Pursuing Excellence, Achievement, and Knowledge
Mountains are symbolic of the continual upward striving of all our students. Mountain climbing involves risk and requires determination, organization and skill. It is thus an appropriate metaphor for academic programs that encourage students to challenge themselves.
The Schoolwide Enrichment Program offers a variety of educational experiences through which students in grades K-5 may discover and develop their unique interests and abilities.
Our program provides weekly enrichment lessons for students in grades K-2 and cluster enrichment programs in grade 5.
The Schoolwide Enrichment Program also provides clubs, field trips, classroom visits from guest presenters, and a variety of academic contests, in an effort to initiate and cultivate student excitement in their academic development.
The Gifted and Talented Education program exists to meet the unique needs of our most exceptional students. Students who exhibit advanced development of mental capacity, creativity, and commitment to learning are best served by an academic environment beyond that offered by a standard grade-level curriculum. Gifted and Talented students in grades 3 -5 are pulled from their regular education classes twice per week to work with with each other on advanced interdisciplinary academic content.
The Gifted and Talented program ensures an ascension of intellectual demand, cultivation of creativity, and the development of the non-routine cognitive skills required to become innovators and leaders.
The Gifted and Talented program strives to meet the educational needs of our most exceptional students through curricular work tailored to their academic advancement and areas of interest. Our goal is to provide an experience of enjoyment, engagement, and enthusiasm that will maximize achievement and educational progress.
The term “gifted and talented” in education is used to indicate a learning difference. Like other learning differences, giftedness is identified through both formal testing and specific evaluative measures. Students with this learning difference typically have an IQ score in the top 5% of their population and demonstrate a variety of unique and advanced behaviors on a daily basis.
Gifted and talented students are different in that they may learn at a faster rate, understand concepts at a greater depth and complexity, have exceptional abstract reasoning skills, and are naturally creative and innovative in their thinking. Therefore, it is crucial that their educational program be tailored to their unique learning needs in order to properly cultivate their academic potential.
Identification for the Gifted and Talented Education program is multi-faceted and consists of a measure of ability, measure of achievement, and measure of gifted and talented behaviors. Identification currently takes place at the end of 2nd grade and again at the end of 5th grade. 3rd- 5th grade students who are new to our district will participate in our identification process at the end of their first year in district.
Students who score in the 95th percentile or above on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) are students whose needs may not be met through a traditional regular education curriculum. This may also be true of students who score in the 95th percentile or above in Mathematics or English/Language Arts on the IOWA Achievement tests or “Exceed Expectations” on the PARCC exams. These students are holistically evaluated by their teachers and counselors to determine whether they regularly present behaviors indicative of a need for curriculum modification or extension.
If identified as gifted and talented, the student’s parents/guardians will be invited to a meeting to discuss involvement in the GATE program and to provide consent for participation.
My teaching covers an expanse of 26years. The first five years were spent as a Preschool Teacher. The past 23have been spent here as the Wildwood Elementary School Art Teacher for grades K-5.
I have the unique opportunity to teach the entire student body where I facilitate and provide them the tools to develop their art skills and expand their knowledge, beginning in Kindergarten all the way through 5th grade.My student's art work is very special because their work is strongly influenced by their life experiences, imaginations and how they are feeling in that given moment. They are uninhibited and have the freedom to use their imagination and expression without cultural and social stigmas that effect us as we get older.
My passions are Art and Nature. I love being outdoors observing and interacting with nature. I especially love to garden, and travel. My favorite art mediums to work with are clay and watercolors. I love viewing Art of all kind because you learn so much about a period of time or a culture through the Art that has been created.
Of all subject areas taught in school, Physical Education is the only subject which, by the very nature of its content, has the potential to affect how a person will feel every moment of every day for the rest of his or her life.
- Walk slowly and carefully directly to and from designated areas
- Students are to remain on playing fields or playground areas at all times. Leaving school grounds or entering the woods, stream or turf areas is not permitted
- Respond to directions immediately and respectfully
- Use equipment safely and appropriately. Use of hard balls or equipment considered hazardous by supervisors are not to be used during recess
- If a student needs to leave the area for any reason including going to the nurse, the bathroom, to meet with a teacher or to retrieve a ball must notify the playground supervisor when leaving and upon returning to the playground.
- Stones, wood chips, snowballs or any other objects are not to be thrown.
- Physically aggressive behavior is not permitted at recess or any other time.
- Dress for the weather
- Line up promptly
- Report any problems or injuries to the supervisor immediately
- Be a problem solver
- Set a good example by including others, following the rules, and choosing not
- participate in negative, hurtful or exclusionary behavior
- Return school playground equipment (balls, jump ropes, etc.) to the bin when recess is over
- Listen to the directions of the playground supervisor
- Play fairly, respect the rules and others
- Include others in activities
- Be respectful of others’ personal space
- Inappropriate language is not to be used on the playground or anywhere in our school
Kindergarten thru 5th grade --- All students are introduced to yoga during their PE Classes.
Yoga is part of the everyday warm-up routine at Wildwood. The 5th grade study different aspects of yoga in their health class which is then culminated with a full Yoga Class with a guest yoga teacher. The date for 2015 will be determined. This year the 5th grade will have two sessions with a certified Yoga teacher. The dates were chosen to help the students during their testing. Students should wear comfortable clothing on the days they have health.
Rebecca K Santana
Many parents what to know whether or not their child is ready for kindergarten. Some have children whose birthday are in the late summer or early fall and close to our October 1stcut-off date. These parents ask if it is best to enroll now or wait until next year. Other parents want to know how to help prepare their child for entering Kindergarten.
Regardless of your child's birthday, all children entering Kindergarten should be able to perform certain tasks. As parents, we need to help our children get ready for Kindergarten. This can be a very fun and enjoyable time for you and your child. The following is a guideline to help you make this important decision.
There are many factors that go into the Kindergarten readiness decision. Although boys mature more slowly than girls, gender is not the most heavily relied upon factor when making this important decision. Understanding that each child develops at his or her own rate and that some develop faster in some areas than others, and recognizing individual strengths and weaknesses should be the determining factors.
The closer your child's fifth birthday is to October 1stcut-off date (i.e., late summer, early fall) the consideration for the future is, will your child be one of the youngest or the oldest in his or her grade? In general, being on the older side is better, but this is not always the case.
Take in consideration the physical characteristics of your child. Smaller children may find more security in smaller groups and may not be ready for a large classroom environment. Likewise, larger children are not necessarily ready either. With our emphasis on an academic curriculum, the decision to delay might be a wise one.
Experience in a structured preschool program or in a daycare setting for at least two years may have provided your child with the skills necessary for a successful Kindergarten year. With all things considered, our children need to be ready for Kindergarten.
Listed below are skills and activities that your child should know and be able to accomplish for a successful beginning of Kindergarten. These are age-appropriate expectations and can be easily learned with help. Suggestions for working with your child are included afterwards. Please keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive.
The philosophy of the Mountain Lakes kindergarten program focuses on developing the whole child-socially, emotionally, physically, culturally and academically.
Your child is learning to think creatively and solve problems through a well- balanced program of hands-on experiences, free choice activities, centers, independent learning, field trips and other special activities. Know that all children develop at their own rate, and will sometimes progress quickly in some areas while needing more help in others. Kindergarten is a time of adjustment for your children.
Lindsay A Berardi
How do I know if my child is ready for First Grade?
Each spring our teachers, Mrs. Berardi, Mrs. Uslan, Miss. Curasco, and Miss. Misko are approached by parents of Kindergartners who ask the question, "How do I know if my child is ready for First Grade?". We have found that our most successful students have possessed the following academic, social, and personal hygiene skills upon entering First Grade.
know their colors.
be able to write their first and last name.
be able to recognize, name, and write all uppercase and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
be able to recognize and name numerals 0 through 30.
be able to write numbers 0 through 12.
be able to count a set of 30 objects.
be able to recite their name, address, and phone number.
begin to associate letters and sounds.
be able to listen attentively to a story.
be able to recall facts and details from a story.
be familiar with nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
be able to follow a 2-step or 3-step direction.
be able to organize and maintain personal belongings, i.e. backpack, school supplies, and desk.
have respect for classroom materials, i.e. books, tapes, games, manipulatives
be able to regulate their voices, i.e. use an "inside" or an "outside voice.
be able to wait their turn.
be able to exercise appropriate self control.
be polite and receptive toward others' opinions.
be aware of "personal space".
respond appropriately to verbal and nonverbal cues, i.e. body language and facial expressions.
be able to tie their shoes, button buttons, and zip coats.
have good bathroom habits, flush and wash hands.
be able to use a tissue.
Students in 3rd grade are expected to adhere to the "Wildwood 3!" These three rules are our guidelines to appropriate behavior. Students that do not follow the Wildwood 3, may be asked to fill out a "Stop and Think" form. This form helps the student to identify the behavior that is not appropriate and requires them to find a solution to fix the behavior. The forms are sent home and must be signed by a parent or guardian.
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Below you will find some links that will take you to fun, educational webpages on the internet. Be sure to ask your parents before you go to any webpage and remember to nevergive out personal information online.
www.storylineonline.net - Listen to celebrities read stories!
Scholastic Poetry Idea Engine - This idea engine will help you write many different types of poems!
Scholastic Story Starter Machine - Looking for a story idea? Why not use the Story Starter Machine!
Word Study Links
www.spellingcity.com - Practice your sight words the FUN way!
www.funbrain.com - Click on Math Arcade
http://resources.oswego.org/games/StopTheClock/sthec2.html Stop the Clock