The Ray School maintains a robust and comprehensive curriculum, preparing children for a lifetime of learning. Instruction ranges from the traditional skills in literacy and numeracy to developing social awareness and personal identity. Each of the following components links to pages of relevant information at the Ray School website.
Instruction in all these areas is integrated with the middle school and high school curriculum for a comprehensive K-12 progression. The Ray School is one of four schools in SAU 70, which also includes the Marion Cross Elementary School in Norwich VT, the Richmond Middle School and Hanover High. The K-12 curriculum was developed by teachers from all four schools, defining a coherent scope and sequence across a host of academic areas. Additional information about the K-12 curriculum can be found at the web site http://www.SAU70.org.
The booklet ”Ray School Curriculum Overview” is available in the school office. Grade-level curriculum summaries are distributed to parents each fall. Specific curriculum information is also available on the school website (http://www.rayschool.org).
Ray School ”Specials”—subjects that enlarge and enhance our lives beyond the learning of our core academic skills—expose our students to important skills and capabilities. ”Specials” teachers may visit individual classrooms, or instruction may take place in a specialized area of school property, or off-campus.
Athletics. The school does not sponsor extracurricular athletic programs in grades K through 5. Programs are provided through the Hanover Recreation Department and other community organizations, which may use our facilities. The school’s role is limited to providing space and disseminating information. The school does not provide supervision for students on school grounds between the end of school and the start of recreation programs.
Field trips are an important part of the school curriculum. At the beginning of the school year, parents will receive a blanket permission slip that covers a child’s participation in local walking trips. Notice of an upcoming field trip will be sent home prior to the trip. For trips requiring transportation, parents will be asked to sign a separate permission slip for each trip.
Parents providing transportation for field trips must carry auto insurance of at least $300,000 per person, and should be aware that their personal auto insurance will be the primary insurance in case of an accident.
Foreign language. Spanish is taught in kindergarten through grade five. Our foreign language program emphasizes the skills necessary for students to communicate verbally. Through specific thematic units, the program promotes listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students use language in an authentic way, and lessons reinforce the classroom curriculum. Songs, stories, role-playing, and projects create the meaningful communication necessary in the early stages of language acquisition. The overarching goal of the program is to move students toward proficiency in the Spanish language.Music. The Ray School provides music instruction at all grade levels. In addition, grades K-through-2 participate in a weekly Sing-Along to which parents are generally invited. They also take part in a winter concert in December. Formal choral rehearsal takes place in grades 3 and 4, and is optional in grade 5. All-school performances are held in winter and spring.
Lessons on string instruments begin in grade 4, and band instruments in grade 5. Each student may choose one instrument. Lessons are given once or twice a week during lunch and recess periods. Ensemble and band work usually begin late in grade 5. String instruments can be rented through the school. Band instruments can be rented from a vendor. Financial need will not prohibit a child from studying an instrument. Contact the principal for further information.
Physical Education. The Ray School uses ”Physical Best” (a fitness program from the American Alliance for Health,
Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance) as the core of our physical education curriculum. It includes cognitive, affective, and psychomotor activities to encourage healthy, active lifestyles for our students. Grades 4 and 5 participate in the ”Fitnessgram” assessment and goal-setting activities. Parents will be notified before testing begins in the fall. Parent volunteers are encouraged to help with the testing.
Technology. Technology curriculum at the Ray School embeds 21st century learning skills to support each grade level including computer language, such as, Scratch to develop beginning programming skills while integrating other curriculum content. Our technology curriculum supports student learning in writing, research, and presentations. Teachers have individual website pages for their classroom or subject area, all found under the umbrella of the school website at http://www.rayschool.org.