Welcome to Earl Elementary School
Earl Elementary School is located in rural Berks County on Route 73 approximately five miles west of Boyertown. The original building opened in the fall of 1954 with ten classrooms. In 1968 five classrooms were added with a spacious Library, Reading room, Faculty room and a small television studio. Two more classrooms were added in 1988. The renovation in 1992 included an Art room, a computer lab, an enlarged TV studio, an instrumental room, a special education room and a storage room. A new resource room and remediation room were created for the 2004-05 school year.
For the 2017-2018 school year the exciting RtII (Response to Intervention and Instruction) program will continue in Kindergarten through fifth grade. The RtII program is a process designed to help our school focus on high quality research-based interventions that are matched to student needs and monitored on a frequent basis. The information gained from our RtII process is used by Earl Elementary school personnel and parents to adapt instruction and make decisions regarding each student’s educational program. Perhaps the greatest benefit of the EES RtII approach is that it eliminates a “wait to fail” situation because students get help promptly within the general education setting. As soon as assessment data indicates a problem area for a student or a group of students, interventions are put into place to address these concerns. While the interventions are taking place, school staff monitors any progress that these students are making in their problem areas. These progress monitoring techniques used within the EES RtII process provide information that allows teachers to better evaluate student needs and match instruction, resources and interventions appropriately. As part of the Earl RtII initiative staff members meet monthly in small teams to review student data for the purpose of planning and updating student interventions.
Earl Elementary will continue to follow a co-teaching approach in Kindergarten through fifth grade. Our learning support teachers will teach collaboratively with the classroom teachers to further support our students in a more inclusive environment.
The anticipated enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is 250 students in grades kindergarten through five. Class size will range from 20 to 25 students with each grade level having two sections.
Our staff continues to be committed to the district mission by incorporating Personalized Learning, developing a rigorous Learning Culture, and building solid Community Relationships. Teachers instruct students on a daily basis using the Boyertown Area School District approved curriculum, which is in line with the adopted state standards. We also offer special projects and events at each grade level such as: Student Council, Art Show and Book Fair, PTO Family Nights, Craft Night, Santa’s Shop, Book Exchange, Concert Choir, Vocal Ensemble, Author Visits, Special Assemblies and concerts, etc.
Some highlights and bits of interest about Earl include:
● The staff and Earl PTO work closely on many projects including assemblies, laminating, Book Exchange, Family Nights, Craft Night, Santa’s Shop, Yearbook, fund raising, special days and events, etc.
● Our Library has an average circulation of over 30,000 books per year and we are proud of the research assistance students receive in our Library/Multi-Media center.
● All Earl students use the recently upgraded technology with special emphasis on research and interactive mobile devices. Upgraded computers, mobile devices, wireless laptops, and Smart Boards will continue to be used in all grades as educational tools to accomplish academic goals in the content areas.
● Students receive weekly instruction in Art, Library, Music, and Wellness and Fitness.
● Instrumental lessons begin in grade three and students have the opportunity to perform in district band and orchestra concerts.
● Earl Elementary offers a wide array of vocal music opportunities. Fourth and fifth graders can participate in chorus or audition for vocal ensemble. Each of these groups participates in a Christmas Concert and a spring combined concert with Pine Forge Elementary. Grades 3 also has their own vocal music production.
• Speech and language, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services are available for students identified with those special needs.
● Through the Earl RtII program students experiencing academic difficulties receive help from teams of teachers who review student data and implement interventions.