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I am honored to be part of a team comprised of teachers, staff, parents and students who want to achieve great things. It takes a hard working team to ensure that a student’s learning experience is a successful one. The goal in the Elementary Department is to align teaching with the school’s mission statement in order to ensure that each student’s educational and personal development is maximized.
CSDR entrusted with the education of children. CSDR Elementary Department teachers spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage students in learning. The Elementary Department utilizes research-based best practices and analyze academic data in order to see growth and improvement and set goals for each student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEPs).
Students in CSDR’s K-5 program are taught using state-approved curriculum that adheres to the California State Core Curriculum Standards. Along with on-site Curriculum and Teacher Specialists, the Elementary Department has developed a strong educational program that addresses each child’s unique academic, social and emotional needs.
To meet student’s language needs, instruction follows the ASL/English bilingual philosophy. This allows content to be taught through both academic and social ASL and English in order for students to develop competencies in both their first and natural language (ASL) as well as their second language (written English), as it is critical to their academic success.
I invite you to join me in experiencing the pride I hold for the history that CSDR has established and the hope for what I know the future holds! Come and see how Language and Learning Thrives here!!
EDUCATIONAL AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Refer to the Student section to peruse the different components of CSDR’s educational program that are provided to supplement the educational program. Technology also plays an important role in the support the educational program. There is a 1:1 iPad deployment with educational apps, programs and curricular support to supplement classroom instruction. In addition, Elementary Department offers unique and exciting academic events and activities: ASL competitions, school assemblies, class performances, Author’s Chair, Math Olympiad, Science Fair/Camp to name just a few. Elementary Department also gets our students involved in Character Counts! to inspire students to become responsible learners who care about themselves, their community, and others.
Students are recognized for academic achievements, displaying their best efforts in class, exhibiting excellent character, and being a role model for others at the end of semester Cubs Honor Assembly. Students and teacher look forward to this assembly at the end of each semester, to congratulate and celebrate one another for their outstanding accomplishments as Elementary students!
Each year, students take part in national ASL competitions, whether it is to showcase their storytelling abilities, their poetry skills or their mastery in Deaf art. The ASL competition season starts at the department level with winners becoming national level entries. With the support and help of their teachers and CSDR ASL specialists, students work on their entries – editing and perfecting, throughout the year. There is nothing more prideful than seeing CSDR students excel in the area of language and culture!
Elementary students experience the excitement of sharing their writing with an audience during Author’s Chair. Using the latest technology, students project their work on a screen for everyone in the department to see. The writing has already gone through editing and revisions in the classroom, allowing students to receive positive feedback on their final drafts. There are many benefits to this special event. For example, it provides a purpose for students to be creative and to do their best work. It also teaches students the concept of authorship and pride in their creations. Students learn how to share work in front of an audience, and the audience participants learn to show proper recognition to the authors. It is a fun event for everyone involved!
As one of the core academic areas, CSDR hosts an annual Science event in order to provide opportunities for students to rekindle their imaginations and apply scientific method to conduct research. In the past CSDR has held Science Fair competitions and even an on-campus Science camp. Moving forward, the Elementary Department will be timing our Science Fair competition with the CSDR Middle School program so that students see their own future in Science.
Nothing can be more fun than a friendly competition among peers to help develop a healthy sense of sportsmanship. All grade levels participate in a spelling bee competition to prepare them for the big one once they arrive in 4th and 5th Grades. Spelling bees help promote literacy as it engages students in reading and writing. Students not only increase their vocabulary but also develop cognitive abilities, learning strategies and confidence.
Mathematical creativity and mastery is the purpose for a Math Olympiad that is held in the spring. The goal of the Math Olympiad is to develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills and nourish student’s love for math. Mathematical concepts taught throughout the school year are put to test. Students are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and possibly a medal.
100 Mile Club / Turkey Trot
Elementary Department students have proudly been involved in the 100 mile club for several years now. During the week, students are offered the opportunity to run and earn the coveted 100 Mile status. Students proudly wear their 100 Mile shirts and display their accomplishments as they achieve them. Students are recognized at our monthly assemblies when they hit the 25, 50, 75 and 100 mile mark! Because running and fun are encouraged in our department, the Elementary Department hosts a Turkey Trot each year as a way of fundraising for the department. If interested, mark your calendar; it is always the Friday before our Fall break!
5th Grade Only
As a way of preparing our 5th graders for school beyond elementary, the some very special responsibilities and opportunities bestowed unique to them. Each semester, students are involved in Student Council, they run the Elementary Department Character Counts! Assemblies and host their very own department-wide events (Movie day, bake sales, etc). As a way of celebrating their elementary accomplishments, their year ends with a very special End-of-the-Year trip that is just for fun and just for them!
Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education
Box Tops for Education is a program that helps to earn cash for Elementary Department. Visit Box Tops for Education more information and to see which products that sponsor this program.
Collect box tops and labels and send them to school with your child!