Skelly Elementary is a place of high expectations where all success is celebrated. We provide a positive learning environment built on relationships that respect, support,
and encourage all individuals. We engage in authentic communication that assumes positive intent, listens, and seeks to understand. At Skelly Elementary, all students experience learning through high expectations, mutual respect, celebrations of achievements, and authentic communication. We ensure equity of access to high quality instruction and learning experiences that will prepare students to achieve their goals for college and careers.
Skelly Elementary provides a one-way Dual Language Program for native Spanish-speaking students to gain fluency and literacy in English. The goal of the program is
to provide an academically and culturally enriched environment that will help our students to read, write and converse on or above grade level in both English and Spanish by the end of fourth grade. Spanish-speaking students learn to read first in their dominant language. Then, they spend equal amounts of time studying Language Arts in English and in Spanish. Math is taught in English, and Science and Social Studies are taught in Spanish. Students build fluency and comprehension through daily interactions in both languages with both English and Spanish dominant students. Our office staff, parent facilitators and ELL teachers are all bilingual and provide support for students who are developing their English language. In addition, Skelly offers an English class for Spanish-speaking parents.
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING APPROACH
Skelly Elementary is a school focused on understanding students1 current emotional and mental health. Through various social/emotional learning practices, Skelly teachers help students identify their emotions and utilize self-regulation skills. In addition, our on-site school counselors go into classes to teach students about developing healthy friendships, managing their feelings and identifying the appropriate actions to take when there are issues. Creating high-quality learning experiences means educating the whole child by meeting his or her social, emotional, and academic needs. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions.
With strong social and emotional skills, our students will be able to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.