Elementary Daily Schedule:
All of our elementary classrooms begin their day with free breakfast in the classroom, where they eat together, as a “family.” After breakfast and school wide announcements are complete, we begin our daily morning meeting. Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, building a strong sense of community, and setting children up for success socially and academically. For more information, please click here. https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/what-is-morning-meeting/
Kindergarten-3 Elementary Classrooms
The homeroom teacher is responsible for all academic content (reading, writing, math, science, social studies). Our students visit one of our six specials classes each day (PE, Wellness, Art, Music, Spanish, and Technology).
4th and 5th grade Elementary Classrooms
The teachers specialize in subject areas. In 4th grade, we have a reading/writing teacher, a math teacher, and a science/social studies teacher. In 5th grade, we have a reading teacher, science/writing teacher, and a math teacher. Our students spend around 70 minutes with each of these teachers. In addition, they also attend one specials class each day (PE, Wellness, Art, Music, Spanish, and Technology).
Another unique highlight of our K-5 classrooms is the 60 minute Enrichment class. As a result, the students catch up on content they may have gaps in, or expand their skills/knowledge in areas to ensure that all students are learning and growing each and every day. Our students may not be with their grade level/homeroom teacher at this time. Instead they will be with a teacher and group of students who are receiving “just right” instruction for their individual needs.
In all of our elementary classrooms we use the following curriculum:
Reading – Lucy Calkins Units of Study – Readers Workshop
Writing – Lucy Calkins Writers Workshop
Math – Math Expressions
Science – Foss/Delta
Social Studies – History/Social Studies Alive!
Social/Emotional – Second Steps/Steps to Respect
In all of our elementary classrooms, regardless of grade level and/or content, we teach using the workshop model (https://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/minimize-lecture-workshop-model.shtml). Through a workshop model approach our students are able to have more time on task. This ensures that they are getting enough support and practice time.