McDowell gets AHEAD
  • Vision

    Our school community is committed to pursue our collaboratively-created Vision:

    "All McDowell students are actively engaged learners and communicators. Our school community supports bi-literacy, compassion, critical thinking, academic achievement, and contribution to our global society."

     

    ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT

    • Staff focus on Academic Conversations (Zweirs and Crawford, 2011) so students speak and listen throughout and across content areas
    • Empowering students to be active learners with hands-on interactive engagement

    COMMUNICATORS

    • Speaking, listening, reading, and writing in all content areas
    • Utilizing technology through District 1-to-1 iPad program to communicate with teacher, peers, families, and our interconnected world

    BI-LITERACY

    • Spanish teacher delivering high-quality instruction to every student at least once per week to reap the benefits of multilingualism and value other languages and cultures
    • Opportunities for upper grade students to have advanced Spanish instruction, supporting their first steps toward the Seal of Biliteracy

    COMPASSION

    • One of our four McDowell values; a main focus of our Social-Emotional Learning throughout settings and activities.
    • Developing skill of perspective-taking and demonstrating empathy in our school and local community through cross-grade buddies, projects, mindfulness practices, and more!

    CRITICAL THINKING

    • Scientific critical thinking through our Native Habitat Garden, steelhead in the classroom, STRAW, Mystery Science projects, and more!
    • Open-ended questioning and Academic Conversations to encourage students to think deeper and grapple with their learning

    ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

    • Rigorous common-core aligned curriculum adoptions
    • Robust support services to meet students' needs

    CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY

    • Community stewardship through adoption of East Washington Creek, STRAW, environmental education field trips and projects, caroling for local living communities, and more!

     

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