Our curriculum consists of reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, world languages, art, music, library, physical education and health. As we transition to the Common Core standards, we are monitoring and adjusting our curriculum areas to be sure our students meet and exceed those standards. Additionally, we strive for our students to demonstrate the ability to work well with others and communicate effectively. These are skills consistent with the mission of all of Ramsey’s schools and with the goals of our district’s 21st Century Learning Initiative.
Dater School values the education of the whole child, and students are involved in art, music, world languages, library, and physical education on a regular basis. We provide support, as necessary, through enrichment, speech, basic skills instruction, a special needs program, and ESL. Our enrichment program offers activities to students on a pullout, whole class and interest basis. A program that parallels this is our Ramsey Alive television production. In this activity, grade 5 students produce a weekly television show that is broadcast to the community on Fridays during a 20-week season. Our Basic Skills Improvement Program provides remediation for students needing assistance in the areas of mathematics, reading and language arts. Finally, our ESL program provides services to students who have not yet mastered the English language.
In the area of technology, each classroom has networked computers. Additionally, 90 wireless laptops are available for classroom use. We also have a computer lab consisting of 25 computers, a projection system and SmartBoard. Our Media Center houses 14 computers, utilized by students, to electronically locate books and conduct research using district software and the internet. Students have full e-mail capabilities and participate in an evolving computer curriculum that develops computer skills and integrates technology into our everyday curriculum. There are also 24 iPads available to help enhance classroom instruction. Finally, each homeroom has a SmartBoard that affords teachers and students a host of strategies in the learning process.
The staff at Dater School continues to demonstrate a commitment to professional growth. This was evidenced by their participation in district developed workshops, their continued attendance of out-of-district workshops, the completion of post-graduate courses and their serving on various District committees.
One of Dater’s greatest assets is the tremendous level of support provided for our students by the PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) and the extended community. The PTO generously seeks to enrich the lives of students both in and out of the classroom.
Everyone at Dater School strives to provide our students with a stimulating education setting where they can grow socially, emotionally and academically.