Inspiring Imagination 2023-24

Parents and Students Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year! Your child's homeroom assignment was emailed on August 1st, and we want to clarify that student ability grouping is based on subject-level classes, not homerooms. Our  theme  this year is "Inspiring Imagination" and there will be many inspirational projects throughout our school year.

With regards to ability grouping, please remember that most students at Thorp are above grade level. But for those of you who may have questions: Our Comprehensive Gifted Program students typically score above the 90th percentile on standardized tests, and accelerated program students score above the 80th percentile. Students in our general program score above the 40th percentile. However, we prioritize meaningful and challenging learning for all students, by focusing on student created projects and challenging problem-solving in every subject. Test scores are just an indicator of the school's progress compared to national norms.

This year, we do have a new Reading Curriculum by Houghton Mifflin called "Into Reading" for grades K-5  and "Into Literature" for 6-8. "Math in Focus"  will continue as our textbook for Math instruction. Students in 5th - 8th will continue using the SEPUP curriculum while students in K-4 will continue using Scholastic Science, Studies Weekly and teacher created curricula. In Social Studies for grades 5-8 we will continue using Houghton Mifflin for World and American History. Students in grades K-4 will use Studies Weekly as well as historical novels such as the “I survived” series.

Special classes include music, art, programming in STEAM, Health, PE, and Spanish. We will send out an email next week about our after-school and after-care programs.

This year we aim to reduce screen time and encourage hand-written work in order to ensure that students are creating their own work and not using programs like ChatGPT! We also want to promote independent reading so please make sure that your child has stories and novels that interest them for their daily independent reading during their flexible periods. We will also promote their independence and executive functioning by checking grades each Friday. Parents, we hope you’ll make that a habit at home as well. 

Please remember that school starts on August 21st at 7:30 AM for all students, except Kindergarteners who start at 9:00 AM on the first day. Coffee and treats will be provided on the first day by Friends of Thorp and the Thorp PTA. Please come out and join us. Dismissal will be at 2:30 PM on the West Field.

For more information, visit our school website or if you have any questions please email us at [email protected].  See you soon!
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