About Helen Morgan School
"Continuing on the Path to Success"
In both grades 4 and 5, students have separate ELA and Math teachers; allowing our staff to focus on content-based strengths and students to grow into the experience of switching classes. We use the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop model for both reading and writing and utilize an assortment of technology-based programs to enhance the student learning experience. Examples of this include: Google Classroom, Google Applications for Education, GrammarFlip, Storyworks, and Vocabulary A-Z.
For mathematics, we utilize the EnVision 2020 math program as the basis of our program. In addition, we have implemented a math workshop model which allows for small groups and individualized instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Our teachers use additional teacher-developed lessons and create assessments as needed, as well as using technology-based programs such as Google Classroom, Khan Academy, SumDog, Arcademics, IXL, and ST Math.
In science, students explore the natural world through hands-on inquiry-based experiences. Students build science competencies through engagement in the science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts outlined by the next generation science standards. Classroom resources include FOSS, Mystery Science, Generation Genious, and NEWSELA.
All students have weekly lessons in Spanish, Media/Computer Technology, Music, Art, Physical Education and, if chosen, Band and Orchestra.
Highlights of our year include a variety of field trips, field days, the 4th grade Four Square tournament, the 5th grade Kickball tournament and our 5th grade LEAD day. Many of our students participate in our after-school enrichment activities through programs such as TREP$, Chess Team, LEGO Robotics and Explorations.
We are grateful to our parent community for their support of our programs and activities. The Parent Teacher Organization and the Sparta Education Foundation are key partners in our ability to provide for our students the best resources and experiences that enhance our overall programs.