New reading curriculum announced
News from the Polson School District
POLSON — There has never been a more exciting time to be a Cherry Valley Pirate. Our school has a long history of top-notch educators, involved parents, and marvelous students, but we just keep getting better.
We are excited to share that the Polson School District has purchased a new reading curriculum, “Wonders,” for our Pre-K (Transitional Kindergarten) through 5th grade students. This curriculum was created using decades of literacy research and is backed by The Science of Reading; undoubtedly, this addition will only propel us further in our mission to deliver high-quality instruction to our students.
Additionally, your Cherry Valley teachers have once again taken part in Science of Reading training throughout the 2023 school year. The combination of professional development and new curriculum will foster our students’ continued love of reading for many years to come.
We’ve invested in the social and emotional learning our kids need to grow and thrive in today’s world. This year we’ve increased our social and emotional learning lessons to include daily interactions. We hope these lessons will help our students grow into balanced citizens who are empowered to make smart choices for themselves. In tandem with this effort, our remarkable counseling team has created monthly challenges to enhance what our educators are teaching daily.
In September we asked for students to be courageous when a challenging situation is before them. October brought friendliness and treating others with kindness. Now in November, students are challenged to express gratitude for things which they are grateful for. Students who exhibit these characteristics are recognized at our monthly assemblies and we will continue monthly challenges throughout the school year.
Aside from curriculum changes, students have had a lot of fun engaging in learning opportunities in and out of their classrooms. A few of our kindergarten classes took part in an “ABC Fashion Show” and displayed their learning to their audience by stating their letter’s name and the sound it makes. All kindergarten classes, along with our transitional kindergarten group, went on a field trip to the pumpkin patch in Mission. The weather was a bit chilly, but the students had a fantastic time. A few of our classes have journeyed down the street to visit our local farmer’s market and see what our local vendors have to offer. And many thanks to all who attended our school-wide Halloween bash.
November marks the beginning of our Native American Heritage month. Throughout the month, students will have opportunities to learn about Native American culture through reading, writing, math, art, and play activities. We will have guest speakers here in the middle of the month to share more learning experiences with our students.
All-in-all, the Cherry Valley family continues to grow, and we thank this community for being so involved in the success of our students, faculty, and staff. Polson really is a great place to live.