Henry Houck Elementary School is located at 315 East Lehman Street proudly serving 4 year-old kindergarten through 5th grade students in our neighborhood. At Henry Houck, student achievement is our goal. Student achievement is our goal. Our number one indicator is for all of our students to have the necessary experiences to develop the knowledge and skills for their chosen career path.
100% of our professional staff are highly qualified and our teachers are experienced.
Our strives to meet the Pennsylvania academic standards in all content areas. In 2019, Henry Houck’s PSSA scores showed significant evidence that exceeded growth standards in ELA, Math, and Science. A truly excellent effort by all!
We depend on a research-based curriculum to be sure we properly address student needs and align with state standards in reading, writing, and math. Students have 120 minutes of instruction in reading and 75 minutes of instruction in math daily.
Our independent reading program, American Reading Company and reading curriculums, Super Kids and Journeys, provide explicit, systematic, high-quality instruction focusing on the five critical elements of reading that have been identified by research: Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and text comprehension. The foundation of the program supports all learners as they work toward end-of-year goals.
We use Math In Focus as a math curriculum in grades K-5 to fifth. Our mathematics instruction uses a standard driven approach with continual practice and ongoing assessments. In addition, the use of manipulatives has shown great benefits inleading our students to proficiency in math. The rich math vocabulary and word problems lead to improving literacy skills.
We analyze test scores, both standardized and district assessments, and respond to the student needs for future instruction. Extended learning opportunities are provided for children struggling to meet the standards. Interventions, small group, and individual supports all provide additional literacy opportunities. Special education services are available to students identified as needing them. Ongoing staff development prepares staff members to meet these needs.
Art, music, physical education, and library classes, taught by specialists, provide children with training and opportunities for creative thinking, fitness and reading for pleasure — all life – long goals.
Technology, like iPads, Chrome Books and educational tech programs – and internet-based, are an integral part of our program. Our classrooms are equipped with Smart Boards in grades K4 -5 for interactive learning opportunities.
We have committees to address needs including building-wide behavior management plans and expectations. Our approach is one of working to develop assets in our children – the more assets they have in their lives, the less likely they are to engage in negative behavior.
We also have after school programs and opportunities like, 21st Century, Girls On The Run, Cub Scouts and Good News Club, for most of our students to participate in.
Henry Houck PFO is a very supportive group, which promotes learning by supporting field trips, fundraisers, student incentives, programs, and activities. All parents are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Parent representatives also serve on district-wide committees that meet with district personnel.
Henry Houck parents also serve as volunteers and student mentors in cooperation with a district-wide parental involvement program.
At Henry Houck there is a true sense of pride, commitment, and community in providing the best learning environment possible.
Mr. Pedro Cruz