Curriculum Policy

 

What's New:

May 30th 4th Quarter Ends

May 31st 8th Grade Graduation

June 1st at 8:00am KG Graduation (ES)

June 1st at 5:00pm Senior Graduation (ES)

June 2nd End of the Year Ceremony (MH)

June 5th End of the Year Ceremony (ES)

 

Aya of the Week

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you, even as it was prescribed for those before you, that ye may ward off (evil); (183) (Fast) a certain number of days; and (for) him who is sick among you, or on a journey, (the same) number of other days; and for those who can afford it there is a ransom: the feeding of a man in need - but whoso doeth good of his own accord, it is better for him: and that ye fast is better for you if ye did but know - (184) The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind, and clear proofs of the guidance, and the Criterion (of right and wrong). And whosoever of you is present, let him fast the month, and whosoever of you is sick or on a journey, (let him fast the same) number of other days. Allah desireth for you ease; He desireth not hardship for you; and (He desireth) that ye should complete the period, and that ye should magnify Allah for having guided you, and that peradventure ye may be thankful. (185) 

Standard Subjects
The school curriculum follows the State of Wisconsin’s frameworks, National Educational Standards and uses state-adopted textbooks. Our curriculum provides young learners with a solid educational foundation in the language arts (reading, spelling, creative writing, handwriting, English grammar), mathematics, science, and social studies. Physical education and art are also important aspects of the program. A strong emphasis is placed on the importance of critical thinking in all of the above areas.
Religious Studies Program
Instruction is imparted in three basic areas: Islamic Studies, Qur’anic Studies and Arabic Language.At Salam School, in grades (K4-8), students receive instruction in these areas with one specialist teacher for almost one hour per day. Using series of text materials in Arabic, the teacher follows a sequential program in which students develop their reading, writing and speaking ability. In Islamic Studies, the program emphasizes various themes each month from basic beliefs and worship, to stories of the prophets, to moral values and ethics. Verses from the Qur’an are selected according to these themes for children to understand and memorize as part of Qur’anic Studies curriculum.
Multicultural Education
Multicultural education has the purpose of helping students acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills they need in order to become active citizens in a democratic society. Throughout the curriculum at Salam School, students have the opportunity to explore and develop an appreciation for the diversity of our local, national and global community while maintaining their Islamic identity.
Part of the curriculum at Salam School specifically exposes students to the contributions of cultural and religious groups in United States History. Many of the topics recognized and/or discussed includes but is not limited to Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, different religious holidays, Civil Rights Movement, etc… As educators Salam School Staff has a responsibility to promote an awareness of the religious and cultural diversity of this country. Salam School is fulfilling state requirements.. By doing so, and providing students with the educational base they need to perform better on standardized tests.
Educational Field Trips
In addition to regular class work, teachers supplement students’ education with a wide variety of hands-on activities, projects, assignments, and educational field trips.
The school takes frequent educational field trips. They are planned from time to time as an enhancement to the curriculum. These trips are part of the school program and are not optional experiences for students. Therefore, attendance is required on planned class field trips. The cost for field trips is divided equally among those attending, and must be paid in advance when required. Parents will be informed of the trip. Students should pack lunches for these trips. Students who do not adequately follow school rules may be restricted from attending field trips. Behavior on any school-sponsored trip must be the very best and we expect students to recognize their place in the larger community and to act responsibly and respectfully toward their neighbors.
Weekly Class Schedule
The weekly class schedule with the average number of minutes per week per curriculum area is as follows:
CURRICULUM AREA
Grade Level K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Religion 10% 60 120 180 180 225 225 225 225
Reading 30% 450 450 375 350 225 225 225 225
Language Arts 10% 250 250 250 250 225 225 225 225
Mathematics 10% 250 250 250 250 225 225 225 225
Social Studies 10% 125 150 175 200 225 225 225 225
Science 10% 100 150 150 150 225 225 225 225
Physical Ed. 10% 60 60 60 60 60 60 60 60
Art 5% 90 90 90 90 60 60 60 60
Foreign Lan.
(Arabic) 5% 180 225 225 225 225 225 225 225
Other 235 55 45 45 105 105 105 105
Total Allocated
Instructional
Minutes 100% 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800 1800
Every effort is made to integrate themes from different disciplines in the instructional minutes.
Occasionally videos will be used to support the unit or themes being taught in the class. Unnecessary and excessive use of videos is prohibited.
In addition to these basic educational components, the middle school grades are concerned with preparing the adolescent to be successful in high school. The school provides an environment that encourages independent thinking, creativity, originality and action. The learning environment is student-centered, emphasis is placed on value-based education, creativity, imagination, inquiry, discovery, critical thinking, decision making, cooperative learning and alternative modes of learning that meet the needs of the students.
Technology
Salam School has an excellent computer lab for the students use. If it extremely important that all students adhere to and follow the rules and regulations of the lab.
Addendum to Computer Lab Usage Policy 11/16/09 It is the intention of the Salam School IT to assist students in becoming 21st century learners capable of using technology to its fullest and positive potential. Because of the continuously rising costs of printer ink and supplies, Salam School students will have to pay for copies according to the fee schedule below:
8.5”-11” COLOR COPIES $1.00 per page
8.5” x 11” Black and White Copies $ .50 per page
Social Development
The social and spiritual development of all students will receive significant emphasis. The projected number of students in the middle school grades is large enough to provide positive social interaction but small enough to allow a well-disciplined environment with adequate personal attention. Here, students will be enabled to study and explore the social forces surrounding them in their daily lives from an Islamic value based perspective. The individual needs of younger students will also be met in an environment that focuses on their unique social and spiritual developmental needs.
Crisis Referrals
* Suicide talk and gestures
* Child abuse/neglect
* Abuse relationships
* Drug/Alcohol dependency or co-dependency
* Health needs
* Grief/Loss issues
(M-Team) referral
The Multidisciplinary Team Process (M-Team) referral is made when there is reasonable cause to suspect that a student may have exceptional education needs. A referral is not equated with a diagnosis.
Parent/guardian, school staff, Community Health and Human service personnel can originate initial referrals.
Once a referral list is generated, the case manager will determine the team composition that may include: Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech Pathologist and Diagnostic Teacher(s). Input is also obtained from classroom teacher(s), parents/guardians, Principal, supportive personnel and when appropriate, from the student. Parents are encouraged to identify the needs of the child.
Lunch Program
Children need healthy meals to learn. Salam School offers healthy meals every school day, as supported by the Department of Health and Nutrition. Free, reduced, and paid lunch is provided to Salam School students on a daily basis. Each parent must submit a lunch application to the school office for his or her child/ren. Money for students who are reduced or paid lunch must be submitted by the 1st of every month.
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Tutoring and Summer School
There are several structured tutorial programs available. Among them are the Summer School, weekend schools and tutoring at least one evening a week at Salam School. Private tutoring is also available.
Transportation
While Salam School is unable to directly provide transportation for student, carpooling arranged among parents is one way to meet transportation needs.
Parents of students living more than two (2) miles from Salam School and residing in the city of Milwaukee, are eligible for transportation reimbursement of transportation expenses through the Milwaukee Public School system. See the Salam School office for details.
Enrichment
Salam School offers a variety of enrichment activities to supplement the main core of our academic program. These include:
* Book Fair
* Community Service
* Educational Field Trips
* Science Fair
* Islamic Book Fair
* Student Council
* Academic Olympics
* Camping
Our classroom centers are designed to complement classroom studies and to offer a variety of educational materials to students and teachers.