We are so excited to have the school year off to such a great start. I wanted to provide families with an update regarding differentiation. Our differentiation program includes the following:
Reading and Writing: We use readers and writers workshop strategies and the Units of Study to provide differentiated instruction in reading and writing every day. Students are assessed and the appropriate reading material, small group instruction and supports are provided to move skills forward.
Spelling: Many classrooms use a pre assessment process for weekly spelling. When students "test out" or show mastery of the list, they are provided differentiated opportunities rather than studying the mastered list for the week.
Math: All grade levels use unit assessments and small group instruction to focus on specific needs of students in their skill development. In grades 3, 4, 5 unit preassessments are used to group students, provide alternative curriculum or challenge on a unit by unit basis. Middle School math is structured to accommodate four levels of math instruction per grade level. There are numerous pathways that allow for all students to successfully complete as much of the MS math curriculum (6, 7, 8 Common Core Math, Algebra and Geometry) as possible.
Social Studies and Science: The projects and labs for SS and Science are commonly differentiated via open-ended, choice driven and collaborative activities.
Welcome to the 2017-18 school year at Woodside SchoolTop of Page
Woodside School has a reputation for innovation, creativity, dedication, and excellence. We have a highly qualified and progressive teaching staff that is committed to providing our students with culturally relevant and rigorous instruction using the core curriculum and supplemental resources to challenge each and every student. We all work hard to reach every child academically, as well as socially and emotionally. Over the years, we have transformed our school and have worked diligently to create a TK-8 program that is small, personalized, caring, and high achieving. We do this through project-based, hands-on, differentiated learning with a focus on educating the whole child. I am constantly in awe of the work and learning being accomplished every day from preschool to middle school.
Teachers connect the core curriculum to high quality interdisciplinary instruction, service and character development through a variety of student experiences including SEL curriculum, Middle School Advisory, buddies, leadership, student council and service learning. Our preschool and pre-K class are designed to prepare our students for formal education, Kindergarten through 5th grade teachers work in teams to develop rich curriculum to meet the diverse needs of our students. The Middle School teachers work within and across grades during our enrichment/elective classes to support the many talents, interests, and needs of our students. This framework enables us to build a strong sense of community and positive relationships with our students, teachers, and families.
I look forward to working with you as we continue Woodside Schools shared vision of academic excellence for all students.