Metcalf Elementary School offers a rich selection of courses to our students. Technology is widely used within the classroom. Students have access to Chrome Books and Smartboards.
Besides the core classes of math, reading, writing, social studies, and science, grades kindergarten through sixth grade students are engaged in computers, library, music, physical education, and Spanish.
• Arizona State Standards – Metcalf Elementary School teaches the academic standards provided by Arizona Department of Education. Teachers provide formative assessments to ensure mastery of the standards.
• Reteach and Enrichment – Metcalf Elementary School utilizes remediation and enrichment to provide academic assistance to every child in every classroom. Each grade level at Metcalf utilizes district approved formative assessments, which measures mastery on Arizona State Academic Standards. Formatives are given every one to two weeks on specific objectives taught in the class. Metcalf’s performance standard is based on 80% mastery. Depending on whether the student is above or below 80%, determines whether they will attend a Reteach Class or an Enrichment Class. The program takes place every day from 8:20 am – 8:50 am.
This program is implemented to ensure that students are achieving academic “mastery” in the state standards. Research of effective and best teaching practices are utilized to help enhance student achievement. The program is regularly evaluated and improved with weekly common teacher planning time at every grade level, to review and assess student performance based on formative tests, and then plan instruction to meet each child’s needs for reteach, extend or enrichment. Together, all teachers collaboratively work with their respective grade level to monitor, evaluate, and improve instructional planning to continually improve instruction for all students.
• Balanced Literacy is utilized to teach the reading standards. A block of 90 minutes daily is required, of which Phonemic Awareness, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Read Aloud, and Independent Reading are used for instruction. Phonics and spelling strategies are presented during the Phonemic Awareness block of Balanced Literacy. Each teacher leads ability-based reading groups several times a week. Shared Reading is integrated into other subject areas and teachers read aloud to their students daily. Independent reading utilizes the Accelerate Reading Program where students read a book at their assessed reading level and are then given a comprehension test. Points are earned based on the level of difficulty of the book.
• Spalding is a research based, systematic instruction of phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and text comprehension as required by state standards. Spalding is designed for differentiated instruction to support the learning of general and special education.
• Accelerated Reader (AR) is a program that is used to motivate students to read. It is also a useful tool for teachers and parents to use to diagnose potential reading successes and difficulties. Students read AR books based on their individual reading levels and take comprehension tests on the computer. It gives an accuracy level for comprehension and motivates students who don’t always enjoy reading and encourages students who do love reading.
• DMS (Daily Math Skills) is a timed, math fluency probe given daily in grades K-4. This standardized assessment probe targets a grade level skill. Teachers collect data each week based on student success. Students also monitor their own progress via a chart or graph. Celebrations take place when classes pass the probes.