these projects, students learn skills such as shop safety, how to safely use a miter saw, drill press, and orbital sander. Students also learn how read blue prints, lay out projects, and properly apply stain and finish to their wood projects.
DESIGN & MODELING II
Design & Modeling II dives deeper into pre-engineering and explores skills and topics. Projects or lessons may include:
Construction Paper Roller Coaster for a ping pong ball. This project helps spark creativity for students and explore problem solving techniques to design their coaster.
6-Step Design Process which involves everything from planning and designing a model (for any given project), building and testing it, evaluating and making improvements, and lastly presenting models ideas to the class.
Cerebral Palsy Exploration/Creation in which the class talks about what cerebral palsy is and what the needs of children with cerebral palsy are. Students create an Ankle Foot Orthosis prototype that could be helpful for a child with cerebral palsy, and later create a therapeutic toy for a child with cerebral palsy. Students choose a focus child and aim to create a toy that helps the child meet their therapeutic goal.
3-D Printing in which students explore the rapidly growing industry of 3-D printing and real world applications to include printing of things like houses, food, and medicine. Students also learn how to 3-D print objects using the program TinkerCAD. The class looks at how they can take isometric sketches (3-D looking sketches) and turn them into a 3-D model with TinkerCAD.
Skimmer Project which involves focus on reading a tape measure and ruler, and being precise when drawing or reading dimensions. Students create a skimmer in this unit using precise measuring skills that they then compete against one another and launch their Skimmers in the hallways with a rubber band to see who's can go the farthest.
Ensuring our students are career and college ready is a priority at Sidney Middle School and Sidney High School.
Many educators and education experts stress the importance of college and career readiness in students, particularly at the high school level. Sidney administration and teachers have worked to institute this important concept into the curriculum at SHS. Sidney High School partners with Edison State Community College to offer college courses on the Sidney High School campus through Colleges Credit Plus. These courses are taught by teachers during the regular school day, meaning students do not have to leave the school building to receive both high school and college credit simultaneously. Students are also able to take classes off school campus on the college campus of Edison State Community College. Sidney High School counselors work directly with Edison State to ensure student success.
Sidney City Schools works with the local Workforce Partnership of Shelby County to support career readiness for students. A Career Coach, supported by the Sidney-Shelby County United Way and Workforce Partnership, works 1-on-1 with students who may not have post-secondary education plans, are not enrolled at the Upper Valley Career Center, and are not planning to enlist in the military, to assess their skills and interests, and provide employers who are hiring which match their skill set. The goal is to ensure those students who do not have plans following graduation are linked with local employers for suitable and sustaining employment.
ENG125-Intro to Literature
COM121-Intro to Communications
HST121-US History I
HST122-US History II
PLS121- US Government
HST125- West Civ to 1715
HST126-West Civ Since 1715
GER221-Intermediate German- 4th-year German students only
GER222-Intermediate German II- 4th-year German students only
SPN221-Intermediate Spanish- 4th-year Spanish students only
SPN222-Intermediate Spanish II- 4th-year Spanish students only
CHM110-Intro to Chemistry
BIO125-Anatomy & Physiology
PHY121- College Physics
Workforce Partnership of Shelby County's Career Coach, Kelly Edwards, works with students to connect the dots between interests, skills, and abilities, and local employment opportunities.
The Class of 2023 saw 9 career placements with the following students and employers:
Wyatt Biddle - Hemmelgarn Services
Wyatt Bisbee - Panel Control Inc.
Augustus Henry - Kirk NationaLease
Dakota McCoy - Cargill
Ryan North - Ferguson Construction
Estin Perry - Slagle Mechanical Contractors
Dallas Tucker - Detailed Machining Inc.
Tayshaun Warner - Lochard Inc.
Chance Wita - Slagle Mechanical Contractors