Tippecanoe School Corporation

Academics

Mintonye provides a traditional approach to educating children through a rich curriculum with an emphasis on the Indiana Academic Standards. Our teachers plan lessons by utilizing the proven format of direct instruction and integrating progressive, research-based techniques and programs that assist students in meeting lesson objectives. Students’ individual needs are met through the use of supplementary programs such as Accelerated Reader. Mintonye Elementary School has maintained a ranking in the top twenty percent among Indiana's elementary schools and has received numerous awards for its performance, including Indiana's 4-Star School Award.

Students’ academic progress is reported to parents through a report card every nine weeks. Information is also shared with parents through phone calls, e-mail, newsletters, notes, and at Open House. Parent conferences are held in the fall and spring, but can also be initiated by the parent or teacher at any time throughout the year. When concerns arise about a student’s academic progress or behavior, the teacher or parent may request a meeting of our Problem-Solving Team to create an intervention plan for the child.

Mintonye generally has three or four classrooms at each grade level, with an average of 22 to 26 students per classroom. Special education programs for provide services to students with learning disabilities. A peer model preschool program is also available for three and four year olds for students with and without disabilities. We also provide the services of an art teacher, music teacher, physical education teacher, librarian, computer teacher, and high-ability education teacher. Further, the services of a student services coordinator, nurse, speech/hearing clinician, and reading tutors are also available. The Lafayette Family YMCA operates Y-Care at Mintonye, a before and after school care program.

Assessments

Grades K-2

Text Reading Comprehension (TRC)
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
CogAT Test (1st Grade) - High Ability Screener
WIDA for English Language Learners.
STAR Reading Assessment.

Grade 3

  • IREAD3
  • STAR Reading
  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
  • WIDA for English Language Learners.
  • ILEARN

Grades 4-5

  • Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
  • STAR Reading
  • ILEARN
  • WIDA for English Language Learners.

Instructional Strategies

The teachers of Mintonye Elementary School utilize the proven, research-based framework of direct instruction when planning lessons. Planning begins with an objective aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards. Objectives are posted in classrooms daily. Lessons contain the necessary components of direct instruction in an effective sequence.

Within this framework, teachers use effective instructional strategies such as hands-on activities, visual supports, cooperative learning groups, technology, differentiated instruction, note-taking, and nonlinguistic representations to engage students in learning. Teachers also incorporate strategies from Lemov’s book, “Teach Like A Champion”. Students are encouraged to be active participants in discussions and activities during lessons.

Mintonye teachers use the WriteSteps Writing curriculum which is aligned with the Indiana Academic Standards. Rubrics are used to assist teachers in the assessment of student composition. Based on the standards, the writing rubric lets students and parents know which writing skills are strengths and which are concerns. The rubric may also serve as a motivator for students wanting to advance to higher levels on the rubric. Further, the rubric assists teachers in making sound instructional decisions for the class or individual students.

Each grade level team of Mintonye teachers has created an Annual Plan for Reading, Language Arts, and Math. The Annual Plans outline how the curriculum will unfold each month of the school year. This assists the teachers in pacing themselves, ensuring that they teach the Indiana Academic Standards within the school year.

Programs that have been implemented in recent years to bolster instruction as well as provide tier 2 and tier 3 interventions include Houghton Mifflin Into Reading, Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness, Zoo Phonics, Mountain Math, Mountain Language, Read Naturally, Leveled Literacy Intervention, IXL, Accelerated Reader, WriteSteps Writing, and Ready Math.

Parent Participation

Mintonye Elementary School enjoys strong parental support and participation, which is an important factor in the school’s success. The frequent communication between the teachers and parents has built a strong foundation for the students’ achievement and behavior. Attendance at Parent-Teacher Conferences averages over 98%.

The Mintonye PTO provides an array of school and community services, and provides financial assistance for several school projects. The Parent Volunteer program is quite active and provides much support for teachers and students. Parent volunteers assist teachers in the classroom and in our tutoring program. Our specialty areas teachers also have parent volunteers who assist them, and each grade level has parent volunteers who serve as parent representatives at PTO meetings. At any time, on any day, volunteers can be found assisting at Mintonye. Mintonye also has the All Pro Dads program, which holds monthly breakfast meetings for students and their fathers. We also participate in Read To Succeed, which brings community volunteers into the building to work on reading skills with the children.

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Technology as a learning tool

Beliefs

Effectively integrating technology into the instructional process has the potential to positively impact the educational experiences for students at the Tippecanoe School Corporation. The availability of technology and quality digital resources allows for students to demonstrate creativity and innovation, to communicate and collaborate, to research and evaluate information, and to think critically. Digital tools, resources, and practices are embedded into the curriculum to support the corporation’s instructional goals and enhance student achievement.  Other areas of focus include Google Apps for Education (K-12), integrating iPads into the classroom (K-2), and leveraging the power of Chromebooks (3-12).

Read to Succeed

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Read to Succeed is a community initiative led by United Way of Greater Lafayette, Greater Lafayette Commerce and local community school corporations designed to motivate our community to engage in our students’ academic success.

You can help a student succeed at a local elementary school by volunteering one hour a week. Your time and compassion can make a difference in a child's education. 

For more information and to sign up to become a volunteer visit:
http://www.readtosucceedgreaterlafayette.org/