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Meadows Elementary School exemplifies how a small organization can accomplish meaningful goals through teamwork. The synergy of talented and dedicated staff members, bright, involved and supportive parents, and energetic and valued children, for whom the importance of school is a focus, keeps Meadows united, resilient, and upward bound!
We serve about 450 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Meadows has 18 general education classrooms, one Resource Room with one part-time and one full-time RSP/Inclusion Specialist, a Reading Room with two part-time Reading Specialists, four classrooms for Extended Day Program participants, a science lab, a computer lab, a library, and one enrichment room for art and music.
Meadows’s academic program is standards-based and student-centered. In math, we are beginning to incorporate existing curriculum with the Cognitively Guided Instruction approach to teaching mathematics to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and encourage the growth as defined in the Standards for Mathematical Practice. In English Language Arts we are fully implementing CCSS aligned curriculum and instruction. In each classroom one sees evidence of student-centered reading and writing instruction within a Balanced Literacy Framework. Meadows teachers, committed to implementing Writing and Reading Workshop, are increasing their knowledge and skills in conducting one-on-one and small-group student conferences, which drive differentiated instruction to meet the needs of all learners.
Meadows’s continued use of a Response to Intervention (RtI) approach provides for strong classroom teaching combined with defined levels of intervention at every grade level. Last fall, Meadows modified its RtI model in terms of: identification of students who require intervention using analyzed data from Fountas and Pinnell, Benchmark Assessment System; resources used to support students (books at students’ instructional levels); ongoing assessments used to monitor progress and communicate with parents; and when, where, and by whom students receive intervention services. This RtI approach is an integral part of the Meadows plan to improve student achievement in reading.
Last spring, Meadows teachers were trained in MindUP™, a neuroscience-based program, in which students learn to self-regulate behavior and mindfully engage in focused concentration required for academic success. MindUP™ lessons align with all state standards including Common Core and support improved academic performance while enhancing perspective taking, empathy and kindness, as well as fostering complex problem solving skills.
Due to generous parent support the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) and our site Parent Teacher Association (PTA), we provide an array of educational experiences at Meadows. Our third, fourth, and fifth graders continue to use the iPads as learning tools. In the science lab, our Science Specialist provides students with hands-on experiences that nurture an appreciation for the inquiry process. Meadows students enjoy music instruction provided weekly by our band, strings, and vocal music teachers. Art lessons led by parent docents produce smiling artists and imaginative pieces of work that adorn classroom walls. The Library Media Specialist helps students in the growing school library as a result of the PTA Annual Book Fair. During physical education, our PE Teacher has ample equipment for student use. In addition to support of these instructional programs, PTA funds enrichment in the arts, technology support, and overall capital improvements to our buildings and gardens. We are fortunate to have fantastic parent involvement at Meadows.
Meadows enjoys a 95% approval rating from parents per our annual School Site Council Parent Survey. This high level of positive regard is generated by recognition of our strong commitment to the achievement, personal growth, and happiness of every student; collaborative parent-staff relationships; motivated, high-performing students; an effective standards-based curriculum; and by school spirit and commonly held values.