All Day Kindergarten
Since 1994, all students entering kindergarten have participated in Westville Elementary’s all-day kindergarten program. The purpose of this program is to educate the whole child, fostering the social, emotional, and academic needs of each individual student.
Differentiated Language Arts and Mathematic Instruction
After classroom teachers provide language arts or mathematic academic standard and/or common core instruction to all of the students in their classroom, differentiated reading and mathematics groups are then used to provide flexible grouping of students with similar needs. The focus of these groups is to provide reading and mathematic instruction to groups of students with similar academic needs based upon assessment data.
Simple 6 Writing Instruction
Simple 6 is an instructional writing program that is designed to improve student writing and simplify the understanding of how writing is assessed. This program details specific strategies for writing instruction and improvement. Teachers have received in-services explaining step-by-step strategies to use in their writing instruction. It is the goal of these strategies to enhance student understanding of the overall writing process and as a result increase ISTEP writing prompt test scores. These strategies include sticking to the topic, having a logical order, including interesting words, using different sentence patterns, creating descriptive sentences, and writing for a specific audience. Quarterly writing prompts are given at all grade levels and are scored using the Simple 6 rubric. Classroom teachers then use the data gained from these writing samples to develop Class Analysis Sheets. This information, along with the overall writing assessment scores, is then used to guide their writing instruction during the next nine weeks.
Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students (C.L.A.S.S.)
In keeping with the C.L.A.S.S. mission, we are instructing our students with proven teaching strategies based upon brain research and curriculum that leads to responsible citizenship. Students, educators, and parents are working to create a sense of community that fosters respect, citizenship, and responsibility. Students are experiencing the joy of being contributors to their family, school, and community. Learning is meaningful and connected to real world experiences. Students, educators, and parents are becoming lifelong learners while helping the world become a better place and realizing that this is what it means to be educated.
The Title I Program at Westville Elementary serves the lowest achieving students in the area of literacy. Students qualifying for Title I in kindergarten through third grade receive instruction in reading, writing, and phonics through needs based literacy groups. The Title 1 teachers implement Tier 3 instruction through small literacy groups, which focus on the specific learning needs of each child. Progress monitoring is implemented on a weekly basis for these students, which guides the strategic instruction. One Title 1 instructional assistant provide Tier 2 interventions using the Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention System. This research-based remediation program is designed to target the needs of the most struggling literacy learners. Tier 2 instruction and monthly progress monitoring is implemented under the guidance of the Title 1 teachers. Westville Elementary’s Title 1 Program strives to provide as much supplemental instruction to the students as possible so that they can achieve the same academic levels as an average peer.
High Ability Opportunities
Currently the identification process used to identify our high ability students, is as follows: ISTEP+ (Pass Plus), teacher recommendation, InView Cognitive Test scores (second through sixth grade students), mCLASS testing data (Kdg. through 2nd grade) as well as Acuity testing and Star Reader Assessment data (3rd through 6th grade). Each teacher works to differentiate their instruction within their classroom using this data.
Depending upon High Ability funding, additional enrichment opportunities provided to our identified High Ability students will include book clubs for third through sixth grade students, a Name That Book Competition for sixth grade students, a first through third grade enrichment program called “Brain Boosters”, and a Challenger Mission Science Enrichment program in 5th and 6th grade and an enriching language arts and mathematics through technology club.
Cross Grade Level Learning Buddies
Cross Grade Level Learning Buddies provide students with a unique interactive learning experience. Intermediate teachers collaborate with primary teachers in an effort to provide students with an outlet to build responsibility, community, and leadership roles. We believe this strategy will make a positive impact on student behavioral and academic performance.
A computerized math fact program called FASTT Math is also part of our daily first, second, and third grade math instruction. All first through third grade students go to our computer lab on a daily basis to complete this math fact instruction. All other grade level teachers utilize this software within their own classrooms on an as needed basis for those students who need this additional math fact instruction.