Programs

              Academic Programs


GUIDED READING 

The goal  of guided reading is to help students develop strategies to apply independently. Work focuses on processes integral to reading proficiently, such as cross-checking print and meaning information, rather than on learning a particular book’s word meanings. During guided reading, teachers monitor student reading processes and check that texts are within students’ grasps, allowing students to assemble their newly acquired skills into a smooth, integrated reading system for students to learn the essential knowledge and skills.

Students are tested and their reading level is determined. Students are then provided reading lessons in large groups and small-groups. For differentiating instruction, teachers work with students in small groups on their reading level with guided lessons while other students are working in centers or stations to reinforce skills taught.
            
ACCELERATED READING
The purpose of the Accelerated Reading Program is to motivate students to read. Students’ reading levels are identified through an assessment tool. Students then read books in their reading level range and then take a computer test to check for comprehension. Students earn points based on test scores. Points earned and accumulated may be used in a reward system developed by the school.

TECHNOLOGY
Technology is integrated into reading, writing and math curriculums in all Pre-K through 1st grade classrooms. Classrooms are also scheduled weekly to the computer lab for whole class technology intruction. Parents must sign a user agreement regarding the appropriate student use of computers. 
                        
LANGUAGE IMMERSION
Vietnamese-English and Chinese-English Dual Language Programs are offered at Stafford Primary School starting in Kindergarten. Parents must fill out an application. Once the student is qualified and approved, parents must agree to be committed to program for 5 years.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Identified students are provided instruction to meet their specific identified needs. Evaluation and assessments are administered based on needs to determine eligibility. Instruction is provided through self-contained, resource classrooms, regular education settings with specified modifications or accomodations, and/or content mastery.

SPEECH SERVICES
Identified students receive direct or consultation services to address areas such as articulation, vocabulary, and speaking fluency.

RESOURCE
Instruction in the content area is delivered by a certified special education teacher in a small group setting as determined by the ARD (Admission, Review, Dismissal) Committee.

INCLUSION
To service students successfully in the Least Restricted Environment, special needs students may be placed in the regular classroom with support as determined by the ARD Committee.

CONTENT MASTERY
Identified special needs student may receive support from Content Mastery if recommended by the ARD Committee. Content Mastery provides students with individualized assistance after receiving primary instruction from the classroom teacher.

SECTION 504
Accommodations are provided for identified students with educational needs.

DYSLEXIA
Identified dyslexic students are provided specialized instruction to meet their specific needs for reading.

TITLE I
Stafford Primary has been identified as a Campus-Wide Title 1 school, and all students can be serviced with Title 1 funds. However, accelerated instruction is given to identified struggling students in the areas of reading, language arts, and mathematics.

BILINGUAL/DUAL LANGUAGE
Classes are taught in both Spanish and English by a certified bilingual teacher. Instruction focuses on developing the needs of identified Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the areas of language acquisition and content area concepts.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
ESL provides assistance to students who qualify as Limited English Proficient (LEP) to become competent in speaking, reading, and writing in English. Students are serviced by an ESL-certified teacher.

GIFTED AND TALENTED
Also called PEAK, Promoting the Enrichment and Advancement of Knowledge, this program challenges students who have shown above-average potential in intellectual ability through differentiated instruction or enrichment.
            
CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
SMSD’s Child Nutrition Program offers nutritionally balanced meals to students. Free and reduced meals are offered to qualified students based on family income.

PARENT AND HOME-SCHOOL LIAISON
An SMSD employee translates for non-English speaking families, communicates with parents, provides English language classes for parents, and acts as liaison between school and home on school related issues.

TUTORIALS
Tutorials are offered to students based on needs. Tutorials may take place before school or after school. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are set aside for after-school tutorials on an as needed basis. Communication between teacher and parents is crucial for scheduling and for transportation arrangements.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL PROGRAMS
COUNSELING PROGRAM
A certified counselor is available to meet the social emotional needs of student through classroom guidance, individual, and group counseling. The counselor also provides support for the students’ academic needs as well as career aspirations.

MENTOR PROGRAM
SMSD Partners In Education Mentor Program pairs community members or business community members with students to assist them in gaining self-esteem and self-confidence and to provide role models to expand and broaden their visions of the future.

CHARACTER EDUCATION
The Character Education Program is incorporated into the classroom, through the guidance program, and is provided for all students to develop strong, positive character traits.
CURRICULUM
TEKS Resource System is an instructional program, the curriculum is the scope and sequence in which the objectives and skills are implemented. SMSD uses the TEKS Resource System curriculum. To access the parent portal to TEKS Resource System go to:http://www.tcmpc.org/

To access the handbook of the Texas Curriculum requirements, log onto:
www.tea.state.tx.us/teks/handbook/19tac74.pdf

TEXAS ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS(TEKS)
TEKS are the objectives and skills that must be covered in the classroom for each subject and grade level. The TEKS can be accessed by going to www.tea.state.tx.us/teks/.

DRA

DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) is an assessment to determine reading fluency and on grade level reading ability. To guide instruction, DRA is given 3 times per year.

TPRI
The TPRI (Texas Primary Reading Inventory) is given to all Kindergarten and 1ST grade students 3 times per year to determine reading skills of each student. Instruction is prescribed based on the students’ reading skills.

CREDIT BY EXAM
Testing is offered on scheduled testing dates to provide a way for students who have good command of the subject areas or course content to accelerate to the next level.

BENCHMARKS
To assist in instructional planning, periodic benchmarks are given to assess student’s progress throughout the year.

ITBS
The Iowa Test of Basic Skills is given to all kindergarten and 1st grade students in the fall. Test scores are used for G/T identification and other instructional/educational purposes.