Grade School Opens New School Year
It is all systems go for the Grade School Department this school year, with a mix of curricular and co-curricular adjustments to suit the ever-changing dynamics of elementary education.
Over the summer in-service, the faculty and administration developed the Learning Progression Charts through a series of articulation integration with the Grade School and High School handled capably by consultant, Dr. Mike Rapatan. This endeavor was pursued in order to align the subject offering for a smoother academic transition between grade levels.
The department also beefed up their subject curriculum with the addition of new activities such as the acquisition of new robotics hardware to support the Robotics program under Practical Arts and Technology, special quiz bee contests for Christian Living and Araling Panlipunan, technology convocations on good study habits and use of the PEARL device, and for Science, hydrophonics indoor set-up, FLORA (book of LSGH Plant Collection), and plant labels around campus. A revised Faculty Manual was also completed, to further provide guidelines on related policies and procedures.
Research plays a very important role in faculty development, with the successful holding of PROBE 2018, the research portfolio presentation in December 2018. Alongside, the teacher exchange program is also in full swing, with the first group of teachers already sent to the Academy of St. John, a La Salle Supervised School for observation and demo-teaching, sharing of best practices and other professional sharing sessions.
Furthermore, mental health is now incorporated in the GMRC modules in order to better equip the pupils handle worries and problems at their young age. Leadership training for class officers is also now offered starting in Gr. 1.
The department also saw a rise in pupils interested to learn instruments and be part of the school’s special pull-out program for Music, where they learn instrument instruction in strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. A new graduation song for the Kinder and Gr. 6 ceremonies is in the works under arranger-extraordinaire Mr. Mikko Ordoñez, likewise, a new singing group, Ps96, is being put together trainor and moderator, Mr. Jamby Santos.
Another major initiative of the Grade School is the LSGH Satellite, an early childhood playschool offering for 2- to 3-year old boys and girls. This is directly under the management of Learning Community 1 Assistant Principal, Mrs. Paz Corsino, together with GS Principal, Mr. Jose Ramelle Javier.