Welcome to Laurel Elementary School. Laurel Elementary school is committed to providing all of its students the highest quality education possible-we want every student to know that they are cared for and supported to achieve at the highest level. Laurel’s Elementary School’s mission is to provide all its students with a Well-Rounded education that engages, inspires and nurtures confidence and character needed to achieve their goals and succeed in the 21st Century. Our school works collaboratively with parents to provide a safe and nurturing school environment for all students. Our teachers care about our students and work tirelessly to improve their academic achievement. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring success for all students.
Students receive daily explicit reading and writing instruction following our Benchmark ELA curriculum. Additionally, some students receive small group guided reading instruction as needed in order to meet their individual needs. Teachers regularly monitor student progress and review student assessment data to determine whether the interventions are working and make adjustments accordingly. Laurel has two part-time literacy intervention teachers that provide daily-targeted small group guided reading and writing instruction for more than 60 students, K-5th grade, including intervention support for all our newcomer students. In addition, Laurel has developed a collaborative partnership with MiraCosta College. Throughout the year, college students routinely volunteer at Laurel providing support in the classroom. In many cases, the college volunteers attended Laurel as children and now serve as role models for our students. Furthermore, MiraCosta’s College Adopt-a-Class Initiative provides a unique literacy experience for our 3rd and 4th grade students, which culminates with a visit to the college. Unfortunately this year, the Covid19 Pandemic has put a temporary pause on our in-person collaboration with Miracosta; however, we are looking forward to re-establishing this invaluable partnership once it is safe.
As part of Laurel’s commitment to connect and reach the whole-child, we have implemented multiple programs, opportunities and experiences that not only support our students, but our parents as well. Students receive fresh fruit and vegetable snacks three days week through the California Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Grant. Feeding America distributes 20 to 25 pounds of nutritious food to all Laurel families twice a month. The Girls on the Run program inspires our 4th and 5th grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running. In addition, we have added the Young Triton Boy's running club. Boys from 2nd through 5th grade train and run twice a week for 8-weeks. The running program culminates with a 5K Run. In addition, throughout the year, Laurel offers engaging evening events for the entire family such Literacy Night, Math Night, and Art Night.
We are especially excited to share our Signature School Plan. The Laurel Signature School Plan is a five-year plan with a focus on Science, Technology, and Arts Education (VAPA) with the overarching integration of Project Based Learning as a model to support the implementation of Science, Technology, and the Arts. The Laurel Signature Plan consists of two phases. The first phase involves the full implementation of Project Lead the Way curriculum in grade K-5th grade. The second phase consist of the development and implementation of a comprehensive Arts Education program. In fact, our 1st-5th grade teachers are collaborating with professional artist to integrate art standards into their lessons and projects. While our fundamental mission is to ensure all our students meet and exceed math and language arts standards, we believe that our Signature School Plan will provide a learning environment that emphasizes authentic real world problems, engages students in inquiry and exploration, promotes creativity and collaboration, and provides opportunities for students to apply what they know in meaningful ways. While the Covid19 Pandemic has put a temporary pause on most of our in-person programs and services, we have been able to adapt and shift, and thus provide many services and activities virtually and online. Indeed, our goal is to continue to provide all of our services and programs once it is safe.