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    Sand Point Elementary is a school with strong academics, comprehensive arts education, and social emotional tools curriculum to educate lifelong learners.

    Reading and Writing Curriculum: In the fall of 2017, Seattle Public Schools adopted a new reading and writing curriculum from the Center for the Collaborative Classroom. Students engage daily with different literary experiences: reading, writing, and discussion. The authentic engagement through discussion with a variety of texts is the key to this approach. It is through this practice that students are able to develop critical thinking. Also, through self-reflection, peer feedback, and teacher feedback, students take responsibility for their learning and become a learning community.

    Math Curriculum: Sand Point uses the Seattle Public Schools adopted Math in Focus curriculum in addition to the techniques outlined in the book, Math Talks. Using these tools together, we aim to develop students’ problem-solving skills, conceptual understanding, and fact fluency. We provide differentiated math instruction including math centers, small group instruction, and leveled math work. Whenever possible, we use a project-based learning approach to give students the ability to make connections between academic concepts and their real-world application.

    Science Curriculum: Sand Point uses the school district’s science curriculum, which is based on the Next Generation science standards. Students begin each unit by examining a real-world phenomenon and use the scientific method to investigate the topic.

    Arts Education: Our arts education program includes hip hop and ballroom dancing, integrated visual arts, drama, instrumental music, ukulele, drumming, and more. This school year we will be staging an all-school play: Salmon Boy. This production will integrate oral storytelling, a study on environmental protection, visual arts, a social studies unit on the Coast Salish tribes, music, and dance. Our whole school will work together to create something our students will surely remember and feel proud about.

    Social Emotional Literacy (SEL) and Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing and Regulating emotions (RULER): In addition to standard RULER curriculum, we have developed a K-5 SEL curriculum using RULER anchor tools to teach self- and social-awareness. Our full-time counselor teaches a weekly guidance lesson to each classroom.

    Instrumental Music: Students may participate in instrumental music instruction for 30 minutes each week beginning in 4th grade. Some performance opportunities are offered throughout the year.

    Physical Education: Our program is based on the Seattle School District adopted Five for Life Curriculum and includes units on nutrition, the five components of fitness, heart health, and goal setting, in addition to sports skills such as soccer, basketball, bowling, and more. The goal of this program is for students to gain an appreciation and understanding of the importance of staying active as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Sand Point students have PE three times per week.

    Library: Classrooms visit weekly for a story/lesson and to check out books. Students may also come to the library during recess. Families may open a library account and check out books during our weekly Family Check Out. Fourth and 5th grade students participate in the district-wide Global Reading Challenge in partnership with Seattle Public Library.

    Technology: Students learn technology integrated with their core academics, including keyboarding, presentation skills, and word processing. We have 2 iPad carts, a laptop cart, and a computer lab used regularly to support classroom instruction. Coding is offered through our after-school extension program through the YMCA.

    Advanced Learning Opportunities (ALO) Opportunities: At Sand Point, teachers differentiate lessons to reach all learners and challenge their skills sets. This means that within any time of the day, a teacher may adapt a lesson or task to offer more rigor, challenging students to apply higher-level thinking and complex problem-solving skills. Students may be challenged in this way throughout the day in all subjects. This can be done through questioning in whole or small groups, within partnerships, or in hands-on activities or written tasks. This classroom differentiation ultimately nurtures students to expand and explain their thinking, as a further advanced learning opportunity within the core curriculum.

    ALO in Mathematics
    We also offer flexible groupings in mathematics to support students in their learning progression in mathematics. Within our classroom-based instruction we often teach in small groups or have stations to individualize the learning for each child.

    ALO in Science
    We offer an opportunity for students to complete an individual or small group science project with a scientist mentor.

    Academic Support: This year we have support for both mathematics and literacy instruction with two certificated teachers. Both instructors collaborate with classroom teachers to support students who have not yet met grade level standards in math or reading. This support is provided through small group instruction and individual instruction.