Maplewood currently hosts a dual language classroom at each grade level.
The mission of the Austin ISD Dual Language Program is that students will develop a high academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages by participating in a rigorous academic program that enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy so that students will graduate ready for college, career, and life in a globally competitive economy.
Please visit AISD’s Dual Language webpage for more information: http://www.austinisd.org/academics/ell/duallanguage/enroll
Drama-based instructional methods are infused in lessons at every grade level.
The No Place for Hate® initiative provides educators and students with the resources to ensure that anti-bias and diversity education are an integral part of the school curriculum. NPfH helps to create and sustain inclusive school environments where all students feel valued and have the opportunity to succeed by promoting respect for individual difference while challenging bigotry and prejudice. For more information on our No Place for Hate involvement, please contact our school counselor, Ms. Kirk. (Also see NPfH under the “Clubs” tab.)
Social-emotional Learning helps foster important skills such as empathy, positive communication, conflict resolution, use of I-statements, and mindfulness.
CATCH is led by Ms. Becca Lambdin-Abraham (Ms. L-A), Maplewood PE teacher. The committee hosts events such as the annual Mustang Stampede Fun Run, CATCH Nights, Wellness Events, and Fruity Fridays.
Parent volunteers, in collaboration with teachers, staff, and students, maintain school gardens across our beautiful campus. Each classroom teacher has his/her own garden plot in which to learn. Some classes plant food, and others plant flowers and herbs. In years past, with parent support, Maplewood students created salad bowls in art class then filled them with veggies from our school gardens during an annual Harvest Lunch. Maplewood Garden Work Days occur 4 times each school year and help keep our campus green and growing.
MakerSpace is a new program for the 2017-2018 school year. Maplewood received the Austin Ed Fund Innovation Grant to create a MakerSpace for students in our library. Parent volunteers assist with lessons, material management, etc. in order to provide students with hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math opportunities.
Read to Succeed is a free educational program sponsored by Six Flags Theme Parks. The program encourages students in grades K through 6 to engage in recreational reading. Read to Succeed students are asked to complete six hours of recreational, non-school-related reading. Students log their book titles and number of minutes spent reading, then submit their logs to the school librarian to earn free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags Theme Park in San Antonio, Texas. Contact Ms. Braziel, Maplewood’s librarian, for more information.
The Waves of Pages Reading Program encourages students to read for pleasure by providing a chance to earn a FREE admission to Schlitterbahn Waterpark New Braunfels. Each student who reads for 10 hours (600 minutes) during the 10-week program is awarded a FREE admission to the waterpark as well as a special discount offer for their family members. Contact Ms. Braziel, Maplewood’s librarian, for more information.
Every year, students in K-6th grades hypothesize, experiment, collect and analyze data then report their results during our annual science fair in January. The top 12 projects advance to the Regional Science Fair hosted by Austin Energy.
Every December, during Computer Science Week, students participate in a full hour of coding activities. Many teachers extend those opportunities throughout the school year, too. For more information, visit code.org
Every April, Maplewood Green Team and No Place for Hate Committee combine forces to host Screen-Free Week. We encourage students and their families to examine their screen/media-based habits as they unplug for 7 consecutive days at the end of April. The event coincides with Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s annual event. For more information, visit http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/
The Pentathlon Institute, a Non-for Profit educational organization, is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. It’s major program, Mathematics Pentathlon®, is a time-tested Program of interactive problem-solving games, supportive curricular and instructional activities, and assessment tools for students in grades K-7. This motivational Program strengthens basic math concepts and skills, aligns with National and State Mathematics Standards, and stimulates creative thinking while developing problem-solving skills. A focus on conceptual understanding and the integration of spatial, computational and logical reasoning are key attributes of Mathematics Pentathlon. By using specially designed games and activities that differentiate instruction, ALL students of varying abilities and learning styles are motivated to enjoy math and spend more time learning this subject matter. Math Pentathlon is run entirely by Maplewood parent volunteers and is currently pending parent support.