Learning at APS

Before and after school programs

Data team meeting

RTI (Response to Intervention)

 3rd & 4th graders are working in their RTI Math groups

As we entered the second year of our School Improvement Grant, the APS staff created an RTI Math block Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.

Each block meets for a half hour three to four times a week. During this time, we break into three teams: Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2, and Grades 3 and 4. Teachers break students into small groups based on specific math content pre-tests, Reading Street/Math in Focus assessments, and/or MAPS testing scores.

During this RTI block, classroom teachers, Special Education teachers, the Title One teacher, and paraprofessionals all take small groups to boost content skills. Our focus is to help provide assistance to those who have not come to an understanding of the content, as well as providing enrichment activities to advanced learners who need additional challenges.

As we have progressed in our understanding of RTI models, Grades 3 and 4 have created a daily schedule based on two RTI times: Math 8:20-9:00 five days a week and Reading 12:45-1:30 three days a week.

STEM learning

STEM project- 3rd & 4th graders created marshmallow launcher to measure distance of objects

STEM or (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) learning is essential for preparing students for the future.

Alstead Primary is fortunate to have partnered with educational consultant Deb Connell. Students explore the world of LEGO Robotics and students use iPads to construct programs so that their Milo robots can move. LEGO Robotics also teach problem solving skills, actions and sequences and the most important programming skill: persistence.

Educational consultant, Deb Connell instructs Kindergarten students how to create programs using LEGO Robotics.


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