This page is dedicated to the part of our curriculum called Program Reviews. It includes Writing, Arts and Humanities, and Practical Living/Career Studies. Please click here to learn more about Program Reviews from the Kentucky Department of Education and how it relates to your child's education. Below are some photos and information about schoolwide activities that our students have participated in:
A SNAPSHOT OF WRITING at TYNER ELEMENTARY:
Thoughts being discussed and arranged, pencils moving, papers shuffling, teachers conferencing with students, and peers evaluating are all signs of the writing program at Tyner Elementary School. Tyner Elementary School stakeholders agree that writing is an integral part of the curriculum. If students are not writing, then they are not thinking. To provide what our students need at all grade levels and content areas, students from Kindergarten through Fifth Grade have ample opportunities to write in a variety of forms using many conventions. For example, students in a kindergarten classroom have been able to critique each other’s artwork (mosaic pumpkins created with construction paper, chalk, and glue), respond to literature by choosing a machine and explaining in narrative form how the machine works, and write a thank you letter to the owner of the pumpkin patch which they attended. Students in first grade have been able to write a report about honeybees, write a persuasive piece about needs and wants, and create a fantasy story about an animal of their choice. Second graders have had the opportunity to create their own fairytale, create a report about their chosen future career, and write friendly letters to students in countries, such as, Sudan with their gifts for Operation Christmas Child. Third graders have been able to write an informational piece about different types of penguins explaining their habitats and eating habits, compare and contrast two of Georgia O’Keefe’s artworks, and persuade others to use their money on Black Friday for the better deal by comparing prices at major chain stores. Fourth graders have created flyers and programs for plays they have performed to share with other classes, they have also created ABC Books about Tyner Elementary using their own photography and writing to explain their chosen letter, and wrote directions for their geometrical towns which they created in math class. Fifth graders have created Reader’s Theater scripts for Famous Dr. Seuss books; thank you letters to a visiting blacksmith who helped the students create dragon sculptures, and explanations of favorite strategies to solve math problems for younger students. These are just a few of the ways our students have been exposed to writing in a variety of ways for various purposes across content areas. We have also incorporated “Writing Wednesday” across all grade levels and in every content area. Students write at varying points during the school week, but educators must turn in examples of exemplar writing every Wednesday with feedback given to students incorporating rubrics. These examples are given to the principal, who in turn, evaluates the types of writing and feedback given. He then conferences with the teachers during PLCs, on an individual basis, or through email to provide next steps, ways to improve classroom writing instruction, or just a pat on the back for a job well done. Writing Wednesday has become instrumental in the improvement of our writing. Before Writing Wednesday was incorporated we, as a school, felt writing had kind of fell by the wayside and had been put on the back burner. Now, if you were a fly on the wall in any classroom you would hear students asking, “What we will be doing for Writing Wednesday for Mr. Johnson to see?” We now know all students are writing on a daily basis across grade levels and content areas in a variety of ways for various audiences with feedback provided in a timely manner. We feel great strides will be made. This small snapshot of writing in our school provides a huge window looking into growth of both students and teachers.
A SNAPSHOT OF PRACTICAL LIVING/CAREER STUDIES at TYNER ELEMENTARY:
PHYSICAL EDUCATION - Our school continues to build awareness and make progress toward driving positive changes in our school's Health and Wellness program. All students participate in a 45 minute rotation of Physical/Health Education two to three times weekly. During this rotation, students are involved in the programs, CATCH and SPARK. The CATCH curriculum is designed to help teach kids how to live a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and being active. CATCH Go For Health is based on Social Learning Theory which targets changes in specific environmental, personality and behavioral factors that influence children's health behavior. A sequential story line throughout the curricula revolves around a group of cartoon characters, Hearty Heart and Friends . The characters teach students about necessary eating, physical activity and non-tobacco use habits which promote health. SPARK incorporates 5 core messages to promote healthy living: Select fruits and vegetables, Play actively, Avoid excess sugar and fats, Reduce TV and media time, and Keep H2O the way to go. The SPARK curriculum has two basic outcome goals for students: 1) to create environments that foster healthy eating, offer myriad physical activity opportunities, and facilitate consistent practice of wellness pursuits and 2) to teach students the skills they need to practice healthful behaviors in his/her daily life. Through the SPARK program, students actively participate in creating healthy snacks.
Because of continual research and study, we are learning more and more about the opportunities possible to create a culture of wellness within our school. For instance, we're learning more about the human brain and its connection to school wellness. In lieu of this research, Tyner Elementary ensures the health education curriculum is integrated and includes frequent opportunities for cross-disciplinary connections to meet the health and safety needs of all students. Physical activities are incorporated in the regular education classroom through research-based programs such as Brain Breaks. (HOTSports Curriculum) Brain breaks is a program that can be used to energize a group after lunch or relax and calm a class before a test, after lunch or at the end of the day. Well-developed breaks can help students stretch, develop flexibility, improve coordination, and gain focus for the next lesson. The idea is to provide some moderate activity that gets the blood pumping through cognitive, psycho motor skills, fitness, and psychosocial activities. Other ways that physical/health wellness is
addressed in the regular classroom is through Wellness Wednesday activities. Each Wednesday, a school-wide video is shown that focuses on different health topics such as safety, drugs and diseases, emotional health, and physical health. Students take part in activities that allow them to address specific health topics and ways in which they can make healthy choices. This intentional weekly instruction is a constant reminder to students of healthy habits to maintain physical well-being. In addition to wellness activities inside the classroom, students also participate in wellness activities at recess. Every day, students are given the opportunity to take part in fifteen minutes of physical activity during recess. Organized sports are encouraged during this time which include basketball, wiffle ball, kick ball, four corners, and relay races. Not only does this promote physical fitness, it also helps student with team building skills.
One of the most vital roles in increasing the effectiveness of our school's Health and Wellness program is parent and community involvement. To involve parents in our Wellness Program, parents were selected to be part of Tyner Elementary's School Wellness Committee. These parents were involved in the process of developing policies related to our school's Wellness Program. Furthermore, we encourage parents and community involvement through newsletters, emails, and flyers related to upcoming activities and events in our school as well as our community. For example, many letters and phone calls were sent out to parents encouraging to attend the Save the Children's Family Fun Night. Along with many activities, families who attended could participate in creating healthy snacks with their child. Recipes for healthy alternatives to unhealthy foods were also given out to participating parents. Another community event that our students participate in is the Jackson County Run/Walk Club. This service learning project of the Jackson County High School created 5K runs through the spring and summer months. Students and parents received newsletters encouraging participation in the upcoming 5K races to promote physical health and community involvement.
CAREER EDUCATION - Career Education is an intricate part of the total school curriculum at Tyner Elementary School. Regular education teachers, as well as, rotation teachers not only ensure that career education is integrated into the classroom but teachers also ensure that the curriculum is aligned to state and national standards, meets the needs of diverse learners, and includes the integration of 21st century skills. Tyner Elementary utilizes a school wide Practical Living curriculum map that outlines specific activities that K-5 teachers integrate into their classroom throughout the year. These activities include: School Wide Career Day and partnering with various organizations to bring in professionals (Promise Neighborhood, Save the Children, and the Local Fire Department). Each of these projects will be outlined throughout the course of this document. Beyond the specific school wide activities, teachers also integrate problem solving in regards to career education that is aligned to Kentucky Core Academic Standards. These activities, as well as, their connections to core academic skills in reading in math are described within the document. Furthermore, the partnerships listed above ensures that Tyner Elementary School is connected to business and local industry. For example, our school collaborates with Promise Neighborhoods in order to broaden student's job outlooks and career goals.
CONSUMERISM - Consumerism is an intricate part of the total school curriculum at Tyner Elementary. Regular education teachers not only ensure that consumerism is integrated into the classroom, but teachers also ensure that the curriculum is aligned to state and national standards, meets the needs of diverse learners, and includes the integration of 21st century skills. Tyner Elementary School utilizes a school wide Practical Living curriculum map that outlines specific activities K-5 teachers will integrate into their classroom throughout the year. These activities include: The Do-Jo reward system, Al a Carte' Program, and the school wide Black Friday activity. Each of these activities will be elaborated on throughout this document. Beyond the specific school wide activities, teachers also integrate problem solving and grade level appropriate financial decision making within the classroom. These activities, as well as, their connections to core academic skills in reading and math are described within the document. Furthermore, Tyner Elementary School is connected to business and industry locally. For example, our school is involved in consumerism projects which include: Operation Christmas Child, Pennies for Patients, and Financial Decision Making with Citizens Bank. These projects will be elaborated on throughout the document.
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A SNAPSHOT OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES at TYNER ELEMENTARY:
All students at Tyner Elementary, including special education, participate in Arts and Humanities activities/lessons as part of the daily scheduled instruction. Tyner's SBDM council approved a master schedule which included an intentionally scheduled 150 minutes of time within the instructional week for our students to participate in a balanced program of creating, performing, and responding to the arts. The K- 5 visual art and music curriculums are aligned with the national, state and local standards. Our school's visual art and music instruction provide multiple opportunities for every student K-5 to create, perform and respond to the arts. Evidence of student achievement from this intentional scheduling and instruction can be seen in photos and performances. Arts and Humanites is being taught in each grade level K-5 by incorporating it into our current reading program, Reading Street. Students learn drama content through a variety of means. Lastly, Arts and Humanities is taught to all students at Tyner Elementary through guest artists (i.e. Jennifer Rose, Bob Montgomery, Yoland Pace, Susan Mullins, Mitch Barrett, Carla Gover, andJudy Sizemore) that visit our school through a collaboration with Promise Neighborhood.
- BE A SUPERHERO and FIGHT BULLYING: The staff at TYNER ELEMENTARY dressed like superheroes to fight bullying. The staff performed for the student body and Mr. Johnson (aka Batman) also discussed ways to get rid of bullying.
Ron Cole Anti-Bullying Program: Mr. Cole discussed in length about how to cooperate with others, ways to get along with and communicate appropriately with others, anti-bullying techniques, as well as ways and reasons to stay positive and drug free.