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Purchased Academic Programs

Accelerated Reader - Reading management program
Lexia Core5 - Supplement Reading Program
Reflex Math - Supplement Math Program 

ALERT
(Active Learning Experiences in Resourceful Thinking)

ALERT is the Richland Two program for state identified gifted and talented students in grades second through fifth. ALERT operates as a one-day-a-week pullout program. The program is organized into Primary ALERT serving grades second and third, while Elementary ALERT serves fourth and fifth grades. For more information, contact Maria Kratsios at 738-3238.

Center for Child Development

The Richland Two Center for Child Development offers free 4K Child Development Classes to students who qualify based on developmental readiness, free or reduced meal status or other risk factors.

Chirpers

Chirpers is a fee-based morning care program offered from 7am to 7:30am. For more information, contact Joyce Cockburn at 736-3183 x3167.

Clubs and Activities

School clubs and organizations are a great way to get students involved in their school and community while at the same time giving them opportunities to perfect many of the skills we are teaching them in the regular classroom.  

Curriculum

Within the general education classroom, teachers use state adopted materials in reading, math, science, and social studies. Our STEMS classes use Engineering is Elementary for a reading curriculum and Investigations for their general math curriculum.  All of our teachers are encouraged to utilize other resources either purchased by the school or district, online materials, field studies, and guest speakers to enhance thier units of study and ways to expose students to content. 

Design Center

The North Springs' Design Center was created based on the research that has driven the Richland Two Story and framework.  We wanted a place where students could go and design, explore, research, and build the projects, presentations, and products that their teachers are challenging them to accomplish.  The Design Center is a place where students will find resources, materials, and technology that every classroom may not have.  The design of the room is flexible so that students have multiple surfaces in which to do their work.  Students have the freedom to try new things, explore their passions, and create and design products that are meaningful and valuable to them as a student.   

Intervention Services

Our intervention services consist of a variety of ways for our school to meet the needs of each and every child and family. Members of our intervention services include a guidance counselor, intervention coordinator, school nurse, school social worker, and reading coach. These faculty members as well as other members of the faculty serve on the school's intervention assistance team (IAT). This team meets once per month to make decisions that will help meet the needs of students who may be struggling in school due to social, emotional, or academic concerns. We make it a point to make sure that parents and students are part of the IAT process as well. For more information, contact Jonathan Jamison at 736-3183 (3022). 

K.I.N.G.S. Mentoring Program

K.I.N.G.S. promote character and social responsibility, foster leadership skills, and provide a setting for each child to develop interpersonal skills

Players

Players is a fee-based afterschool program. Hours are 2:50pm until 6pm. For more information contact Mrs. Latarsha Wilson at 736-3183 ext. 3006.

Project Based Learning (Buck Institute for Education)

PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. 

QuEST

QuEST is a program specially designed to meet the needs of our gifted and academically advanced students in fourth and fifth grades. For more information, contact Mrs. Jennifer Germann at 736-3183 (3004).

Special Services

We are very fortunate to serve several special education programs at NSE. We currently serve students who have individualized education plans (IEP) that require speech, resource classrooms, occupational therapy, developmental therapy, and self-contained classrooms. We also provide training for classroom teachers to implement and monitor IEP accommodations in the regular classroom and throughout the school. For more information, contact Dr. Barnett-Queen at 736-3183 (3008).

Student Recognition Program

The student recognition program at NSE is unique.  Every student in kindergarten receives a ribbon, Clickety medal, and a promotion pin for completing kindergarten.  Kindergarteners can also receive ribbon, medals, and pins throughout their kindergarten year for good character and performing well in related arts.  This unique system takes the place of the typical paper certificate system.  Learn more by clicking (HERE).

Watch D.O.G.S.

The Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program at NSE is going on its third year. The program started after Dr. H. heard Eric Snow, Executive Director of the Watch D.O.G.S. program, speak at a Magnet Schools of America conference.  We have a number of great male role models that walk their children into the school each morning, eat lunch with their child, and pick them up in the afternoon. Dr. H wanted to give these dads a more noticeable role in our school and ask them to stay around for 30 minutes or so as their schedule would allow. The Watch D.O.G.S. program gave us that organization and recognition of our male role models. 

If you are a current parent at our school, contact Mr. Frank Sholly at francis-sholly@sc.rr.com to join. Watch DOGS volunteers must go through the school's LobbyGuard system and be on the contact list for a student at NSE or related to one of the staff members.