Griffith Woods is a Place...
Griffith Woods School is a place of wonder, imagination, curiosity, creativity, and learning where students are empowered to make a difference and pursue their passions.
We connect in the spirit of the natural beauty of our Namesake. We find purposeful, authentic opportunities to connect to Nature to foster health, learning and environmental stewardship.
We share opportunities for exploration so we can make sense of the world. We create and find opportunities for learning where students wonder, feel alive, and take risks.
We collaborate because we know we are better together than we are apart. We connect to foster unique talents and perspectives. We seek to understand diverse ways of knowing.
We are open-minded, innovative, and take risks to build our dynamic culture.
We grow collectively over time We are flexible because we know when we have an open mind infinite opportunities come to us.
At Griffith Woods our goal is to be a school where students thrive and succeed. Students will engage in innovative learning opportunities that promote discovery and develop their potential, passions and gifts. As life-long learners and deep, critical thinkers, we want students to be able to make significant contributions within a complex and changing world. It is our belief that if we listen to our students’ voices and engage them in relevant, challenging, integrative and exploratory educational experiences, they will be better prepared for the promise their futures hold.
We recognize that learning is best supported when:
- Students feel safe and supported
- Positive student-teacher relationships are fostered and are the foundation for success in our school community
- Students are respected and cared about by peers, teachers, parents and administration
- Students have ownership of and involvement (voice and choice) in their learning
- Students have the opportunity to be involved and participate in a variety of school based activities
- Lessons encourage diverse thinking skills and exchanges of ideas
- Learning is a celebration of diversity, understanding and achievement
- Students, teachers, parents and community are partners in student success
- The school climate and environment is caring and focused on effective learning
- Students take responsibility for and are committed to their own learning
- Creativity, innovation, and problem solving are valued in students, teachers and classes
We hope to provide students with a variety of experiences at Griffith Woods School whether they be in-class, co-curricular or extra-curricular opportunities. We know that this combination will make their school years memorable and successful. Our goal is to ensure these experiences are provided in a safe, respectful learning environment where all staff and students come together to create a vibrant school community.
We believe that parents should be directly involved in their child’s learning. Good study habits need to be introduced at an early age. We believe that home study will contribute to this as well as to the reinforcement of learning that takes place in the classroom. Students at all levels are strongly encouraged to read daily at home. Parents are recommended to provide a home environment which facilitates home study or leisure reading.
Promotion of mathematical skills is also encouraged at home. Playing card and dice games help increase speed and accuracy with basic facts and are a fun method to support growth in this area. Family nature walks and journaling are also excellent ways to extend skills. We encourage families to post documents or share experiences related to learning in Iris (using child’s CBE ID #) so sharing between home and school can occur.
As children progress through the grades, it is an expectation they will have increasing amounts of time devoted to reviewing, and to completing assignments on a daily basis. Parent interest and encouragement are invaluable to a child’s successful completion of homework. Please call your child’s teacher(s) if you have questions about homework. Teacher on-going communication will reveal items of current study projects and support connected conversations related to school for parents.
It is suggested that:
- Grade 1-3 students spend 15 minutes each evening reading with parents or talking about experiences they had at school that day.
- Grade 4 -6 students may be assigned up to 30 minutes of homework (short or long range projects).
- Grade 7-9 students may have approximately 1 hour of homework and review each night.