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|NACA Core Values|
The NACA Core Values were identified by community members as important values that are evident in our families and communities. At NACA Elementary, the NACA Core Values are a part of all that we do as a school community. We make it an emphasis to teach about the Core Values and we make it a point to celebrate our students and their display of Core Values throughout their time at NACA Elementary.
How are the Core Values integrated into the Curriculum?
In the afternoon, our students have Core Values Time. During this time we like to partner the usage of culturally relevant text and Core Values to immerse our students in Social Studies or Science. We use culturally relevant text on a consistent basis to allow our students an opportunity to see themselves and their communities in a manner that is accurate and connected to the content they are learning. Partnering the Core Values with culturally relevant text is a method that allows our students to obtain academic skills while connecting school and community.
How are the Core Values celebrated at school?
The Core Values are everywhere in the school building. They are in the office, hallways, classrooms, and curriculum. At the beginning of each year students talk about and discuss what each value looks like and they use this information to create classroom norms. Students that are displaying the Core Values, are given a Rock Star form by school staff, that highlights their great behavior. The Rock Stars are presented to the students in a whole school meeting during our Morning Circle time on Monday mornings. Rock Star students then have their picture placed on the Rock Star bulletin board with their Rock Star form, so that our community can read about their accomplishment.
At the end of the year, all Elementary students are awarded Core Value awards that are presented by their teacher in front of the community.
Specials. What are they?
Specials are classes outside the general education classroom. Art, Personal Wellness, Music, and Language classes are categorized as Specials. Each grade has three Specials every week.
At NACA Elementary, students have the opportunity to engage with an Indigenous language. Right now, parents can elect to have their students experience Dine, Lakota, Keres, or Zuni. Some languages are restricted to members of their community. Make sure you ask questions, if you are not sure what language your student should be taking.
We utilize two components to teach Literacy at NACA Elementary. Fundations and Wonders are the programs that our teachers use to engage students with the reading process.
Fundations -- is a multisensory and systematic phonics, spelling, and handwriting program that benefits elementary students. Fundations is designed as a whole-class, general education program used for prevention (Tier 1) purposes. It also can be taught in a small group or 1:1 setting for intervention (Tier 2).
Wonders -- is a research based reading curriculum designed to foster a love of reading in all children. It provides our staff with a comprehensive set of connected resources for all learners in grades K–5, Wonders offers our teachers the ability to adapt instruction with confidence as students grow. Our focus on teaching the whole child—and every child—prepares students to be lifelong learners and critical thinkers.