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Academics

Reading

At Roxhill, we strive to instill in our students with a love of reading. This is our fourth year of employing 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.

Interested in helping your student become a better reader, but not sure where to start? Your student's teacher is always happy to sit down with you and discuss your students needs. Here are a few tools that you may find useful as well:

Important Things to Consider About Reading

Has your child ever asked you "why?" when it comes time to read? Here's a list of what is so important about reading. Please share with your child!

What's Important About Reading!
¡Lo que es importante acerca de la Lectura!

The Best Children's Books
This website was created by teachers to help parents find excellent books for their students on specific topics. You can look for new books in Language Arts, Math, Science, History and much more!

Books Listed by Reading Level
You can find out your student's reading level by contacting your student's teacher.
Reading Level A -G
Reading Level H - J
Reading Level K - L
Reading Level M - P
Reading Level Q - R
Reading Level S - V
Reading Level W - Z

Reading a series is engaging and a great way to help students move up to the next level of reading. Not sure what an appropriate series would be for your student? Click here for a list of series arranged by Reading/Grade Level. Please talk to your student's teacher for their current level. Happy reading!

Writing


Writer's Workshop allows students to explore and build upon each new skill in the Writing Process as they learn, while writing about topics that interest them. Each new skill is introduced through a mini-lesson and teacher modeling. Students are then released to practice independently. Much like Reader's Workshop, Writer's Workshop is designed to build skills that successful, independent, lifelong learners need.
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Math


Seattle Public Schools has adopted the Everyday Math curriculum. This curriculum employs a spiral method for teaching Math. This method teaches skills and strategies for new Math concepts while revisiting previous lessons. For more information, please click here.

For some ideas on how to help your student become a better Mathematician, click here.
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Science


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.



Music



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.

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