TEAM provides an elementary school option emphasizing parental involvement, teacher continuity, and program flexibility. It serves students in grades one through five, from throughout the Central Kitsap School District (CKSD), who want a different educational delivery system than the standard school setting. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) are a primary focus. In addition to classroom STEAM time, there is also a STEAM lab at SilverRidge.
TEAM presents a meaningful, rigorous curriculum based on CKSD and State Standards, utilizing CKSD adopted textbooks and real-world materials to accomplish curriculum goals for a broad range of learners. Acceleration, enrichment, and reinforcement are provided as appropriate.
A student remains in TEAM from year-to-year, working with the same team of teachers. TEAM's opportunities for multi-age learning help students develop team-building and leadership skills.
Parents expand the learning team by providing the equivalent of two hours of volunteering per week. A strong bond is created between the home and school, allowing parents to reinforce daily learning. Volunteering opportunities are abundant and varied. Working parents may arrange to volunteer after working hours.
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TEAM had its beginnings as a result of recommendations made by a two-year Excellence in CKSD Education Task Force. The task force was charged with the responsibility of looking closely at how CK educated children and to make a written report noting the strengths of CK and making recommendations to ensure continued excellence as the District moved into the 21st century. They studied the current research, observed in classrooms, had guest presenters, and visited other districts and programs. Their recommendations included:
Cross-age learning opportunities
STEAM focused learning
Student involvement in goal setting, behavior management, and assuming accountability for their choices and actions
Stronger home-school partnership, which included active volunteering and greater emphasis on reading at home
Emphasis on study skill development and homework
Hands-on learning opportunities
Use of manipulatives in math
Reading with emphasis on real world...newspapers, magazines....more whole language than basal emphasis, but including phonics instruction
Development of lifelong, independent learners
Extended learning opportunities
It was decided that a pilot program would be developed to focus on the recommendations. A year was devoted to hammering out the plans for the school-within-a-school program. The program was first referred to as the Democratic or Flexible School and ultimately named T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Accomplishes More.
Positive Discipline, by Jane Nelson and Stephen Glenn, became the model for classroom management and the tool for greater student involvement in their education. It was decided that there would be four classrooms and six grade levels. Staff would plan together for the needs of students in all six grade levels, vertical planning versus grade level planning. Students would be selected by application and parent involvement would be a requirement. Once accepted, students could remain until they moved on to junior high. Priority acceptance was given to siblings. Enrollment would represent a cross section of skills and abilities while preserving multi-age classrooms. A parent group would be formed to strengthen communication and to assist program needs.
The program opened its doors in the fall of 1986 and celebrated its 25th anniversary during the 2010 – 2011 year.