Heywood Avenue School’s instructional practices are focused on providing explicit instruction in Language Arts through a Balanced Literacy program for K-7 using the research based programs, Journeys and Prentice Hall Literature programs. In Mathematics, our research based programs include Math in Focus (K-5) and Connected Math (6-7). We engage in cross-curricular integration of Social Studies, Science, and the Visual and Performing Arts.
At Heywood, we strive to create an environment where each and every student is given the attention necessary to achieve his/her individual success. After School tutoring support is provided in Language Arts and Math. We also encourage students to attend After School clubs that are available in Robotics, Chess, Dance, Chorus, Band, Yearbook, and Art to name a few. Our students have a voice in what occurs at Heywood with a very active Student Council in grades 4-7. Our Visual and Performing Arts program includes Vocal Music, Dance, Instrumental Music, and Art. As the world becomes increasingly smaller with the use of technology, it is important for children to begin to appreciate and value the various cultures around us. With that being said, Heywood is proud to provide Mandarin language and the Spanish language programs. All classrooms have SmartBoards and the use of Google Apps, Chromebooks and IPads in instruction has expanded the opportunities to integrate technology everyday.
We are actively seeking to reinvigorate the Heywood PTA. We welcome parental input and welcome an active partnership to develop and implement programs and activities to bring families together. Whether it’s a Sweet Treat Social, Family Book Club, or Holiday breakfast, an active PTA can support our students and families. Studies show that parental involvement in children’s education is vitally important and necessary. Simply reading a book each night or reviewing homework makes an impact.
The School Management Team (SMT), comprised of teachers, parents, students, administration, and paraprofessionals, provides the leadership necessary to ensure our mission, vision, building wide goals, data analysis focus, academic successes/challenges reviews, and the overall management of the school climate and culture is focused on the best interest of our students.
Each day, learning takes place not only for our students but for our staff as well. As we provide individualized instruction to attend to individual student needs, we learn what each student’s areas of strengths and weaknesses are and we research with our colleagues and through on-going staff development the best ways to address these areas. We are committed to demonstrating to our students that we are lifelong learners and know that instructional practices are enhanced when we seek further knowledge in the areas of teaching and apply them to our classrooms. We showcase and highlight our students’ achievements and provide them with praise and positive reinforcement at every opportunity. The community and parents are welcome to work collaboratively with us and your suggestions are valued.