Overview of Programs

Curriculum

Curriculum is defined as the knowledge, skill, attitudes, and processes to be written, taught, and tested at the appropriate levels, areas or courses. The state of Texas has provided the framework; the grade level Texas Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In combination with our state curriculum, Kilgore has incorporated aspects important to our learning community, culture, environment, and national standards.

 

We believe that in order for all of our students to be successful that they have to be exposed to the best materials, cutting edge technology, and pedagogy possible. Therefore, the Kilgore Independent School District will invest in meaningful and targeted staff development that will constantly update our professional staff of best practices, recruit and maintain high quality staff, update technology to engage our students into the 21st Century way of thinking, and search to find new and innovative ways of delivering curriculum and instruction to our students. In this era of high-stakes testing and fast-paced world, it is essential that every child has the opportunity to be competitive not only locally but in the global society.

 

We have six campuses in the Kilgore Independent School District. Kilgore Heights Elementary School houses our Head Start, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten. Chandler Elementary School - 1st through 3rd grades, Kilgore Intermediate School - 4th and 5th, Maude Laird Middle School - 6th - 8th, and Kilgore High School - grades 9-12. KHS offers Advance Placement, Pre-AP, dual credit programs, and a full opportunity to meet the needs of students of Kilgore. The Kilgore Independent School district has received numerous awards ranging from TEA Recognized Campuses, Performance Acknowledgements on various campuses, and the list goes on. Kilgore ISD is committed to do Whatever It Takes to educate our children.


Technology

Kilgore Independent School District recognizes both the importance and value of technology in educating tomorrow's citizens. To that end, we have networked all of our schools to bring the resources of the district, the state, and the world to each student.

 

Pre-K and Kindergarten

Classroom computers and computer laboratories are available for diagnostic testing, enrichment activities, as well as remediation in reading, writing and math. Internet access is also available.

 

Grades 1, 2 & 3

Comprehensive computer-assisted instruction is offered to all students at this level. Prescriptive portions of the program allow the student to progress at their own pace. Further, emphasis is placed on creating a solid foundation in technology literacy through the use of classroom computers, networked labs, and Internet connections.

 

Grades 4 &5

Students at this level have continued access to the prescriptive technology which allows individualized instruction. Real-world computing skills, such as keyboarding, word processing, and research, are stressed.

 

Middle School

Whether a multi-media presentation in the classroom or doing research on the Internet, middle school students have a technology-rich environment. Networking between classrooms, the Computer Literacy Lab, and TAKS Remediation Lab provide exciting opportunities. 

 

High School

With seven networked computer labs and a wide variety of computers throughout the school, students are able to take advantage of a variety of programs. Writing labs and math labs are also available. All library catalogs are operated on electronic databases.

 

Credit Recovery

KHS has credit recovery center designed to identify as assist current and potential "dropouts". Students accepted in this alternative program develop additional academic, social and vocational skills needed to earn a high school diploma. The students in the CRC use the A+ online assessment and curriculum courseware.


Accelerated Instruction

Accelerated instruction is funded through federal (Title 1) and state compensatory funds.

 

Title 1 programs are designed to support the regular program. Title teachers work with the regular teachers to design an individual educational plan for each student. The objective of the program is to accelerate a student's learning to the point that he or she is no longer educationally at risk.


Compensatory Funded Remedial Programs

Grades 1-8

Classes designed to remediate basic skills in the areas of math and reading are available at these levels.

 

Grades PK-12

English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction is available for students with limited English proficiency.

 

Grades 9-12

TAKS remediation classes are staffed through compensatory funds.

 

Tutorials

Tutorial classes for students in need of before and/or after school help are funded based on campus need.

 

Summer School

A free accelerated summer school is offered to students in elementary grades in need of remediation. A TAKS remediation program is available for students who have not passed the EXIT level TAKS test. High school regular classes are offered as enrollment dictates. There is a tuition fee for regular classes.


Challenge Programs

Middle School

Algebra I is offered for high school credit to eighth grade students who qualify. Pre-AP classes are offered in language arts and science in all three grades at the middle school.

 

High School

The Recommended Program is required of all high school students, unless there is significant reason for a parent to request the minimum graduation plan. Approximately 60-70 percent of the students complete this program. In addition, there is a Distinguished Achievement Program. Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in English, biology, calculus, chemistry, and history. Pre-AP classes are also offered in English and science.

 

College Classes

Early admission classes are available through a cooperative with Kilgore College for students wishing to complete college courses before graduating from high school.

 

Texas Academic Decathlon

Kilgore High School students participate in the Texas Decathlon in grades 11 and 12. Students in grades 9 and 10 participate in Octathlon.

 

SAT/ACT

Programs are available for students who wish to prepare for taking the SAT and/or ACT college entrance tests.


Gifted and Talented Programs

Excellence in academics is a common goal for educational programs in Kilgore Independent School District. For gifted/talented students, this is manifested through a pull-out program in grades K-5 and homogeneous classes in middle and high schools.

 

Identification is based upon multiple and specific criteria. Students who qualify in Specific Subject Matter Aptitude are served in the areas of language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.

 

At the middle school level, students may be identified for one, two, three or all four subject areas. Pre-AP is offered in language arts, math, social studies an science. High school gifted/talented students are served through Pre-AP English I and II, AP English III and IV, Pre-AP Biology, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Calculus, AP United States History, and AP U.S. Government.

 

The pull-out program for grades K-5 is known by the acronym, LEAP (Learners Expanding Academic Potential). It is an enrichment program whose focus is on higher level thinking skills and research skills. Students in grades 2-5 each have a full day at the LEAP center during the week. Kindergarten and first grade students are scheduled into the Center for half or part of a day each week. Two full-time teachers staff the Center.

 

Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students have a minimum of thirty(30) clock hours of staff development that includes nature and needs of gifted/talented students, assessing student needs, and curriculum and instruction for gifted students. Teachers who provide instruction and services that are a part of the program for gifted students receive a minimum of six hours annually of professional development in gifted education.

 

Kilgore Independent School District recognizes that gifted and talented students are found in all cultures, socioeconomic groups, graphic locales, and environments. 


Physical Education / Fine Arts

Developing a well rounded student is a philosophy demonstrated by Kilgore Independent School District. An organized program of physical education and general music is available for students in PK through grade 5. At each campus, a certified music teacher and certified physical education teacher are employed to instruct the students. Beginning with grade level six, students continue to have physical education instruction and/or athletic opportunities. Music becomes more specialized at this level. Students may choose choir, band, or orchestra; all award winning programs.

 

Art classes are available as an elective beginning in grade level six. Two certified art teachers are employed, one for middle school and one for high school.

 

Drama and speech classes are available at the high school level. UIL competition brings honors to students involved in this program.


Libraries


Libraries are located on each campus. These learning resource centers are staffed with certified librarians at Maude Laird Middle School, and Kilgore High School. Other campus libraries are staffed with library aides under the supervision of one of the district certified librarians. In addition to books, all libraries house audio/visual materials and machines. Kilgore High School, Maude Laird Middle School, Kilgore Intermediate, and Chandler Elementary libraries have automated check out computer systems.


Community and Parent Involvement

Texas Scholars - A program sponsored through the Chamber of Commerce. Local businessmen make a presentation to eighth graders encouraging them to enroll in a challenging high school course of study (Recommended High School Program). Seniors who have successfully completed the program are honored by the Chamber.

 

Junior Achievement - Community leaders work with students in grade 2 and on the high school level to emphasize the importance of free enterprise.

 

Campus Volunteer Programs are in place on each campus. In addition, parents and community leaders are represented on the Campus Improvement Teams as a part of the site-based decision making process.

 

Booster Club parents are involved in the support of special interest areas.

 

Vocational Agriculture Livestock Project Show is held each spring. Students showcase their projects with a sale following. Local citizens and businesses bid for the animals.

 

PTA - Each campus has an active parent/teacher organization. The City Council PTA coordinates the many support activities of the campus organizations.


High School Programs


Recommended High School Program

English

4

Credits

Mathematics

3

Credits

Science

3

Credits

Social Studies

3

Credits

U.S. Government

1/2

Credit

Economics

1/2

Credit

Physical Education

2

Credits

Health

1/2

Credit

Speech

1/2

Credit

Computer Science

1

Credit

Foreign Language

2

Credits

Fine Arts

1

Credit

Electives - State Approved

3

Credits


Total

24

Credits

Students need 24 credits for graduation


Kilgore High School Graduation Requirements

Class of 2011 and Beyond

English

4

Credits

Mathematics

4

Credits*

Science

4

Credits

Social Studies

4

Credits

PE (Maximum- 2 State Credits) 2 Credits
Health 1/2 Credits

Speech

1/2

Credits

Computer Science 1 Credit
Foreign Language 2

Credits***

Fine Arts (Band, Choir, Drama, Orchestra, Art) 1

Credit

Electives 3

Credits**


Total

26

Credits

 

 

ACCORDING TO CURRENT STATE LAW, STUDENTS GRADUATING IN 2008 OR AFTER MUST COMPLETE THE RECOMMENDED PROGRAM. IF THE STUDENT'S PARENT OR GUARDIAN BELIEVES THE STUDENT SHOULD BE PERMITTED TO GRADUATE ON THE MINIMUM PLAN, A SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR OR COUNSELOR SHOULD BE CONTACTED.

 

*PRE CAL REQUIRED FOR HONOR GRADUATES

 

**SELECTED FROM A LIST OF STATE-APPROVED, COLLEGE-PREPARATORY COURSES FIRST 3 SELECTED FROM BIOLOGY, IPC OR PHYSICS, AND CHEMISTRY

 

****3 UNITS REQUIRED FOR DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM. TO QUALIFY FOR THE DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM, STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE RECOMMENDED PROGRAM AND RECEIVE ANY COMBINATION OF FOUR ADVANCED MEASURES (SEE COUNSELOR).




Kilgore ISD offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in dual credit courses; that is courses granting both high school and college credit upon successful completion.  Some of the courses may be located on the high school campus and others may be located on the Kilgore College campus.  The fee for these dual credit courses is $25 per semester hour; payable to Kilgore College plus the cost of books and/or other required materials for the course.

DUAL CREDIT COURSES OFFERED AT KHS:

Course                                                 Grade level

US GOVT – STATE GOVT                   12

US HISTORY                                       11

ENGLISH 4 (FRESHMAN ENGLISH) 12

COURSES THAT MAY BE TAKEN FOR DUAL CREDIT AT KILGORE COLLEGE:

ENGLISH 1301                                    1 SEMESTER OF ENGLISH 4

ENGLISH 1301, 1302, 2322                1 YEAR OF ENGLISH 4

BIM 1305                                            1 SEMESTER OF BIM

BIM 1305, + ANY COSC COURSE      1 YEAR OF BIM

US HISTORY 1301                              1 SEMESTER OF US HISTORY

US HISTORY 1301, 1302                    1 YEAR OF US HISTORY

GOVT 2305, 2306                               1 SEMESTER OF US GOVT

SPANISH 1311, 1312                          1 YEAR OF SPANISH 1

KINESIOLOGY (ANY COURSE)          PHYSICAL EDUCATION CREDIT

ARTS, MUSIC, (ANY)                           FINE ARTS CREDIT

KC VOCATIONAL COURSES

* AUTO MECHANICS 3 HR.               11-12

* AUTO BODY 3 HR.                           11-12

* WELDING 3 HR.                               11-12

* COSMETOLOGY 3 HR                     11-12


Drug Free School Program

Pre-K-12

The "Abuse Banish Curriculum" is a comprehensive Pre-K through 12 educational program. It is constantly evaluated and revised according to the needs of the students. The program is age-appropriate, developmentally based and involves the students in gaining factual information, developing peer leadership skills and building positive self concepts.

 

Kilgore ISD Objectives

The students will:

Say NO to drugs

Make wise decisions

Develop problem solving skills

Develop leadership skills

Develop positive self images

Develop positive character traits

Think critically

Communicate effectively

Develop positive relationship

Develop healthy alternatives to drug use

KISD is committed to:

A drug free school climate

Establishing rules and policies prohibiting drugs or drug use on campuses

Enforcing policies against drugs and drug use

Implementing a comprehensive drug free prevention curriculum

Reaching out to community for support and assistance

Providing teachers and parents with drug awareness training

Programs at each campus are designed to provide activities and support in the areas of drug prevention, intervention, treatment and maintenance.

 

The district is committed to providing the support necessary to enable the district students to be drug free, and to provide programs for parent training in ways which may increase their viability as a parent.


School-Related Tobacco Laws


Education Code Section §38.006 - Tobacco on School Property


The board of trustees of a school district shall:

    (1) prohibit smoking or using tobacco products at a school-related or school-sanctioned activity on or off school property;

    (2) prohibit students from possessing tobacco products at a school-related or school-sanctioned activity on or off school property; and

    (3) ensure that school personnel enforce the policies on school property.


    Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 260, § 1, eff. May 30, 1995.


Penal Code §48.01 - Smoking Tobacco


    (a) A person commits an offense if he is in possession of a burning tobacco product or smokes tobacco in a facility of a public primary or \

        secondary school or an elevator, enclosed theater or movie house, library, museum, hospital, transit system bus, or intrastate bus, as 

        defined by Section 541.201, Transportation Code, plane, or train which is a public place. 

For more information contact:

Jerome Towns, Director

Drug Free Schools Program

(903) 988-3900