Award Year: 2014

East Elementary School

45 Wilshire Drive
Sharon, MA, 02067-1529

(781) 784-1551

Mrs. Elizabeth Murphy, Principal at time of Nomination

Sharon

School Website

Mission

To provide students with a nurturing environment and a challenging educational experience that appreciates students’ talents and abilities, resulting in all children reaching their potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 4%
  • White: 66%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 26%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
In this photo second graders work collaboratively to build a catapult during a STEM challenge.

In this photo second graders work collaboratively to build a catapult during a STEM challenge.

East Elementary School, "the school with HEART", is one of three elementary schools located in the community of Sharon, Massachusetts. East Elementary builds a sense of community through experiences that promote and model caring, trust, and collaboration. Children’s education is enhanced by parents and teachers working together as a team to promote the academic, social, and emotional growth of all children. East is a community where children love to learn; where parents believe their children are receiving a quality education; and where teachers express pride in their work as educators.

Using a professional learning community model, staff continuously collaborate to review student data, monitor student progress, and develop lessons to ensure that every child is able to access the curriculum and make effective progress. Vast professional development opportunities and a curriculum that closely aligns with the Common Core Standards have led to our success. Teachers at each grade, work together to plan and implement differentiated instructional experiences and an integrated curriculum.

The guiding principle of East is: HEART (Helpfulness, Effort, Acceptance, Respect, and Teamwork). This motto is celebrated and shared throughout the school. Student success is achieved through the partnership with our families, PTO, and the local community. In modeling positive collaboration, and team-based efforts to support students and teachers, East instills in students the qualities necessary to become lifelong learners and global citizens.