At Greenwood Elementary School, we believe that smart is something you become. We will provide ample opportunities and a safe, learning environment so that all students are empowered to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.
Greenwood School Motto: Be Kind Be Safe Be Prepared Be Respectful.
ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Greenwood Elementary is a community of learners with a highly transient student population. The majority of our students' parents are assigned to Fort Eustis or one of the other military installations in this area. Greenwood, which was built in 1986 and expanded in 1990, has 47 classrooms. The school has a student population of approximately 900 with a pupil/teacher ratio averaging 24:1. Greenwood is one of the largest elementary schools in Newport News. In 1999, Greenwood was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Greenwood's instructional goal is to help each child master essential skills and to realize his/her highest level of social, emotional, physical and academic potential. This goal directs the planning, teaching and assessing performed by the staff. As our unique and diverse student population moves through each year of learning, teachers strive to lead students to self-confidence and success. A variety of teaching strategies, a multi-faceted counseling program, and a strong partnership with parents are used.
Greenwood has a strong home-reading program. In grades 2 through 5, this program is called the Accelerated Reader (AR). In the AR program, students choose books to read based upon personal interest, take a computerized comprehension test, receive a computer generated feedback report and share this report with the teacher and parents. Students are recognized at varying achievement levels based upon an average of 85% correct and points accumulated.
The instructional program is supported with 3 computers in every classroom in grades K through 5. Greenwood has 24 computers in its Technology Lab, 18 computers housed in the Media Center, 4 Wireless Portable Labs that each carry 20 laptops, and a Polycom Video Conferencing System. Each teacher has their own laptop to aid in their instruction and duties.
Assessment is an important component of the instructional program. Parents and teachers work in partnership to insure that all students achieve their maximum potential as measured by formal and informal assessments. Productive parent involvement helps each child succeed.
SAFE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
Providing a safe and orderly environment to all students and staff is a primary goal. Students are expected to follow the code of conduct in the Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Administrators and teachers hold meetings with students throughout the year to review the handbook. Parents also review this information with their child. Greenwood has a comprehensive character education program that encourages all students to assume responsibility for good citizenship and to show respect for themselves and others.
Greenwood offers many extracurricular activities for students. At the intermediate level, approximately 75% of our students participate in at least one extra-curricular activity. Students in grades 3 through 5 may participate in the K-Kids Club; students in grades 4 and 5 may participate in the Greenwood Chorus and music, P.E. and art enrichment. The art enrichment students have painted many murals throughout the school while the music and jump rope students have provided programs for our students, parents and staff. Greenwood students participate in Battle of the Books, which reinforces literacy and oral communication in a competitive format. Greenwood was a regional finalist in 1997, 1999 and 2000. Greenwood students also have an opportunity to participate in Odyssey of the Mind.
Greenwood teachers participate in continuing staff development to improve teaching and foster active learning. In addition to graduate courses and staff development opportunities sponsored by NNPS, teachers also participate in the Teachers as Readers Book Club. The staff has received grants and awards from the State Department of Education to improve instruction.
Greenwood PTA is actively involved in supporting the school €™s program and sponsoring special family events such as Math Night, Literacy Night, Spaghetti Family Night, and the Spring Carnival. The PTA encourages all parents, relatives and friends to join. Through their fund-raising efforts, the PTA has made significant contributions to our school.
Many businesses in the community provide opportunities for growth through their partnerships. Fort Eustis and Naval Weapons have participated in our tutoring program. We have a mentoring program with the Newport News Rotary Club. Greenwood €™s guidance counselors have a partnership with the Fort Eustis Teen and Leisure Coordinator. Partnerships with local businesses provide incentives for student achievement in the Accelerated Reader program, and Chick-Fil-A provides incentives for Accelerated Math, Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance. The Warwick Kiwanis Club sponsors the Terrific Kids program. In May 1999, Greenwood was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.