Last week, fourth graders launched their new social studies unit—an in-depth study of the geography, history, civics and stories of Central Park.
The fifth grade CORE program is a central place for students new to the Middle School building to come together for shared academic and social-emotional opportunities.
The fifth grade academic program fosters burgeoning independence, critical thinking skills both abstract and conceptual, and analysis of connections to the curriculum through individual experiences. In social studies, students explore why communities seek to establish new civilizations, how to create balance through government structures and how the foundations of our forefathers influence the policies of today. In language arts, inferential, analytical and comprehension skills are cultivated through expository writing, vocabulary development and written expression. All of these interconnected disciplines allow students to develop relationships with their peers while balancing shared experiences with the collective fifth grade community.
Middle school coordinators
Each of our academic disciplines has a Curriculum Coordinator. Each Coordinator sets a vision for curricular excellence in each of our academic and co-curricular subjects; English, math, social studies, Science/STEAM, world language, music, art and physical education. Coordinators ensure that content and skills taught in each subject are relevant and up to date with current beliefs and research, and they align curricular expectations to create continuity and ensure alignment. They also work closely with teachers to establish the most up-to-date and effective teaching strategies. Coordinators meet regularly to create opportunities for curricular integration, creating connections between content in two or more disciplines in order to help students understand the infinite ways in which knowledge is interconnected.