Educating the
whole child.
Educating the
whole child.
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A K-7 public charter school in Harrisville, Utah.

FAQ

What is Holistic Education? Holistic education is a new way of thinking for most of us. Holistic education provides a quality academic education while supporting the development of the whole child including their social, artistic, physical, emotional, and civic intellect. This holistic approach brings together elements that support the development of a child who is healthy, knowledgeable, motivated, and engaged, seeking to ensure a successful life

Why create another charter school? Because parents need a school focused on mind and body! Charter schools provide parents a uniquely-focused public choice for their child's education. Because of our independence from the district school systems, charter schools are able to focus on systems and practices that support achieving student excellence through innovative methods while engaging our parents. Public charter schools are free to the public so there are no tuition or fees to attend. Weber county has only a few charter schools to choose from (Spanish, business, Montessori, etc), but GreenWood is the first to focus on personal wellness and environmental stewardship. As parents, we felt that our children were missing out on a supportive education at their current school and created GreenWood to focus on a holistic education, emphasizing mindfulness, wellness, and environment.

Why did GreenWood choose to network with EL Learning? GreenWood uses the EL Learning to support our educational programs. EL Learning challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities. The approach is that the student learns best when they are active participants in the learning process and not passive receivers of information. The model emphasizes high levels of student engagement, achievement, and character development. The Expeditionary Learning Model is successfully being used in more than 150 schools in 30 states. To learn more about how Expeditionary Learning supports student achievement in their schools, visit their website at elschools.org.

What grades will GreenWood serve? GreenWood serves Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Students are taught in single grades Crews in Kinder through 3rd grade, with a teacher loop from 1st to 2nd grade. In 4th through 8th grade, crews have mixed grades (4th and 5th, and 6th through 8th), supporting fewer teacher transitions for a more cohesive family atmosphere, increased sense of stability for students, higher level of student responsibility, increased teacher observation time for each student, and increases in parental involvement and improved student attendance.

Why teach students in a Multiage program in Middle and Upper Grove? We believe that students learn best in a social community organized to foster their learning by prioritizing instruction that builds on children's interests in a collaborative way, where learning activities are planned by children as well as adults, and where parents and teachers not only foster children's learning but also learn from their involvement with the children. Teachers have more time to build relationships with their students, learn their strengths, and to do in-depth evaluation of each child's progress. Less instructional time is lost in a multiage classroom when students come back to a familiar class in the Fall, allowing the teacher, student and parent to establish a stronger relationship to support long-term goals.

What should I expect to see in my student's multi-age classroom? Students are engaged with a sense of excitement and joy. Learning Targets are on the board, detailing how children learn and how they will be taught. Teaching practices mirror developmentally appropriate and challenging classwork. Heterogeneous groupings including CREW, provide opportunities for students to explore their learning through interest, learning style, problem-solving, skill need and reinforcement and cooperative groups. Peers are helping each other, reinforcing the Learning Target as well as each others understanding of knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Do GreenWood students wear uniforms? No, but our dress code will emphasize the individual creativtity, modesty, and safety of our student to keep students focused on their learning

What are the school hours? Office hours are 8 AM to 4:15 PM.

What is my student's schedule? Students are expected to be in class 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, and 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM on Wednesday.

  • 8:30-9 Morning Intention Crew
  • 3:00-3:30 Afternoon Reflection Crew
  • 60-90 minutes Math instruction
  • 30 minutes phonics/ word construction
  • 30-60 minutes reading
  • 2 hours Expedition Time: Science/ Social Studies/ Writing/ Reading Integration and Field Work
  • 45 minutes PE
  • 30 minutes of outdoor recess
  • 20 minutes "mindful eating" lunch
  • Art / Gardens / Library / Technology / Health & Nutrition enrichment rotations

How can I get involved? We need lots of help—we need you! Your involvment is critical to our charter school becoming all that we envisioned we could become. If you would like to get involved now, your work will build you to becoming a founding member of this school, giving your family priority for enrollment. We need help with library, marketing, gardens, class support and donations. We have a school that needs everything from tables to books, pencils to soap dispensers, office chairs to PE equipment, but most of all: WE NEED STUDENTS!! If you are interested in participating on these necessary founding crews, please contact us at fco@greenwoodcharter.org 

What is mindfulness and how will GreenWood develop this in our students? Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention, developing an awareness of self, of others, of choices and their consequences. It is the mental faculty of purposefully bringing awareness to one's experience. Mindfulness can be applied to sensory experience, thoughts, and emotions by using sustained attention and noticing our experience without reacting. Mindfulness creates space, changing impulsive reactions to thoughtful responses:

Without Mindfulness: Stimulus --> Reaction

With Mindfulness: Stimulus --> Mindfulness --> Response

We help to grow this space in ourselves and our students, enabling new, wiser responses that improve attention, learning, emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution. Mornings begin with Intention Crew, walking through our day mindfully first before physically working through it. Our mantra is: think, share, do! We think about what we do before we do it. We share our intention with others to build community. We then act on our intention, prepared with mental strength to act with integrity. Afternoons end with How'd We Do Crew?, taking time for reflection to review performance, address concerns and prepare intention for improving our performance when we meet again.

What does wellness look like at GreenWood ? We are starting with some basic guidelines that we like to call, the Prescription for Health. These guidelines will support our goals for providing a holistic education to our students and their families:

  • 20 minutes of family reading
  • 10 minutes of math fact practice
  • 5 fruits and vegetables
  • 4 positive comments
  • 3 structured meals
  • 2 or less hours of screen time
  • 1 hour of exercise
  • 0 sugary drinks

This school is just what I have been looking for, so how do I enroll my child in GreenWood Charter School? Enrollment is completed on the Enrollment page.

If my child is accepted into GreenWood Charter School, are his or her siblings also accepted? Siblings of enrolled or accepted GreenWood students are given preference, and the practical result of this is that all siblings are usually enrolled. Occasionally, families may have to wait for an opening, but that is rare.

Will my students need to re-enter the enrollment lottery each year? No, once your student is accepted into the school, their enrollment is permanent.

Who can attend a charter school? Charter schools are open to all students, regardless of race, religion, gender, status, or other preference just as any other public school. Charter schools may limit enrollment based on capacity, which means students are sometimes placed on a waiting list if there are more applications than spots available.

What is the tuition? There is NO tuition. GreenWood is a public charter school and receives funding from the State of Utah just as every other public school does.

Does GreenWood Charter School charge fees?? GreenWood Charter School follows all Utah State Rules related to charging school fees as outlined in R227-407. Fees are set, approved and published each school year by GreenWood Board of Directors. Parents and families are welcome to donate general school supplies, art supplies and donations that support our fieldwork. There is a $100 or 10 hour monthly fee for families choosing to participate in extended-day Kindergarten. 

Are teachers certified? Yes. Teachers are certified and meet state board requirements, but just as important, our teachers are passionate about wellness and the environment and will work cooperatively with our parents to engage their students in EL Education. 

Is there a bus service? No. Charter schools do not draw students from a limited area like regular public schools, so providing transportation is not practical. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school. Carpools are encouraged, as well as arrangements with public transportation where feasible. Our Facebook page hosts a carpool link to coordinate families wanting to coordinate and plan transportation with friends and neighbors.

Is school lunch offered? Yes!  We know mealtime is essential to our mission and will work dilligently to complete our application in a timely manner. Breakfast is $2 and Lunch is $2.50. We offer a $1 salad bar for students and their families during lunch time.

I have a lot of questions, can I speak with someone? One of the best ways to get information and ask questions is at one of our parent information meetings. Otherwise, please understand that our volunteers are working to do all the things necessary to open school on time! As such, we appreciate if you send inquiries via email at jellison@greenwoodcharter.org and allow us to respond with information. If the need arises, we can arrange for the appropriate person to call you, but until the school opens and we have a regular staff, we need your cooperation and patience.

Are parents welcome to visit and/or volunteer? We encourage parents to be an active part of the school community. They are always welcome to arrange a time with their child's teacher to visit or volunteer in the classroom. We are asking that parents contribute an hour a week to their student's class or a GreenWood Parent Crew. Family involvement is critical to growing our GreenWood Forest!

Is there a Special Education Program? Yes! GreenWood has special education teachers employed to address the needs of children who require special education. GreenWood complies with all federal special education laws, including "IDEA 2004". The school and special education teachers work directly with the parents of special education children to properly address the individual needs of each child receiving special education services.

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