Welcome to our Elementary Education Department Website!
The mission of the Elementary Instruction Department is to develop a Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) based curriculum that is learner-centered and aligned to the scope and sequence in grades PK-5. Coordinators work closely with a cadre of talented teachers from a cross section of the district to develop this learner-centered instruction. The Elementary Department is continuing several district-wide instructional practices that were initiated during the past three years. A description of each can be found in the elementary webpage. Our Academic Coordinators will continue to provide Curriculum Updates where the latest information on our Scope and Sequence and initiatives is provided. In addition to completing an aligned curriculum, the coordinators assure that our Curriculum Based Assessments are aligned to our scope and sequence. A selected cadre of teachers reviewed the District Scope and Sequence and Curriculum Based Assessments.
The Curriculum Based Assessments or CBAs will be administered twice during the school year. These tests are curriculum-based and monitor student learning at the end of the tested six weeks. Students take the CBA test instead of their normal weekly/unit test the last week of the tested six weeks. Two district benchmarks shall be administered in the state tested content areas and grade levels. These benchmarks are comprehensive in nature and aim to provide an exam for teachers to gauge students’ level of preparation for the designated State Assessment of Academic Skills (STAAR) test. The aligned curriculum, learner-centered instruction, and six weeks and benchmark assessments help ensure that the highest expectations of our students are met. Every elementary student in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th receive a Data Management for Assessment and Curriculum (DMAC) progress report indicating the child’s scores on their District tests to gauge how the child would score on the STAAR assessment as of the benchmark date. Parents are asked to review the results with their child, sign, and return the form to the child’s teacher.
The Elementary Gifted and Talented Program aims to identify qualifying gifted students and provide them with student-centered learning experiences comprised of challenging curriculum with greater depth and complexity. Participants of the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program will develop higher-level thinking skills and optimize their identified talents. The GT Coordinator provides support, facilitates transition, and ensures continued implementation of program objectives at the elementary and secondary levels. In addition, the GT Coordinator implements procedures to ensure compliance with the Texas State Plan for the Education of Gifted/Talented Students in the areas of student assessment, service design, curriculum and instruction, professional development, and community and family involvement. The elementary instructional coordinators work closely with the secondary coordinators, Special Education Department, the Bilingual Department, and the Advanced Academics Department to assure quality, aligned curriculum for all students.
The Elementary Education Department oversees the following content areas:
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Early Childhood
Elementary District-Wide activities include the following:
Math Bees: All grades participate at the campus level. District-Wide competitors/winners in grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.
Science Fair/ STREAM Fair: All grades participate at the campus level. District-Wide competitors/winners in 1st-3rd category (Science Fair) and 4th and 5th category(STREAM Fair). Campus winners will compete and present their science fair projects at the district level.
Reading Fair: All grades participate at the campus level. District-wide competitors/winners in 2nd-5th. Campus winner will compete by grade level following the criteria specific to the grade level.
Meet the Author: Fourth graders participate at the campus level. Campus winners compete at the district level. Our best fourth grade writers are showcased as they author a book based on the novel the student had chosen for his or her Reading Fair project in the Fall semester.
Reading Madness: Mimicking March Madness, all 28 campuses compete to earn the highest AR points. Campuses compete to place in the Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze brackets. Students with the highest AR points at their campus and highest vocabulary points are recognized at the district level.
Journal Writing Across the Curriculum: Daily journal entries in the following content areas: math, science, and social studies. Students are encouraged to use their MIGHTY WORDS for each content area.
STREAMbowl: Competition where powerful minds UNITE! The district title match competition will take place in the summer of June 2017. Students can practice and prepare for the summer tournament as they complete their science CBCI units in the classroom throughout the school year.
The Elementary Department is ready for the challenges of the upcoming year. TOGETHER, let’s inspire our students to broaden their learning! Destination: ExSTREAM Imagination!