PCSD Content Area Vision Statements
    Working in partnership to ensure Academic achievement, responsible Behavior and Civic engagement.
    Language Arts
    Language is at the heart of all human interaction. When all students are literate (able to effectively use reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills to critically think), they are empowered to improve the quality of their lives. Through the English language arts, Plattsmouth students will learn to analyze, integrate, and apply what is learned for real purposes in their homes, schools, communities, and workplaces.
    What Do We Want Them To Know and Be Able to Do?
    Over Arching Enduring Understanding:
    Students will understand that through the use of language, in all its forms, they will be able to think critically, gain knowledge, and communicate their thoughts, ideas, and needs to a diverse society.
    Plattsmouth students will have the computational skills, conceptual understanding, and problems-solving abilities necessary to make thoughtful decisions and a positive difference in the world around them. Students will have a positive attitude about their mathematical abilities and be able to consider multiple solution strategies, make connections to previous knowledge, be persistent, and take risks as they find solutions. Students will have the ability to explain, justify, and prove their thinking and thus communicate using multiple representations in local and global communities.
    What Do We Want Them To Know and Be Able to Do?
    Over Arching Enduring Understanding:
    Mathematics is a language built on logical reasoning with its foundation in conceptual development linked with basic skills.  Math as a field of study allows us to communicate using multiple representations in local and global communities. When applied, math empowers us to problem solve, take risks, and find solutions.
    Plattsmouth students will be able to think scientifically and have the curiosity and drive to use inquiry, research, reading and discussion to construct new knowledge for themselves. They will have the science content knowledge and skills needed to make informed and reasoned decisions. Students will be able see the importance of science in understanding the natural world as well as its impact on society. By applying their learning and making cross curricular connections, students will have the tools needed to contribute to their local, state, national, and international communities.
    What Do We Want Them To Know and Be Able to Do?
    Over Arching Enduring Understanding:
    Inquiry Enduring Understandings
    Students will understand that scientific inquiry is an on-going process that involves developing questions, planning and conducting investigations, producing and analyzing data in order to explain the world around them. 
    Students will understand that retesting revision, and unexpected results are inherent in effective science.
    Inquiry Vision
    Through repeated opportunities to conduct guided and authentic inquiry, Plattsmouth students will be able to recognize that investigating different kinds of scientific questions requires different strategies, and use scientific knowledge and understanding to select an appropriate strategy in their own work. Plattsmouth students will be able to collect appropriate data enabling them to test relationships between variables as well as use scientific knowledge and understanding to draw conclusions from their evidence. These students will be able to communicate findings and arguments using appropriate scientific language and conventions, showing awareness of a range of views. In so doing, students will be able to understand and impact the world around them.
    Social Studies
    Plattsmouth students will be capable citizens who are empowered with knowledge, skills, and attitudes enabling them to make informed decisions in a culturally diverse and interdependent world.
    Health Education
     Plattsmouth students will have the basic nutritional knowledge and healthy living skills needed to blend lifelong fitness, social and emotional skills, and goal setting and planning to create and implement healthy, informed choices.
    -       Learning is an active process and individuals learn best from instruction that is hands-on and related to life experiences.
    -        Health Education must be a collaborative process between family, school and community.
    -       Health-literate students should have the capacity to obtain, interpret, and use basic health information and skills to enhance individual health.
    -       Health instruction focuses on the health and wellness of students and must become an integral and consistent part of the total school program.
    -       Instruction that begins while children are young and continues through youth reinforces the positive behaviors to be sustained throughout adulthood.
    Physical Education
    Students will have the knowledge and ability to live a lifetime of physical activity in hopes of creating healthy relationships and family togetherness.
    A Physically Educated Person:
    · HAS learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities
    · IS physically fit
    · DOES participate regularly in physical activity
    · KNOWS the implications of and the benefits from involvement in physical
    · VAUES physical activity and its contribution to a healthful lifestyle
    in order to pursue a lifetime of healthful physical activity.
    ·         A high-quality physical education program includes the following components: opportunity to learn, meaningful content, and appropriate instruction.
    ·         A developmentally appropriate program improves the fitness learning experience.
    ·         Adequate equipment and facilities are necessary for an effective program.
    ·         Instruction in a variety of motor skills that are designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social/emotional development of every child is essential.
    ·         Fitness education and assessment helps children understand, improve, and/or maintain their physical well-being.
    ·         Students must develop cognitive concepts about motor skills and fitness.
    ·         Students need opportunities to improve their emerging social and cooperative skills and gain a multicultural perspective.
    ·         An effective physical education program promotes regular amounts of appropriate physical activity now and throughout life.
    Plattsmouth students will be able to access, evaluate, and apply resources to support their learning and use of technology. They will:
    ·      Develop a mindset to adapt to a continually changing technological environment.
    ·      Explore careers and the technology used within.
    ·      Be motivated.
    ·      Usetechnology ethically.
    Students will have the technological tools needed to be successful in their career field choices. They will:
    ·      Understand what technology means and is and how it’s integrated in everything they do.
    ·      Be prepared to be successful for future experiences and jobs.
    ·      Be able to decipher information and tools for continued valuable learning.
    ·      Technology is increasingly critical part of the learning experience and curriculum delivery.
    ·      Technology is changing the way people interact with each other.
    ·      Technology can be used to help students think critically and enrich the learning experience.
    ·      Technology enables educators to respond more effectively to learner needs.
    ·      Students need to be taught discernment and ethical use of technology.
    ·         Technological literacy needs to be reevaluated as new technologies emerge and old technology becomes obsolete.
    ·         Students need multiple opportunities to learn technology skills and about technology tools.
    ·         Students need to use technology as communication, research, learning, and problem solving tools.

    Foreign Language

    Students in the Plattsmouth Community School District foreign language program are competent in reading, writing, and speaking the target language at their level.
    They demonstrate competency in communicating in real-life situations. The students are able to compare and contrast their own culture and language to those of others. They are sensitive to the differences between what is done in their culture and the cultures of others. Plattsmouth students embrace the opportunity to participate in multi-lingual communities at home and around the world.

    Enduring Understanding: Communication
    How you say something determines understanding; mistakes in language occur but gestures and actions assist in comprehension
    Enduring Understanding: Cultures
    Language is personal and unique. It connects people and is built on shared beliefs and experiences. Learning another language can increase understanding of one’s self and one’s culture.
    Enduring Understanding: Connections
    Understanding the patterns of a language develops other portions of the brain and increases critical thinking and cognitive ability. It also serves to make the learner more literate in his/her native language encouraging economic growth in his/her culture.
    Enduring Understanding: Communities
    Language helps to unite peoples and diminish prejudice and racism by exposing students to a diversity of people and cultures thus encouraging global awareness.
     We strongly believe that second language learning and the culture associated with that learning should include, but is not limited to:
    ·      Opportunities for all students to learn and experience success in a foreign language.
    ·      Activities that cultivate a life-long passion for language learning.
    ·      Second language learning that provides the vision and skills necessary to be a global citizen.
    ·      Real-life communication as a primary component of classroom instruction.
    ·      Instruction that develops critical and analytical thinking skills that are necessary for life-long learning.