Science at Ross creates a space for students to make sense of phenomena in the natural and designed world. The goal of Ross’s science programming is to build 21st century learners by igniting curiosity, provoking thinking and problem-solving, and developing global consciousness.
STEM in the City
Technology at Ross
Technology is an integral learning tool at Ross. Students in Pre-K-5 grade utilize both iPads and computers to enhance how they access information, engage in new learning, and express what they’ve learned. Technology provides students with more choice and invites students to take more ownership of their learning.
Engineering at Ross
Engineering is woven throughout our learning to apply our scientific knowledge to solve real world problems. We use the Engineering Design Process to guide our engineering projects. The engineering process also helps us build perseverance as plan, test, and improve our designs.
Engineering Design Process
Mathematicians at Ross are intentional, flexible, and persistent problem solvers who engage in complex, real-world problems in order to think critically about mathematics in a diverse society. Ross mathematicians value math, take ownership of the problem-solving process and understand the connections of math in the real world to be voices for social justice. Ross mathematics teachers are experts who embrace the identities, abilities and interests of their mathematicians while understanding our changing society to provide rigorous instruction to all students.
Habits of Our Mathematicians
- Express their ideas through discourse & visual representations
- Respect and value the ideas and views of others
- Use metacognition
- Persevere through problem solving
- Attend to precision
- Use critical thinking
- Maintain a growth mindset
Support Your Mathematician at Home
DCPS Programs through Clever:
First in Math (great for fluency), iReady Personalized Instruction (based on your child’s individual needs), Zearn (aligned to Eureka Math)
Skills to practice at home:
- Counting objects in a set
- Skip counting (2s, 3s, 4s, etc)
- Counting by tens from a number not ending in 0 (example, 5, 15, 25, 35…)
- Basic Fact Fluency for each of the operations
- Addition/subtraction within 20
- Multiplication/division with factors to 12
- Telling time on digital and analog clocks
- Using multiplication/division/fractions in the kitchen
- Measuring cups/spoons
- Cutting things into equal parts
- Sharing something equally among family members