WTS ELEMENTARY PROGRAM OVERVIEW: 2018-2019

READING

McMillan “Treasures” - Emphasis on Comprehension, Differentiated Instruction, Tying skills into stories, Read/Write activities,            Common Core skills

Emphasis on phonics in grades K-2

Regular Read-alouds & Silent Reading times in most classes

Extra-Curricular Events to support Reading: Reading Late night, Book Fair, Read-a-thon, Reading Counts, etc.

Excellent Remedial Reading Program (STAR) Grades K-5

NWEA Testing for critical state standards skills

On-line resources for remediation/help

MATH

Curriculum Associates “Ready Math”: Emphasis on understanding math concepts with on-line resources, differentiation, and regular diagnostic assessments

Unique problem solving techniques (Bar Model Drawing)

iMath Program (Grades K-5) for Remediation

Elementary Math Bowl Team

Required knowledge of basic math facts at grades 1-5

On-line resources for remediation/help

SCIENCE

FOSS Next Generation - emphasis on inquiry-based, hands-on science

STEAM Club

Science Olympiad (Teams of 3-4 compete to solve problems with scientific methods)

Science Fair (emphasis on Scientific Process for projects)

Robotics team

Camp Invention in Summer

SOCIAL STUDIES

Pearson “My World” - Emphasis on Interactive Writing in Text, Historical Concepts, Higher Level Thinking, & map skills

Integrated activities as part of Reading series

Student Current Events magazines (Scholastic, Time for Kids) in most classes

LANGUAGE ARTS

Benchmark “Writer’s Workshop” – Daily writing utilizing Writer’s Workshop model

6+1 Writing traits used for compositions school-wide

Zaner-Bloser Handwriting: Continuous Stroke Method (not D'Nelian), Cursive introduced in 3rd grade (Handwriting Without Tears)

Elementary Spell Bowl Team(Grades 4-5)

HEALTH

The Great Body Shop” – Monthly magazine: Emphasis on Nutrition, Body Systems, Disease & Drug Prevention, Self-Esteem.

Conflict Management program teaching conflict resolution skills

K-12 Corporation Wellness Policy implemented  

MUSIC

Pearson “Interactive Music” - Emphasis on Rhythm, Pitch, Note Reading, Instrumentation & Music Appreciation

Yamaha Keyboard Lab: teaching musical skills through hands-on keyboards

Elementary Swing Choir (Grades 4-5)”WTS Live!”

3 Musical Programs a year

Tone Chimes & Xylophone lessons for note reading

ART

Harcourt “Art Everywhere”

Frequent participation in Art & Poster contests

Art Fair

   Young Rembrandts drawing club after school

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Emphasis on Physical Fitness, Healthy Habits, Locomotor Skills & Team Sports

Field Day/Fun Run

Presidential Physical Fitness Awards

Mileage Club – emphasizes walking for daily health

LIBRARY

Emphasis on recreational reading

1 class a week - library instruction and book check-out

Book Fairs & Read-a-thon Awards Ceremony

Reading Counts reading incentive program

Reading Late Night for grades 4-5


COMPUTERS/TECHNOLOGY

Technology Proficiencies at each grade level correspond to national standards

Internet access in classroom and lab (filtered for inappropriate content)

Emphasis using computer as a tool & part of regular classroom instruction

1 30- station PC Computer Lab and six 30-station portable labs (Chromebooks or laptops)

40-50 min. weekly time in lab

Publishing/word processing software used at most grade levels

Keyboarding skills taught in grades K-5

Interactive digital whiteboards with document cameras in each classroom

HIGH ABILITY

   High Ability identification process with cluster grouping at each grade level.

Differentiated Instruction/Assignments

Math & Spell Bowl Teams

Reading Counts program for accelerated readers

ACADEMIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM

Honor Roll Awards, Convo & Summer Cook-out (Grades 4-5)

Improvement/Honors Breakfast 3 times a year (Grades 4-5)

Attendance Awards

Student of the Week Award

Awards Day

Readathon awards for top Readers in each class

TEACHERS TRAINED & USING EFFECTIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES

Madeline Hunter Effective Teaching Techniques

Collaborative Learning

6+1 Traits Writing Program

Lee Canter Assertive Discipline/ Love and Logic

Differentiated Instruction (Carolyn Coil)

Anti-Bullying & Conflict Management Skills

Ready Math

Writer’s Workshop

EXTRA-CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Fall Soccer League grades 1-8

Fall Intramural Basketball grades 3-5

Summer Ball for all grades

Monthly Special events (Science Olympiad, Fun Fair, Reading Events, Father/Student Night, Ice Cream Social, Variety Show )

   Clubs (Scouting groups, 4-H, Good News, Young Rembrandts,Bricks 4 Kidz)

Spirit Day & Special Dress-Up Days

Swing Choir (WTS Live!)

STEAM Club

Academic Competition Teams (Spell & Math Bowl, Robotics)

Student Council (Grades 3-5)

REMEDIATION

STAR Reading Program (Grades K-5)

iMath Program (Grades K-5)

Special Ed. Coop (LD, MMH, Autism, & SEH Programs in school)

After-school CHIPS (Computers Help Improve Proficiency Skills Grades 1-5)

After-school Helps Room (Teachers & Aides Grades 2-5)

Individual help from parent & student volunteers, aides & teachers

Individual Language Plans for ESL students

COUNSELING/VALUES

Full- time elementary counselor (Student Services Specialist) working with individual students and small groups

10 Core Values emphasized and reinforced (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Integrity, Cooperation, Appreciation, Caring, Effort/Determination,         Citizenship, Kindness) with weekly instruction by School Counselor in classes

Anti-Bullying emphasis and strategies (Conflict Management Plans)

Student Planners utilized in grades 1-5 to help with organizational skills

STUDENT SAFETY

Full-time Resource Officer on campus

All exterior doors locked – visitor sign-in at main office required for entrance into elementary building

All classroom doors locked

Full-time nursing staff in building

School Guard app for instant notification to police by staff

Unified “One County-One Protocol” measures in place

Monthly safety drills

Staff trained in emergency procedures

Fenced-in Playground area

Security cameras positioned all around, and in, building