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    Loyal Heights provides the following academic, enrichment and remedial programs and resources to support the achievement and growth of all elementary students at the school.
    Walk to Math Program
    Reading Program
    Writing Program
    Art Docent Programs
    Multimedia Instruction Using an Integrated Technology Model
    Homework Help by The Seattle Public Library
    Individual Tutoring Program
    Cross Age Tutoring
    Multi-Age Instruction
    Hands-on Science
    NSF Inquiry Based Science
    Full-Time Physical Education Specialist
    Full-Time Music Specialist
    Part-Time Art Specialist
    Full-Time Librarian
    Full-Time Counselor
    Educational & Environmental Field Trips
    Salmon in the Schools
    Anti-Bullying Curriculum - Hallway Heroes
    Highly-Engaged Parent Community with Strong PTA

    Walk to Math at Loyal Heights


    For the past several years, Loyal Heights has adapted the Walk to Math approach for second to fifth graders. Although each year our system fluctuates slightly, the goal is still the same – to meet the needs of every child so every child may feel challenged and successful. This approach also helps to help reduce the range of student abilities within each class.

    The range of abilities has been reduced by assigning students to a class based on several points of data from your child’s current and past teachers. This process is data driven (i.e. Smarter Balanced test scores, benchmark tests, MAP scores, etc.) to ensure your child is in the best spot. These decisions are not made lightly and it is a team based decision (grade level teams and math team). Although what comes home may look different from class to class, all teachers use curriculum aligned with the Common Core State Standards. All grade levels (and the math team) meet to look at data periodically throughout the year to be sure all students’ needs are being met. If movement does need to happen, this will be determined by the grade level team and the math team.

    Walk to Math will be the same time each day for each grade level. Each teacher will have their own plan for small group days, problem solving days and homework.

    While our Kindergarteners and first graders do not physically "walk to math", they follow the same model as our second through fifth graders:  three days of instruction, one day of small group instruction; followed by problem-solving Friday.


    Reading Program at Loyal Heights



    Philosophy of Reading

    Reading is an interactive process between a reader and text. In constructing meaning, the reader combines knowledge of phonics, structure of language, and meaning of words. In addition, the reader's prior experience and knowledge are critical to the process. Reading is developmental in nature and complex; it requires learning the relationship between spoken and written language. The process of learning to read varies with each child. Literate individuals must have the tool of reading in order to continue to acquire knowledge. They will use that tool throughout their life to learn, explore, and to understand the world.

    In Seattle Public Schools, our philosophy is guided by educational research in the field of literacy. A variety of instructional strategies make up a comprehensive, balanced approach to literacy. In order to be truly literate, students must develop skills and strategies in both reading and writing. The student's progress is measured by Washington State Essential Academic Learnings and specific Grade Level Expectations. The District believes it is critical to engage parents and community in literacy.


    Writing Program at Loyal Heights



    Philosophy of Writing

    In Seattle Public Schools, our philosophy is guided by educational research in the field of writing and literacy. Writing is developmental in nature and a complex skill, and learning to write varies with each child. A writer combines knowledge of phonics, the structure of language, and meaning of words. In addition, the writer's prior experience and knowledge are critical to the process, in order to synthesize information and communicate with others. In Seattle Public Schools, students have the opportunity to write on a variety of topics, and for many audiences and purposes during their school career. They will use the skills they learn throughout their life to explain, to create, and to communicate in the world.

    In order to be literate, students must be skilled in both reading and writing. The student's achievement is measured by Seattle Public Schools' academic standards and the grade level benchmarks. The involvement in and demonstration of writing by parents and community are essential with good models and instruction. All students will become successful writers as they practice and develop their skills.

    Art at Loyal Heights


     At Loyal Heights Elementary the art classroom teacher, and the art docents work together to provide art lessons that nurture the whole child.  The art docent volunteers work with their classroom teacher to come up with lessons on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly schedule.  The art classroom teacher works 50%, and teaches every Thursday, and Friday, and every other Wednesday.

    Art Classroom Teaching Philosophy

    Making art teaches us to be risk-takers, make mistakes, to believe in our personal voice, and the choices we make, to be different, and that every problem does not have a right or wrong answer.  In order to develop this voice a positive class culture is essential. 

    Art lessons must meet the Washington State Standards for Art Education.  It is the goal of the art classroom to design lessons that make connections to the world, art history, S.T.E.A.M. (formerly S.T.E.M.), literature, and that are culturally responsive.  Students in art learn to collaborate, to self-assess their work, and discuss works of art.  In art we learn to imagine, create, explore, and play.  Check out our blog: 

     http://loyalheightselementaryart.blogspot.com/