At Strawberry Elementary School, our mission is to increase the knowledge, the skills, and the well-being of every student through a school-wide commitment that assures safety, instills respect, and both models and requires responsibility. Our highest priority is to develop independent, life-long learners who seek to learn and enjoy learning, aspiring to their personal best in an intermediate-grade school setting designed to provide them with the support, the foundation, the self-discipline, inventiveness, and creativity they need to succeed in middle school, high school, college and/or careers. We honor and demonstrate respect for the human dignity and the immanent worth of each individual involved in our school community. We value the diversity of our community and we work synergistically with the families of our students to provide the opportunities and educational support each student needs.
Strawberry School serves fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in a safe, respectful, supportive, engaging, purposeful, and challenging environment that is conducive to the highest achievement and best learning for our students. Our comprehensive curriculum is integrated to allow students to apply and reinforce their learning throughout the core subjects and beyond. All students are provided a rigorous, standards-based academic program in language arts, mathematics, science, history/social studies, physical education and visual and performing arts. Strawberry School students have the opportunity to participate in an active Student Council, social interaction groups (Lunch Bunch with the counselor, counseling interns, or other trained staff), and a library club as well as in academic competitions such the County Spelling Bee (which students from Strawberry School have recently won twice), the National Geographic Geography Bee, the County Chess Tournament (annually hosted by our school), and the Lego Robotics Tournament. Other opportunities include lunchtime intramural sports programs called "noon league" with basketball, soccer, and softball, an interscholastic 4th - 6th grade basketball league for boys and girls (two teams of each), band, chorus, flag and shield team programs, and a rich program in the arts, including dance, music, and visual arts. After-school program offerings for GATE students include Spanish, French, painting, ceramics, technology/computer coding, videography, robotics, and science. Additional classes in art, chess, cooking, and drama are offered through the Parks and Recreation Department and other youth-oriented community groups and individuals.
Students are taught environmental stewardship. They participate in "Walk and Roll to School" days during which they learn to be safe while providing self-powered transport to and from school on bikes, skateboards, skates, or scooters. Each year the fourth and fifth grade classes have instruction on bicycle and pedestrian safety. The fourth graders all have a day of hands-on training about bicycle safety during a Bicycle Rodeo near the end of the year. The sixth grade participates in an intensive hands-on study of early humans and in a four-day environmental studies field trip at Walker Creek Ranch in Marin County each year.
Strawberry School students thrive—achieving personal growth in a safe and supportive atmosphere where their progress and success is frequently monitored, acknowledged, and celebrated. We measure success through our evaluation of the whole child—the academic progress, the growth in responsibility, and the good citizenship that the students learn and practice. The State testing program, the DIBELS reading and comprehension tests, and teacher- and publisher developed assessments help measure student progress toward state and national targets in English/Language Arts, Math, Science, History, and Physical Education. Teachers analyze student performance data from several sources for each of their students throughout the school year as well as at the beginning and end of each year to help determine areas in need of attention and to design ways to maximize student progress.
Students are screened for reading fluency and comprehension a minimum of three times per year, and much more frequently if they fall below proficiency standards. Specific educational interventions to meet students’ identified needs are provided through a Response to Intervention (RtI) program of targeted assistance in reading and through assessment and remediation in the classroom in both language arts and mathematics. In addition to measuring their improvement on quantifiable objective measures, student progress is measured through the use of complex long-term projects that require a high degree of problem-solving, effort, creativity, and scholarship. The staff participates in researching new textbook adoptions and works hard to move instruction to Common Core.
Strawberry School first became a California Distinguished School and Nationally distinguished school in the 1980’s. The Distinguished School status was again achieved in 2006 and most recently again in 2012. We have maintained the programs and the high achievement and scores that qualified us for the distinguished designation.
The California Healthy Kids Survey, two locally developed surveys, and many LCAP response opportunities were given to parents and other members of the school community to help us obtain information about their perceptions of all of our programs and how to improve them. Our entire staff--teachers, paraprofessionals, maintenance and operations, playground supervisors, and administration continues to provide the expertise and the caring environment that help our students maximize their gifts and achieve their personal best success. Our whole school community--committed staff, parents, our two amazing non-profit parent organizations, along with the well-prepared students we receive from our partner school, Yulupa Elementary—combine their educational energy and enthusiasm to create an enjoyable and productive learning environment for all students—an atmosphere and a group of people of which we are all justifiably proud.