East Farms School is a community of learners and a partnership among teachers, students and parents, which supports student learning and personal development. East Farms School is committed to all students, developing high level academic skills and the positive habits of life-long learners. The school community is committed to developing respectful behaviors, personal responsibility and productive citizenship. The school vision is to create a learning-focused community in which all students can develop their critical thinking and reasoning, collaboration and communication, problem solving and innovation, and self-direction and resourcefulness. Educators at East Farms School are committed to continuous improvement in order to best meet the needs of students, parents, and the community.
Goals and Priorities
Each year, performance-based school goals are developed collaboratively with the faculty, School Council (parents, teachers, community members), and the principal. School goals are supported by ongoing professional development for teachers and opportunities for coaching.
- Reading: After extensive professional development as a faculty, teachers implement reading instruction through the use of workshop techniques and Lucy Calkin’s Reading Units of Study. Within the mini-lesson structure, students learn new reading skills by watching explicit teacher modeling, followed by independent practice and application of various reading skills.
- Writing: After extensive professional development, teachers implement writing instruction through the use of workshop techniques and Lucy Calkin’s Writing Units of Study. Within the mini-lesson structure, students learn new writing skills, pertaining to several genres of writing, by watching explicit teacher modeling, followed by independent practice and application of the writing skills.
- Math: Through the implementation of the Math in Focus program, students apply conceptual understanding of mathematical skills to rigorous problems and creative, real world situations.
- Inquiry: Through the inquiry process, teachers encourage student curiosity through the creation of questions connected to content area essential questions. Collaboratively, students choose questions to research, synthesize their learning, and share their conclusions.
- Technology: Teachers integrate technology skills into daily lessons and independent work, which is one way they enhance instruction and motivate students. Each classroom is equipped with a projector and document camera to utilize throughout mini-lessons. Students in second, third, and fourth grade have one-on-one access to Chromebooks, being able to create documents digitally, using 21st Century skills.
More information about East Farms is contained in our Strategic School Profile, Results and Outcomes Report, and School Development Plan, viewable with Adobe Acrobat Reader. If your computer isn't equipped with Acrobat Reader, you may download it for free from Adobe.