About the Elementary Language Arts Department

  • Foundational Beliefs

    • Whoever is doing the reading, writing and talking is doing the thinking. Learning is a consequence of thinking.
    • We are smarter together.
    • Teachers matter most to student learning.
    • Everyone does the best they can do until they know better and then they do better.
    • Teaching is an incredibly complex endeavor. No one has it nailed. There are always ways to get better.


    Learning to Read - Kindergarten - Grade 2

    Students in primary grades K-2 are learning to read with the end goal of all students reading on grade level by third grade. To achieve this, students will learn to "crack the code" of sound to letter correspondence, build syllables to make words, use words to build sentences, and use sentences to make meaning. They learn to read fluently, with automaticity, to build text comprehension of what the author is saying.

    We use HMH Into Reading and ¡Arriba la Lectura! for systematic phonics instruction, developing reading comprehension, and writing instruction.  

    Reading to Learn - Grades 3-6

    Students in grade three through six, use reading as a tool to understand big ideas presented across various genres and subject areas. A confident reader has the ticket to opportunity in the world.

    We use HMH Into Reading and ¡Arriba la Lectura! for reinforcing foundational skills, building reading comprehension, and writing instruction.   

    Struggling Readers

    Learning to read and write can sometimes be difficult.   Struggling readers and writers need prescriptive instruction to help them meet their needs.  Each campus has a reading intervention program to provide support for your child's literacy challenges.  Contact your local campus about helping your child. 

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