About Our School
Our mission at the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School is to develop students who are independent, life-long learners in a challenging and nurturing environment that promotes order, responsibility and mutual respect.
Our strong curricula and academic programs consistently produce exemplary results in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science on New York State Assessments. Recognizing that no two students learn the same way, our programs focus on a differentiated approach to instruction to provide multiple learning paths for our pre-kindergarten through grade five students. Teaching strategies focus on empowering students to take greater responsibility and ownership for their learning.
Our school's half-day Pre-Kindergarten Program, including three special area classes, provides a perfect bridge for children's transition from home to school. Pre-K and kindergarten teachers implement a thematic approach to teaching, helping our little ones to make meaningful connections between their content area learning. A balanced literacy approach is implemented in all grades to ensure that every student is immersed in authentic reading and writing activities across all areas.
Pre-kindergarten students have one, half-hour special each day of either art, music, or physical education. Students in kindergarten through grade five attend special area classes in physical education, music, art, and library.
Computer instruction is given to students in Grades K - 5 twice a week. Students work on keyboarding skills and work with a number of programs with their classroom teacher that they can integrate into their learning and class work. In addition, our AIS mathematics teacher pushes in to the computer lab once a week to work with the grades 3 - 5 classroom teachers to help to reinforce math concepts.
Students at the Edna Louise Spear Elementary School have a variety of services available to support those who are at-risk of not meeting the State standards. They include A.I.S. (Academic Intervention Services) in reading and mathematics. We are an Inclusion school allowing us to integrate our special education students into our regular education program. Additional support services in ESL, Guidance, Speech, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are also available when required.
Our goal is to provide rigorous instruction for all students within the classroom setting. In addition, students in grades 3-5 exercise creativity, collaboration and problem-solving through various STEM related activities. We also offer several extracurricular opportunities that students may take advantage of to challenge their abilities and build their skills.
We work to nurture and support our young people's learning about the importance of their place as citizens in and out of the school community. This is accomplished through our extensive social studies, health and guidance programs. These curricula incorporate learning activities focused on citizenship, concept development, decision-making skills and values clarification.
Our extracurricular activities include: Student Government, Homework Club, Chess/Scrabble Club, Boys and Girls Intramurals, and Garden Club. High percentages of our students participate in our fourth and fifth grade band and orchestra programs. All fourth and fifth graders participate in our chorus program. Our students' performances consistently receive rave reviews from members of our school community.
Port Jefferson is the only elementary school on Long Island with its own pool. As part of our comprehensive health and physical education curriculum, elementary students in grades one through five receive swimming instruction every other week.
Parent involvement is critical to our students' success. Our very active PTA and parent volunteers truly enhance our opportunities to enrich our students' school experiences. To name a few, P.A.R.P. (Parents As Reading Partners), Character Education, and Drug Awareness Education are put forth or fully supported by our parent groups. Participation in our parent-run activities also brings new families into our midst by fostering new friendships in working together for the common good of our children.
Thank you for visiting us at Edna Louise Spear Elementary School. If you would like to learn more about our amazing school, please feel free to contact us at 631-791-4300.