Watkins ES

 Principal: Dawn Clemens
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Watkins is a safe, comfortable and engaging learning environment for 523 students. Watkins develops well-rounded students who work collaboratively and recognize their role as members of a larger community. With a curriculum focused on non-fiction writing, critical thinking skills and conceptual math, teachers emphasize the application of numeracy and literacy to real-world situations, use multiple methods to teach each skill and encourage students to explain and discuss their approach to solving problems. Five special subjects art, music, computer, Spanish and physical education reinforce and enhance the academic curriculum. Watkins employs Responsive Classroom, a research-based approach to education that encourages cooperation, empathy, responsibility, self-control and collaborative problem solving.

Points of Pride

Reading and Math Buddies

Capitalizing on our Pre-K through 8th grade learning community, older students partner with younger students as Reading and Math Buddies. These relationships provide younger students with academic support and positive role models while older students gain a sense of responsibility and commitment to their community. 

Arts Integration in Action

One example of arts integration at Watkins is the Young Playwrights Theater In-School Playwriting Program, which recently received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama. Fourth-grade students explore playwriting, revision, and performance with professional playwrights, actors, directors, and teaching artists.  Students learn the importance of language structure, grammar, spelling, and vocabulary choice as a means of clearly communicating their own thoughts to the world around them.  During a series of standards-based, in-class workshops, students explore the mechanics of language, drama, and self-expression, culminating in the creation of their own original play

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Interesting Fact.

Watkins ES is part of the Capitol Hill Cluster School, which is made up of Peabody Early Childhood Center, Watkins Elementary School and Stuart-Hobson Middle School.