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CURRICULUM

The general curriculum complies with the specifications and recommendations of the State of Illinois and the Regional Office of Education.  In addition, the curriculum committee at Whiteside endeavors to select curriculum materials compatible with the Belleville High School curriculum.   Our curriculum committees continuously update and improve our program based on current research, assessment results and State, Federal, and local guidelines.

BAND

The Band program begins with the 4th grade and continues through 8th grade.  Beginning students have one lesson per week.  Senior band students meet once a week for lessons and have band 5 days a week.  Jazz band is also available to students by audition. 

Students should be encouraged by their parent(s) to stay in band and to attend all assigned band activities once a commitment is made to join the program.   A letter grade will be given for the class.   Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will be permitted to drop from band only at the end of the semester providing they have parental permission and approval from the principal.  Students who drop band at other times during the school year will receive an “F” for the grading period. 

Since the District does not cover theft and liability insurance on student-owned instruments, it is strongly suggested that each band parent insures their child’s instrument through a homeowner’s policy, or its equivalent. 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

All students must participate in the PE program.  Uniforms are required for those in grades 6, 7, and 8.  For students not physically capable of participating in a regular PE program, a written statement  must be submitted to the principal.  This written exemption must be from a physician and must state the health problem and the length of time the student should be exempted from physical education.  This exemption will be placed in the student’s file where it will remain for one school year.  During this exemption, the student will be given related written assignments. 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Whiteside belongs to the Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative (BASSC).  Federal Public Law and the Illinois School Code mandate all guidelines for referring, testing, and placing students in special programs.  Numerous programs are available to those students who qualify for services.  Speech-Language, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Vision/Hearing Impaired programs are among the services and programs available.  Special services are also provided for students who have needs such as the learning disabled, those students with behavioral or emotional disorders, and students identified as mentally impaired.  An early childhood education program is available for children in the pre-school age range who have special needs. 

SPEECH/LANGUAGE

During the school year, a student's speech and language may be screened as part of the District's routine procedures.  If the screening indicates a need for further evaluation, the parent will be officially notified, and a prescribed procedure for testing and possible placement in the program will be conducted. If a parent has any objections to the screening, please notify the school office immediately after the start of the school year. 

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Students who qualify for this program may receive extra help in reading and math.  Instruction focuses on bringing the child's achievement up to grade level.

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