Experiences. Opportunities. Expectations
Academics (along with Art and Athletics) is one of District 196's three cornerstones. Here at Parkview we integrate these elements in core classroom instruction, outside-of-class opportunities presented by our specialists and after-school programs, and our Physical Education experiences.
Parkview Elementary is committed to high levels of learning for every child, every day. Once inside our welcoming school, you will quickly realize what makes us one-of-a-kind. Our collaborative learning environment fosters a family-like community.
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Parkview features a full-day kindergarten program. A kindergarten day is 6 hours and 20 minutes which is the same as our other elementary grades. Literacy is our largest block of time with aspects of listening, speaking, reading and writing integrated with social studies concepts for about half of the day. Math is scheduled for a little over an hour as well as additional time for science or social studies enrichment. Specialists in areas such as Art, Gym, and Music will be offered similar to other grades and of course, time for lunch and recess. It is a full day with a varied routine which allows for large group, small group work and independent learning time.
While we look forward to the instructional time to lay a solid foundation for learning it is much more than academics. It is time to develop confidence, self-regulation, problem-solving and social understandings. As children continue to develop a sense of self they also to begin to understand differences. All of this is important as they become active learners in their environment. Learning for them is a social process where children learn through play, exploration and inquiry.
The core curriculum for elementary-aged students is grounded in Minnesota state standards with a focus on math, science, social studies and English-language arts/literacy. The language arts curriculum encompasses the areas of literature, informative texts, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, media literacy and language skills. Integrated units of study contain both literature units and informational text units.
Literature units include a community unit (character development); author unit, and illustrator unit. The informational text units integrate nonfiction reading with science and social studies content, allowing students to conduct thoughtful research that includes reading, writing and publishing their findings. The math curriculum emphasizes key state benchmarks for each trimester as students work toward mastery.
Curriculum for specialist areas beyond the core classroom is also aligned to state and national standards.
We have used many different terms in the past—Gifted & Talented, G/T, Young Scholars—to describe these opportunities. At the end of the day, however, all of these academic offerings are ways that we enrich our standard curriculum. Our Enrichment specialist, Mrs. Deming, provides programming in a variety of settings. Sometimes she presents lessons to entire classrooms of students; sometimes she works with students in small pull-out groups. But no matter the setting, her focus is to target opportunities to best match the needs of our students.