WTS ELEMENTARY PROGRAM OVERVIEW: 2017-2018

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 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

 McGraw-Hill “Spotlight on 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 research skills & recreational reading

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

  Book Fairs & Read-a-thon

  Reading Counts reading incentive program


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

  Cooperative Learning

  Alternative Assessment Techniques

  Professional Learning Committees 

  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

 Winter 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, GP Day)

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

  Spirit Day & Special Dress-Up Days

  Swing Choir (WTS Live!)

  STEAM Club

  Robotics Club

  Academic Competition Teams (Spell & Math Bowl)

  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) 

  Shared nurse with high school

  10 Core Values emphasized and reinforced (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Integrity, Cooperation, Appreciation, Caring, Effort/Determination,     Citizenship, Kindness)

 Anti-Bullying emphasis and strategies (Conflict Management Plans)

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