Award Year: 2015

Pakachoag School

110 Pakachoag Street
Auburn, MA, 01501-3128

(508) 832-7788

Mrs. Jennifer Stanick, Principal at time of Nomination

Ms. Debra Kozik, Current Principal

Auburn

School Website

School FaceBook

School Twitter

Mission

Our school mission is to educate and prepare students for the opportunities and challenges of a changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 87%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
A unit in science culminates with a service learning project.

A unit in science culminates with a service learning project.

Pakachoag School is able to identify two key changes to our instructional practices that have positively impacted teaching and learning. We strive to continually build a positive community which focuses on continuous improvement for all. We believe that high expectations and equitable opportunities for all are essential components of that, therefore, at Pakachoag, we practice inclusion. Our talented special education staff and classroom teachers have received training in effective co-teaching practices. This training allows us to keep students on IEPs in their classrooms with peer models, rather than removing them to a small-group, pull-out setting for instruction. With the addition of a special education teacher in classrooms, our students benefit from having two professionals, each with unique talents and experiences, accessible to them for instruction, support, and intervention. Extension activities are available across the curriculum to challenge our highest performing students and encourage them to continually look deeper into a topic. Co-teaching and inclusion practices have been extremely beneficial to the education at Pakachoag. With those two practices entrenched in our lesson design, higher levels of differentiation are possible. Allowing students to demonstrate understanding through a variety of products is staying true to the practices of differentiated instruction. The learning process and the product need to reflect student need and learning style. Teachers, specialists, and coaches work together reviewing data and identifying supports and challenges which will best provide students access to the curriculum. We are proud of the overall positive student achievement which is evident across the grade levels.