Nestled in the valley once occupied by Carson Field is the heart of the east Newark Community, Carson Elementary. In the early 1950’s Jenny Carson sold the land where Carson Elementary now sits to Newark City Schools for the price of just one dollar. The land was then named Carson Field and held many sporting events and family gatherings until the ground breaking for Carson Elementary. August of 2007, Carson Elementary was opened as a Pre K through 5th grade building.
Today Carson Elementary educates approximately 500 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. We have a 100% Highly Qualified by the State of Ohio staff!
The Six Pillars of Character are our core approach to discipline. Character Education and modeling of respect, responsibility, caring, citizenship, trustworthiness, and fairness is a proactive rather than reactive approach to discipline. Every student is supported and rewarded for demonstration of Appropriate Behavior, Academic Success, and Service Learning activities. Each student tracks their own behavior. A four color system from Quality Tools is used and data charts are kept and communicated by each individual student and teachers to their families.
Our intervention starts at the classroom level. Over the past few years our staff has been provided professional development in the area of Response to Intervention (RTI). The Tier I interventions are delivered at the classroom level. The next, more intensive intervention is Tier II. The district has invested in Tier II Research Based Reading Interventions to address the reading needs of our struggling students. These interventions are delivered by folks trained in the specific area of intervention. The end of this school year our staff will be trained in Tier III interventions for deeper intervention.
Our students who fall under the criteria of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) have specialized teachers. IEP students have a team of 2 full time and 1 shared Intervention Specialists, 1 Speech and Language Therapist, a part time Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Vision Therapist, and Adaptive Physical Education Teacher who provide instruction in an inclusion and resource room setting depending on the needs of the student.
Before and After School Activities
Every Tuesday Morning our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to gather in the music room to participate in the Carson Choir directed by Ann Robinson. This choir has sung for parents and community events. In addition, we have after school enrichment groups for the same grade levels in Art, Chess, Sports, and Academics.
Volunteers are in intricate part of the Carson Elementary experience. The Carson School Community consists of volunteers in our PTO, America Reads students from Denison, State Farm, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a Caring Paws Pup. In addition we partner with several universities in the area who send young teaching education students and student teachers. Ashland, OSU, Mount Vernon Nazarene send us their students for mutual learning opportunities.
It’s no wonder there are wide smiles on our student faces! Carson’s caring, quality staff, knowledgeable committed intervention, art, music, Physical Education, and support staff partnered with our passionate volunteers and loving families make Carson Elementary an exceptional school. We make a difference in our student’s lives! Stop by sometime!