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Title: Welcome to Rock Creek Forest

Welcome to Rock Creek Forest
  • Open House
  • 2006-2007

  • Introduction
  • Mission
  • Admission
  • Community and Spanish Programs
  • Staff
  • Curriculum
  • Homework
  • Questions
  • Tour

  • The mission of Rock Creek Forest Elementary
    School is to provide all students with knowledge,
    skills, goals, and work habits that will enable
    them to become productive members of society. We
    work to create a warm, caring atmosphere, where
    all are nurtured and stimulated to learn. We
    establish and maintain an environment with high
    expectations, multicultural awareness and
    sensitivity to one another. We believe that all
    students can achieve. Rock Creek Forest is a
    school where it is safe to take risks and learn
    from them, safe to explore, safe to share, and
    safe to succeed.

  • Local Neighborhood
  • Kindergarten Orientation May 11th 2007
  • For Language Immersion Program
  • - By lottery
  • - Apply between February 1 and April 1,
  • - Transportation
  • - Hours 910 am 330 pm

  • For Immersion Program teachers are native
    Spanish speakers and have certification in
    elementary or early childhood education. Teachers
    need to have some fluency in English, as well, so
    that they can communicate with parents and also
    take advantage of local county in-service or
    college courses.
  • For English Community Program teachers are
    highly certified in elementary or early childhood

English Community Program
Spanish Immersion Program
  • K-2 Small Class size
  • Kindergarten Full Day
  • 1st and 2nd Grade 90 Minutes of Reading Language
  • 4 5 Combine Reading Groups with Spanish
    Immersion Students
  • Parent Involvement
  • Full Day Kindergarten (25 students)
  • 1st Grade 26 students
  • K - 1st All Subjects in Spanish
  • 2nd 5th Daily Reading in English
  • Immersion method of foreign language instruction-
    students spend part or all of the day learning a
    variety of disciplines in the Spanish language.

Nature Trail Center
Immersion Students Performance in English
  • Results of several research studies show that
  • Although total immersion students lag behind
    initially in spelling and vocabulary in English,
    they equal or surpass their monolingual peers
    after two years of English language arts
  • MCPS total immersion CTBS results support the
    same findings
  • In total immersion program where English
    instruction begins in Grade 4, the CTBS results
    from Grade 4 students show a net progress as
    compared to those from Grade 2. The most recent
    MSA results confirm the same findings for Grade
  • Two important facts
  • 1.- Language skills transfer from one language
    to another.
  • 2.- It take one to two years for language
    skills to transfer.

  • Reading Language Arts (small guided reading
    groups as well as teacher reads aloud)
  • Daily Writing
  • Daily Math and small group differentiated
  • Science and Social Studies (Units)
  • Specials (Art, Music and P.E.)
  • - Upper grades Instrumental or Chorus

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  • Homework is an opportunity for you to be
    connected to what students are doing in school.
  • Homework is sent from Monday through Thursday (K-
  • In addition to homework, we suggest you read with
    your child every night.
  • We encourage parents to help with homework. The
    final product should be the childs work.

  • The teachers try to go over the routine
    assignments so students know what to do.
  • Long-term projects are outlined so parents can
    help their children meet the deadlines and
    acquire the materials.
  • Parents can buy Spanish primary dictionaries,
    English dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries.
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