McKinley Elementary School utilizes the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) Model to enrich our kindergarteners through 3rd-grade students’ language and literacy. We immerse our students in a language-rich environment and instruction with emphasis on expressive and complex oral language development and enriched vocabulary. Our teacher-created thematic units align with the Next Generation Science Standards and HIstory-Social Science Content Standards. Each theme incorporates hands-on science projects, language through arts, and field trips to build students’ background knowledge.
Parent participation is a crucial element of SEAL at McKinley. Thus, we highly encourage parent involvement through home-school connections and volunteerism. We conclude every theme with a “Gallery Walk,” where parents and families are invited into our classrooms to see and hear about students’ learning and discoveries during each unit.
For further information about this program, please contact McKinley's SEAL Coach, Maryel Ambat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Ally Education Program (Peacekeepers)
Without proper direction, creative energy could be released through negative expressions of crime, substance abuse, and violence. Teens in the Student Ally Education Program discover appropriate contexts in which to showcase their talents; thus, ultimately recovering a sense of purpose and pride in themselves, their family, and their community. TCPP staff (Student Allies) personally walk with youth in safe, caring, small group settings. Student Allies implement a curriculum designed to foster accountability and responsibility. They encourage these youth to learn how to make healthy decisions, set & reach goals, and to have the proper communication skills needed to be successful in life.