Elementary Overview

  • Welcome to the Elementary Curriculum site!

    The District’s three elementary schools share a common curriculum and a common instructional approach.  Our philosophy on K-5 education remains focused on providing all of our children with the opportunities to joyfully explore their interests, discover new talents, and stretch their thinking.  A combination of rigorous academics and strong social-emotional supports provide learning environments designed to help our youngest learners become global citizens, problem solvers and good friends.  We design instruction with the goal of engaging and expanding the natural curiosity of our children.

    In Reading and Writing, the District has leaned on and learned from the Teachers College Units of Study.  Over the years, and with extensive professional learning, our elementary teachers have developed reading and writing units that provide our students with exposure to rich texts, deep conversations and diverse opportunities for self-expression as readers and writers.  For the important work of phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling and vocabulary development, the District uses Words Their Way.  Words Their Way is a differentiated approach to word work, K-5, which provides for daily, explicit, systematic teaching in foundational word work skills.

    In Mathematics, our core curriculum is the Great Minds Eureka Story of Units.  As we continue to teach through this program and align our work in Math, K-12, we will continue to revise and enhance the units to provide opportunities for all students to succeed as mathematicians.

    In both Science and Social Studies, the elementary schools use the core curriculum developed with and shared by Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES - Science 21 and SS/ELA Curriculum, respectively.  Our teachers co-write this work in the region and participate in annual training sessions for all updates.

    The links below will provide an overview of the teaching and learning for each grade level.  Here you will find big picture information for Reading, Writing, Word Study, Mathematics, and Social Studies.  Please visit the separate links on the left for information on K-12 programs: Art, Music, Library, Physical Education, AIS Support, Social-Emotional Learning and English as a New Language.