Through the generous support of the community, staff, and the PTA for the SLES Educational Foundation (SLESEF), Seven Locks students and community have benefited greatly. Among recent projects (click to expand):
Outdoor Classroom Project
New for the 2015-2016 school year, our playground shade canopy was installed in the spring of 2015! Perimeter benches and central picnic tables were installed over the summer, ready for all to enjoy for the new school year!
Annual Support for Professional Development
Over the past three years, the Foundation has invested heavily in support of our teaching staff, allowing professional growth and development as well as enhanced curricular planning to meet individual student needs.
Flanking the entry to the school, the SLES Educational Garden serves as a rich ecosystem that not only helps protect our watershed and provides habitat for native wildlife, but also provides a rich outdoor classroom which teachers use to enhance students’ curricular investigations into diverse subjects such as science, math, and even art! As a bonus, the garden encourages children to interact, contemplate, and become stewards of their environment.
Books and Materials
Each year, the Foundation has made a significant investment into enhancing the study material available to students. This includes Junior Great Books and William and Mary text books, math intervention kits, and greatly expanding the text available for study in small reading groups.
The Foundation is interested in enhancing technology in the classroom where possible. Last year, through our Mini-Grant system, our first-grade classrooms were equipped with iPads for new learning stations! New technology needs have been brought to the Foundation’s attention for the 2015-2016 school year. Please see Back to School Request for 2015-2016, below.
Bringing History to Life
One of the earliest goals of the Foundation was to encourage and recognize the unique history of Seven Locks Elementary and its connection with the nearby C&O Canal. This has resulted in unique architectural designs incorporated into our new building (circa 2012) that reflects the C&O Canal as well as a partnership with the National Park Service that brings special curricular programming related to canal history to all grades at Seven Locks each year.