At Pinewood, we encourage our learners to be curious thinkers, creative thinkers and caring thinkers. We are building our curricula based on a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) model, which promotes critical thinking and problem solving, as well as preparing children for the 21st-century job market.
Grades one through three provide a secure and stimulating environment where children are encouraged to develop as curious individuals. From grade four through grade five, students continue to refine basic problem-solving skills. Emphasis is on independent study with frequent use of available resources for learning and regular long-term projects and presentations.
New this year:
BYOD: Students are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet on assigned days to promote the use of technology in the classroom.
Genius Hour: Genius hour allows students to explore their own passions and encourages curiosity and creativity in the classroom. It provides students with choices in what they learn during the one-hour per week time dedicated to this engaging mode of learning.
English as a Second Language (ESL) in the Elementary Program
Pinewood offers an ESL program to students who have limited proficiency in English. Students who speak English as a second or additional language are evaluated upon entry to Pinewood and placed on an English Language Proficiency scale of 1-5 (Level 1 students do not speak English at all; Level 5 are fully proficient). Students are evaluated with The Maculaitis Test of English Language Proficiency. The program is designed to develop English communication by focusing on the skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and interactions.
Homework is designed to be meaningful extensions of the learning that takes place in the classroom. It is often in the form of projects and practice from the daily lessons. It provides reinforcement and enrichment for the children. Students in the Elementary grades are also encouraged to pursue outside interests and spend time exploring these interests after school. Thus, not all homework is generated directly from the school curriculum.
Textbooks and Educational Supplies
The school supplies all textbooks and workbooks needed for the core academic subjects. The textbooks must be returned in good condition at the end of the school year. All other supplies that students need for their school work will be supplied by the parents. A complete list of necessary supplies will be provided during the first days of school.
The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer adaptive assessment given annually to students in grades 1-5 and measures reading and mathematics. Test scores and results are reported directly to the parents as soon as possible by the elementary teachers. Questions and/or concerns should be directed either to your child’s classroom teacher or Mr. Kois, Elementary Team Leader.
Each month that school is in session, an assembly of the entire elementary school is held in the Pinewood gymnasium for the purpose of creating a closer feeling of community among the elementary grades. The assemblies are primarily organized to display curricular content on which individual grade levels are focusing in the classrooms, but they also provide a forum for discussing issues of general concern to the elementary school students. Parents are always invited to attend these assemblies.