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Academic Program

Healdsburg Elementary School is a K-5 school on two campuses. Healdsburg Elementary School (HES) serves students in kindergarten through second grade and Fitch Mountain Campus (FMC) serves students in grades third through fifth. Our schools offer a traditional educational program, Accelerated English program for English learners, and a Transitional (2yr) Kindergarten program. Healdsburg Elementary emphasizes a challenging core curriculum that will prepare students to be active and engaged citizens in the 21st Century global community. HES supports students in a safe, engaging, and challenging atmosphere that is conducive to the best learning for all. Our comprehensive curriculum provides students with rigorous research-based instructional programs supported by collaborative grade level teams. Core academics are strengthened with an enrichment program during the school day for all students. Students attend weekly enrichment classes where they explore activities such as drama, music, art, 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.

Accelerated English Program

Students who are learning English as a Second Language are enrolled in a specialized program called Accelerated English (AE). This program teaches English Language Development with the same techniques that are used in foreign language instruction: ability-based classrooms with systematic grammar and vocabulary instruction with the goal that students reach English proficiency as quickly as possible. 

Positive Behavior Support

HES/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:

Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful

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 HES on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00pm. The meeting is conducted in Spanish and child care is provided.

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