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After a year-long review of the scope and sequence of the School’s science curriculum, faculty in June 2010 reported a need for more teacher resources, professional development and a more comprehensive study of science across the grades. In response, the science committee explored options and chose the Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt Science Fusion program for Grades 1 – 4.
Science Fusion is a 21st century, technology integrated, interactive science curriculum for Grades K - 5. The program includes workbooks for students, a traditional teacher guide (plus a DVD teacher resource), a comprehensive on-line digital center that includes interactive video and activities, a workstation for lesson planning, assessments, and interactive manipulatives such as inquiry flipbooks and lab kits. With our new classroom tablet computers, mobile laptop carts, our existing SmartBoards and our new interactive projectors, we are in the position to benefit from all of the components of this program. The School will purchase and integrate Kindergarten and Grade 5 in 2012-2013.
In the first year, the lessons focused on indentification of feelings as well as topics like energy and balance. In 2008-2009, lessons have explored roles, relationships and responsibilities. Next year, the lessons center on friendship-making skills: conflict resolution, self-advocacy, resilience and decision-making.
Kiri Harris writes, “We had tremendous clarity about what we wanted for the program: a common language, school-wide themes, clear and frequent communication, a span across ages and disciplines, and a format that was fun and user-friendly.
Tweens Program (Grades 3-6)
During the summer of 2011, a faculty team comprised of Melody Regino, School Counselor; Kiri Harris, 6th Grade Lead Teacher & Dean of Students; Maggie Chiles. 4th Grade Lead Teacher; and Joshua Klur, 7/8 Math Teacher & Technology Coordinator, revised the scope and sequence of our Tweens Program. The teachers worked closely with Dr. Nadja Peter, Co-Medical Director of Adolescent Care Center at CHOP. The goal was to ensure that the program was developmentally appropriate for each age group and that the content was relevant and up to current health and wellness standards. The program incorporates four major strands: emotional change, social change, physical change, and intellectual change and leads into the health program for Grades 7 and 8.
Tweens Mission Statement
With an emphasis on empathy and respect, the Tweens Program at Greene Street Friends School aspires to prepare students for the physical, social, emotional, intellectual changes they will experience throughout adolescence. We believe that delivering practical information in a safe, compassionate environment empowers our students to make healthy choices. Recognizing that parents and guardians are a child’s first teacher, we encourage open communication between home and school, and between students and adults, as we collaborate in support of our Tweens.
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