CEA has some unique vocabulary.
this will help.
AR: Accelerated Reader. A program which allows students to take a
comprehension test after reading a book.
Arts Trust: An account created to fund expenses
related to Grant’s arts-based curriculum. The PTA’s “For the Love of Art”
Auction is the sole fundraiser for the trust. The PTA holds the majority of the
funds in its accounts for interest bearing advantages and eased accessibility and
is channeled to the trust as expenses dictate need. Expenditures from the trust are authorized by
Basement: Located below the loft, down the
ramp from the main office entrance.
Indoor recess, KE and the YMCA before and after school program use this
space. Boys and Girls restrooms are
located here. It’s also where you’ll find our awesome storage area for
costumes, set & props that we call “the cage” …and restrooms.
Bellarmine: aka. Bellarmine Prepartory School. A
private high school in Tacoma that allows high school students to tutor our
students at Grant – with guidance from the classroom teachers, of course.
The fenced and locked area in the back corner of the basement. Costumes, props, set and various arts and
fused glass supplies are stored here.
There is also a designated area for PTA supplies.
This is the current vocabulary for what you might remember as PE or gym
Black Belts: A recorder playing group of 4th
& 5th graders that have achieved the black belt level of skill. They earn different color strings or “belts”
to tie on their instrument as they advance in ability, similar to martial arts.
Our multipurpose room can be a gym, cafeteria (Grant Café), auditorium,
or all three at once.
Grant Center for the Expressive Arts.
“The Grant Way”: Students “caught” Being Safe,
Respectful, Responsible, or Kind; the pillars of Grants positive behavior
focus. Slips can be turned in for “High
Five” coins which can be exchanged for small prizes in the office. Formerly
known as “Best of the Best.”
Central or CAB:
Refers to the Tacoma School District Central Administration
Building located at 601 S. 8th. It faces Tacoma Ave. with parking in the
Coffee, Chocolate & Passion Tea: A few office staff favorite treats,
just in case you’re looking for a way to say “thank you,” (or brown nose.)
Common Core State Standards. State
education chiefs and governors in 48 states came together to develop the Common
Core, a set of clear college- and career-ready standards for kindergarten
through 12th grade in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Today, 43
states have voluntarily adopted and are working to implement the standards,
which are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are
prepared to take credit bearing introductory courses in two- or four-year
college programs or enter the workforce. (taken
directly from: www.corestandrds.org,
CCSS Interim Math Assessment: aka: TC (Think Central) CCSS Math
Assessment. Math assessment to provide a baseline/tracking assessment to
monitor student progress over time to meet CCSS in Math.
Grant’s own premier dance group comprised of 4th & 5th
graders. Auditions for this group are held in the spring of the previous school
year. Under the direction of our dance
teacher Krissa Englebright, they perform at various Grant events and travel for
community appearances as well.
Developmental Reading Assessment, 2nd
Edition. A reading assessment that determines each student’s independent (or
instructional) level with an evaluation of three components of reading: reading
engagement, oral reading fluency, and comprehension. This program also has a
Progressing Monitoring component which allows teachers to follow students’
English Language Arts. Comprised of four Claims:
Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Research
Unique classes offered to all students during the school day to enhance
learning and infuse the arts. There are three
sessions during the year that are 5-8 weeks in length and classes are 45
minutes. Classes are taught by teachers
and other school staff as well as parent volunteers. Students are allowed to register for their
top three choices of offered classes for their grade level. Word to the wise
regarding sign-up; registration has a tight turn-around so complete &
return forms promptly and be sure to make 2nd and 3rd
5th Grade Camp:
A 5th grade uber cool experience. Students, teachers and chaperones spend 2
nights and 3 days at Camp Seymour on the Key Peninsula immersed in science,
nature and fun. There are fundraisers throughout the year to help with the cost
to students for attending.
“For the Love of Art” Auction:
The spectacular event of the year that raises money to fund our
arts-based curriculum. Silent and Live
auctions offer classroom art projects and packages as well as one-of-a-kind
experiences and getaways. This event is usually in early May and is an ‘adults
only’ evening. This event is what funds the entire following year of Art for
Free: The price you’ll often see for Grant
Gate: Gifted And Talented Education. A second full-time, off campus, highly
capable program housed at Downing.
Students are identified by means different than JAWS & SAIL for this
Home Access Center is a Tacoma School District
online system that allows you to view grades, attendance, and test scores.
Parents can also update contact and emergency information. In
order for parents and students to self-register for a Home Access Center
account, the school must have a current email and home address on file in the
district’s student information system. If you have questions about
self-registration, please contact your school.
Located between the kindergarten annex and primary wing. The handprints are periodically updated at a
family PTA event.
Holiday Gift Making Workshop:
An event created and nurtured by our
one-up the dime store “holiday shop” of our youth. A wildly popular evening spent making hand
crafted gifts at stations throughout the school. It’s free, it’s fun, and it’s November 22nd. Don’t miss it.
Hot Lunch Account:
Every student has an account that works much like a debit account to pay
for lunch. They pick up their card from
the rack, and the cashier swipes it as they pass through. Deposits into the account can be made a couple
ways; via the web, or pay with cash or check (to Tacoma Schools) to our lovely
cafeteria staff. There is a link on our
school website under the “families page” tab to Lunch Money Now, but BEWARE,
you will be charged an additional processing fee for this online service.
Our fabulous day and night custodians… both to retire by the end of this
Grant and Tacoma
School District support the philosophy that all students will be included in
all activities to the fullest extent possible.
While the term is specifically applied to Special Education, the
philosophy is applied to all students and activities at Grant. An application
of this is the inclusion of Arts Enrichment in the school day to insure access
for all Grant students thus removing barriers such as cost and
Intermediate Wing: The stretch of building from the
main office running south along Prospect to S9th. The library, LRC and 3rd-5th
grade classes are found here.
JAWS: Joining Ability With
Subject matter. A division of the highly capable program in the Tacoma
School District for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade
students. Eligibility is determined via testing in 2nd grade.
Students are transported to the class site one day a week where they receive
enriched education instruction.
Kinder Holiday Concert:
A kindergarten (and Miss Sailer’s K-1) music program just before winter
break with a special visitor… Ho Ho Ho.
The brick building on the far NW corner of campus next to the garden
& small playground. Miss Sailer’s
K-1 and Mrs. Cruz’s 2nd grade call it home.
LAP: Learning Assistance Program. A general education program to support
students who need a little extra help with Reading.
Our upstairs. Stairs lead from
the main office entrance on Prospect up to the music & art rooms, dance
studio, Nest, and art display area.
LRC: Learning Resource Center.
A Special Education program to support students who need help in Math and
YES, you can! Have lunch with your child that is. Just stop in the office and pick up a visitor
pass, then meet your child in the Grant Café.
If you want a hot school lunch, just have your child inform their
teacher, so the kitchen staff can have an adult meal ready. Adult meals cost $4.00
and .55 more for milk.
A resource room in the Loft that supports students on the Autism
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
One-on-one discussions between teachers, parents and students where
student progress and goals are addressed together.
Peer Inclusion Preschool:
aka… Language Pre-School… Pre-School… There is a morning and an
afternoon session for 3 & 4 year olds to gain school-ready skills.
There are two (even though it looks like one) mobile home style
buildings next to the kindergarten annex.
One is home to Mrs. Read’s 3rd grade class (ramp side), and
the other is home to Ms. Bye’s 2nd grade class (steps side).
Positive Behavior Intervention System.
Primary Wing: This is the stretch of building running
along N11th from the Grant Café, down the ramp to the kindergarten annex. Generally, it houses Pre-K-2nd
PTA: Parent Teacher Association…
of which you can be a member!
SALT: Student Assistance Leadership
Team - A meeting where teachers
can gain advise from specialists and colleagues on strategies for assisting
individual students with academic or behavioral concerns.
Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium.
…replaces the MSP, which replaced the WASL. This is the comprehensive
state-wide assessment providing data and information used to monitor the
effectiveness of the schools and programs. There is a Math assessment and an
SIP: School Improvement Plan.
Every Tacoma school has one, and our SCDM oversees ours.
SAIL: Self-contained Advanced
Another highly capable program offering.
Students testing in the top 1% are eligible to attend this full time,
off site classroom for 4th and 5th grade.
SAMI: Science And Math
Institute. A Tacoma public high
school that allows high school students to tutor our students at Grant – with
guidance from the classroom teachers, of course.
SCDM: Site Centered Decision
Making. (Sometimes you may hear “school” rather than “site.” This 13-person committee is comprised of our
principal, teachers, staff and parent representatives. It is a joint planning
and problem solving process that aims to shift decision making from a
centralized process to a shared process.
They meet twice a month to discuss matters affecting our school as a
Specialists (& rotations):
A category name for your art, drama, dance, KE, Strings (violin)
teachers and the library. Classes rotate
every trimester within the art, drama, & dance specialists. In this manner, Grant students spend 1 day a
week, 1/3 of the year in each rotation.
KE is year round, 2x a week. Strings is for 4th grade only
during their music time, ½ the class at a time. (Music is year round, and not
classified as a specialist.)
School Of The Arts. A Tacoma public high school that allows high
school students to tutor our students at Grant – with guidance from the
classroom teachers, of course.
Student Resource Team. A team comprised of school
and District personnel to evaluate the needs of students who may be evaluated
for Special Education.
Standardized Testing And Reporting. Teachers
(and now the District) use this program to monitor student growth in reading.
Refers to the 4 metal statues on the southwest corner of our campus at
the intersection of N10th & Prospect.
This is often used as a meeting place for families.
Student ID Number:
This is a unique 7-digit number assigned by the district to each student. You can obtain this number from our school
secretary. This number is used for
student specific access to various district systems.
Terrific Kid Assembly:
A school-wide assembly where the Kiwanis Club awards Terrific Kid honors
to students that are chosen by their teachers. A notification letter is sent to
parents so you won’t miss their big moment.
Various other classroom awards are also presented.
Troubadours: A performing musical group directed
by our music teacher, Carolyn Proehl. Appearing at assemblies, concerts &
school events throughout the year.
United Parcel Service; or in our case, University of Puget Sound. A
private university in Tacoma. Students interested in the field Education come
as volunteers or student teachers to learn from the best!
Violin Exploratory Concert:
A culminating performance by 4th grade students at the end of
their strings rotation.
That’s YOU. Our kids want and
need you to be involved.
Waiver Day: A training day for staff. No school for students.
Walk to Read. Students in First Grade are assessed and placed in a
reading group that is at their instructional reading level. Some students leave
their classroom to walk to another teacher’s room for reading instruction.