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Heath Elementary School Kindergarten Program

18 Jacobs Road
Heath, MA 01346

(413) 337-5307


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Heath School community believes that a well-balanced educational program, which promotes rigorous academics, creative endeavors, and social responsibility, will best prepare our children for a lifetime of learning as active and caring citizens in a democratic society.
Core Values
The following is a list of the Heath Elementary School's values that, when integrated into the daily life of our school, empower children to interact effectively and compassionately with local, national, and global communities. By demonstrating a commitment to these values as a community of learners, we recognize and honor our connection to those who have come before us and our responsibility to those who will follow.
We value respect of others and ourselves.
We value the development of and participation in community.
We value open-mindedness and diversity of viewpoints.
We value the courage to challenge oneself academically, intellectually, and socially.
We value high expectations and standards of excellence, keeping in mind the uniqueness of each learner.
We value an understanding and appreciation of our natural, cultural, and social environments.
We value service learning and civic-mindedness.
We value the building of character to include a sense of justice, honesty, and integrity.
We value that each teacher is a learner and a teacher to every student and to each other.
We value that staff and students meet regularly to set goals, plan, share, learn, and reflect.
We value the creation of a continuum of learning throughout the school and across disciplines.
We value developing self-discipline, perseverance, and a strong work ethic.
We value a welcoming, joyful, and hospitable environment in which all are included, invited, and have a place.
We value a commitment to problem-solving and critical thinking.
We value optimism, gratitude, kindness, forthrightness, and a sense of humor.
We value the culture and character of our school and will help one another, especially the new, to grow in understanding and maintaining its traditions.
We value greeting change proactively.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"The daily schedule includes times for active play and quiet play, as well as times for individual choice and group activities. We have a predictable daily schedule with flexibility for special events.
Arrival Time - 8:30-8:40
Choice Time
Cleanup and Hand Washing
Quiet Play Time
Group Meeting
Outside Time
Departure - 12:20-12:30
Arrivals and departures
The 2006-07 school year will have an extended morning session. Arrival times are 8:30-8:40. For the first 2 and a half weeks, pick up time is 11:20-11:30. Beginning October 2, children will stay for lunch, and pick up time will be 12:20-12:30.
**It is very helpful if families keep to these times.**
Excerpted from the preschool's website