Resource Classes

Resource classes are scheduled for each grade and each class. The resource classes provided for all students include library, art, vocal music, and physical education. Other opportunities are also offered to students based on the availability in the schedule. Although science is offered to every class, our fourth and fifth grade students participate in science twice a week as a resource. Additional vocal music or physical education as well as Spanish may be scheduled for various grades.

Art

Curriculum is based on the standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and can be accessed by visiting the MSDE website, mdk12.org

Library

The library is a place where all Mount Washington Elementary School students thrive. Throughout the year, students are exposed to a wide range of literary sources to help them gain an appreciation for various types of literature and a love for reading. They are taught age-appropriate information literacy skills through specific library activities and projects designed in collaboration with the classroom teachers. Experiences in the library are not isolated from children’s classroom experience but is part of an integrated educational whole.

Library Standards

  1. Students will demonstrate and appreciation of literature as a reflection of human experience and reading as a pleasurable activity.
  2. Students will be able to use resources, in a wide variety of formats, to locate information to meet an identified need.
  3. Students will be able to collect information relevant to their current information need.
  4. Students will use appropriate print, non-print and computer/online/digital formats to organize and manage data/information.
  5. Students will be able to interpret information to generate new understanding ans knowledge.
  6. Students will be able to communicate findings/conclusions by producing materials in an appropriate format to support written, oral, and multi-media processing.
  7. Students will demonstrate responsible attitudes toward to use of information.

Reading Activities/Programs

  • The Scholastic Book Fair provides a fun literacy event for our families. High quality books are carefully selected and available for purchase. Profits from the book fair are used to buy books for all the classrooms and to invite an author to visit the school. This year’s book fair will be held the week before the Winter Holiday.
  • Reading Makes Cents is an exciting read-a-thon. Students race to read as many books as they can during the month of December. Their reading sponsors’ donations are used to buy new books for the library’s collection.
  • Read Across America is an annual and national reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. On this day, at MWES, Baltimore City community leaders are invited to read to all the classes.
  • The Black-Eyed Susan Book Award is a children’s choice award for the state of Maryland. The Award has been given to authors and/or illustrators of outstanding books chosen for the award by Maryland students. The award seeks to promote literacy and lifelong reading habits by encouraging students to read quality, contemporary literature. MWES participate in the reading and voting process each year.
  • The Birthday Book Club is a wonderful opportunity for children to donate a book to the library in honor of their birthday.
  • The Author and Illustrator Program is a yearly event. Every May, the school welcomes a special author or illustrator to speak with various grade levels.
  • Summer Reading allows the school and public library to celebrate and promote reading over the summer months. Students who complete the reading game receive special recognition from both the public library and the school library.

Music

Curriculum is based on the standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and can be accessed by visiting the MSDE website, mdk12.org

Schedule by Grade

This section is still under construction.