About Our School
Shady Lane provides a unique school campus comprised of both an early childhood center and elementary school serving the needs of a diverse student body of nearly 500 students. Originally constructed in 1957 and expanded in 1973 and again in 2003 to open its early childhood center, Shady Lane is the only facility in the district that schools children in grades kindergarten through sixth. It is no surprise that such a unique school would take pride in its many achievements.
Over the years, Shady Lane has received several modernizations and enhancements to maintain its technology-rich learning environment. Smartboards and computers are in every classroom, and computer labs are available for instructional use. In addition, the Media Center uses a computerized catalogue system that allows for electronic circulation of all materials. In addition, a mobile computer lab with laptop computers is utilized throughout the building. The school is networked to provide Internet access to every classroom, office, and Media Center computer. Technology is a powerful tool in the classroom, and has paved the way for Shady Lane students to access information and programming that reaches beyond the boundaries of their classroom walls.
Classroom Instruction …
The elementary program has a standard curriculum that is consistent throughout the district. Standard textbooks provide continuity and shared skills as elementary students graduate and proceed to the middle school. A strong emphasis on core courses such as math, language arts and writing has a proven track record of success, as evidenced by standardized test scores. A quality reading program is in place that provides intensive tutorial assistance to students who are at-risk readers. A new math curriculum that emphasizes hands-on lessons was also continued this year. Music lessons and a gifted and talented program also help to develop students’ special needs. Finally, the elementary program remains dedicated to technology. At the elementary school, students have gained more access to computers, thus developing a more computer literate student body.
Special Features …
An innovative program is increasing technology integration into the language arts curriculum thanks to the STAR-W grant.
An active Parent Teacher Association supports the school in many ways.
An effective educational program in drug and alcohol resistance is offered to fifth and sixth graders every year.
Students are regularly recognized and awarded for their achievements in academic and non-academic areas.
School unity and school spirit activities are conducted throughout the school year.
An Adopt-A-Cop Program periodically puts a law enforcement officer in the school as a friendly presence listening to student concerns and issues.
A Parent Task Force meets with the Principal to share ideas and concerns.
The Media Center at Shady Lane is exceptional with 6,000 volumes available for circulation.
Other special programs funded through grants have provided extra stimulation and motivation for Shady Lane students.