The Huckleberry Hill School has a population of 428 students in grades K-4. Our school has over 60 faculty and staff members committed to providing our students with the very best instruction and supervision. We have 21 regular education classrooms K-4, one classroom providing specific programming needs for multi-age students, one classroom that services students with special needs grades K-4 and the student support program which provides individual and small group instruction and support for students in grades K-4.
The elementary schools have outlined three goals in our 2017-2018 School Improvement Plan. The first goal is to begin implementation of Understanding By Design (UbD) model to support continuous development and instructional excellence. Professional learning committees will meet to develop a consistent Preschool-Grade 12 Understanding By Design model to enhance teaching and learning. Vertical articulation will allow educators to provide an optimal learning experience for all students, while engaging in professional development focused on high expectations and continuous improvement for professional practice. This intentional process will provide immediate data for all educators to best meet the needs of all students to enhance teaching practices and improve student achievement. The second goal is designed specifically for Huckleberry Hill. This goal is to support the social and emotional wellness of all students. HHS will implement the “Second Step” social emotional learning program to enhance our “Huckleberry Heroes” character program and support a lot of the strategies already being used by our teachers. Through a school-wide systematic approach, we hope to further provide our students with the knowledge, skills and language to navigate challenging social situations, understand and manage personal wellness and demonstrate respect and care for others.
Teachers continue to be provided with opportunities for “Collaborative Learning Experiences”. The process begins with teachers viewing a list of proposed topics generated by their colleagues. Teachers then join a group they’re interested in and the work begins. Teams are provided faculty meeting time to work with their CLE group to plan and create their final product. The parameters of the CLE are that their topic and eventual product needs to aligned with the Lynnfield Public School’s district strategy , their respective school improvement plan and the final product must be designed to impact student learning. CLE teams are provided with three hours for formalized collaboration to complete their product. The fourth hour is for teachers to share their CLE product in small groups with colleagues from other CLE groups. Final products are shared, with all teachers, digitally. The final products describe the rationale for their CLE and how it can be implemented to improve their practice and enhance student learning.
Our specialist programs, Music, Library/Media, Art and Physical Education, continue to be an integral and vital aspect of our school culture. Students look forward to, and identify their day with which specialist they will have. The specialists work collaboratively with the classroom teachers to discuss student progress and seek to incorporate concepts studied in the classroom with units of study in their respective area.