Curriculum

Literacy

Workshop Model: Frontier Valley Elementary has based our reading and writing instructional delivery on the principles of The Workshop Model along with a balanced literacy approach. Supplemental programs include: Lucy Calkins, iReady, Haggerty, Jan Richardson and Benchmark Phonics.

Benchmark Phonics: Frontier Valley Elementary has recently adopted this new program to address a structured and predictable approach to developing early phonics skills. This program is utilized in our kindergarten-3rd grade classrooms, as well as being used by our literacy interventionists.

Resource Room: Frontier Valley Elementary has an extensive resource room which provides materials to support the use of balanced literacy and personalized learning in our school.
Literacy

 

Mathematics

Frontier Valley utilizes the EnVisions math program, as well as a variety of other supplemental materials, to develop mathematical thinking in our students. Students develop proficiency through the following strands:

  1. Conceptual Understanding refers to the "integrated and functional grasp of mathematical ideas", which "enables students to learn new ideas by connecting those ideas to what they already know." A few of the benefits of building conceptual understanding are that it supports retention and prevents common errors.

  2. Procedural Fluency is defined as the skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately.

  3. Strategic Competence is the ability to formulate, represent, and solve mathematical problems.

  4. Adaptive Reasoning is the capacity for logical thought, reflection, explanation, and justification.

  5. Productive Disposition is the inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence and one's own efficacy.


Social Studies and Science

In Science, students develop knowledge of scientific concepts through hands-on experiences, based on grade level standards. Our teachers use Discovery Education and Stemscopes at each grade level to support this development and understanding.

In Social Studies, students develop skills in the overarching areas of global awareness, financial literacy, civic responsibility, and systems thinking. Each grade level builds upon one another as students develop knowledge and understanding.


Technology

At Frontier Valley Elementary, we strive to prepare our students for the ever-changing advances in our technological world. Our students have access to iPads, Chromebooks, and Macbooks through devices housed in our classrooms, as well as availability to Chromebook and laptop carts that can be checked out by our teachers from our Library Media Center. Currently, we have a 1:1 ratio of technology devices for students.


Specials

Our students benefit from a rotating schedule of physical education, music and art classes. Students have weekly access to our school librarian assistant to hone their research and reading skills. Students also have frequent class visits from our school counselor to build social-emotional wellness and coping skills.


Character Education

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, a nationally researched based program designed to improve responsible behavior within any school or level. Frontier Valley adopted our personalized program years ago using the title H.E.R.D. to identify our highest character goals for our students. Students and staff participated in the development of this acronym, which emerged from our school mascot, the buffalo.

Our teachers and support staff encourage our students to show how they are a part of the HERD on a daily basis by showing Honesty, Encouragement, Respectful and Dedication. Students are recognized through positive phone calls home and have the opportunity to be recognized as one of our Outstanding Buffaloes.

We are proud of our students at Frontier Valley for the ongoing positive attitudes and behaviors that they bring to our school each and every day. Rewarding them for using strong and positive judgment is our pleasure, and truly supports our warm and caring community.