Elementary Principal's Page
Welcome to Elba Elementary School, where learners are grown with pride! I am truly honored to be serving as your principal! Each and every day I am amazed by the dedication and commitment of our ECS faculty and school community. Teachers, parents, and community members are invested in the academic, social, and emotional well-being of our children and strive to provide them with the very best learning experiences possible. It is truly incredible, and I am blessed to be a part of it.
At Elba Elementary we work hard to provide our students with a guaranteed and viable curriculum. The following is an overview of our educational program.
ELA and Literacy: At Elba Elementary, we follow the Reading and Writing Workshop model. This model provides the teacher with the flexibility she needs in order to meet the needs of all students. In a Workshop model, the teacher engages the entire class in a mini-lesson that targets a specific reading or writing strategy. Once the mini-lesson is over, students are expected to complete a variety of tasks that contribute to their acquisition of literacy skills. While students are working on the tasks, the teacher is able to meet with groups of students or individual students to provide them with instruction that is specifically designed for them. This type of instructional model will ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our students and it will help foster independence.
While there are many versions of Reading and Writing Workshop, Elba Elementary has adopted Units of Study for Reading and Units of Study for Writing, written by Lucky Calkins.
Math: The NYS math modules are the basis of our math curriculum at Elba Elementary School. These modules were designed by math educators and shared with all schools across NYS. The modules aim to develop a student’s conceptual understanding of math as well as improve automaticity with basic math facts. The math modules contain a significant number of problem sets so students will have plenty of practice. Teachers also supplement these modules with their own lessons and activities. During the 2021-2022 school year we plan to reevaluate our math program.
Science: Science instruction is currently being revamped at the K-6 level. With the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, educators have to rethink the way they teach science. We are moving to a model that is more inquiry-based and phenomena-based. To do this, we have teamed up with BOCES and are implementing the BOCES 4 Science curriculum. This curriculum consists of a series of “kits” designed for each grade level. Each kit comes equipped with the materials for science experiments, tips for maintaining a focus on inquiry, and strategies for highlighting the phenomena.
Social Studies: Our Social Studies curriculum in grades K-6 consists of a series of teacher-created lessons that are aligned to the newly adopted Social Studies Framework. While this has served us well, we would still like to explore the Social Studies Toolkits provided to us by the NYS Education Department. We have plans to do this in the near future. (summer 2022)
If you would like to know more about our educational program or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Carol H. Bush
Elba Central School