Mars - Academics

Behavior/Safety

  • All students have the right to a safe school environment.
  • We have a positive behavior plan that focuses on treating others with respect and kindness while being responsible for our own actions.
  • We are a Bucket Filling school http://bucketfillers101.com
  • Our discipline program is founded on the belief that children can learn to be in charge of their behavior at a young age (Inappropriate behavior is a result of making poor choices).
  • Students participate in saying a daily pledge focusing on responsibility and pillars of character.
  • Our school's social work program assists students in learning how to make appropriate decisions.

Developmental Learning

  • Teachers are aware that students, particularly at this young age level, learn at different paces and in different ways.
  • Instruction is matched to the particular stage of development for each child.
  • Special programs and classrooms are in place for learners who are delayed or need extra assistance.

Reading

  • Reading readiness programs offer phonemic awareness activities that provide the base for future student success.
  • Reading is taught in a workshop model that includes a combination of whole group, small group, and individual instruction based on student needs.
  • Phonics/decoding skills, fluency, vocabulary building, and comprehension strategies are all emphasized.
  • A language immersion program called GrapeSEED is used in our preschool, kindergarten, and English as a second language classrooms.

Writing

  • The Mars writing approach emphasizes the stages through which young writers progress from formulating letters, to words, sentences and paragraphs.
  • As students become more fluent, they intentionally improve their skills in the mechanics of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

Mathematics

  • The "Bridges to Mathematics" program provides hands-on activities in a combination of traditional and applied math.
  • Students develop skills in: data collection/analysis, critical thinking, logic, geometry, integrated calendar activities as well as basic math facts and number sentences.

Science

  • Science instruction provides active, hands-on exploration to help students understand the world around them.

Social Studies

  • Literature based lessons help students understand their role in family, community, and their surrounding environment.

Technology

  • Technology is integrated throughout every student's day.
  • iPads/laptops, document cameras, interactive white boards, and various types of listening centers are used on a daily basis.
  • Extension/enrichment activities are available to all students through a virtual portal.

Beyond Academics

  • A full of range of fine arts/health programs are provided on a daily basis.
  • Physical education, visual arts, music, and library skills add to our academic offerings intended to develop a well-educated student.
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