In addition to the regular reading, math, writing and social studies curriculum, Lewis Elkin Elementary School provides many academic specialist areas to help expose students to many opportunities of interest. Each special has it’s own space within the building where students meet at least once per week with a specialist teacher that is certified and highly qualified and experienced in that particular area. These specials take place in:
Our Cybrary full of books, iPads & a PC computer lab:
Because most children learn to read and write during the elementary school stage, it is very important for every school to have an elementary school library. This is so that the children can be encouraged from an early age to read and study, and to realize that knowledge is more valuable than anything else. The habit of reading, and the pleasure of reading a good book should be discovered early on, and this is how they become part of who we are. Elkin’s Library ran by Debbie Beeks, has been transformed into a “Cybrary” due to its integration of iPads, desktop computers and software application lessons.
Our state of the art Apple Computer Lab:
Education has benefited from the inclusion of technology and computers by making it easier for students to keep up while helping teachers by improving the way lessons can be planned and taught. Students who use computers learn to use word processors for work, and subsequently they learn computer jargon and strengthen grammatical skills. Computers make the learning process a lot more simple and efficient, giving students access to toolsand methods of communication unavailable offline. As the Internet has grown, so too has the available research options. Teaching students how to use computers helps them prepare for any number of possible careers. Elkin’s Computer Lab, ran by Mark Kasner teaches students various web based academic programs and numerous software applications including Google apps in order to become 21st century learners.
Our top notch Science Lab:
Students begin studying science in elementary school and continue through high school and beyond. During elementary school, teaching science is not as specific or analytical as it is observational. Elementary school students will be introduced to the most basic aspects of biology, ecology, geology and astronomy through observation of the world around them and general readings. Biology is the study of living organisms. It is taught in different stages throughout elementary school. Students are first introduced to overarching principles of chemistry such as the states of matter, conservation of matter and the composition of matter as collections of molecules and atoms. Students begin to learn about gravity, friction and kinetic energy all of which are basic principles of physics. Elkin’s Science Lab ran by Marianne Williamson provides hands-on exploration labs in all areas of science utilizing the scientific method.
Our awesome Music Room:
A Music Education program provides an aesthetic experience for its students. Often times, students will utilize music as an outlet for expression that is sometimes unavailable to them in other academic areas. Musical experiences will provide the students with opportunities for emotional response, which often encourages the cognitive processes. Music Education instills “life values” in students. Some of these include; discipline, cooperation, social skills, and building good character. Knowledge of music technology, music history, music theory, and music culture will reinforce knowledge in other academic subjects as well. Music will often create a sense of school spirit, which will in turn provide the students with a sense of self-worth which will almost always reflect a positive attitude. Elkin’s Music Room ran by Denise Corrigan not only teaches students the history of musical culture but exposes them to the music families and students participate in music shows.
Our freshly painted Gymnasium:
High quality physical education can encourage young people to develop knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of physical education, sport and health – enhancing experiences. More than that, it can develop in them the desire and commitment to continue to enjoy, improve and achieve in line with their own personal capacities throughout their lifetime. Elkin’s Gymnasium ran by Bryan Bendowski and Ruth Onyekwelu incorporate physical activities and health education rolled up in one fun experience.
And much much more ….