Multi-year class placement (Looping)
At McAuliffe Elementary, we are interested in students, teachers and families developing long-term relationships to better meet the needs of individual learners. McAuliffe is participating in multi-year relationships by having many teachers stay with the same students for two years. For example if a child is in kindergarten, he or she will stay with the same teacher for kindergarten and first grade. Teams of teachers will also loop from second to third and fourth to fifth. We know that the relationship of teachers to student, to the parents, to other teachers, and to the curriculum is critical throughout a child’s education. Some of the benefits of a child staying with the same teacher for two years are:
McAuliffe provides leadership opportunities for students in grades 3-5. These students are selected by their peers and teachers to lead McAuliffe in school wide community projects. These projects include a school wide improvement plan where student council focuses on one project throughout the year that will benefit the school. Student council also coordinates community service projects that include a school wide recycling program and the annual Salvation Army canned food drive.
The choir is a fourth and fifth grade select musical group. They perform at community and district-wide ceremonies as well as school-based concerts. Students involved in the Challenger Choir practice before school. They are under the direction of music teacher Alisha Crafton.
Fifth graders exhibiting leadership capabilities are able to participate in the school’s safety patrol. This group aids our staff in supervising the safe arrival and dismissal of students throughout the school on a daily basis. Physical education teacher Kassie Alexander sponsors this group.
CNN (Challenger News Network) is produced by fifth grade students under the supervision of media specialist Kirby Mackenzie. The broadcast is designed to inform the students and staff of important school information such as menus, specialty schedules and upcoming events as well as other special bits of news.
Steps to Respect
Even kids can help prevent bullying say fifth graders at McAuliffe as they take part in a program called Steps to Respect. School counselor Twy Gardner visits students in grades 2-5 in their classrooms and takes students and their teachers through role-playing games in which students act out scenes and learn the steps to ending conflict/bullying in a respectful manner.
McAuliffe offers an English Learners curriculum to those students for whom English is not a primary language. Students participate in small group instruction that focuses on the English language.
Character Counts is a district-wide program from kindergarten through high school for students and staff. It gives us a common language and encourages outstanding character traits. A new character trait is introduced each month. The six traits that are emphasized are Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness and Citizenship.