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Academic Program

Healdsburg Elementary School is a K-5 school on two campuses. Healdsburg Elementary School (HES) serves students in transitional-kindergarten through second grade and Fitch Mountain Campus (FMC) serves students in grades third through fifth. We are committed to continuous improvement and innovation to meet the needs of all of our students. In this spirit, we are excited about the combining of two effective instructional models at Healdsburg Elementary School.

The Blended Learning program uses a specialization model where all students in grades 1-5 have two teachers; one Humanities Specialist and one STEM Specialist. The Humanities teacher focuses on language arts and social studies and the STEM teacher primarily focuses on math and science with technology and engineering infused in the curriculum as much as possible.

We use a Station Rotation model where our students rotate through learning stations working in small groups, both individually and teacher directed to provide a personalized approach that is differentiated for each student. This approach results in more student interaction and production and thus improves student engagement dramatically. Proven Accelerated English strategies and methods that help in the development of reading, writing and speaking for our English learners will be employed in all of our classrooms.

Core academics are strengthened with an enrichment program during the school day for all students. Weekly enrichment classes allow students to explore activities such as music, art, lego robotics, nutrition/garden and fitness.

Healdsburg Elementary School, in partnership with families and the Healdsburg community, creates a learning environment where all students are expected to achieve excellence in academics. Students develop socially and emotionally within a safe and nurturing environment where they are supported in their development as young learners.

Toolbox Program

Students also develop their capacity to manage their own behavior through the use of the Toolbox program. The Toolbox curriculum helps students develop the social and emotional skills necessary to be successful at school and in life.

Students learn and practice these 12 tools:

  1. Breathing Tool: I can take a breath-I calm myself
  2. Quiet/Safe Place Tool: I remember my quiet/safe place
  3. Listening Tool: I listen with my eyes, ears and heart
  4. Empathy Tool: I care for others, I care for myself
  5. Personal Space Tool: I have a right to my space and so do you
  6. Using Our Words Tool: I ask for what I want need
  7. Garbage Can Tool: I let the little things go
  8. Taking Time Tool: I use time wisely
  9. Please and Thank You Tool: I treat others with kindness and appreciation
  10. Apology and Forgiveness Tool: I admit my mistakes and work to forgive others
  11. Patience Tool: I am strong enough to wait
  12. Courage Tool: I have the courage to do the “right” thing

More information can be found at: dovetaillearning.org/

English Learner Advisor Committee (ELAC)

ELAC is a group of staff, parents and community members designed to advise the school on programs and services to support English Learners. The next meeting will be at FMC on Thursday, September 27th at 6:00pm. The meeting is conducted in Spanish and child care is provided.

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Positive Behavior Support

HES/HCS/FMC has a school climate that is supportive of every student’s right to learn and play in an environment that is free from outside interference and harm. The school community also values a philosophy of reinforcing and modeling positive behavior in order that such desired behavior becomes habit in each student.

Students are supported by a school-wide Positive Behavior Support program called BEST (Building Effective Schools Together) and we focus on three main ideas:

We are Safe, We are Responsible, We are Respectful

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