English Language Arts (ELA)
Schoharie Elementary School recently adopted McGraw
Hill’s Wonders and WonderWorks programs. Wonders provides students a
fully connected literacy experience with varied, award-winning, engaging
literature and informational texts from beloved authors along with
opportunities to collaborate with peers, answer Essential Questions,
develop their ability to write in a variety of genres, and learn from
multimedia resources. Teachers at Schoharie Elementary will be able to
collaborate and use Wonders varied digital and print resources to
provide students effective, consistent programs at each child’s level,
with a focus on the same skills, strategies, and standards.
There was a collaborative and thorough decision
making process to update ELA and Math curriculum in the 2015-2016 school
year. The processes involved reviewing the research on various programs,
pilots of three programs, visits and discussions with other districts
already in implementation of programs, full faculty votes, and committee
decisions with community input to determine the most effective programs
GO Math! published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
provides students, parents, and teachers clear, focused explanations of
mathematical processes and skills necessary for students to excel. The
program is highly engaging for students, with a variety of exciting
print and digital resources that will allow teachers to individualize
instruction for students, support collaborative learning opportunities
and differentiate centers. Parents will find the School-Home Letters,
vocabulary games, and other suggested activities to be clear and fun
ways to support their children’s learning at home.
Science at Schoharie Elementary School follows a
Learning Framework that encourages children to explore the Life, Earth,
and Physical Sciences through interactive, engaging, hands on science
labs. As the Next Generation Science Standards are being developed, we
provide our students an aligned curriculum that challenges them through
inquiry and excitement to consider how systems work.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math
The STEAM Lab provides students with an environment
to facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity. Here students
engage in skills essential for success in the 21st Century, as they are
immersed in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and
creative problem solving. Students might be bioengineers designing
membranes to mimic those in organisms, they might be industrial
engineers exploring ways to combine simple machines to create an
assembly line, or they might be environmental engineers constructing
their own water filters. In the STEAM Lab, students are innovators,
architects of their own learning.
With a focus on preparing students for civic life
and responsibilities, Schoharie’s Social Studies Curriculum focuses on
teaching students about geography; World, United States, and New York
history; civics, citizenship, and government; and economics. Students
study these content areas through integrated literacy units, authentic
experiences, and inquiry lessons designed around the social studies
practices that draw from disciplines such as sociology, economics, law,
anthropology, history, and natural sciences, among others. The purpose
of this curriculum is to help students develop the ability to make
informed decisions for the public good.
In today's digital age, technology instruction
is essential for student success. Schoharie Elementary students learn
about technology itself and how to use it well as part of their own
educational experience. In the computer lab, students learn the basic
computer functions and keyboarding skills and are introduced into the
exciting world of computer coding. In the classroom, students use
technology for adaptive, personalized learning, including instruction
through interactive games and web-based experiences.
Music is an integral part of our student’s day. In
our K-5 music program students receive instruction in the basic tenets
of music. This knowledge is learned through the process anchors of the
National Core Arts Standards: Creating, Performing, Responding and
Connecting. Students learn music theory, proper vocal technique, the
elements of music and practice performing on classroom instruments
including percussion instruments, the ukulele and the recorder. Students
learn that music is a form of expression that can be analyzed and
enjoyed. Students travel through music history to gain an understanding
of past and current music genres.
Students also use modern technology to practice
their skills and test their musical knowledge. Students are taught the
folk music of our own country and are exposed to the instruments,
traditions and musics of cultures from across the globe. This provides
the students with an opportunity to compare and contrast different
cultures and traditions.
In the music classroom, learners are encouraged
daily to make connections between music and other disciplines to broaden
their breadth of knowledge. Bridges to other disciplines are built
through exposure to daily vocabulary, listening and writing exercises,
the incorporation of math skills through rhythm and by frequent exposure
to other cultures. There are opportunities for students to explore music
on a deeper level through two ensembles: 4th Grade Chorus and BlueNotes.
4th Grade Chorus
Students in grade 4 are able to participate in
chorus to enrich their musical experience. In this ensemble students
improve their sight-reading skills, note and rhythm reading skills, hone
their musical expression, practice teamwork and collaboration and learn
performance etiquette and technique.
Schoharie Elementary offers a comprehensive physical
education which encourages physical development, healthy lifestyles and
sportsmanship. Students are actively involved in instruction in physical
fitness, exercise, nutrition, individual and team sports.
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Kindergarten – Grade 5
Student progress is reported to parents through parent conferences and
monthly reports. Progress reports
provide parents with feedback on their child’s academic, social and
physical growth and development.
In addition to the report provided by the homeroom
teacher, parents receive reports on their child’s progress in the fine
arts and physical education curricular areas.
Student progress is reported quarterly in November, January, April and June.
A numerical grading system based upon percentages is
used to report academic progress.
Criteria for Honor Roll, based upon cumulative
average, is as follows:
• Honorable Mention: 85%-89%
• Honors: 90%-94%
• High Honor: 95%-100%
Schoharie Elementary School has two scheduled (fall,
spring) parent conference days. Parents are encouraged to contact
teachers with any concerns they may have and parent/teacher conferences
may be scheduled at any mutually convenient time.
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