J. Harvey Rodgers
State Report Card Narrative
The J. Harvey Rodgers School proudly offers diverse and expansive opportunities for our Pre-K and Kindergarten students. It is our goal to provide each student with a comprehensive academic and social foundation that will enable them to meet the challenges of the new millennium. All programming has been designed to meet the requirements of NCLB and are aligned to the Common Core Standards.
The Rodgers faculty provides its students with the latest research based, data driven best practices in education. Our Kindergarten Language Arts Literacy program is built upon the foundations of Balanced Literacy and takes place within a 90-minute LAL block. Daily instruction consists of Shared Reading, Guided Reading and Independent Literacy Stations, as well as a daily 45-minute Writer’s Workshop.
Literacy instruction is maintained consistently from classroom to classroom; however, daily lessons and activities are regularly differentiated to fit the needs and ability levels of each student. This can be observed through the use of flexible groupings, independent activities, and literacy stations. Individual student achievement is closely monitored and data is continuously collected through the use of the Fountas/Pinnell Benchmark System and the DIBELS Assessment, progress monitoring and running records. This, combined with collaboration among grade level members and our Literacy Coach, allows the faculty to proactively address student needs.Writer’s Workshop gives students the opportunity to write in a variety of genres and helps foster a love of writing. It also allows us to meet the needs of students by differentiating instruction on information gathered throughout the daily workshop experience. Each day begins with a mini-lesson that targets a specific writing skill. Following the mini-lesson, students are given independent writing time, while the teacher holds one-on-one writing conferences to discuss writing practices with individual students. Students also participate in “sharing sessions” where several students are chose to share their work while all others listen. The students are taught to carefully listen to each author and give positive praise once the author is finished.
Everyday Math has brought fun back into learning for our Kindergarten students and their teachers! Our children are expected to master mathematical skills and concepts but often not the first time the skills are introduced. The concepts and skills are taught in repeated fashion which begins with concrete, “hands-on” experiences. Students study important concepts over consecutive years through a variety of instructional strategies. Each grade level builds upon and extends the previously taught concepts and skills so that children can approach a new challenge with a firmly established foundation. Our Math Coach consistently brings renewed energy and enthusiasm to the program and provides support to staff, students, and parents.The Creative Curriculum has helped our Pre-K faculty address the social/emotional and academic needs of our youngest students during our ½ day Pre-Kindergarten programming. Creative Curriculum balances teacher‐planned and child‐initiated learning, emphasizing responsiveness to children's strengths, interests, needs, and learning styles. It helps teachers plan and implement content‐rich, developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children's progress in all developmental areas that include social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Literacy instruction in the Creative Curriculum classroom focuses on creating an environment and experiences that inspires children to read and write. This includes: literacy as a source of enjoyment, vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, knowledge of print, letters and words, comprehension, and books and other texts. The Pre-K faculty also builds upon children’s interests to promote mathematics learning as well, with the goal of assisting students to fully understand mathematical concepts and skills through application.
In order to accomodate the needs of all students, the Rodgers School provides many ancillary programs as well. This includes push-in Basic Skills support for Language Arts, English as a Second Language (ESL) programming, and an Extended Year program for our Special Education students. Students at risk (academic and/or behavioral) are serviced through the Intervention & Referral Services Team (I&RS). This team identifies intervention strategies and best practices for teachers to use with the referred students. If it is found that the strategies are not successful a student may be referred to the Child Study Team for further testing.
At Rodgers you will also find active, child-centered character education programming based on Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) to ensure the behavioral success of all students. Through this program, we continue to address the emotional and social needs of our students through a variety of activities. This includes the selection of a Student of the Month from every classroom and opportunities for positive reinforcement through the Bulldog Buddies program.
Parents and families also play an active role as members of the Rodgers community. Our PTO meets monthly to discuss any schoolwide issues and to plan fundraising activities that will benefit our students. Parents regularly volunteer to assist staff, dispense fundraiser items, chaperone field trips, assist at the Scholastic Book Fair, or help out at class parties. Family Participation Nights also happen regularly at Rodgers, and are well attended. Activities include Math Game Nights, Family Dances, Movie Nights, and Family Literacy Nights just to name a few!