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Elementary Schools

Technology in our Classrooms- Spelling Lessons in the Digital Age

  It doesn‚Äö√Ñ√¥t take a lot of research to support the idea that today‚Äö√Ñ√¥s students are more technologically savvy and digitally focused than ever before. They have grown up playing games and activities on the family iPad before starting preschool, and have keen touch-screen skills before they‚Äö√Ñ√¥ve even mastered ‚Äö√Ñ√∫the potty.‚Äö√Ñ√𠬨‚ĆSo it only makes […]

Character Education- Helping Students become Good Citizens

Each day, our schools are filled with people- some big, and some little – but all people with different personalities, unique ways of looking at the world, and varying methods of dealing with conflict and feelings. We know that even as adults this isn‚Äö√Ñ√¥t always an easy thing. Think about committees you are a part […]

Making Student Wellness FUN at Southwest!

Question: What is the best way to teach elementary-aged students how to be healthy? A)¬¨‚Ć An iPad app B)¬¨‚Ć Reading a book C)¬¨‚Ć A worksheet D)¬¨‚Ć With ‚Äö√Ñ√∫toe tokens‚Äö√Ñ√π and parties Here‚Äö√Ñ√¥s a hint: If the smiling, active, busy, engaged, kids at Southwest School are any indication‚Äö√Ѭ∂‚Äö√Ѭ∂..it probably isn‚Äö√Ñ√¥t a worksheet! Southwest was on a […]

Journeys- a New Approach to Language Arts

Beginning this school year, teachers in our three elementary schools are using Journeys, a new language arts curriculum for students in grades K-5. The curriculum employs a unique philosophy that combines all language arts components into one reading series, which is allowing teachers a more cohesive approach to teaching the many parts that make up […]

The Many Emotions of Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten can bring out so many emotions- excitement, anxiety, fear‚Äö√Ѭ∂..and that‚Äö√Ñ√¥s just in the parents! If you are sending your first child to kindergarten this year (or even if you‚Äö√Ñ√¥ve been down this road before), we know this is quite a milestone in both your life and your child‚Äö√Ñ√¥s. Because every kindergartener is unique, […]