201 E. Salaignac Street
Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.
The reading program at Cook-Wissahickon School is based on the Comprehensive Literacy Framework outlined in the Core Curriculum. The components of the Literacy framework include:
Everyday MathematicsThe Everyday Mathematics Program is the program mandated by the Philadelphia School District. There are two major goals of this program: To substantially raise expectations with respect to the amount and range of mathematics that children can learn; to provide materials for children and support for teachers that will enable them to meet these higher expectations.
The Everyday Mathematics Program provides a curriculum that emphasizes conceptual understanding while simultaneously building a master of basic skills. This curriculum is a research- based curriculum that recognizes how children learn, what they are interested in and the future for which they are being prepared.
Some ways the Everyday Math differs from textbook-centered instruction include:
Library Media Center
The Cook-Wissahickon Library Media Center has undergone major changes in the last few years. It all began on Philly Cares Day, 2002 when volunteers from Roxborough Manayunk Savings and Loan came to restain and refinish our library shelves. New books totaling $20,000 were purchased with PSSA funds and a Link to Learn Grant from the State of Pennsylvania provided new Macintosh computers, digital still and movie cameras and a printer. An interactive Promethean Board with a media projector was purchased last year and completes our high tech computer area.
Through an Artist in Residence Grant in the spring of 2003, artist Abdul Ahmad and Cook-Wissahickon students created a beautiful wall mural using some of our own students as models.
All new tables and chairs were purchased for our students and thanks to our Home and School Association, two beautiful new sofas which now provides an enjoyable reading area next to our new 100 gallon fish tank. New carpeting, painting and new lighting finished off our spectacular new Library Media Center!
TechnologyCook-Wissahickon is a fully wired school. Every room is hard wired with fiber optic cable as well as wireless capability. All classrooms have 3 or 4 computers with Internet access. Our Library Media Center (LMC) has 33 new eMac computers all with Internet access.
Our school was selected to be part of the second cohort of schools to become an Instructional Management System (IMS) School. This initiative will provide a variety of web-based instructional supports that will give teachers and principals online access to the core curriculum, supporting resources, student data and benchmark reports. It will also give teachers immediate feedback on student performance. This selection also means that our teachers received a laptop computer and professional development to help maximize the use of these new resources.
Our students use the computer as a learning tool. Our 1st through 8th grade students are actively involved in a web-based teaching site, First in Math and our 2nd through 8th graders practice for the PSSA using a program called Study Island. Both programs can be accessed from a home computer. Some students are working with a web-based reading site entitledAchieve 3000. All students use Microsoft Office and iWorks to create documents, spreadsheets, podcasts, brochures, comic life comic strips, movies and PowerPoint or Keynote presentations, etc.
We also have 8 classrooms that are outfitted with Promethean boards which are interactive teaching tools. Using this student’s becomes part of the lesson and they love it. Along with the boards, many classes have a device called Expressions, which enables the children to all vote and submit their answers. All of these interactive devices include the entire class in all of the lessons and creates a fun atmosphere for learning.