Thank you to the Barnard Education Fund for the opportunity to travel to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, New Hampshire. Here are a few photos from our fun day!
This year at BA…we wrote our 2018-19 Action Plan to relay our vision for a 21st Century School. We feel we have a strong vision and we are very committed to improving our school. As Mary Beth, our Superintendent, says, we are moving from very good to GREAT and we are all CREW in this journey, not PASSENGERS.
Primary and Intermediate HUBS:
The school will have two Hubs, a Primary and an Intermediate Hub. The Primary Hub will consist of Pre-K, K, 1, 2 graders. Students will be with their classroom teacher for a majority of the day, but will interact with all teachers during group times and projects. The Intermediate Hub will consist of 3, 4, 5, and 6 graders with each grade having a homeroom. Children will begin and end the day with their homeroom teacher. Some of the benefits we foresee are small class sizes (particularly for math and literacy), collaboration for teachers, collaboration and positive connections for students, and Forest Fridays.
The Place-based Education Initiative we started this year will be further developed and implemented next year. We plan on expanding the Forest Friday programs across the school and to integrate more gardening and cooking into the curriculum. Our primary goal is to build in students a love of nature and a desire for stewardship.
STEAM (Science Technology Engineering the Arts and Math) Initiative will also be further developed and implemented, including the addition of Makerspaces in the library and eventually into each hub. We will continue to develop strong inquiry-based units integrating questioning techniques, critical thinking and problem solving skills, Tasks will be designed to build knowledge of concepts at a deeper level.