Message from Mr.Sweet:
Woodland Elementary School operates under the beliefs that each child is unique and can learn in the proper environment with sufficient supports. Today's students are tomorrow's teachers and world leaders. It is the responsibility of the Woodland Elementary School staff to facilitate all students' growth and education in order to maximize their potential.
We believe in making daily gains, moving forward to grow as people and educators to better ourselves, our co-workers, and our students. We are committed to providing a safe and friendly learning environment. We are committed to being future-oriented by being innovative and creative. We are committed to being a staff inclined to utilize and value teamwork. We are committed to individual student achievement and growth. We are committed to being reflective of our teaching practices and the impacts they have on students. We are committed to showing up!
A child's school family can not take the place of the immediate family but a strong home/school connection is essential for a successful student learning experience. Opportunities for family members to participate in their child's education are provided frequently. Parents are actively involved in a variety of functions at Woodland Elementary School. There are a variety of school-wide opportunities for parents to become involved. The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meets monthly to manage funds and coordinate school-wide events. Staff members plan to host Family Nights in conjunction with the PAC general meetings.
Working together as a team in order to maintain a positive learning environment and facilitate academic growth has been established as a top priority of the Woodland Elementary School staff. Teachers have 30 minutes of contracted time for professional development each day. Current topics include by are not limited to NWEA training, curriculum mapping training, and literacy instruction training. It is the mission of the Woodland Elementary School staff to incorporate successful teaching strategies and to remain abreast and open to current educational innovations and best practices.
Message from Mr. Richardson:
The staff and administration at Woodland Elementary believe that in order to meet all students’ needs, a variety of teaching styles and strategies need to be incorporated into the classroom. Woodland Elementary utilizes interventions through classroom instruction, interventionists, Title 1 staff, and English Language Learner tutors to meet those student needs. Faculty and staff use the Indiana Academic Standards to plan instruction. It is an expectation that staff engage in best practices and utilization of differentiated strategies to meet the diverse academic needs of students. With the utilization of these educational pieces and parental support, Woodland Elementary staff and administration pride themselves in maintaining high student growth each school year.
At Woodland Elementary we believe that it is vital that we not only attend to our students’ academic needs, but the development of their work habits and social skills as well. Banners hang in the hallways that reinforce the different life skills to students. There is a quote and a reminder about applying life skills each day on the morning announcements as well. Additionally, each teacher incorporates lessons about work habits and life skills into his/her classroom based on the needs of the class.
Effectively integrating technology into the instructional process has the potential to positively impact the educational experiences for students at the Tippecanoe School Corporation. The availability of technology and quality digital resources allows for students to demonstrate creativity and innovation, to communicate and collaborate, to research and evaluate information, and to think critically.