At Roxhill, we strive to instill in our students a love of reading. Currently we use the Reader's Workshop model. In Reader's Workshop, Readers learn to ask questions to clarify understanding, make connections between the texts and their prior knowledge, and how to bring it all together as they summarize. The program utilizes mini-lessons, independent reading time, and peer and teacher conferencing as it gives students the tools they need to be successful, lifelong readers.
Seattle Public Schools has adopted Math in Focus. At Roxhill, we have partnered with the University of Washington to supplement this curriculum, using Math Talks, quick images, counting collections and other activities to get our students thinking deeply about Math.
Our students explore the world around them using the FOSS kits. These kits foster student-led inquiry in the classroom. More information, and enrichment activities with each unit, can be found here
In addition, 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade get the opportunity to go out to the Roxhill bog twice a month with Camp Long naturalists. During these learning opportunities, students are practicing their math skills through measuring and recording data. They are practicing their literacy skills through reading and writing about different science topics such as bird adaptations, plants of the bog, the water cycle and the importance of wetlands.
SYSO (Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras) and Roxhill have partnered together to create the string instrument musicians of the future! Coaches from the Seattle Youth Symphony come to Roxhill for small-group instrumental instruction, as well as run a before-school session for students. This exclusive program, ONLY at West Seattle elementary schools, provides three times the amount of instrumental music lessons than our students would normally receive.
Watch this video, featuring our former music instructor Mr. Rossi, SYSO in the Schools, for more information.