Norman & Sims Elementary

Academics

At Norman & Sims, we are committed to educating the whole child. In addition to our robust program of core academics, we also provide special areas classes in music, art and physical education.

Accelerated Reader Program

A computer-based program that schools may use to monitor reading practice and progress. It helps teachers guide students to books that are on the child's individual reading level. Students take short quizzes after reading a book to check if they've understood it.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Daily Morning Meetings

Morning Meeting is an engaging way to start each day, build a strong sense of community, and set children up for success both socially and academically. Each morning, students and teachers gather together in a circle for 10 to 15 minutes and interact with one another during four purposeful components:

  1. Greeting: Students and teachers greet one other by name.
  2. Sharing: Students share information about important events in their lives. Listeners often offer empathetic comments or ask clarifying questions.
  3. Group Activity: Everyone participates in a brief, lively activity that fosters group cohesion and helps students practice social and academic skills (for example, reciting a poem, dancing, singing, or playing a game).
  4. Morning Message: Students read and interact with a short message written by their teacher. The message is crafted to help students focus on the work they’ll do in school that day.

Technology Tools 

One to one technology is provided to students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Students are able to access i-Station, DreamBox, MyOn, Brain Pop, Quizlet, Tumblebooks and many more district learning and assessment tools.

Kindergarten: iPads, PCs, Kindles

First Grade: PCs, Chromebooks, iPads, Kindles

Second Grade: PCs and Chromebooks

Third Grade: PCs and Chromebooks

Fourth Grade: PCs and Chromebooks

Fifth Grade: PCs and Chromebooks

Reading Buddies 

Selected students are provided with one on one weekly support from a reading buddy who volunteers to spend time  reading to and reading with student.