Classroom music is offered to all K-5th grade students in each classroom. The Band program is offered as a co-curricular activity for students in 6-8th grade.
This program provides English language learners with challenging curriculum and instruction that develops proficiency in listening, speaking, writing, and reading as rapidly and effectively as possible in order to assist students. Children whose first language is one other than English are provided with special material and
instruction to improve their skills in English. A language census is taken at the time of enrollment, and children who need additional opportunities in English are given listening and speaking activities appropriate for the assigned grade levels.
The English Language Development program is integrated into each classroom and offered as a pull-out program for students recommended by individual teachers. The District employs a full-time bilingual instructional assistant to help deliver program components in order that second language learners successfully learn and speak English.
Wheatland School District offers a program for pupils with diagnosed learning disabilities. There are resource specialist teachers who provide remedial support for pupils in the regular classrooms and in specially designed out-of-class instruction. Parents may request to have their child evaluated for the special education program. The classroom teacher and/or the Principal will assist parents in making the request.
The Wheatland School District provides your child the opportunity to make up missed classes and to clear up attendance issues through our Saturday School Program. This four-hour class will be held at the regular school site and will credit one full day of student attendance within the same attendance reporting month. This program allows students to clear absences to avoid truancy issues, qualify for perfect attendance award incentives, and at the same time, allows the District to recapture funds lost due to student non-attendance. During Saturday School Session, students are provided the opportunity to make up missing school work or receive extra help in academic areas of need. Students are also allowed to earn credit for their Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math incentives.
Attendance for Saturday School is from 8am to 12 noon. Students must be present by 8:15am for attendance to count. Transportation is not available. The school office must be contacted at least one week prior to attending Saturday School, so that appropriate staffing can be scheduled. If you would like your child to eat lunch, notify the office by Friday the week prior at 1pm. Please check the school office for the Saturday School Session dates. A posting on the front door of the office will indicate Saturday School's location for that month.
The services of the Wheatland School district psychologist are available to parents and pupils in the Wheatland School District. Some of the services offered are the following:
Student Study Team
Consultation with parents whose children may be experiencing school problems
Conferences with teachers to plan classroom adjustments based on psychometric information
Identification and placement of pupils with specific learning disabilities
Identification and placement of pupils who are unable to benefit by instruction in the regular classroom
Early Academic Intervention (EI)
Wheatland School District believes every child can learn. To help support this belief, our staff has designed an early academic intervention program (EI). This program enables students who are struggling in the areas of reading, math, and /or written language to participate in small groups to assist in the identified areas of weakness. The goal of the EI program is to help prevent students from falling through the cracks and maintain their growth toward grade level
Wheatland School District has made a commitment to "intervene early to prevent problems, especially in reading fluency and comprehension." An important component to reading fluency and comprehension is to encourage and promote a variety of reading for all students. All 1st - 8th grade students will be given the opportunity to participate in the Accelerated Reader Program which will promote this variety of reading. This computerized reading program will encourage
students to participate in a nightly motivational reading program to increase reading achievement, fluency and comprehension. Library books can be checked out regularly.
Life Skills Instruction
A para-educator teaches alternatives to inappropriate behavior and works with students who, due to behavior and inattention, require individualized instruction. Alternative educational environments are provided for students who need modified instruction.
The purpose of All Children Excel (A.C.E.) Mentoring is to provide early intervention and prevention services through one-on-one mentoring relationships. Trained mentors will model 23 appropriate decision-making and goal-setting techniques. As a result of this relationship, students will be encouraged to excel academically and socially.
Each school site has the services of a school counselor available. The role of the counselor is to:
provide support for children with social and/or emotional problems
foster communication among children
Foster communication between the child and parents
provide crisis intervention as needed
Moreover, the counselor serves as a resource person to parents and teachers. He/she refers and directs parents and students to appropriate outside agencies and programs for specialized services when needed.