Friday, October 23, 2015

Hereford Elementary School Monthly Blog
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October 2015

The Caring School Community

Hereford Elementary places renewed emphasis on the needs of the whole child.

What do all children need to be successful?  Research indicates that, when students are part of an environment that supports their social-emotional development as well as their academic development, we begin to truly educate the whole child.  This year, all elementary classrooms at both Hereford and Marlborough Elementary Schools are taking part in a new social-emotional language curriculum called Caring School Community.  

For the 2015-16 school year, we begin the initial phase of implementing this exciting opportunity.  Our elementary guidance counselors are introducing one of the program components called “class meetings” during their weekly guidance lessons.  In addition to the guidance team, a selected teacher at each grade level is using Caring School Community materials to begin developing the use of social-emotional language in their classrooms. The program also features these components:

  • Cross-Age Buddy Activities;
  • Homeside Activities;
  • School-wide Activities for building Social-Emotional Connections; and
  • Daily Class Check-Ins.

Each of these activities is focused on developing and nurturing an environment where all students feel respected and supported.  To learn more about the Caring School Community program, please visit:

 Mr. Bibus, grades K-2 counselor Mrs. Kenna, grades 3-5 counselor

In Our Classrooms

Hereford Elementary focuses on a Balanced Literacy approach.

Shared Reading Professional Development
What do teachers do on professional development days?  Hereford and Marlborough Elementary Schools collaborated throughout the day on Monday, October 12th focusing on the concept of Shared Reading.  Reading coaches Mrs. Miller, Mrs. Ewer (HFD) and Mrs. Gaugler (MLB) presented alongside Mrs. Amber Molloy, Literacy Administrator from the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit.  Topics included:
  • Understanding text structure and applying that knowledge to lesson planning;
  • Determining Tier II vocabulary in text to build an effective lesson plan; and
  • Asking analytical questions that promote critical thinking about a text.
This was the fourth in an ongoing series of high quality professional development opportunities focused on developing critical readers and thinkers in our classrooms.
  Examining ELA Core Standards                         
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In Our Community

October brought fall traditions and some new opportunities.

Hereford Hike
On Friday, October 9th, the PTFS held our annual fundraiser.  Although it was delayed by the weather, it was worth the wait!  The Hike generates about $20,000 each year.  All of the proceeds go towards our field trips and fun activities held throughout the school year.
Hereford & East Greenville Fire Department Visits
On Friday, October 16th, we were visited by our local volunteer firefighters for our annual Fire Prevention assemblies.  Many of the volunteers are Hereford graduates.

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Science Explorers After-School Program
Science Explorers is an innovative, hands-on science company dedicated to providing an opportunity for children in grades 1-5 to become engaged in the wonders of science. Science Explorers makes science cool and exciting through an interactive, hands-on format. Click here to learn more about program topics, dates and sign-up information.

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Hereford Elementary School
1043 Gravel Pike
Hereford, PA 18056
Phone: 215-679-4151
Fax: 215-679-1591

Twitter: @HFDLeadLearner