"A developmentally appropriate curriculum would be most effectively implemented through the design and teaching of interdisciplinary thematic units."
(Alexander and George)
WVMS students keep collections of their work throughout the year with
the use of porfolios. Each student has a working portfolio that holds
work that may be in progress and completed projects from throughout
the year. Formative assessments occur twice a year. Each student will
have samples in reading/literature, writing, science inquiry, math problem
solving, art, and speaking and listening. Students are scored according
to state scoring guides and standards.
The curriculum is written and implemented everyday striving to meet
the interests, and academic, social, emotional and physical needs of
all children at WVMS. Curriculum is integrated; the application of multiple
intelligence's, literature, differentiated learning, Orff instruction,
constructivism, writing process, math/science process, inquiry, speaking
and listening, research Wellness, fitness, learner characteristics,
self directed learning, learning extensions, and hands on projects are
used. Music, technology and the Arts are used as vehicles to promote
and enhance learning. Students read and write though out the day every
The Core Curriculum
Literacy is our first and foremost goal. When we use the term "literacy",
we mean literacy in all subject areas. Students are exposed to many
different forms of literature and concepts that are usually connected
to the themes and are encouraged to respond to literature and concepts
in a variety of ways. Research and inquiry are used to connect real
life, world issues and literacy acquisition.
inquiry, problem solving, dialogue, collecting, analyzing and evaluating
data are processes and tools used to learn Math/Science. Students construct
meaning by investigating questions of scientific and mathematical nature.
We read, write, think, talk, and create throughout the day.
instruction integrates all traditional subject areas and exposes students
to multiple points of view socially, historically and politically. Students,
staff and families become active participants listeners, doers, readers,
writers, artist, scientist and thinkers. Mini lessons and dialogue focus
around broad rotating themes, Mysteries, Heritage, and Global Issues.
Art, music and technology are used as vehicles to explore, research,
and express one self, understand the world, and its diverse cultures,
and discover who we are and what we can contribute. Service learning
is incorporated into many concepts taught and applied in student performance
has opportunities to learn about and practice healthy, sustainable and
fit lifestyles. Learning Extensions connect and go beyond, giving students
opportunities to explore and apply skills and concepts in the real world.
Students have opportunities to participate in outside field experiences,
Exploratories, Adventure Learning and after school programs that will
extend learning opportunities in all curriculum areas. Learning Extensions
will go beyond, apply, review and connect to the basic curriculum. They
may take place off campus or after regular school hours.
Key Focus Areas: the Core Curriculum (Reading, Writing, Math, Science,
technology, Wellness, Fitness, Spanish, Service Learning, and the Arts),
the integration of all which is Thematics, Adventure Learning, Learning
Extensions, Exploratories, and Village Community which is building students
success and relationships.
focuses use tools, processes, flexible grouping, authentic dialogue,
mentoring, and teams that help direct the learning. Many are interrelated
and integrated. I.e. the garden and café builds community while
engaging students in practicing reading and writing and math and science
skills. An Adventure learning trip builds community and creates stronger
relationships while engaging in environmental science, service learning,
journaling and wellness.
on mini lessons, projects and activities during core curriculum time
engage and activate students inquiry or put them in a sate of disequilibrium
that moves them forward in understanding basic skills or higher level
thinking. The opportunities available to them through Adventure, Exploratories,
Learning Extensions reviews, applies, extends what they are learning
during core time.
assigned a focus responsibility be it Project Facilitator (responsible
for learning extensions, enhancement and support for follow through
of the core curriculum, Adventure Learning, Exploratories, Thematic
) or Core Facilitator (responsible for the core
curriculum implementation, criteria's and performance tasks lead instruction,
feedback, assessment and follow through.)
Questions about Core Curriculum e-mail Lisa
Peterson or Wendy
Winchel, questions about Adventure Learning and Learning Extensions
Bluhm, and questions about thematic projects e-mail Greg
and outside community involvement is encouraged and welcome during Core
Learning, Adventures, Exploratories, or Learning Extension Opportunities.
Please e-mail Felicia Anderson.
A Day in the Life of a Westside Village Student
Writing and Literature
Literacy is our first and foremost goal. The development of reading
is facilitated through a conference approach to literature. A variety
of strategies are used to teach reading, including decoding and phonics.
Students are exposed to many different forms of literature and are encouraged
to respond to literature in a variety of ways. The writing process
is developed through a student's own written language. Essential reading
and writing skills are taught and reinforced through mini-lessons.
A student's published work is celebrated.
Children learn math and science by exploration, inquiry, problem solving,
collecting, analyzing and displaying data, computation and application.
Students understand and apply the math/science process and concepts
by using manipulatives to construct meaning by investigating questions
of scientific nature. Writing, reading and thinking are integrated
into the math/science process.
Technology is integrated daily throughout the program by using current
technology to process information and produce high quality products.
Students use computers, the Internet, word processing, graphic and design
technology for these projects. Students learn to select appropriate
material and tools to access information.
All traditional subject areas including the Fine Arts, Performing Arts,
Second Languages and Physical Education are integrated throughout a
structured day. The themes of Mysteries, Global Issues and Our Heritage
rotate on a three year cycle. Mini lessons are taught frequently, emphasizing
the essential skills and concepts. Students are active participants,
listeners, readers, scientists, writers, thinkers and doers. Art is
used as a vehicle to express oneself, understand the world and its diverse
cultures and discover who we are and what we can contribute. Activities
centered around the multiple intelligences are emphasized and authentic
literature is used to support the theme. Field experiences and Exploratories
are an integral part of learning. Students have daily opportunities
to learn about health and fitness in a non competitive environment.
Most schools segregate by age, by ability, by classroom and by subject.
But segregation does not work in our society, so why should we use it
in our schools?
For children, learning is a social endeavor, not an individual effort.
WVMS recognizes that and integrates everything together into a learning
environment that celebrates diversity of all kinds. Assignments integrate
math, writing, science and many other subjects, so learning has a relevant,
real-world context. This year’s lessons are integrated into last year’s
learning so it’s a continual, cumulative process.
Parents are integrated into the learning and evaluation process. For
instance, in conferences they work with their kids rather than just
talk about them.