Dean of Elementary School

 Troynelius Waymon

troynelius.waymon@chatthillscharter.org

Dean of Middle School

Raymond Edwards

raymond.edwards@chatthillscharter.org

Coordinator of Special Education

Lakissa Jackson

lakissa.jackson@chatthillscharter.org

 
 

If you have a question about your child's class, please speak with your child's teacher. Contact information is provided on our teacher's page.  If you have already talked to the teacher and need further assistance, please contact the appropriate Dean.

 

At Home

It takes a village to raise a child.  It also takes a village to educate one.  See how you can reinforce the learning going on at school, whether it's by reading to your child, having them read to you and explain key concepts, having them practice keyboarding, checking out their teacher's class page, or practicing our GROWING Traits.  

READING

Make sure your child is reading EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, even on weekends and holidays.  Scholars should read at at least 20 mins for K-2, 30 for 3-8.  Push your child to read more and more non-fiction as the common core requires more of those texts. Have your child explain to you what they read, ask them questions about it, "Why did the character do that?  How would you feel if that happened?  Is it fiction or non-fiction, how do you know?  What is the significance of what you read?

Keyboarding

Keyboarding is becoming increasingly important in the real world as well as in the academic world.  This year all of our state tests must be completed online.  Please try the following programs to help increase scholar typing ability.  We want state tests to measure how much scholars know, not how well they can type.  Please make sure this is not an obstacle by making sure scholars are practicing at least 15 minutes EVERY night.  Please see the following typing programs you can use.   BBC Dance Mat Typing Typing Games ZoneTyping.com.

 

Writing

Writing is one of the most rigorous activities a child can engage it.  It forces him/her to synthesize learning and ideas, to organize thoughts, and to communicate them coherently and powerfully.  Please use our R.A.C.C.E. with your scholar at home when creating expository or argumentative paragraphs.  

  • Have scholars use RACCE for any stand alone paragraphs or body paragraphs for informative or persuasive writing.

    • R - Rephrase the question

    • A - Answer the question

    • C - Cite the evidence

    • C - Connect evidence

    • E - Elaborate

      • Takeaways and summaries

      • Connections to bigger ideas, similar situations, the future, the past, personal connections or a new application of the idea or perspective 

 

CHCS Curricular Resources

Any pre-designed curriculum used at Chatt Hills is incomplete.  We must tailor those curricula and materials to fit our artistic, agricultural, and environmental lenses.  With that said, we are using Eureka math also known as Engage NY, a common core aligned math program to serve as the foundation on which our math curriculum is built. We use STEP (Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress) K-5 for reading.  STEP includes phonics as well as reading comprehension and not only assesses to see where scholars are in their reading abilities but then provides the next steps and reading materials for teachers to use to get them to the next step.

 

Math: Eureka Math

From the Eureka website: "Eureka Math was written by a team of teachers and mathematicians who took great care to present mathematics in a logical progression from grade PK—12. This coherent approach allows teachers to know what incoming students already have learned and ensures that students are prepared for what comes next. When implemented faithfully, Eureka Math will dramatically reduce gaps in student learning, instill persistence in problem solving, and prepare students to understand advanced math."

ELA: Lucy Calkins

Reading Units

High Expectations, Achievable Goals: The reading units of study help teachers provide their students with instruction, opportunities for practice, and concrete doable goals to help them meet and exceed any set of high standards. Proven Tools and Methods: . The teaching in these books has been planned, taught, revised, and retaught, through a cycle of improvement involving literally thousands of classrooms in schools dotting the globe. A Clear Instructional Arc:  Each reading unit represents about five to six weeks of teaching, structured into three or four “bends in the road.” Rather than tackling the entire journey all at once, it’s easier to embark on this series of shorter, focused bends, pausing between each to regroup and prepare for the next.

Writing Units

High Expectations, Achievable Goals: The writing units of study help teachers provide their students with instruction, opportunities for practice, and concrete doable goals to help them meet and exceed any set of high standards. Proven Tools and Methods: The teaching in these books has been planned, taught, revised, and retaught, through a cycle of improvement involving literally thousands of classrooms in schools dotting the globe. A Clear Instructional Arc: Each writing unit represents about five to six weeks of teaching, structured into three or four “bends in the road.” Rather than tackling the entire journey all at once, it’s easier to embark on this series of shorter, focused bends, pausing between each to regroup and prepare for the next.

Science: Stemscopes

Social Studies: Gallopade

Gallopade Social Studies resources successfully meet Georgia's Standards of Excellence and prepare students for Georgia Milestones achievement. Gallopade is a leader in the production of curriculum related resources, supplementary educational materials, and children’s books. The Gallopade Social Studies Curriculum program was introduced in 2002 and receives ongoing updates whenever Georgia’s standards are changed. In 2010, the Gallopade Curriculum was approved as a state-recommended resource. Gallopade Social Studies resources successfully meet Georgia's Standards of Excellence and prepare students for Georgia Milestones achievement.

Increased Rigor- Develops students as Proficient and Distinguished learners using an Interactive approach to Learning Social Studies. Activities span all DOK levels to reinforce content, develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills, and assess understanding and comprehension.