Once again, each classroom is involved in the character education program. Students in various clubs such as the Watkins Dance Team, and A.R.I.S.E., are involved in the community through volunteering. Students who earn enough volunteer hours receive the Presidential Volunteer Service Award at the end of the school year. Students are taught to care about their communities and give back to those in need. The students on the Watkins Dance Team host and sponsor a Thanksgiving Day food drive where the food and turkeys are donated to families in need at our school. The Watkins Dance Team also hosts an annual Holiday Toy Drive where the toys are also donated to families at our school who are in need. Each year, students volunteer in the City of West Park Thanksgiving celebration where they help to serve over 400 participants. In the past, students have participated in events such as the Relay for Life, they have fundraised for and donated over $1600 to help build schools in Asia, and much more.
Last year the Watkins Dance Team earned over 500 volunteer hours and various silver and bronze medals from President Barack Obama. Students in the classrooms are taught about persistence, grit, determination, and motivation through various character education activities. Teachers and administrators speak about grit and what it is to achieve one's goal.
Our character education program has RESPECT as one of its topics. In the classroom, teachers speak to students about what respect entails and how we can show others respect. The various clubs hold their students to high expectations. These students are expected to exemplify Respect in their daily routine to teachers and their peers.
Our administrators have set forth the R.O.A.R. positive behavior program that teaches and rewards students for excellent behavior and citizenship. Our fabulous counselor, Ms. Roach runs the Character Education program where students who exemplify good character traits are rewarded during a monthly celebration. Parents of theses students are invited to sit and enjoy a complimentary breakfast with their child and it is all sponsored by the PTA.
I am thankful for the parents of the Watkins Elementary 2015-2016 PTA who provide after school snacks for all students in each afterschool club. Thank you so much Mrs. Wanda Cruise, Cristina Eveillard, Keisha Allen , and Mrs. Betty Pradhan. These ladies take time out of their busy schedules to assist in the daily operations of our school and I just want to say THANK YOU. You ladies ROCK! We couldn't do it without you.
Teachers attend various professional developments to stay abreast of district initiatives and best practice strategies used in the classroom. Teachers plan in weekly teams using interdisciplinary units to ensure students are receiving the best education. Formative exams are used in the classroom as a tool to track student data. The district has implemented the C.A.R.E. to be the B.E.S.T. initiative at all schools. Each class uses Curriculum, Assessment, Remediation, and Enrichment to teach Beyond Expected Student Targets.
This school has done a TERRIFIC job with my 7 year old son who has learning disabilities. He has been there now two years and now his sister has started in kindergarten. I truly look forward to see her blossom as every young child should. Every teacher my son has had, has always been easily accessible and friendly. My daughters teacher Ms. Alverez made my daughters first day extremely memorable. Thank you Watkins Elementary, keep up the terrific job you do!! I know it isn't an easy job, BUT YOU ALL MAKE IT LOOK VERY EASY