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Elementary School (Grades Pre-K - 5)

Overview

There are 8 schools with elementary grades and programs. They are:

  • Buckingham Elementary (PreK-4)
  • Ocean City Elementary (PreK-4)
  • Pocomoke Elementary (PreK-3)
  • Pocomoke Middle (4-5)
  • Showell Elementary (PreK-3)
  • Snow Hill Elementary (PreK-3)
  • Snow Hill Middle (4-5)
  • Berlin Intermediate (4-5)

All of these schools are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Curriculum

The elementary programs have placed a high priority on the development of the basic skills while challenging each child to the maximum of his/her potential. Thus, many phases of the child's life must be considered in the development and implementation of instructional programs. Within the elementary programs, provisions are made to meet the child's physical, intellectual, and social development. Skills are developed through sequential and well-planned instructional programs in the following subjects:

  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Phys. Ed./Health
  • Music
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Media Skills
  • Art
  • Technology
  • Writing

Students are assigned to heterogeneously grouped classrooms. In the classrooms, students work in flexible grouping patterns.

Special programs and services are provided for students with disabilities. Speech therapy, psychological and health services are an integral part of the elementary program. More information on special services can be found under Student Services.

Title 1 services in three of the county's elementary schools provide extra support in the area of reading, mathematics and science.

Reading Interventions provide support for students who need additional instruction in reading. Dream Box Labs provide remediation, extensions, and enrichment for all elementary students in mathematics.

To further enrich the elementary program, Enrichment/Acceleration Programs are provided for students who need additional academic challenges. In the regular classrooms, teachers flexibly group students and differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of gifted and talented students.

Instruction in the elementary grades is enhanced by:

  • Flexible grouping/differentiated instruction;
  • The inclusion of Dimensions of Learning to plan curriculum and classroom lessons and activities; and
  • Hands-on activities designed to provide opportunities for application of the basic skills and higher order thinking skills to real life situations.

A wide variety of special enrichment experiences are available to elementary school students. Some of these programs, described under Special Programs, are:

  • Academic Recognition Programs
  • Technology Festival
  • After Hours and Summer Programs
  • Computer Labs
  • Artist in Residence
  • Destination Imagination
  • Gifted and Talented Program
  • Science Fair
  • Recognition and Achievement Programs
  • Cultural Arts Program
  • Acceleration/Enrichment Program
  • School/Community Centers
  • Presidential Academic Fitness Program
  • MESA

Music

Students in grades PreK-8 receive a sequential program of instruction in music which includes basic concepts, historical, cultural, and social content; music production; and music aesthetics and criticism. In grade 5, students who wish to learn to play an instrument may choose beginning band.

Art

The art curriculum in grades PreK-8 includes the content and methods of inquiry derived from the four interrelated visual art disciplines -- aesthetic education; historical, cultural, and social content; creative expression and production; and art criticism. Creating and studying art within each of these disciplines are fundamental to promoting student learning. Students at each grade level become involved with each of these components at their own level of development, as each offers a different dimension for experiencing art. The program at each grade level is sequential, balanced, and comprehensive in the kinds of experiences and opportunities offered to students.

Testing

The Maryland School Assessment Program is a state testing program that measures how well schools are teaching students the knowledge and skills they need to solve real life problems. The tests are administered to grades 3 through 5 students each school year. Students are assessed in Math and Reading. Grade 5 students will also take a state Science test. The results will be reported in the 2013 Maryland School Performance Program Report for Worcester County Public Schools. Parents will receive a copy of their child's performance report.

In the 2013-2014 school year, a class of students at each school took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) pilot test. PARCC will take the place of the MSA in the 2014-2015 school year. PARCC is administered online.

After School Academies

Expanded educational opportunities for elementary students to participate in academic intervention and enrichment activities are provided in each elementary school. The Academies provide expanded learning opportunities both during the school day and during the summer.

General Guidelines For Behavior

While at school, it is the responsibility of students to conduct themselves in a manner conducive to a safe, educational learning environment for all. The following are offered as general guidelines to ensure this behavior:

  1. Students are to be respectful to teachers, other adults, and fellow students at all times.
  2. Students are to demonstrate respect for the property of others.
  3. Students are to obey classroom and school rules.
  4. Fighting, stealing, class misbehavior, disrespect to staff, defacing school property, threatening students, using abusive language, or carrying a weapon will not be tolerated.

Students are warned that violations which prohibit a safe, educational environment will warrant disciplinary action.

Students who constantly disrupt the orderly educational progress of others must be dealt with in a positive and firm manner at the school level. Some positive methods include student conference, school-parent correspondence, parent conferences, counseling and program modification. All punishment is consistent with the Public School Laws of Maryland and the policies and procedures established by the Worcester County Board of Education.

When the in-school procedures for maintaining behavior have been completely exhausted or a particular incident is of a major consequence, the principal may exercise his or her option of suspension in compliance with new disciplinary regulations.