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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
    CCC Collaborative Literacy
    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
    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 and Writing at Loyal Heights


    CCC Collaborative Literacy is a powerful way to organize literacy instruction. The innovative modular programs that make up the Collaborative Literacy suite—Being a Reader, Being a Writer, and Making Meaning—foster students’ ongoing development as readers, writers, and caring members of the classroom community. 

    More importantly, these programs give teachers support to implement a set of practices that help students take responsibility for their thinking and behavior.  Collaborative Literacy offers an alternative to traditional textbook instruction through the power of the Collaborative Classroom. The programs can be used together or individually to address the core skills traditionally taught in the language arts block.

    Students develop literacy as a result of multiple experiences with authentic literature. Students hear literature read aloud and have daily opportunities to read, write, and discuss ideas in response to texts. The CCC Collaborative Literacy suite provides coordinated reading and writing instruction that addresses the full recommended daily language arts block for kindergarten to grade 5.

    Comprehension

    • Strategically construct understanding through rich conversation about texts
    • Comprehension strategies help students to synthesize and summarize 

    Writing Instruction

    • Help for teachers to build ongoing, meaningful writing workshops
    • Students develop as writers using mentor texts in a variety of genres

    Beginning Reading

    • Whole-class instruction combined with developmentally appropriate small-group instruction that meets each student where they are academically 
    • Authentic reading experiences with controlled-vocabulary texts and quality children’s literature


    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/