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The Marie V. Duffy Elementary School has a culture that supports students in fulfilling the district’s mission for them to become responsible, productive, life-long learners and productive members of society.

 

 Parents are encouraged to be active participants in the learning community.  The school year starts with invitations to serve as Class Parents.  Parents are also encouraged to attend Back to School Night, parent-teacher conferences and American Education Week festivities and play a key role in holiday celebrations and community service projects.  Parents also have opportunities for involvement in the PTA, district advisory councils and School-Based Planning Team.  Evening programs for families include Family Math and Take Phonics Home.

 

Teachers and support staff engage in a variety of professional development opportunities within the building including study groups, collaborative planning meetings, common planning times, grade level meetings, and intervisitations, as well as daily informal conversations focused on improving practice.  Professional development has addressed effectively implementing the new reading series, improving students’ writing and test-taking skills through the use of technology and how to maintain a classroom environment that supports successful inclusion of special education and English language learners. The learning community is also enriched by the input of teachers enrolled in graduate courses and those hosting student teachers and practicum students.  The in-depth discussion between professionals surrounding best practices and student achievement results in purposeful instruction for our students.  For example, our Math Day was the culmination of intensive planning between teachers, administration and a Centenary College professor.  College students developed math activities that contributed to our students at every grade level being saturated with measurement and geometry for a very special day.

 

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning at Duffy.  Educational experiences are tied to authentic purposes, such as the fall author visits that serve to demystify the writing process and spark interest in reading.  Students continue to study authors and genres throughout the year.  Younger students relish the visits from older students to read together.  Students publish writing to be enjoyed by the school community, as well as globally through the Internet.  Our second grade students contribute to the training of a seeing-eye puppy, connecting an element of our curriculum directly to the local community.

 

We have an array of supports is available to meet the diverse needs of our student population; such as Reading Recovery and literature groups facilitated by our Reading Specialist, an outstanding Basic Skills program in language arts and math, an impressive Gifted and Talented program, and clearly articulated Bilingual and ESL programs.  A firmly established Intervention & Referral Service Team works hand-in-hand with teachers to identify students at risk and strategies to ensure their success in school.  Rainbows, a peer support program, provides students with a caring environment, and an on-site Child Study Team expertly determines specialized needs and creates effective plans to address them. 

 

As a community of people of various ages, walks and backgrounds, engaged in the process of education, we seek to become responsible, productive, life-long learners and productive members of society, in order to make a positive impact on our world.

 

 

 



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