Stephens Elementary has a school-wide Title I program. Title I is a federally funded program to offer support for at-risk students. Stephens has Title I teachers who offer extra support to children needing help with skills covered in the classroom. This help can be through a small group setting or one on one tutoring.
Extended Day and Saturday School classes are offered for those students needing additional help on skills.
Title I also provides opportunities for parents to be actively involved in their children's success through family nights on curriculum, Language Arts, Math and Science.
Destination Imagination (DI) is the world's largest creative problem-solving program for kids. Destination Imagination is a place where kids take what they know and what they are good at, and learn to apply it to solve challenges, working together and cooperatively with a team and pushing the limits of their imagination.
Teams consist of 5-7 members working together to apply creativity, critical thinking and their particular talents to solve a team challenge.
We are looking to produce the nation's best as we work together throughout the year. Students discover that it's through the process of working together that they can all shine.
Concerned citizens, school and community leaders are joining forces in helping our young people combat drug abuse. Our most successful program is the "C.H.I.C.K.E.N. Club", an acronym meaning Cool, Honest, Intelligent, Clear-headed, Energetic, and Not interested in drugs.
At present, this program is being offered to students in the fourth grade. The program is designed and tailored to help students say "NO" to the pressures from students and friends concerning the use and experimentation with drugs. Activities are planned to assist in learning about the dangers of drugs through use of both small and large group activities.
Members of the C.H.I.C.K.E.N. Club must commit to saying NO to drugs and to do their best as young citizens to set a worthy example for others to follow in all their actions.
The Stephens Choir is a performance group made up of third and fourth graders. Students must audition for this choir, and they rehearse twice weekly. It is a group that enjoys singing together and having fun!
"Encounters" is a program that supports regular education and strives to identify students with the potential for exceptional academics, creative, or leadership abilities.
It is an accelerated program that goes beyond fundamental skills with critical and creative thinking skills of content, process, abstractness, greater complexity and a more in-depth approach.
Currently, about 5% of Stephens students are served in the Encounters program.
The Counseling Program provides services for school faculty, staff, students and parents by Ms. Karen Cole, school counselor.
Strategies to help children change unwanted behaviors and attitudes
Encouragement to take an active role in school affairs
Interventions and strategies to enable a child's ability to succeed in the classroom
Student Leadership Team
The Student Leadership Team provides opportunities for students to take an active role in creating and maintaining our school's culture and climate. The team consists of one boy and one girl from each of the third and fourth grade classes, elected by their classmates. The sponsors and the students develop a Student Leader Constitution, requiring high academic and behavioral standards. The constitution expresses the team's dedication to the community both inside and outside of school.
The team participates in fund-raising throughout the year, such as raising money for the FFA scholarship program. We have also been honored to raise $2,000 dollars for "Make a Difference" and send over 40 care-packages to our armed forces. In addition, our fourth grade students attended a regional conference in the fall and are able to share leadership information with the whole team.