Principal's Message 2017

Mission and Vision of PACT School

Thank you for your interest in Stevenson PACT Elementary School. We hope the information on this website will help you learn about Stevenson's unique educational philosophy and teaching methods. We have a vibrant community of engaged parents and teachers working together to create a learning environment that instills a love of learning in our students.

This year is a transition year for our community, as we inhabit our temporary school site located behind the Mountain View Whisman School District office. Teachers and parents have worked together to make the transition as seamless as possible for our students, coming up with creative ways to continue our programming and teaching methods despite some reduction in space. We are looking forward to moving into our permanent campus next year. Check the District website for updates about the Stevenson Elementary School construction.

Also new this year, is our RTI – Response to Instruction – program, which is part of the district-wide initiative to provide quality instruction and targeted interventions that lead to student growth. At Stevenson, we have chosen to create a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Music) program focusing on physical and earth sciences. Our STEAM curriculum is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and engages students through hands-on, project-based learning. All students rotate in small groups to the STEAM room approximately twice a week. While groups of students are working with the STEAM teachers, the classroom teacher is able to create a targeted lesson for the remaining small group of students in the classroom that either reteaches a concept or provides an extension of previously taught material.

At Stevenson, Project Based Learning (PBL) spans multiple disciplines, in addition to STEAM, helping to prepare our students for the 21st century. One unique aspect of PBL is that students are challenged to answer driving questions on their own or via collaboration with their peers. If the students reach a dead end, they are guided to look at the question in a different way, as opposed to giving up or asking the teacher for the correct answer. The ability to examine problems differently, with the understanding that there is more than one way to find an answer, has been shown by research to be a predictor of academic success later in life. Once the students answer their question, they revise their work and present their learning to an authentic audience.

Much of what we do at our school is achievable thanks to the collaborative community of Stevenson PACT families, teachers, and staff. With adult volunteers in the classroom, we are able to have small group rotations that provide our teachers with the flexibility to differentiate instruction for individual student needs. At Stevenson PACT, we value parent/guardian involvement and work with all families to provide a variety of ways to be involved with the school if volunteering in the classrooms is not possible.

As a school, we are continually developing and improving our practice. To learn more about the exciting things happening at Stevenson PACT, I strongly encourage you to join us at our information night

Warm Regards,

Rebecca Westover

Principal, Stevenson PACT Elementary School