The Bullock School proudly offers diverse and expansive opportunities for our 1st through 3rd Grade 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 the Common Core Standards.
The faculty provides our students with the latest research-based, data-driven best practices in education. Our Language Arts Literacy program is built upon the foundations of Balanced Literacy and takes place within a 90-minute ELA block. Daily instruction consists of Shared Reading, Guided Reading and Independent Literacy Stations, as well as a daily 40-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 work stations. Individual student achievement is closely monitored and data is continuously collected through the use of the NWEA MAP, Fountas/Pinnell Benchmark System and the DIBELS Assessment, progress monitoring and running records. This, combined with collaboration among grade level members, allows the faculty to proactively address student needs.
Math learning at the Bullock School is also focused on the standards & student needs. Students explore mathematical concepts through “hands-on” experiences with a focus on building number sense & mental math skills. Through implementation of Eureka Math, 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.
In order to accommodate the needs of all students, we provide many ancillary programs as well. This includes music, physical education, art, technology & world cultures classes. Academic supports include push-in Basic Skills support for Language Arts & Math, 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 Collaborative Academic Support Team (CAST). 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.
You will also find active, child-centered character education programming based on Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Mindfulness/SEL 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 play an active role as members of our educational 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, and are well attended. Activities include Math Game Nights, Family Dances, Movie Nights, and Family Literacy Nights just to name a few!