Sheffield Elementary School serves students Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade according to the Virginia Standards of Learning. Sheffield Elementary School, in partnership with parents and community, is committed to helping children develop their full potential by providing learning opportunities which recognize individual needs. We strive to develop critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Sheffield’s tradition of staff, parental, and community involvement is evidence of the school’s commitment to the development of the total child.
Sheffield’s exceptional blend of academics, enrichment activities, innovative technology, programs, and community support promotes a life-long learning and sensitivity to our population.
Reading, writing, and appreciation of good literature are encouraged and practiced on all levels throughout the academic program. All students are invited to participate in Accelerated Reader, Family Math, Technology, and Reading Night, and the Virginia Young Readers Program. Our reading program utilizes the Harcourt Trophies Reading Series and a vast number of Leveled Libraries that students and parents can check out. This allows our teachers the ability to supply reading material at each child’s appropriate reading level. It is very important for students and parents to read together for thirty to sixty minutes every night. Practice and correct modeling are the only ways a love of reading is developed.
Written language is a wonderful way to express one’s self. At Sheffield, we have implemented several policies to encourage skill development in the area of language arts. The teachers focus their instruction on the writing process and encourage organization of thoughts through the use of outlining. Writing samples are evaluated frequently in order to provide feedback to the student and parent. The writing is evaluated using writing rubrics focusing on composition, written expression, usage and mechanics. Fifth grade students are expected to write a multi-paragraph essay on a topic picked out by the VA State Department and score a minimum of 400 points in March of each year.
Students have many opportunities to write. Our school participates in many division-wide writing contests including Why My Family is Special sponsored by Alliance for Families and Children,
The mathematics program at Sheffield focuses on concept development, problem solving and computation skills. Advanced placement is available in each grade level. Students use manipulatives in cooperative games and activities in order to better visualize new concepts. The Lynchburg City School Division has also supplied SOL kits equipped with games to practice the SOLs. Emphasis on factual recall is very important as well. Many teachers use Mad Minutes and Math Facts in a Flash computer program to motivate students to memorize addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.
Key elements of Sheffield’s science program include experimentation and concept discovery. Learning kits supplied to K-5 classrooms as well as monetary support to purchase materials are two ways Lynchburg City Schools helps us to provide hands-on science experiences for all students while working to meet our SOL goals. Additionally fifth grade students travel to Dearington Elementary School for enriching lab experiences and the elementary science coordinator visits our school upon request to conduct interesting and fun lessons.
The social studies program at Linkhorne is designed to provide students with experiences to bring the history and geography from the museums into the classroom. Our program includes lessons and activities that build upon the many cultures that exist in the United States and reinforces the knowledge of our American heritage. Students learn about our government, about the geography of our state and country, and about the economy. Students are taken on field trips to many of the historical sites in Virginia.
Sheffield Elementary students are exposed to a variety of art media and techniques. Art lessons will often correlate with ALL subjects and help further students’ understanding of the State SOLs for Math, English, Science, and History. Materials used in class range from the two-dimensional, pencil, marker, and paint to the three-dimensional paper mache, textiles, clay and model magic. We travel though history and the cultures of many countries. Projects are planned to help students understand the travels of Native Americans, and the accomplishments of Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. In a 40 minute class we may create our own interpretation of the solar system or illustrate the changing seasons, all the while students are learning the basic elements and principles needed to create on their own.
Music classes at the elementary level are generally exploratory in nature. The division’s music teachers utilize the Silver Burdett Ginn series “The Music Connection” and enhance with other material.
The emphasis is on basic musical concepts based on grade appropriate activities which include learning simple notation, playing rhythm instruments, singing songs from many genre, and activities and movement which help support these concepts.
The music teacher assists with grade level plays and productions which involve most of the children in those levels.
The students participate in M.E. once a week for 40 minutes. We focus on improving basic skills, sportsmanship, game knowledge, self-esteem, and teamwork. In addition, fourth and fifth graders participate in physical fitness testing twice a year. The purpose of these tests are to evaluate aerobic capacity, flexibility, upper body strength, and abdominal strength.
An integral part of our program is providing motivation to students, encouraging them to participate in all activities. We provide the basis for sound education regarding essential fitness concepts and the ability to become and stay fit for a lifetime.
Sheffield has a strong technology program where students have access to and use multimedia daily. Each classroom and resource area is equipped with at least two networked computers where students and teachers can access instructional software and the Internet. Every classroom K-5 has a Smartboard and projection unit. In addition, there are two 25 station networked computer labs with Internet access and one 17 station computer lab. Each classroom has a closed circuit television. They also have access to large screen monitors, Classroom Performance Systems, digital cameras, scanners, digital microscopes, digital presenters and an 8 computer media center research station.
Programs for Students with Disabilities
Sheffield Elementary School provides special education services to students with disabilities. Placement in a special education program is the result of concerns and referrals by parents, teachers, our counselor, and principal followed by extensive diagnostic testing and evaluation. Students must meet specific requirements to qualify for services. Special education services, outlined in individual education plans, are presented through a variety of service models and are designed to meet the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of our students.
The Sheffield Elementary Enrichment program involves students from grades 3-5. Although there are many opportunities for all students to participate in enrichment activities. These activities include attendance at or participation in:
- The Lynchburg Symphony
- Professional Musicals
- Virginia Museum, Maier Museum, and Jamestown Museum speakers
- Reading Across America Celebrating Dr. Seuss
- Young Authors Writing
- Virginia Readers
Third, fourth and fifth grade students benefit from a division elementary science specialist who enriches curriculum at a central laboratory. Students travel to the lab to use the scientific method in areas such as the properties of light, energy, electricity, matter, and weather.
The Title 1 Program is a federally funded program whose purpose is to accelerate students who are working below grade level in reading and/or math. Title 1 teachers and/or teaching assistants work to improve student performance in the classroom and on state mandated assessments. The students may be instructed in a the classroom with their classmates or in a tutorial or small group setting. All resource personnel team teach in some capacity with classroom instructors to provide the most individualized instruction possible.
The library media center is an active part of each student’s day. The students have a scheduled library time once a week for check out and lessons. There is also a daily open checkout time to ensure access to many and varied book selections. The library media center supports all curriculum areas, the Accelerated Reading program, the Virginia Young Readers program, and many varied activities through out the year. The Accelerated Reader list is now posted on this website’s homepage. The library is a place we all enjoy. Come visit us and join in the fun filled activities.
Along with parents, the Sheffield Elementary teachers, staff and counselor try to help children succeed in life by encouraging character based principals such as good citizenship, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and trustworthiness. Classroom guidance lessons in grades K - 5 focus on one or more of these characteristics each year.