Harper Academic Initiatives
Harper Elementary follows the mission of Thomasville City Schools to ensure a safe, orderly climate in which quality educational experiences maximize the individual potential of all learners. Harper will produce problem solvers, life-long learners and productive members of our local and global communities.
Reading and Literacy Initiatives
Drop Everything and Read Initiative
Harper Elementary is launching a school wide reading initiative titled Drop Everything and Read! The program( D.E.A.R) is based on the theory, the more students are engaged in teacher or adult led reading intervention, the more successful they will be. Harper is looking for community volunteers to take part in the D.E.A.R. Reading Initiative. Volunteers will be asked to participate in a professional learning training session led by Southwest Georgia RESA consultant Mrs. Margie Jordan and Harper Instructional Coaches Mrs. Keyante Braswell and Mrs. Courtney Warner. Harper Instructional Coach Kenyante Braswell stated “ The opportunity for community and parent volunteers to be a part of developing readers is a win-win. Students will enjoy and benefit from the relationships and interaction with volunteers and parents! “
Journeys Reading, ELA and Writing Curriculum
Learning to read is an excursion into the unknown. It's about meeting challenges head-on and gaining confidence with each victory. Preparing students for this voyage requires a program that lets teachers introduce the right discoveries at the right time. When things begin to line up, you can see confidence start to shine in students' eyes. Journeys is a comprehensive K-6 English language arts program. It provides an instructional system for reading both literature and informational texts, for acquiring foundational skills, and for developing mastery of speaking, listening and writing.