Kindergarten Jump Start
Kindergarten Jump Start is a free program for incoming kindergarteners that takes place a few weeks before the school year begins. Students participate in a variety of math, literacy and hands-on activities; learn school routines; and become familiar with their new surroundings.
Data shows that students who attend Jump Start are better prepared for kindergarten than children who do not participate. They also gain confidence, leadership skills and enthusiasm for school. Don’t miss this opportunity to give your child a successful transition to kindergarten!
To register your child, please contact the Washington Elementary office.
College readiness: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
AVID’s mission to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. AVID Elementary is the foundational component of the AVID College Readiness System. AVID Elementary is designed to be embedded into the daily instruction of all elementary classrooms, across entire grade levels, to impact schoolwide structures. Currently, 4th-5th grade students at Washington Elementary are learning to apply AVID strategies that support them in taking notes, becoming organized, thinking critically, and working collaboratively.
1, 2, 3 Grow & Learn
Any family with a child up to 5 years old can join us for our 1,2,3 Grow & Learn group. This free, drop-in program meets at Washington on Monday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Join us and meet new friends, play together as a group, complete school-readiness activities, have a snack and so much more.
At Washington, we want all students to enjoy and understand math! That’s why we hold math-intervention times for every grade level. Our math-intervention program was designed to help students in a non-threatening, small group environment. We incorporate interactive games and activities into each lesson so that students are engaged and having fun while improving their math abilities!
English language learners (ELLs)
At Washington Elementary, the ELL program helps students who do not speak English or have limited English proficiency. The program develops these students’ English speaking, listening and literacy skills.
How does a student qualify for the ELL program? Upon entry into kindergarten or entry into the state of Washington, all students who consider a language other than English their primary language will be given an English-development placement test. Students who score a Level 1 through Level 3 qualify for the program. Students who score a Level 4 do not qualify; they are considered proficient in their level of English development.
What services will a student receive in the program? Services vary depending on the need of each student, as well as their strengths and weaknesses in the areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Services may include basic speaking skills, foundational reading skills, individualized computer programs, academic language groups, groups with a higher-level reading and writing focus or leveled reader groups in the classroom.
How will a student’s English-development progress be tracked over time? Every year, ELL students are given a state assessment called the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century, aka ELPA 21. Students are assessed in the four areas of English development: reading, writing, speaking and listening. ELL students remain eligible for the ELL program until they score a Level 4 on the ELPA 21. Parents receive a score report every year. Most students successfully exit the program within six years.
Summer reading program
To maintain good reading habits over the summer, Washington students receive reading packets at the end of the school year. The packets include free books, reading logs, dragon scales and information on the summer reading program at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library. The reading logs track which books are read, while the dragon scales track the amount of time spent reading. Students who return their logs and dragon scales in the fall receive prizes.
Our library dragons are filled up each year with scales that symbolize the time that students spend reading outside of school. Each scale represents 30 minutes of reading, including being read to. Parents sign the scales to verify the reading time.
Throughout the year, grade levels compete to fill their dragons first, and it is exciting to see the dragons grow as the year progresses!
Imagine Learning provides support in English/language arts. Students who qualify complete computer-based activities developed around the Common Core State Standards. Students also receive small group and one-on-one instruction from a certified teacher to practice phonological awareness, grammar concepts, spelling, vocabulary and reading comprehension.
Washington Elementary offers fun academic enhancements for students. Students can choose from a variety of clubs and activities that are led by staff members. The activities are engaging, organized and focused on academic growth.