From the principaland#8217;s office: Come see Glenshire Elementary in all its glory |

From the principaland#8217;s office: Come see Glenshire Elementary in all its glory

Kathleen Gauthier

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; This spring all Tahoe Truckee Unified School District elementary schools were tasked to create a one-page presentation about their respective schools to share with parents at our Kindergarten Round Up. Doing so was a worthwhile endeavor because it required us to succinctly state who we are and what is important to us at each school. Here at Glenshire Elementary, we had several great discussions and many revisions. Iand#8217;d like to share our points with you here.

Glenshire Elementary School:

and#8226; Is committed to nurturing the whole child while developing life long learners.

and#8226; Is a comprehensive neighborhood school, kindergarten through 5th grade, with approximately 500 students. We are on a 10-acre campus situated on a beautiful meadow. In addition, we use our entire community as a resource for learning.

and#8226; Has a caring, devoted, gifted staff that works closely together to the benefit of all.

and#8226; Has very involved families who make amazing things possible and probable.

and#8226; Offers differentiated instruction based on studentsand#8217; needs, talents and interests. Enrichment and intervention opportunities are provided.

and#8226; Has integrated curriculum emphasizing reading, writing, hands-on math, science, Social Studies, music, technology, physical education, character development, service learning and visual and performing arts.

Allow me to expand on some of these points.

Our staff is by far our greatest asset. Our teachers work together closely in Professional Learning Communities planning lessons and sharing results. Through an enrichment/intervention period, we provide differentiated instruction based on studentsand#8217; needs.

We have a sound, coherent curriculum that we monitor closely. Using science and social studies themes, students engage in authentic reading, writing, and discussions in all content areas. Every staff member addresses studentsand#8217; social and emotional needs. Our counselors, Special Friends, and Special Education staff provide additional support. Students and parents know we care and are there to support them.

We use our entire community as a resource for learning. A few examples: Our fifth graders study local ecology at Sagehen Environmental Studies Center, and just recently spent three days studying the ocean ecosystem at Pigeon Point Lighthouse. In their studies of California history, our fourth graders camped at Malakoff Diggins and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Parks. They create a living history day at Alder Creek Campground, and their studies of state government take them to the state capitol. Truckee history becomes real through our third grade tours of downtown Truckee. All grades, through the physical education program, have outings and service learning opportunities that help students appreciate how and#8220;kids can make a difference.and#8221;

Very involved families make amazing things possible and probable. Never could we accomplish all we do without our committed regular parent volunteers and even our and#8220;drop inand#8221; helpers. It does take a village and we are blessed with very involved families.

Thanks to Measure A, music classes, chorus, and guitars, every child is provided the opportunity to perform on stage every year. Musical performances are tied to the curriculum and also help instill important values we want to emphasize. After-school voice, drums, and keyboard classes are available. The Sierra Strings Program provides before-school violin lessons and these groups will perform together on Thursday, May 26. Each year we are amazed again and again by the talent and discipline of our students in these performances.

Thanks also to Measure A, we just received a new computer lab of Apple computers. We are creating an additional lab for use by the classes. Kindergarten through fifth grade students receive weekly technology instruction, and teachers are infusing technology into classroom lessons. Thanks to Excellence in Education and our PTO every classroom is enriched with sound amplification systems and LCD projectors. This technology is helping teachers better reach every student.

Glenshire students are physically fit, in part thanks to our active families, natural environment, P.E. program and the commitment of every staff member. We infuse physical activity to all we do and our impressive physical fitness scores show that our efforts are working.

Currently, we are enrolling incoming kindergarten students for fall 2011. Stop by our office and see Nancy to pick up a registration packet. Our Open House is on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and is a great opportunity to see us in action. Our English Learner Advisory Council is offering dinner in the quad and our PTO a Book Fair in the library. Hours could be spent viewing our studentsand#8217; learning through the Science Fair. Please come see Glenshire Elementary in all its glory.

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