Roy Clark offers an English Learner curriculum to those students for whom English is not a primary language. Students participate in small group instruction that focuses on the English language.
Character Counts! is a district-wide program from kindergarten through high school for students and staff. It gives us a common language and encourages outstanding character traits. A new character trait is introduced each month. The six traits that are emphasized are Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness and Citizenship.
Union students at the elementary school level use the outstanding Everyday Mathematics curriculum. The Everyday Math program encourages children to understand why math is important and how they reach their answers using a number of different problem solving methods. Students frequently work together in small groups to engage in problem solving and real-world math application scenarios.
Students identified as gifted/talented are provided an instructional program which supports, enriches and differentiates the regular educational curricula.
Balanced Literacy includes the Reading, Writing, and Word Study components of instruction. Students are challenged to become strong readers, writers, and thinkers as they encounter a variety of literacy experiences. Teachers model the use of reading and writing strategies using authentic literature during whole group instruction. Students’ reading comprehension and writing proficiency improve as they use these strategies in their independent reading and writing times. As students spend time reading and writing, teachers meet with small groups and individual students to provide support, teach strategies, and assess progress in reading and writing.
In word study, students learn to spell by practicing word patterns, word families, and word meaning on their appropriate spelling level. Spelling levels are determined by individual spelling assessments.
Students are challenged to think about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn. Students are actively engaged in their social studies learning as they participate in hands-on activities, technology infused lessons, and multi-faceted learning experiences that lead to step-by-step discovery.
Students are given opportunities to take an active part in the scientific method through observing, questioning, measuring, discussing, and learning together in the exciting process of science investigations. Students are able to explore the world around them and make conclusions about their observations through hands on, inquiry based science exploration. The students learn in a collaborative environment, where they work together in groups and share their ideas.
Art, music and physical education are valuable aspects of education at Jarman. Students attend these classes on a three day rotation schedule. Clark students are given opportunities to try out a variety of instruments in music class.
A full-time media specialist works hard to ensure that students are able to access grade level books that interest them. Classroom teachers and media specialist collaborate to conduct classroom research projects, host author visits, and teach library and resource skills.