Welcome from the Principal

Welcome from the Principal
WelcomeThank you for your interest in Stevenson Elementary School, with the PACT program. 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.

Much of what we do at our school is achievable thanks to the collaborative community of Stevenson 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, 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.

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.

This is the second year of 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.

Stevenson PACT (Parent and Child Teacher) has been either a program or a school for over 20 years in the Mountain View Whisman School District.  We are continually developing and improving our practice each year. To learn more about the exciting things happening at Stevenson, I strongly encourage you to join us at our information night

Warm Regards,

Dr. Rebecca Westover

Principal, Stevenson Elementary School
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