Beginner’s Day (for Rising K Students and Parents)
Beginner’s Day is on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 9 am. RSVP is not needed; please sign in beginning at 8:45 am. Parents will learn about Sharon School while rising kindergarteners watch a video and ride a school bus!
Children receive quality education at Sharon School as it ranks among the top of CMS elementary schools. Contact email@example.com for more information. Read more about Sharon’s philosophies below.
Quality Education Children Receive…
“Sharon Elementary School is a positive and energetic learning environment. Our dedicated team of educators and assistants engage students in a rigorous curriculum that prepares them to succeed in a competitive world.” – Catherine Phelan, Principal
Children are Provided a Quality Education – Sharon School ranks among the top of CMS elementary schools. Sharon School scored the highest in the district on the 4th Grade North Carolina Writing Test in 2008. According to the 2012 North Carolina EOG test data, 90.2% of 3rd-5th graders are at/above grade level in reading. On the 2012 Math EOG test, 92% of 3rd-5th graders scored at/above grade level. The total composite score for the school was 89.6%. Sharon School is a North Carolina School of Distinction. Equally important, gains were across the board in all categories of students, including those with disabilities, minorities, economically disadvantaged, and gifted. Sharon School met 17 out of 17 of the Annual Measurable Outcome goals and requirements. Through our commitment to quality and equity, we ensure that all children are excelling.
Coordinated Educational Experience – Sharon’s curriculum is a 6 year learning experience. Teachers on each grade level meet and plan together as a team weekly to ensure all students’ needs are being met and challenged at their individual level. Additionally, instruction and curriculum are coordinated between grade levels, with each year preparing the children for what they are going to learn next. Sharon’s Talent Development Teachers and Literacy Facilitator work with teachers to coordinate school wide curriculum and assist the classroom staff in developing individual or group
instruction. Throughout a student’s academic experiences, we put high emphasis on the importance that every child must learn the basics, and then accelerate according to individual capabilities. Enrichment activities are woven into thematic units of instruction.
Daily Five Format & Guided Reading Lessons build students’ reading and writing stamina. Sharon School students receive a balanced literacy program that focuses on improving students’ phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Teachers incorporate reading and writing skills across the curriculum.
Words Their Way is a spelling program that we use in grades K-5 to strengthen our students’ spelling and decoding skills.
Empowering Writers program and Lucy Calkin’s Writing workshops focus on a mini lesson, guided partner practice, and then individual writing while the teacher conferences with students.
Investigations Math Program is a “hands on” program that teaches students to think mathematically. There is a balance of computation, problem solving and concept development. This is supplemented by many other math resources that develop mathematical thinking and problem solving.
Handwriting Without Tears is a PTA funded program that teaches cursive handwriting.
Kindergarten Looping Classes – Sharon offers two kindergarten looping classes. The classes capitalize upon benefits of multi-year relationships with students and teachers.
Character Building – Sharon implements a citizenship program, “REACH” (Respect for the Environment, Adults, and Children) which incorporates Positive Discipline, CMS Character traits and elements of Students Rights & Responsibilities. Sharon students have adopted two simple school wide guidelines which will be used to build character
and responsibility. Students have committed to respecting themselves, others and their environment AND coming to school prepared and ready to learn. Sharon Faculty and staff use the Positive Discipline approach throughout their interaction with students to teach problem-solving, decision-making and self-control through class meetings.
Members of Our School Community…
“Sharon Teachers view every child as their own, not just those in their homeroom class. We work as a team, taking care of all of our children.” — Janet Wade, 5th Grade Teacher
Dedicated and Caring Faculty – Teaching experience ranges from 2 to 30 years. Many of our staff members have advanced degrees, this includes 20 teachers with Master Degrees, and 10 are National Board Certified. Several more teachers are currently working on their National Board Certification. At Sharon, we emphasize professional development and enrichment. The PTA sponsors grants for those teachers wanting to increase and enhance their education. Our teachers feel strongly that all children are smart in their own way and work to help each individual discover and achieve his or her potential.
Proactive and Involved Administrative Staff – Their role is not just administrative in nature, but also as a part of the Sharon Instructional Team and community. Every staff member appreciates that they are an important part of a child’s education by providing a welcoming, supportive and caring environment for students, parents and guests.
Vibrant Students – Students at Sharon take ownership in their school. Students commit to two school wide guidelines: respecting themselves, others and their environment AND coming to school prepared and ready to learn. Students act as
mentors and tutors. Students are taught to seek assistance from peers and work together to solve problems. Our Student Council actively promotes school wide projects and awareness such as recycling.
Exceptional Children – Sharon is an “Inclusive Practices” school providing a full range of support strategies for children with designated disabilities. These strategies include team teaching with a special educator and classroom teacher working collaboratively, resource room, consultative support, speech and language support, and any combination deemed needed to address a students’ special needs.
Active PTA – The PTA leadership team of 80 members leads and coordinates parents’ efforts in school wide programs, projects, services, and our fundraiser. Last year PTA members donated thousands of hours to school service by organizing and staffing after school clubs and enrichment programs, coordinating and providing tutoring services, providing administrative assistance, acting as communication liaisons between the school system and parents, and filling gaps as requested by school administration. Sharon’s PTA raised $80,000 last year through our Annual Fund Drive. The monies went for capital improvements and extracurricular and enrichment programs for faculty, staff and students. PTA funds enhanced our state-of-the-art computer lab, purchased Smart Boards; which are now in every classroom, and Clicker Technology, purchased stage and audio equipment, materials to enlarge our Media Center, furniture and equipment to outfit our Science Exploratorium, and new playground equipment; provided additional curriculum and classroom materials, several professional development seminars and courses for our Faculty and Staff and funds an education reimbursement fund.
Involved Parents – Parent involvement is very evident at Sharon. In addition to giving time and talent under the PTA umbrella, individual parents step in to help in classrooms, assist teachers with specific needs, take on special projects, offer specialized services, chaperone field trips, and the list goes on. Our parents are committed to ensuring our children, all those of Sharon School, receive the best possible education.
School Leadership Team – This team is comprised of school administrators, teachers and parents. It serves as a steering committee for school improvement efforts, generating a school improvement plan, and overseeing plan implementation. It generates a parent survey which assists in identifying areas of need and where improvement efforts should be focused.
Local Community – We have individuals from our neighborhood community who offer their time volunteering at the school, whether in a tutoring capacity or other. Local businesses support our activities through in-kind and financial donations.
Curriculum Enrichment and Expansion…
“We are a school that believes in the full growth of the person through whatever type or types of intelligence your child has. We are more than academics which is why many of us, including myself, are here.” — Rachel Nilender, Past PTA
President Multiple Intelligences (“MI”) – Sharon faculty appreciates that all children learn differently. Sharon implements teaching strategies that revolve around Harvard Professor Howard Gardner’s theory of eight Multiple Intelligences (“MI”) – bodily kinesthetic, naturalist, logical-mathematical, musical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, spatial, and linguistic. This method teaches children how to solve problems and learn in creative and unique ways. At Sharon School children are not asked “How smart are you?” but rather, “How are you smart?” Through these strategies faculty can take the CMS pacing and curriculum guides and offer acceleration and enrichment and remediation. Our faculty also incorporates “Cooperative Learning” and “Highly Effective Questioning” which enhances higher level thinking with students by soliciting quality responses and thought on behalf of the student.
Dynamic Talent Development (“TD”) Instruction – Using a catalyst model of gifted education, our full time TD facilitator plans and collaborates with each faculty member to provide appropriate instruction for all students working above grade level. Approximately a third of Sharon Students qualify for TD services which are delivered both in supplemental settings as well as within the classroom settings in a team teaching environment.
Science Exploratorium Lab – Our science lab is unique among elementary schools in our region. Students utilize our science lab and natural trail to conduct hands on research projects geared to each grade level and coordinated with their science curriculum. In addition, weekly science labs, team taught by our Science Teaching Associate and the classroom teacher, occur in every classroom K-5.
State of the Art Technology – Our technology initiative enhances the delivery of Multiple Intelligence instruction via web page design projects, Internet research, and grade level multi-media projects. Utilizing our campus-wide wireless network and laptop computers, Smart Board Technology (in every classroom) and Leap Pads, North Carolina Computer Competencies are taught across the curriculum.
MI Productions – Far more than your typical “school play”, our original curriculumbased musical productions are researched, written and performed by Sharon Students and Faculty. Professional choreographers, lighting and musical specialists work with the children and staff to put all the finishing touches on each production. Students are grouped by grade level and apply what they have been learning during class instruction. From parades to museums to musical productions, these productions are just one tool Sharon utilizes to expand our curriculum.
Art Projects – Sharon School has received grants through the ArtsTeach Program each year since 2003. We paired with the Light Factory and our 4th graders created “Techno Tales,” a series of stories with images created in Adobe Photoshop. Our 5th graders collaborated with John Lemmon Films to create a short film entitled “Little Man, Big Adventure” using Blue Screen Technology. This film was shown at the 5th Annual Carolina Film Makers Showcase and during the grand opening of ImaginOn in their blue screen theater. Most recently, we collaborated with Clay Works to produce a mural of tiles highlighting the Multiple Intelligences. Students, faculty and parents created over 600 tiles which are displayed in the school lobby. Mathapooloza- Sharon School hosted Mathapooloza the 2011-2012 school year, a math competition between local schools.
Abundant Extracurricular Opportunities…
“My kids enjoy all of the extra activities at Sharon. It gives them a chance to have new
experiences in a familiar environment with kids they know. The activities also build their selfconfidence.” — Mary Tinkey, Parent
- MI Express Student Honor Chorus – Sharon’s own singing ambassadors. Students perform at school and various community-wide functions and events. They have performed at the annual Southpark Tree Lighting, the CMS Achievement Ceremony, Sharon Towers, Festival in the Park, and appeared on local television.
- Award-winning Odyssey of the Mind Teams – Seven member student problem solving teams compete to showcase original, creative solutions.
- Annual Book Fair
- Math Olympiad
- Chess Club
- Junior Great Books – Teacher-guided discussion in the round, similar to a book club discussion.
- Celebration Books – Program in which parents are able to purchase a new book for the school’s library and dedicate it to their child or special teacher.
- Junior Achievement – PTA funded program that brings the real world to students through hands-on curriculum delivered by a trained classroom volunteer.
- WSHE – Live morning broadcasts on closed circuit television run by 5th grade students. Stories cover current events, weather and school happenings.
- After School Clubs – Sharon’s PTA offers 16 different clubs in two 4-week sessions. This gives students two exciting opportunities in which to participate. The clubs vary in interest. Acting, American Doll, Basketball, Chess, Cooking, Election, Fencing, Science Lab and Harry Potter meets Luke Skywalker are examples of the clubs from which students may choose.
- Student Council – coordinates service projects for the school and wider community.
- Fun Friday – This is a festival style celebration open to all families and neighbors.
- Principal & Parent Coffees – These events offer parents a chance to socialize, share challenges in parenting and become better informed. Forums provide parents with current information about child development, educational process and the keys to learning.
- Parent University Classes– These are community collaborative workshops led by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to help parents become full partners in their children’s education.
- After School Enrichment Program
- Tutoring Program – Parents and community members work with students in areas of need, whether it be science, math, reading or writing.
- Girls on the Run – Girls on the Run International, is a non-profit prevention program that encourages young girls to develop self respect and healthy lifestyles through running.
- Let Me Run – An afterschool program that encourages boys to obtain healthy lifestyles through running.
- Guitar Express – This is a once a week morning program that teaches students the basics of guitar.
- Recorder Ensemble – This is a morning program that meets once a week to help increase music reading skills.
- Golf Lessons
- Play Spanish – is a program designed to introduce children to the Spanish language and culture through a play-based curriculum.
- Reflections – Every year many Sharon Students enter the National PTA sponsored Reflections contest, this is an arts recognition and achievement program.
I am very pleased that you are interested in Sharon Elementary School. Sharon Elementary School is a positive and energetic learning environment. The academic achievements of Sharon Elementary School are quite renowned.Talented teachers, assistants, and support staff excel at enhancing students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The students at Sharon Elementary School are consistently challenged and engaged in learning.
I am thrilled and honored to be the principal of Sharon Elementary School. It is my intention to maintain the tradition of excellence that has been established through the hard work and dedication of the staff and parents. It is going to be another great year at Sharon Elementary School.Please contact me at 980-343-6725 firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions.
Principal, Sharon School
8 Multiple Intelligences
Bodily-Kinesthetic Learner: A child who likes to move around, touch and talk, and use body language. The B/K learner is good at sports, dance, and acting, and learns best by interaction with space and by processing knowledge through bodily sensations.
Intrapersonal Learner: This child likes to work alone and pursue his/her own interests. An intrapersonal learner is good at understanding “self,” focusing inward on feelings and dreams, following instincts, and being original. This person learns best by working alone, having individualized projects and self-paced instruction. Having personal space is a must for this learner.
Interpersonal Learner: This child likes lots of friends and enjoys talking to people and joining groups. An interpersonal learner is good at understanding people, organizing and leading groups, and mediating during times of conflict. This student learns best by sharing, comparing, relating, cooperating and interviewing.
Logical-Mathematical Learner: This student likes to do experiments, figure things out, work with numbers, ask questions, and explore patterns and relationships. He/she is good at math, reasoning, logic, and problem solving. The L/M student learns best by categorizing and working with abstract patterns and relationships.
Musical-Rhythmic Learner: This child likes to sing, hum tunes, listen to music and play instruments. He/she is good at identifying sounds, remembering melodies, noticing pitches and rhymes, and keeping
time. The M/R student learns best through melody, rhythm, and music.
Naturalist Learner: A child who likes the outdoors. He/she hears and sees links in nature and can distinguish among and classify by using features of the environment.
Spatial Learner: This student likes to draw, build, design and create. He/she can see the real world and translate it into new forms. You will find that the spatial learner is good at working puzzles and mazes, and reading maps and charts. This student learns best by visualizing, dreaming, working with colors, and using the mind’s eye to relate the world.
Verbal-Linguistic Learner: This child likes to read, write and tell stories. This child is good at memorizing names, places, dates and trivia. If you are a V/L student, you learn by saying, hearing, and seeing words.
At Sharon School we believe in expecting high achievement by all students, to the best of their abilities, in order to create lifelong learners. To accomplish this we will:
- Facilitate a strong home-school-community connection
- Educate students to become compassionate, productive members of our community and society
- Design an integrated, challenging curriculum that meets the learning needs of each child while implementing the philosophy and practices of Multiple Intelligences – Support and celebrate each other’s effort and successes
- Provide an emotionally an physically safe environment
- In 2007, Sharon hosted a workshop of the NAGC (National Association for Gifted Children) National Convention, Bringing Curriculum to the Stage, sharing how we successfully integrate Howard Gardner’s 8 Multiple Intelligences with our Talent Development instruction.
- One of Sharon’s Odyssey of the Mind teams won the World Championship in the Elementary School Division in May 2003. In May 2008, our team that qualified for the World Finals came in Fifth Place, out of 57 teams, at the University of Maryland. In May 2012, six Sharon students traveled to Iowa to compete in the World Championships.
- In 2009, Sharon School was featured in Edutopia Magazine.
- In 2010, Camilla Mazzotta won the Gertrude Coward Award for CMS Media Specialists.
- In 2010, Christopher Brown won the Harris Teeter Teacher of Excellence Award for being an outstanding music teacher.
- Sharon’s most famous graduate is Dr. Billy Graham, and the second most famous will be your child!
- Each teacher has an individual web page on Sharon’s website. Here the teachers communicate with parents, post weekly newsletters, post homework assignments, and note upcoming class events.
- Sharon has ten National Board Certified Teachers on staff and several more that are working on their certification.
- Sharon School is a feeder to Myers Park High School, which was selected as one of Newsweek Magazine’s top high schools in the country.
- 100% of the Teachers join the PTA each year. We encourage every family to join and last year over 600 families participated in the PTA.
- An $8 million project was completed in August of 2006, completely renovating Sharon’s existing structure and adding additional classrooms and workspace.
- Sharon volunteers are so dedicated that they provided over 1,000 hours of support in just one month for our school operations.
- Many Eagle Scout projects have been completed at Sharon by former students. Last summer landscaping plant containers near the 5th Grade wing were built. And there is a shelving unit project underway for 2012-2013.
- Ms. Stephanie Dixon, one of Sharon’s fourth grade teachers, was awarded 2012 MeckED Teacher of Excellence Award.October 2011 Sharon Elementary was highlighted on Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolutions website