Brent’s VisionAt Brent, we bring together a diverselearning community of students, staffand families to provide anacademic, ethical and personalizedfoundation for success in a globalsociety. The goal is to nurture self-motivated and joyful learners who arecreative and critical in their thinking andhighly capable in their communication.
Communication• Tues News• Weekly Communication Email from Classroom Teacher• Communication Folder• Progress Reports*– Families will receive a short mid-advisory progress report (4 times per year).• Class Syllabus*– Families will receive a class syllabus at Back to School Night. Syllabi will include a long-termcurriculum plan, as well as first semester field trips, teacher contact information, as well as otherclassroom expectations.• Grade levels Web sites*– Each grade-level team will have a website. It will be used to update parents and students onhomework, calendar information, homework policies, teacher contact info, etc.*New for 2013-2014
Principal Young Office Hours (PS3-5)*-One day/month I will dedicate a morning, 8-9am forparents to meet with me.• PS3/PK4• K/1• 2/3• 4/5*New for 2013-2104
Staff Office Hours*• All classroom teachers, Specials teachers, SpEdteachers, and Specialists (Reading, InstructionalCoach) will dedicate 30 minutes/week, to host“office hours.”• Will occur from 8-8:30am, or 3:30-4pm• Pilot project for 2013-2014, more info by end-of-year*New for 2013-2014
PS and PK: Reggio Inspired• The Reggio-Emilia approach is based on the ideathat young children learn best through hands-on,meaningful experiences.• Children have control over the direction of theirlearning.• Children are able to learn through touching,moving, listening, seeing, and hearing.• Children develop relationships with other childrenand with material items in the world.• Children are encouraged to express themselvesin limitless ways, through words, movements,music, drawing, painting, building, etc.
K-5: Responsive Classroom• Morning Meeting*• Closing Meeting• Guided Discovery• Logical Consequences• Calm Down Space• Buddy Classrooms*Morning Meeting will occur after an initial 10-15 minute morningwork period.
Healthy School Initiatives• Healthy Choices-DC Healthy Schools Act– No candy/sugar products will be handed out toBrent students.• Birthdays– No candy/sugar products will be brought in forbirthdays so as to be in alignment with theHealthy Schools Act.• Salad bar– Mon, Wed and Fri (3rd-5th)• Recess: 45 mins/day (PS-1), 30 mins/day (2-5)
K-5: Field Trip Experiences• Expectations*– All classes take a minimum of 5 field trips during the year thatsupport curriculum instruction. Four out of those five trips mustconsist of:• At least 1 field trip to a nature or historical site• At least 1 trip to an art gallery• At least 1 trip to a performing arts program• 1 “Capstone” Field Trip in the Spring– Field trips are mapped out in advance for each semester tocorrespond with curriculum units.• In-class Pre- and Post-Field Trip Work– Students prepare for field trips through classroom instruction– Students have an opportunity to reflect on field trips– Students incorporate learning from the field trip include future classroomactivities* New for 2013-2014
K-5: Museum StudiesSchool-Wide Museum Exhibit Nights (2)• Fall: Social Studies Focused• Spring: Science Focused
K-5: Readers/Writers Workshop• Mini Lesson• Conferencing• Sharing/Reflection Time
K-5: Growing Readers• Book Shopping• Guided Reading Groups• Strategy Groups
K-5: Growing Writers• Writing Process• Writing Units• Grammar*– Grammar instruction will be a combination of embedding skillsinto Strategy Lessons as well as explicit skill instruction. Studentswill be expected to master specific skills in each grade.* New for 2013-2014
K-5: Word Study• Word Study- “Words Their Way”*– Students will be required to learn and spell grade-specific lists of common words known as “SightWords.”– Greek and Latin Roots: 4th and 5th grade• Vocabulary– Students will be required to learn “Tier 2” 5-8vocabulary words during each unit of study.* New for 3rd-5th grade in SY 2013-2014
K-5: Investigations Math• Varied Learning Experiences– Individual, small group and whole class learningexperiences.– Students will be required to take a weekly math factquiz and will track progress throughout the year (2nd-5th)*• Higher-Order Thinking– Activities that help develop spatial and number sense.– Students demonstrate and explain their strategies.– Students work fewer computations, but moreproblems that require higher-order thinking.* New for SY 2013-2014
K-5: Investigations Math• K-2 Assessment– Formally at beginning and end of school year,informally throughout school year.• 3-5 Assessment– Students assessed formally at beginning and endof school year.– Students take the A-Net assessments 4 times peryear.
3rd-5th Grade Leveled Math*• Six math classes: 3rd (2), 4th (2), 5th (1) and 6th grademath (1).• Mr. Mangiaracina will teach the 6th grade math class.• All students will take a pre-assessment at beginning ofyear.• The pre-assessment reflects end-of-year expectations.• Based on a assessment proficiency level, previous yearCAS scores, as well as teacher observations, studentswill be invited to participate in the higher grade-levelclass.* New format for SY 2013-2014
Specials (PS3-5th)• Art• Music• Physical Education• Chinese*• Library (PS3-K**)• Science (1-5***)*Additional Chinese Class: 2nd-5th graders, one morning each week, 8-8:45am**Students in grades 1-5 have a 25 minute check-out period once a week.***Classroom teachers in grades 1-5 will be required to teach a 45minute, weekly science block in order to support Mr. Mangiaracina’s labscience class.
Science/S.S.: 3rd-5th• 135 minutes a week of science instruction*• 90 minutes (science) each week will consist ofa lab (taught by Mr. Mangiaracina), and theother 45 minutes will be taught by theclassroom teacher.• Classroom teacher will teach all S.S.*new DCPS scheduling requirement for SY2013-2014
K-5: Homework ExpectationsKindergarten:• NO HOMEWORKFirst Grade:• Weekly homework packet that encompasses math,reading and word work. Reading expectation is 10minutes nightlySecond Grade:• Weekly homework packet that encompasses math,reading and word work. Reading expectation is 20minutes nightly.
Homework cont.Third Grade-Fifth Grade• Nightly homework that includes: 30, 40 or 50 (3rd-5th) minutes of reading and a math assignment.• Word work/vocabulary work assigned as needed.• Weekly math review packets (3rd-5th): pastcontent, current content, and future content.• Content homework (science & social studies)assigned as needed.
Special Education Support• 3 full-time Special Education Teachers (downfrom 4)• 1 part-time Social Worker• 1 part-time School Psychologist• Inclusion Program• SST Process• Individualized Education Plan
Brent’s Classrooms: SY 2013-2014• PS-PK: 5 classrooms, including PS/PKmultiage, 5 aides• K: 2 classrooms, 2 aides• 1st: 3 classrooms, no aides*• 2nd: 3 classrooms*• 3rd: 2 classrooms• 4th: 2 classrooms• 5th: 1 classroom* New for SY 2013-2014
Kindergarten• 24-25 students per class• 30-minute Lunch with First Grade• Morning and Afternoon Recess (45 minutes total)• Specials: Art, Music, Library, P.E. & Chinese• Daily Instruction:– 120 minutes of ELA– 90 minutes of Math– 45 minutes Academic Choice Time
First Grade• 17-19 students per class (projection)• 30-minute Lunch with Kindergarten• Morning and Afternoon Recess (45 minutes total)• Specials: Art, Music, Science, P.E. & Chinese• Daily Instruction:– 120 minutes of ELA– 90 minutes of Math– 45 Science / Social Studies
Second Grade• 17-19 students per class (projection)• 60-minute Recess/Lunch with Third Grade• Specials: Art, Music, Science, P.E. & Chinese• Daily Instruction:– 120 minutes of ELA– 90 minutes of Math– 45 Science / Social Studies
Third Grade• 24-26 students per class (projection)• 60-minute Recess/Lunch with Second Grade• Specials: Art, Music, Science, P.E. & Chinese• Daily Instruction– 120 minutes of ELA– 90 minutes of Math– 45 Science / Social Studies
Fourth Grade• 22-24 students per class (projection)• 60-minute Recess/Lunch with Fifth Grade• Specials: Art, Music, Science, P.E. & Chinese• Daily Instruction– 120 minutes of ELA– 90 minutes of Math– 45 Science / Social Studies
Fifth Grade• 16-20 students (projection)• 60-minute Recess/Lunch with Fourth Grade• Specials: Art, Music, Science, P.E. & Chinese• Daily Instruction– 120 minutes of ELA– 90 minutes of Math– 45 Science / Social Studies
In-School Enrichment Opportunities• BURST (Reading)• War College (Reading/Math Mentors)• Everybody Wins (Reading Mentors)• Literacy Enrichment (Ms. Cruz)
Extended-Day Academic EnrichmentOpportunities• Math Academy (DCPS sponsored)– Twice a week, one-hour sessions.• Extra Chinese Class: 2nd-5th graders, 8-8:45am, once a week (for now!)** New for SY 2013-2014
Afterschool Sponsored Clubs*• Odyssey of the Mind (Grades 4-5)• Spelling Bee (Grade 1-5)• National Geographic Club (Grade 3-5)• Continental Math Club (Grades 2-5)• Brent Newspaper (Grades K-5)• Girls on the Run (Grades 2-5)• Young Women in Math (Grades 3-5)• Bird Watching Club (Grade 1-5)• Pottery Club (Grade K-3)• Cartoon Club (Grade 3-5)• Debate Team (3-5)• Ceramics (2-5)*Subject to change