Academics & Programs

Overview

Model Elementary is committed to creating enriching opportunities for students. The Model staff are diligent in on-going assessment of all of the students’ progress in academics. Our programs are designed to ensure our students succeed. Our co-curricular programs combine art, music, and gym with core classes like science, math, and language arts in authentic activities to provide meaningful learning. Our foundation in Project Based Learning allows for students to develop their skills in critical thinking and problem solving while applying their solutions to real world scenarios.

Writer’s Workshop

The Writer’s Workshop format is utilized so that students can progress at their own pace in writing development. The emphasis is on ideas and content, organization, style/voice, and language mechanics. A corporation-wide writing prompt and rubric used every nine weeks provides the opportunity to compare growth and to develop instructional strategies.

Learning Commons

The Learning Commons is a space where students can come to learn, explore and discover. During each specials time, students have opportunities to listen to amazing stories, practice beneficial literacy skills and explore using both technology and hands-on materials.

Remediation

The grade levels carefully assess student data on a daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly basis. This analysis provides opportunities to determine the best means of remediation for students who have not grasped the concepts or processes entirely. Teachers have instructional strategies to improve instruction and provide more ideas in working with students.

During grade level collaboration, the teachers organize their schedules to provide extra practice for remediation during the school day on a weekly basis. Enrichment for students who need more in depth challenges is also provided during this block of time.

Assistance of Other Resources

  • Hope mentors – Adults from the Goshen Christian Reformed Church provide one-on-one assistance to many of our second and third grade students. The mentors read with their mentee weekly and provide the encouragement needed to succeed.
  • Boys & Girls Club Power Hour – This resource is available at Model for Monday-Thursday for students in grades four and five. The supervisor provides educational support in completing classroom assignments. Transportation is provided after the 1.5 hour session.
  • Special Education Intervention – If a teacher determines that a student is struggling academically and the interventions the teacher is using are not enough, the child is taken to our Child Study committee, which consists of the counselor, special education staff, classroom teachers, and school nurse. Additional building-wide interventions are recommended and the team reconvenes to revisit the child’s academic progress.
  • English as a New Language (ENL) Department – A team of three full time and one half time personnel offer additional assistance for our ENL population. Mrs. Zehr provides learning units for 0 -1 level of English students to acclimate them to the school setting. The remaining team members collaborate with the classroom teacher to provide prior experience and introduction to unit vocabulary. The staff also provides additional instruction of various academic concepts and processes.

English as a New Language (ENL)

At Model, we have a combination of a pull-out and in-classroom programs. First grade English as a New Language (ENL) students are helped during center times in the classrooms. Beginning ENL students from first through fifth grades are pulled out of the classroom for ENL lessons. More advanced students in second through fifth grades are pulled out to receive help with reading and/or classroom work in different subject areas. Students are tested upon entry into Goshen Community Schools. This testing enables us to determine the help necessary for each student to become proficient in English.

ENL es el programa de Inglés Como Nuevo Lenguaje. Aquí en la escuela Model tenemos una combinacíon de clases de inglés dentro y fuera del salón regular de clases. Los niños de primero reciben ayuda en su salón durante el periodo de centros. Los principiantes de primero a quinto van al salón de Inglés Como Nuevo Languaje para recibir lecciones de inglés. Estudiantes más avanzados de 2do a 5to van al salón de inglés para recibir ayuda con lectura o con las tareas de sus clases. Todo nuevo estudiante que entra a las escuelas de Goshen toma una prueba en inglés o español. Esta prueba nos ayuda a determinar la ayuda que el estudiante necesita para ser proficientes en inglés.

Speech, Language and Hearing

Students in grades kindergarten, one, and four have their hearing screened yearly as mandated by state law. Any student in the building with a known hearing loss or history of ear problems will also be monitored through screenings.  Students may also be tested as a result of a teacher or parent referral. Parents will be notified of the outcome.  If a student fails multiple screenings, an audiogram (threshold results) and doctor referral will be sent home.

Speech/Language/Hearing Program

The speech/language/hearing program at Model serves students with delays in specific areas of communication. The goal of the program is to improve the identified student’s ability to communicate effectively. Parents or teachers may make a referral to the speech language pathologist at any time with concerns or questions regarding a student’s speech, language, or hearing.

Students may qualify for services in a number of different communication areas such as fluency (stuttering), receptive and/or expressive language delays, articulation errors, phonological processes, and hearing loss.

Students enrolled in speech/language services are encouraged to practice their goals while assisted at home to help them make progress. Their speech and/or language services at school typically take place in small groups or on a consultation basis, which is determined by the student’s needs and by at the case conference.

Special Education

The Special Education teachers at Model Elementary assist children with learning disabilities in and out of the general education classroom. Models of inclusion and direct services are used to service students. Another integral aspect of the Special Education Department is the referral and evaluation of students who are suspected of having difficulties in learning. The process involves a referral from a parent or teacher. A team of educators then meets to discuss the next appropriate step in the process to services. Classroom modifications may help some students while others may go through a testing procedure with the school psychologist to determine academic potential.

Each child who qualifies for Special Education services has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) tailored to their strengths and weaknesses. Agreement of services and needs is determined by a Case Conference Committee involving parents and school personnel. It is the goal of the Special Education staff to remediate each child’s learning so that they may reach their full potential.

Destiny

Goshen Community Schools uses Follett Destiny Software to manage the district media centers resources.  Students can use the destiny website to research what literature and media resources are available for all there classroom research needs.