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Core Academic Subjects
The Falk curriculum emphasizes academic skills grounded in the Common Core State Standards and provides enriching experiences to enhance learning. The language arts program involves listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Mathematics instruction instills skills in problem solving, reasoning, connections to daily living, and the ability to communicate in mathematical terms. The social studies curriculum helps students become informed of a culturally diverse, democratic society. Learning in science is accomplished through high interest, hands-on activities. All aspects of the curriculum stress student inquiry, critical and creative thinking, and the ability to become independent, lifelong learners. The resources we use are…
Reading - MONDO
Foundational Skills - MONDO phonics, MONDO oral language, Lexia Learning
Math - Bridges Math
Social Studies - varies by grade level
Science - FOSS Science
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) - Second Step
Dual Language Immersion(DLI)
Incoming kindergarten and 1st grade students from the Falk, Orchard Ridge, and Huegel attendance areas have the opportunity to apply for enrollment in DLI programming at Falk. In these classrooms, students engage in grade-level learning experiences for half of the day in English and half of the day in Spanish. For the 2017-18 school year, DLI programming is available at Falk at the kindergarten level. This program will expand by one grade level each year until we have DLI classrooms at all grade levels for the 2022-23 school year. For more information about DLI programming in our school district, refer to this link.
The fully networked computer system is used to support and extend learning in all curricular areas. Students and staff have access to technology through our computer lab, as well as the four ChromeBook carts available for classroom use. Also, most of our classrooms are equipped with Promethean Boards which provide students and staff the opportunity to actively engage in touch-screen teaching and learning. As a G6 school, all students will have access to one-to-one technology beginning in the 2019-20 school year.
Advanced Learning is a continuum of advanced instruction and learning opportunities that broaden, deepen or stretch beyond grade level expectations when students are ready for this next level of challenge. There are five domains of Advanced Learning: Specific Academic, General Intellectual, Visual and Performing Arts, Creativity, and Leadership. Students can be identified in one, or many domains.
Advanced Learning Specialists are assigned a half-time position at each Elementary school. Their role includes partnering with classroom teachers and other school staff to guide Advanced Learning implementation as well as providing direct instruction to students. The Advanced Learning specialist at Falk is Alissa Punwar (email@example.com)
Teacher specialists provide instruction in art, music, and physical education. REACH (Reinforcing and Enriching Achievement for All Children) extends and supports classroom curriculum with computer technology. The library media specialist provides story time experiences, informational literacy instruction, and access to texts and resources from our school library. Fifth graders have the opportunity to learn to play the violin, viola, or cello as part of the district Strings program.
Falk offers full-day kindergarten, half-day 4-year-old kindergarten in both English and Spanish, and an Early Childhood peer model program (3-year-olds). Students are supported by Reading Recovery, literacy and math intervention, special education services, and English as a Second Language (ESL) programming. In addition, support services are provided by the Speech/Language Clinicians, Psychologist, Social Worker, Parent Liaison, Nurse, Positive Behavior Supports Coach, Instructional Coaches, Behavior Education Assistant, Special Education Assistants, Education Assistants, and Occupational and Physical Therapists.