Dear Parents and Community,
Welcome to the 2014 - 2015 school year! It was a very successful year last year in preparing our students and staff for the new rigor and expectations of the Common Core State Standards. We focused on preparing your child for the 21st Century Skills and the 4 C’s (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity).
This year we are excited to announce that Stoddard Elementary will be the first STEAM Academy in Anaheim. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. We are going to change what and how we teach your child to prepare them to understand how to think like a scientist and explore curriculum unlike many other schools. Some highlights of the curriculum we will be developing this year is robotics and programming.
Here are some of the highlights for this year’s additions to our curricular program. All third graders will get a year long course with Mathobotix. Mathobotix is a robotics and programming course. Grades K - 5 will learn science, engineering, and robotics from Project Lead The Way (PLTW). This curriculum comes from a nationally known company that has years in the instruction and development of this curriculum. Our teachers will be trained this year and then shortly after the students will see and experience science and engineering in a new way. It is an activity based curriculum with hands on collaborative learning at the core.
For the A in STEAM, we are going to continue our partnership with the Pacific Symphony through the Class Act program and we are excited for another great year of symphonic music introduction and new classical composer. We are also excited to get started in depth studies of art masters this year. We are also continuing with our after school orchestra program for grades 4 - 6 this year.
Stoddard is proud to continue to be an outstanding PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) school. We will continue to teach the students behavior management and social-emotional strategies with a focus on the positive. We are also continuing to offer ST Math (JiJi), BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), technology in the classroom, Accelerated Reader (AR) and all the great programs and activities we have over the past couple of year which have been part of our success and recognition.
We at Stoddard are truly proud of what we do as a community and we couldn’t do it without all the support of our parents and families. Please consider becoming active in the PTA and/or Wednesday’s Parent Club. You are also welcome to work in your child’s classroom assisting the teacher in many ways.
Welcome to another great school year and we look forward to seeing you on campus this year!
Dr. Dale Hillyer