Elementary Schools at a Glance

  •  Elementary Grade Configuration

    All four elementary schools in the Conestoga Valley School District—Brownstown, J.E. Fritz, Leola and Smoketown—offer classes for students from kindergarten to sixth grade.

     

     

    Academic Programs

    Each elementary school offers a comprehensive curriculum of mathematics, language arts, science and social studies, as well as music, art and physical education programs. Well-balanced technology  and library/media programs support instructional areas.

     

    Elementary Grading Practices

    Grades for elementary students reflect performance on an explicit set of skills over a defined period of time. The basis for grades is student mastery of these skills and content, defined by the curriculum, and demonstrated through performance on a variety of tests and assessments. Effort, participation, attitude and other behaviors are not included in grades, but are reported separately.

    Grading practices in-depth.

    Reading Program

    An integral part of its overall communications curriculum, CV’s elementary reading program is based on a comprehensive, balanced literacy philosophy.  The district teaches students to use a variety of strategies for developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Regular assessment of students’ abilities guides instruction so all diverse learning needs are met.  CV aims to develop students who can read well, love to read and become life-long readers.

    Art, Music and Physical Education

    CV’s elementary special areas are developmental and child-centered. Every cycle, elementary students participate in music, art and physical education classes. In each program, students learn specific skills and how those skills can be applied in various settings. 

    Bullying Prevention Program

    All elementary schools are working with students to minimize bullying behavior using strategies from the Olweus bullying prevention program.  Teachers have been trained in the use of class meetings for problem solving. The program also includes assemblies for students and strategies for parents.

    Counseling Program

    Elementary counselors are key to the learning process. Counselors conduct guidance lessons in the classroom on themes such as bullying, conflict resolution, anger management and study skills. Individual and small group counseling take place daily. Counselors collaborate with teachers concerning individual needs of students, and screen students for the gifted program. Counselors play an integral role in welcoming new families into the buildings, as well as the kindergarten registration, screening and orientation process.

    Response to Instruction and Intervention (RtII)

    RtII is a process that provides interventions and educational support to all students at increasing levels of intensity based on their individual needs. It is a positive, proactive approach that helps close the achievement gap in math, reading and writing and addresses behavior issues.

     

    Full-Day Kindergarten

    Each elementary school offers a comprehensive curriculum of mathematics, language arts, science and social studies, as well as music, art and physical education programs. Well-balanced technology  and library/media programs support instructional areas.

    Pre-Kindergarten

    Parents of young children in CV benefit from public-private partnerships to offer Pre-K to qualifying students. Managed by Steps to Success, Inc., and Hildebrandt Learning Center, in Leola, the programs offer engaging learning activities that enhance school readiness and support students’ social, cognitive and physical development.

    Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTO)

    CV has active parent-teacher organizations at each of its elementary schools. The PTOs coordinate activities and fund-raisers and offer scholarships to graduating seniors.

     

     

    Parent Resource Centers

    A parent resource center is available in each CV elementary building. Parents are encouraged to borrow the materials and activities to use at home with their children. All materials and activities provide specific skills and strategies previously learned in class.