Reading - Wonders
The Wonders reading program is designed to teach all five areas of reading: Phonemic Awareness, Explicit Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Students will begin instruction in these key areas as early as Pre-Kindergarten so they understand not just how to read and write, but the meaning and purpose of what they are learning. The program is designed to lay the foundation for reading skills, provide practice readings to increase confidence, allow for teaches to assess student progress on a regular basis, provide challenge reading and tutoring opportunities, provide guidance in the Inquiry Method, teach children to question, investigate and explore reading topics, provide writing strategies, as well as providing reading selections across multiple genres. The technology component includes games, and practice readings for children to continue learning on their own time. Teachers also have access to web resources that provide them with better ways to plan and execute lessons, and use reading as a bridge builder to the other core academic subjects. Parents are encouraged to become active in their child’s reading and writing instruction with the parent links on the Imagine It website. The reading supplements for at-home learning are great ways to increase student learning or challenge them to reach higher goals.
Math - My Math
My Math has been designed from intense research findings to target specific needs and provide accurate results. The authors include experts who helped shape the Common Core State Standards that Utah and most other states are adopting as their official curriculum standards. The pacing of this program had been designed to allow for an increased amount of depth in each specific unit and lessons material, so teachers have more time to teach for understanding. The program develops conceptual understanding through daily Problem-Based Interactive Learning and step-by-step Visual Learning and uses bar diagram models to help students make sense of the problem and become better problem solvers.
Heritage Language Program
The Navajo language is an essential element of life, culture, and the identity of the Navajo people and is important in the preservation and perpetuation of the language for the survival of the Navajo Nation. The Heritage language program was developed to help students gain knowledge, understanding and respect for the Navajo culture, history, civics, science, and social studies through the study of the Navajo language, in accordance with the Navajo Nation standards and those of the San Juan School District.
Third through fifth grade students are introduced to songs, singing techniques, and music theory. Students will learn to play woodwind instruments. This program is designed to expose the students to reading music, as well as understanding the different parts of music, music history, and music appreciation.
Grant Funded Programs
SIG- School Improvement Grant
Any school district that receives this grant must use funds to implement a school improvement plan. The school is required to increase learning time for students, use an educator evaluation system that takes student growth data into account, provide additional teacher professional development, reward educators who increase student achievement, and remove those teachers who, after receiving additional support, do not increase student achievement.
Out of School Time Programs
Bluff After School Program
Bluff Success Academy is the after school academic and enrichment provider for Bluff Elementary School. This program is funded through grants offered by the Utah Department of Workforce Services offer through their After School Programs department in the Office of Family Life. Bluff Success Academy supports the regular school day by providing homework time, and help if students are in need of additional tutoring, support, or just a set time to sit and do their homework. This time is also used for students to work on long term projects, catch up on their reading, check out library books, take AR tests, and practice their math facts along with many other things that support their academic success and promotes growth. The program is required to offer educational components that include Healthy Bodies/Healthy Lifestyles and Positive Interpersonal Relationships in order to qualify for the current grants that allow the program to operate. The Heritage Language Program also is supported in After School by providing time for students to further explore the Heritage Language program’s linguistic offerings, participate in traditional song and dance training and competitions, learn traditional crafts and spend time working on these projects.
Girl Scout Troop #2225
Girl Scouts of America has partnered with the After School program to create a consistent and safe place for the members of Troop #2225 to meet once a week. All girls who attend Bluff Elementary School the After School Program are given the opportunity to participate in Girl Scouts. This partnership was created out of a desire to create more out of school activities for students of the Bluff Community and has been extremely successful. The After School Program provides them transportation home from meetings with the After School Program students since this has been the major obstacle for Girl Scouts in the community. Most girls who attend Girl Scouts also voluntarily become regular attenders of the After School Program because of the services it provides to assist with Girl Scout projects.