Elementary School Principal Message
Welcome to the Elementary School at St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju. The administration, faculty, and staff are looking forward to an outstanding and successful school year and I’d like to take this chance to offer some background on our programs for this year.
Our Early Childhood program follows the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Your children will have many opportunities to learn and engage their curiosity through exploration, investigation, and play. We have an excellent student-teacher ratio, which ensures many opportunities for small group and individual attention.
Our Elementary School students are immersed in English instruction with the support of the Classroom Teachers, as well as English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teachers and Assistant Teachers. As we are a full-immersion program, the push-in model will be used to enhance the best learning environment for the students.
Our Balanced Literacy program follows the Reading and Writing Units of Study developed by Lucy Calkins and the Workshop Model approach. Within the workshop structure, teachers are able to address both the whole group’s needs as well as differentiating for the needs of small groups and individuals. We focus is on the four domains of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Our objectives are for students to be able to understand and explain their thinking and learning.
Our Math program, Eureka Math, builds students deep understanding and fluency in math through hands-on activities. Crafted by teachers and math scholars, the curriculum carefully sequences mathematical progressions to maximize coherence and mastery of mathematics from grades PK through grade 5.
Following the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and multiple resoruces such as FOSS, our Science Instructional Specialists gives students the opportunity to question and define problems, investigate, analyze and interpret data, construct explanations, and obtain, evaluate and communicate information. They also concentrate on the engineering practices of a good Scientist.
Our Social Studies Units of Study allow the students to find their personal interests under the umbrella of a unit theme. Students use research skills, note-taking, analyzing and critiquing websites, learning content and presenting this information in an innovative and creative way. All of our teachers encourage students to use their 21st-century skills of collaboration, cooperation, communication, creativity, innovation, and problem-solving.
Grades 1-5 attend Korean Language and History five times a week for Native Korean, Chinese for Native Chinese and Korean as a Foreign Language (KFL) for our foreign students.
Students participate in Physical Education, Art and Music and have opportunities to visit the Makerspace and Library. Our Technology Integrationist supports all students and teachers in the classroom throughout the year.
We look forward to welcoming you to our school whether you are a current or prospective family here at SJA Jeju.
Ms. Stacy Molnar
Elementary School Principal