Our staff is eager to develop young people who have a hunger for learning and healthy living. Working with and through our school community and our tremendous PTA and community partners, we are proud to offer a well-balanced curriculum and myriad of activities for our students and their families.
Balanced Literacy includes the Reading, Writing, and Word Study components of instruction. Students are challenged to become strong readers, writers, and thinkers as they encounter a variety of literacy experiences. Teachers model the use of reading and writing strategies using authentic literature during whole group instruction. Students’ reading comprehension and writing proficiency improve as they use these strategies in their independent reading and writing times. As students spend time reading and writing, teachers meet with small groups and individual students to provide support, teach strategies, and assess progress in reading and writing.
In word study, students learn to spell by practicing word patterns, word families, and word meaning on their appropriate spelling level. Spelling levels are determined by individual spelling assessments.
The purpose of mathematics instruction at Jarman Elementary is to teach students how to become mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. The Everyday Math program encourages children to understand why math is important and how they reach their answers using a number of different problem solving methods. Students frequently work together in small groups to engage in problem solving and real-world math application scenarios.
The Project Lead The Way program is the nation’s leading provider of STEM education curricular programs for middle and high school students. By offering this elementary STEM program to its students, Jarman will expand its high-quality educational offerings for students. Studies show that students decide as early as second and third grade whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. PLTW’s elementary program is designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Through a series of topic-based modules, students will engage in design problems that encourage collaboration, analysis, problem solving, and computational thinking.
Students are challenged to think about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn. Students are actively engaged in their Social Studies learning as they participate in hands-on activities, technology infused lessons, and multi-faceted learning experiences that lead to step-by-step discovery. Students don't just learn Social Studies - they experience it.
Art, Music and Physical Education
Art, music and physical education are valuable aspects of education at Jarman. Students attend these classes on a three day rotation schedule. The music class at Jarman is a part of the Orff instrument program, and our students are given opportunities to try out a variety of instruments in music class.
Media Center and Technology Lab
A full-time media specialist works hard to ensure that students are able to access grade level books that interest them. Classroom teachers and media specialist collaborate to conduct classroom research projects, host author visits, and teach library and resource skills. Students are able to participate in the Sequoyah book club in which the students read through a book list of Sequoyah award winning books.
Jarman provides a number of different technology resources for students. Students from our pre-kindergarten classes through the fifth grade utilize the 30-station, touch-screen computer lab as well as student computers located in each classroom. Teachers are able to check out a class set of lap tops to provide for students during in-class research projects. SMART boards in each classroom are used to make learning as interactive and hands-on as possible.
Jarman Elementary has incorporated the Character Counts! program into its educational curriculum in an effort to encourage the development of moral character in students. The Character Counts! program is based on six core character values. A new character trait is introduced each month. The Character Counts! traits are Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness and Citizenship. Each month, students who consistently demonstrate these core values are acknowledged with a character award in a school-wide Character assembly.
Jarman has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that works closely with school administration and teachers to promote a positive school experience for all students. Some of the highlights of the school year are the Family Fun Night, Book Fair, Bingo Night, and Jog-A-Thon. Jarman families and staff come together to enjoy fun events while working to raise funds for classroom materials and projects.
There are many ways that parents and family members can volunteer and support the students at Jarman. Opportunities may include sharing your talents, attending PTA events, assisting with Pizza Days, Reflections, Test Monitoring, Classroom Projects, Book Fair, Jog-a-Thon, Family Fun Night, and more! We love our volunteers!
School Community Events