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Curriculum, Instruction, and Programs

Curriculum, Instruction and Programs

Lugoff Elementary School’s curriculum is aligned with the SC College and Career Ready Standards.  To view the standards for each grade level, please visit http://ed.sc.gov. There is an “Instruction” tab at the top of the page. After clicking here, click on the “Standards and Learning” page next.  Here you will find the English Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies Standards.  

Reader’s Workshop:  Reader’s workshop is an instruction model that focuses on the strengths and needs of each individual reader. Teachers model reading behaviors and provide direct instruction on reading strategically. Students are given time to read, an opportunity to choose their reading selections, and time to talk about books and strategies.  Please visit  https://www.literacytoday.ca/home/reading/readers-workshop for additional information and videos you can watch for a better understanding about this model.  

Math: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)’s Into Math is our newly adopted math program. According to its website, https://www.hmhco.com/programs/into-math, “HMH Into Math supports students as they develop their conceptual understanding and grow into procedurally fluent mathematicians. Lessons begin with the opportunity for students to express what they already know and challenge themselves with what might be coming next. Question prompts throughout lessons check understanding and motivate students to start conversations about mathematics using mathematical language.”

Reading Eggs:  Is a technology based program that builds reading and comprehension skills. It focuses on letter sounds, phonics skills, sight words, reading simple sentences, and introductory comprehension skills for pre-kindergarten through second grade. 

Reading Eggspress: Is a technology based program that builds children’s skills in reading, comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, and grammar in third through fifth grades. 

ExactPath:  Is another technology program for kindergarten through fifth grade that uses NWEA MAP data to design an individualized learning path for each student so that they are receiving instruction targeting their needs at their level to promote growth. Resource links for parents are below.

Exact Path K-2 Student Guide

                   Exact Path 3-5 Student Guide


Study Island:  Helps students in kindergarten through 12th grade master grade level standards in a fun and engaging manner.  Study Island engages students by reinforcing and helping students reach mastery of grade level state standards through the incorporation of program use in a whole group or small group rotation mode.

Math Seeds:  An online program, “Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-9 the core math and problem solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons. Mathseeds combines highly structured lessons with fun motivational elements that keep children engaged and keen to learn.” http://www.mathseeds.com

Letterland:  Letterland is the most multi-sensory and fun program we have seen for teaching foundational reading skills. Children learn sound-letter associations, alphabetic principle, phonics for decoding and spelling, and word/text reading fluency through visuals, music, movement, art and role-play.” At LES, this program is used in grades K - 3.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): These computerized tests are given to students to determine the skills they have mastered and those they are ready to learn, as well as to measure academic growth, both throughout the school year and from year to year. Students in grades 2-5 will take Reading, Language, and Math tests while kindergarteners and first graders will take the Reading and Math tests. MAP tests are unique because they adapt to suit your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. With MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

Placement of the Students:  The principal is responsible for the placement of students in a classroom.  After much input from teachers, students are placed heterogeneously into groups.  Children are placed with regard to each individual student’s needs, a balanced distribution of boys and girls; a balanced distribution of race, a balanced distribution of varying socioeconomic backgrounds, and a balance of reading achievement levels.  Concerns about placement for the next school year should be made on the form on page 27 and submitted to the principal by April 30th.  Concerns about current placement should be shared with the principal in a conference.  To set a conference, please call our school’s office.

Guidance:  Lugoff Elementary School has an excellent School Counseling program.  Our School Counselor conducts special classroom guidance lessons, individual counseling sessions, small group sessions, and is available to meet with families as well.  Class sessions include topics such as substance abuse, career education, decision making, school skills, and bully prevention.  

Reading/MTSS Coach:  Our Reading/MTSS Coach will work closely with teachers and administrators to ensure student achievement by providing resources, professional development, mentoring, and one on one assistance to teachers. She will also model effective instructional strategies in our classrooms.

Reading Interventionist: Our Reading Interventionist will work extensively with struggling readers in grades K - 5 in order to help them improve specific reading skills such as letter-naming, initial sounds, phoneme segmentation, and comprehension strategies. She will address the specific needs of children by providing intensive instruction either within or outside the students’ classrooms,  as well as work with the teacher to design methods of learning that are most appropriate for each child. 

Project Read is a complete research-based language arts program which includes instructional materials for phonics, reading comprehension, and writing.  This curriculum honors diverse learning profiles and provides lessons built on direct concept teaching, targeted multisensory strategies, and higher-level thinking skills and is used in grades K - 5. 

Math Interventionist:  Our Math Interventionist will work extensively with struggling students in grades K - 5 by providing high quality mathematics instruction to individual students and small groups.  She will also collaborate with teachers, administration, and families to help identify best practices for individual and small groups of students, as well as model research based lessons in the classroom.

Guided Math: Students engage fully with math to produce long term mastery of concepts and the application skills to understand these math concepts in a variety of methods.  Students learn to think mathematically. Guided Math combines many teaching styles: large group teaching, small leveled group instruction, and individual practice. Mastery of the SC College and Career Ready Math Standards  is achieved through many research based techniques.  Students learn to apply math skills through hands-on centers or cooperative learning exploration.  Math concepts and skills are constantly and consistently reviewed based on brain-based research learning precepts. 

Acadience Reading will  be used as a universal screener for students in kindergarten and first grade 3 times a year to determine students who may be at risk for academic difficulties. Acadience Reading is a universal screening and progress monitoring assessment that measures the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. The assessment consists of six brief measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader. These measures are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy skills in order to provide timely instructional support and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties.

Delayed Start Wednesdays: The car rider lines and bus arrivals will be received at our regular school time beginning at 7:00 am. Students will be tardy at 8:10. Car rider and walker students who arrive before 8:10 will enter through the cafeteria door. Breakfast will be provided for students who wish to eat. Students who are not eating breakfast will proceed to an empty seat in the cafeteria or to the gym. Kindergarten and Pre-K students will proceed to their classrooms. During this time, students will work on one of our approved software platforms or read.  

SEAGUL:  Special Educational Activities Geared for Unique Learning (SEAGUL) is Kershaw County School District’s gifted and talented program.  The program serves students in grades three through eight and provides experiences which are based on the different developmental needs of the gifted and talented student.  SEAGUL students will spend a portion of each day  receiving instruction  in their special class which is located at Lugoff Elementary School.  Mr. Edward Rickwood will serve as their teacher.  In addition, pre-identifed gifted students in grades 1 and 2 will  receive enrichment from Mr. Rickwood daily.  Gifted and talented students are identified according to state mandated criteria. Identification is a multi-step process which consists of referral, screening, and assessment of eligibility.  Questions about SEAGUL should be directed to Regina McDonald at 803-432-8416.

Be Great:  We are excited about helping your child grow socially, educationally, and physically while participating in recreational activities and educational opportunities offered in a Club atmosphere. The BE GREAT ACADEMY is the after school program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands and is the program used at LES. 

Library: The library at LES is the best!  Our librarian, Mrs. Brewer, is committed to providing services utilizing the latest technology.  Students enjoy locating resources in the library using our computerized card catalog.  Library skills are taught by our librarian with help from her assistant.  

Pupil Personnel Services:  LES provides the services of a school nurse, psychologist, ML teacher, occupational and physical therapists, and speech therapists.  Through partnerships with outside agencies, we also provide access to social workers, drug/alcohol counselors, and the services of law enforcement.  Parents and/or teachers may request these services through the school counselor or administrators.

Dreambox:  An evidenced-based program that serves as a supplement to the core math curriculum and can be included in district Academic Recovery Plans that can serve as a strategy to accelerate learning. Through a digital platform, this intervention adapts to each student’s math performance and differentiates lessons that are personalized to individual needs based on a student’s reasoning in solving math problems. More information about DreamBox Learning can be found at the link: https://www.dreambox.com/admin/curriculum

MTSS/Response to Intervention (RTI):

What is MTSS? (Multi-Tiered System of Supports)

MTSS is the integration of evidence-based instruction, interventions, and assessments to address a student's academic, behavioral, and social emotional needs in KCSD classrooms. An MTSS framework examines and addresses the needs of all learners identified and supported by early intervention.  This is accomplished by increasing levels of instructional intensity, time, and frequency through a tiered system. Universal Screening and progress monitoring learning rates and social- emotional-behavioral development of students, schools can make important instructional decisions to meet the needs of all of our learners (e.g., students from different backgrounds, levels of language proficiency, and students who already know the content and need acceleration).

What is RTI? (Response to Intervention)

RTI is a multistep process that schools use to:

• Provide services and interventions to help all students

• Improve the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs

School Pictures:  A photographer will take individual pictures for purchase each fall (pre-pay) and again in the spring (preview then pay).   Dates for pictures will be listed in advance in “Notes and Quotes,” our weekly newsletter, and on our website.  Class group pictures are taken in the spring (pre-pay).  The purchase of picture packages is voluntary; however, students must return unwanted packages or payment. Please note that pictures of every student are taken, whether they purchase a picture packet or not, so that their picture may be included in the yearbook.  If you do not wish for your child’s picture to be taken, and therefore excluded from the yearbook, please send a note to your child’s teacher.

Grade Level Productions

Each year, many students are involved in grade level productions. You won’t want to miss your child’s big productions.  Stay tuned to find out what we have in store for you this year!  

Technology 

Technology is an integral part of the curriculum here at Lugoff Elementary. Each classroom is equipped with a Sharp display board and laptop, as well as a document camera. Also, each teacher has a digital camera. As part of the district initiative, all 4K  through fifth grade students will have a Chromebook to use daily in class and at home.  As a reminder, you are strongly encouraged to pay the $5 technology fee which pays for the device’s insurance through the school district.  Failure to pay means that the device is not covered with KCSD insurance.

STEAM/STEM

Welcome to the Lab! The Lab is part of LES’ related arts rotation. Students are expected to bring their charged chromebooks and headphones to this class period (when requested). In the Lab, students will focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) activities. STEM is a hands-on project-based program that encourages creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking as students work in teams to design, test, and revise solutions to problems. All grade levels will also participate in research projects, computer coding and Legos®.

Welcome Back Night/Parent Orientations

Welcome Back Night offers parents and students an opportunity to meet with their teacher and find their classrooms before the first day of school.  Each grade level also hosts a Parent Orientation Night in order to speak with parents about homework, ways to help your child have a successful year, rules, and procedures.  We encourage you to attend these very important events.  

Special Week Celebrations

Lugoff Elementary celebrates many special weeks.  Red Ribbon Week is a celebration of being drug free.  American Education Week helps us celebrate the importance of education.  We also enjoy special activities during Fire Prevention Week with the Lugoff and Camden Fire Departments, Read Across America, and Staff Appreciation Week. There is always something special happening in our school!

Special Grade Level Activities

Our students participate in special activities within grade levels.  Lots of hard work goes into enriching our academic programs.  These are just a few of the great activities that go on in our school!  

Kindergarten: Thanksgiving Feast, Grinch Day, Pirate Day, Polar Express Day,  K Celebration

First Grade:  Pow Wow Day, 50s Day, Dr. Seuss Day, Christmas Around the World, 1st Grade Day

Second Grade:Super Bowl Day, Field Trip, 102nd  Day of School, Fifties Day, Second Grade Celebration, SC State Museum, Celebrating Scientists

Third Grade: The Nutcracker, STEM Based Camp,Holidays Around The World,  3rd Grade Celebration Day

Fourth Grade: 4th Grade Day, Colonial Day, Dr. Doug Explorations, Camp Thunderbird, Lexington County Museum

Fifth Grade:  Moving West Day, Immigration Day, 5th Grade Elections, Dr. Doug Science Explorations, Traveling Trunks Through History, StarbaseSTEM field trips, Decades Day, 5th grade graduation

 

Teacher Cadets/WTC Interns 

Students from LEHS and the Woolard Technology Center (formerly ATEC) come to Lugoff Elementary several days a week and work as mentors for our students.  In addition to being good listeners and positive role models, they also help with class work and special projects.

Beta Club

The National Junior Beta Club promotes the ideals of character, service, and leadership and rewards academic achievements.  Fifth Grade students who scored Exemplary on both the  ELA and Math portions of the SC Ready test in fourth grade, maintained a B average or better, and have no processed office referrals are invited to join.

Student Government

The purpose of the Lugoff Elementary School Student Council is to promote leadership and citizenship, build and encourage friendship across grade levels, be role models to encourage all students to strive for their personal best, help promote school spirit and pride, respect all citizens and groups in our community, and raise money to fund future service activities within the school and community.  Student Government  is open to fifth graders.

Reading Incentive Program

It is our desire at LES for students to love to read and to have the skills and strategies necessary to be successful readers. Our district  has mandated approved software programs for all students as part of our digital convergence model. As we become familiar with these programs and student use of them, the LES reading committee will determine how to continue to promote the love of learning and ways to celebrate the reading success of our students. More information will be provided on this at a later time. 

Notes and Quotes

Our school newsletter is “Notes and Quotes.”  Important dates, special school events and programs, picture dates, community information, student work, messages from our principal, safety information, and other school news are sent weekly. Read “Notes & Quotes” carefully each and every week so that you will remain informed.All copies will be sent electronically. 

Friday Folders

Students bring “Friday Folders” home at the end of each week.  These special folders contain important information for parents and friends.  Friday Folders contain weekly parent updates from teachers, special flyers, graded work, and other important papers.  Parents sign the Friday Folder and return it to school on Mondays.

Weekly Parent Updates

Our parents are informed of special classroom events and assignments in each teacher’s Weekly Parent Update.  Communication between the classroom and home is very important, and teachers enjoy keeping our parents informed of the latest happenings.  Weekly Parent Updates are sent home in Friday Folders and/or posted in Canvas.  

WLES

“WLES,” our morning television show, is  hosted by 5th graders.  It showcases news, lunch menus, weather, and other important school and community information. Student reporters, class spotlights, and our administrators keep us entertained and informed. 

Volunteers

Lugoff Elementary is proud of the many volunteers who contribute time, energy, talents, and love to our boys and girls.  Volunteers are constantly assisting our students, teachers, staff, and community in providing the instruction, support and environment for learning to be at its finest.  Please contact your child’s teacher or our school if you’d like to volunteer.  Remember, all volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application Form prior to working with students.  

 

Project Outreach

Lugoff Elementary is teaching community citizenship by involving students in community outreach projects.  This past year, we raised over $1000  for the American Cancer Society. We have also collected food in our food drive for community families, as well as collected much needed items for the Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter. It is one of our goals to help students learn the importance of assisting others.  

August – October United Way Student Campaign

October / November USC / Clemson Food Drive

November Hygiene Supply Drive

February & May Valentine Grams and water bottles sold to benefit the KC Sheriff’s Foundation - K9 Units

 

Student and Parent Portal

All parents in our school have access to a student information database system called the Parent Portal.  Parents are able to view their own child’s term grades (final nine weeks grades only) and attendance records.  All daily grades will be accessed in Canvas only.  This information is protected through usernames and passwords.  If you received your username and password last year, there is nothing else that you need to do.  If you are new to LES, did not receive your username and password last year, or have misplaced them, please stop by the front office with a picture ID. The process takes less than 10 minutes to complete.