Award Year: 2019

Sequoyah Elementary School

1601 W. 12th Street
Russellville, AR, 72801-6524

(479) 968-2134

Mrs. Barbara McShane, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Russellville School District

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Mission

Provide a safe environment, promoting the development of independent, life-long learners. Sequoyah is a H.A.P.P.Y. place to learn. Students are H-elpful, A-ccepting, P-ositive, P-roductive, Y-oung learners.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 72%
  • Hispanic: 14%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 3%
Application
Students design complex machines to simplify a given task.

Students design complex machines to simplify a given task.

Sequoyah Elementary has embraced and purposefully integrated STEAM curricula into the regular classroom environment. Teachers design inquiry-based, exploratory, and problem-based learning opportunities for students who are encouraged to take risks and honor the struggle. The core curriculum is enhanced by varied enrichment opportunities such as our kindergarten Family Activity Bags (FAB Bags), fine arts Classy Club, The Green Team, Vex Robotics, Woodworking, and 3-D Enrichment Program.

Dedicated staff have created an authentic learning community incorporating collaborative, cross-curricular planning. A given concept may be introduced in mathematics, enhanced in the Science Lab, and applied in art. Applying academic vocabulary across disciplines and experiencing concepts from multiple perspectives deepens conceptual understanding for students and helps them make meaningful connections. This collegial spirit fosters a sense of community, ensuring our shared vision to do whatever it takes for student success.

Possessing shared beliefs and values, and building strong relationships with all stakeholders is crucial to cultivating a strong culture. Our dedicated staff recognize the irrefutable effect of these attributes on students' social-emotional well being and academic success. At Sequoyah, we recognized that a positive school climate must be protected, nurtured, and is the shared responsibility of all. The development of Kids' Club supports efforts to enhance our strong culture. This advisory-type class of heterogeneous k-4 student cohorts meets twice monthly to address students' affective needs and cultivate a stronger sense of community. Our positive culture is one of our greatest strengths and a source of pride.