Content-Area Competencies

NRHS English Competencies

  • Comprehension and Analysis—Students will read closely and critically to comprehend and analyze a range of increasingly complex literary texts.
  • Writing and Purpose—Students will produce effective writing for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Media Skills—Students will employ effective viewing, speaking, and listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • Inquiry Skills—Students will engage appropriately in collaborative and independent inquiry to investigate/research topics, pose questions, and gather and present information.
  • Non-fiction—Students will skillfully use, interpret, and analyze across a range of informational texts.

NRHS Mathematics Competencies

  • Problem Solving—Students will demonstrate the ability to make sense of problems, apply a variety of appropriate strategies, check for reasonableness of results, and persevere in solving them.
  • Reasoning & Proof—Students will demonstrate the ability to reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and proofs, and critique the reasoning of others.
  • Communication—Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate to others using clear definitions and reasoning, calculating accurately and efficiently, and expressing numerical answers with precision.
  • Connections—Students will demonstrate the ability to look for patterns and structures and make connections among mathematical ideas to solve problems in and outside of mathematics.
  • Models—Students will demonstrate the ability to use models and tools strategically to communicate and solve mathematical problems

NRHS Science Competencies

  • Nature of Science—Students will develop an appreciation for the role science plays in our culture and everyday lives, and actively engage in scientific investigation.
  • Constancy & Change—Students will understand that living things, materials, and systems remain constant, change at different rates, or exist in equilibrium over time.
  • Systems & Energy—Students will understand that there is order and predictability in the universe which can be organized into systems and energy.
  • Form & Function—Students will understand that the form or shape of a living thing, material, or system is related to its function.
  • Models & Explanations—Students will understand that scientists use logic, models, evidence, and current knowledge to explain their world.

NRHS Social Studies Competencies

  • Access Information—Students will be able to acquire strategies for reading social studies materials, increasing vocabulary and to distinguish fact from opinion, and recognize biases.
  • Connections—Students will be able to identify cause and effect relationships in historical context and make relevant connections to the past, present and future and to changes over time.
  • Analyze—Students will be able to identify and analyze content area problems and evaluate various solutions to reach reasonable and defensible conclusion citing evidence.
  • Communication—Students will be able to express clearly and concisely personal opinions on social studies materials supported by evidence.
  • Evaluation—Students will be able to evaluate how social studies effects their personal, social and political decisions. 

NRHS “Excel” Competencies

  • Ethics—Students identify & model ethical behavior when accessing, or creating derivatives of, various forms of information and/or media and be responsible for personal and social behavior.
  • Planning—Students practice, plan, collaborate, and communicate aesthetic ideas using a variety of techniques, strategy, and processes.
  • Critical & Creative Thinking Skills—Students gather, analyze, interpret, and critique by using critical & creative thinking skills to create original work.
  • Interconnections—Students connect the impact and influences the arts, technology and personal well-being have on other areas of study and life experiences as well as society and/or historical events.
  • Expression—Students communicate an understanding of concepts through media, performance, application and reflections.
  • Experiences—Students learn through the experiencing of design, creation and completion of multiple tasks and projects that enrich other areas of study, life experiences, and society.

NRHS World Language Competencies

  • Interpersonal Communication—Students will engage in level-specific conversation or correspondence in the language of study to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Interpretive Communication—Students will understand and interpret level-specific written and spoken language of study on a variety of topics.
  • Presentational Communication—Students will present level-specific information, concepts and ideas in the language of study on a variety of topics to an audience of listeners or readers.
  • CulturesStudents demonstrate an understanding of the places, practices, and perspectives of the culture of the language of study.