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    Math

    The Kindergarten through 5th Grade math curriculum is called "Math In Focus."

    We also provide students with differentiated instruction during our "Walk To Math" block for Grades 2 - 5.

    "Walk to Math" provides students with small class sizes and allows some students to receive instruction at the next level up from their grade level.  Some 5th grade students are receiving instruction in 6th grade math, using the District Scope and Sequence and the middle school Connected Math Project curriculum.

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    Social Studies

    All grade levels incorporate the school's Yearly Geographic Focus into the social studies curriculum.  The geographic focus for the 2016/2017 school year is Africa.

    Kindergarten:  Heroes, Ourselves and Our Families

    First Grade:  Families and Neighborhoods Story Path Unit.  The focus is on building communities and relationships both in the classroom and in the world, as well as problem solving and being good citizens.  Students learn the difference between needs and wants, about timelines, and about maps and globes.

    Second Grade:  The focus is on Communities and how goods and services are exchanged and used in different communities.  We use The Second Step curriculum to develop students' social skills.  There is also a unit on the history of slavery and segregation.

    Multi-age, 2nd & 3rd Grade:  Identity and Differences, Perseverance and Investigation, Justice and My History.

    Fourth Grade:  History and Geography of Washington State.

    Fifth Grade:  Early American History from the European Explorers to Colonial America; events leading up to the American Revolution.

    Grades 4 & 5:  Family Life and Sexual Health or FLASH, a combination of health and social studies.

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    Science

    The Seattle School District provides a hands-on, minds-on Science curriculum that changes with each trimester.

    Kindergarten:  Wood, Fabric, Animals 2 X 2

    First Grade:  Balls & Ramps, Organisms, Weather

    Second Grade:  Liquids & Solids, Soils, Balancing & Weighing

    Third Grade:  Plant Growth, Sound, Rocks & Minerals

    Fourth Grade:  Circuits & Pathways, Food Chemistry, Ecosystems

    Fifth Grade:  Microworlds, Land & Water, Models & Designs

    The Grades 4 & 5 yearly camping trip to IslandWood Environmental Learning Center on Bainbridge Island is also part of the yearly science curriculum for those grades.

    Students at all grade levels are able to explore science individually and present their knowledge to the school community at the yearly Sacajawea Math and Science Fair (February 25 at 6 PM).

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    Technology

    Sarting in Kindergarten, the foundation of Technology Education at Sacajawea is laid by learning the components of a computer, how to click and drag, and how to use the equipment safely.

    In Grades 1 and 2, students use websites to boost their math and literacy skills, while continuing to work on basic computing skills.

    Students in Grades 3 through 5 work on word processing, keyboarding, and research skills, as well as creating Power Point presentations. 

    All students participate in coding activities and projects based on the Yearly Geographic Focus throughout the school year.

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    Instrumental Music

    Instrumental Music Dates

    Winter Concert:  Monday, February 6 at 7 PM

    Spring Concert:  Monday, May 22 at 7 PM

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    Arts and Culture

    Arts and Culture Committee Mission Statement

    The mission of the Sacajawea Arts and Culture Committee is to create an environment of arts education and appreciation that comes from many different sources, strengthening student skills in the fine arts, crafts, visual and performing arts.

    At Sacajawea Elementary, there is a rich commitment to arts and culture.  The school's Arts and Culture Committee is made up of parents and staff members who organize learning opportunities for the student community which support growth in these areas.  A six-year cycle of a yearly continental focus provides a theme which helps integrate these different programs and school-wide events into various curricula throughout the school year.  The intention of this cultural focus is to promote cultureal understanding, celebrate diversity and prepare our students for participation in the global family.

    The 2016/2017 geographic focus is Africa.

     

    Art Docent Program

    The arts and culture program is delighted to announce that Chelsea Vaught, our Sacajawea art teacher, has been hired to be the new curriculum writer for the docent program! This money comes from the PTA’s Arts and Culture allocation. She is ideal for this position, as she can dovetail her lessons with the docent lessons. Of course, she is also perfect in that she is a professional artist AND a teacher, so has training and experience in curriculum writing. She will start in January.

    We have another wonderful asset! Keely Kelly, a parent volunteer with a background in the arts, is going to organize materials for the art docents for each new lesson! Thank you Keely for this huge support!

    Art from the docent program will soon be appearing on our walls. Some will be saved for our Spring Arts Festival, and some will be going home.

    We are excited about our docent program! We are off and running!

    Yours,

    Sharon Rings and Web Peirce

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    Advanced Learning

    Sacajawea teachers provide the following Advanced Learning Plans for qualified students:
      
    Advanced Learning Plans - Grade 1
    Advanced Learning Plans - Grade 2
    Advanced Learning Plans - Grade 3
    Advanced Learning Plans - Grades 4, 5 Multi-age Classrooms

    All information and applications for Advanced Learning is now online.  Please click here to access.

    Families worried their student has not yet been scheduled for testing should wait until Jan. 6 to contact the Advanced Learning office. Students will continue to be scheduled through the first winter break.

    We have communicated the following on our main Testing Page for families:

    If my child’s teacher has received a list of students who need a Teacher Rating form, and my child’s name is missing from the list, should I be concerned? No. Teachers are receiving lists of students who have already been scheduled, but additional names are forwarded as new students are added to the testing schedule. If you have not received a testing date by Wednesday, Jan. 6, please contact us at advlearn@seattleschools.org. Please include your child’s name and student ID number in the email.

    What should I do if I referred my child by the Oct. 8 deadline but he or she hasn't yet been scheduled for testing? No need for concern – not yet. We are continuing to schedule students for testing dates that extend through mid-January. If you have NOT received a testing date by Wednesday, Jan. 6, please contact us at advlearn@seattleschools.org. Please include your child’s name and student ID number in the email.

    Updated FAQs are available on the Advanced Learning Testing page and the FAQ page. New questions answered include:

    •Why aren’t most students tested in their home schools?

    •Why is testing held at Cascadia and Thurgood Marshall?

    •Why are referred SPS students in grades K-2 given the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) screener instead of the full CogAT?

    •What is the status of the appeals process?

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    Visual Arts

    Teacher:  Chelsea Vaught, Room 108

    My approach to teaching centers on the idea that all students can engagein visual art as “real” artists and find meaningful forms ofself-expression.  I like to use contemporary artists and concepts in myclasses, but I base lessons in traditional elements and principles. Thisyear I hope my students will challenge themselves, grow as creative andthoughtful people and have fun!

    We are starting off the year in Visual Arts with a focus on line and shape, and each class is creating art with a seasonal fall theme--just in time for the drop in temperatures

    SM4 students are creating mixed-media pieces by making leaf prints in paint then tracing leaves over the paint in oil pastel (after it’s had a chance to dry).

    4th and 5th grade students are drawing still lifes from observation using pencil, and will begin to use pencils of different grades to show value (areas of light and dark) in their drawings.

    2nd and 3rd grade students are working on oil pastel still life drawings, learning to blend colors with pastels and draw shapes from the objects they see.

    Kindergarten and 1st grade students are creating abstract line drawings using oil pastel and chalk, reflecting their feelings about the first month of school. These drawings will then become “frames” for portraits they will draw of each other.

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    English Language Arts

    At Sacajawea, we teach English Language Arts using the following components:

    • Spelling
    • Reading fluency, accuracy and comprehension
    • Writing for a variety of purposes:  narrative, informational and opinion
    • Differentiated instruction:  teaching students at their current level as well as working to help them progress
    • Student choice in writing topics
    • Student choice in reading interests
    • "Words Their Way" curriculum supports phonemic awareness and spelling proficiency
    • The Daily Five:  small group instruction, individual instruction and student choice
    • Readers/Writers Workshop
    • Global Reading Challenge for 4th and 5th grade students

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    Health and Fitness

    At Sacajawea Elementary, we work toward creating an inclusive environment that nurtures and enhances the educational experience of all our students.

    In Health and Fitness class, I maintain these social and emotional standards in adapting our academic health curriculum and designing physical activities to develop physical abilities and health and also to help students gain a solid foundation of understanding of their bodies and how they work.

    This allows our students to take this knowledge with them to make their own choices moving forward in their lives.

    I firmly believe that Physical Education class should be a place where all students feel they belong and are happy to participate, and I thoroughly enjoy creating and maintaining this environment for our students.

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions about our program. If you have any concerns about your child's health or ability to participate at any point during the school year, please let me know by emailing me at mswalker2@seattleschools.org

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