Bethany Curriculum & Activities
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Below are quick links to various information about the curriculum programs, academics, and activities offered at Bethany Elementary School. Click on any link to view content. Some links will take you to the Rockingham County Schools website for general district information.
Elementary Education at RCS
The following information is from our district website, www.rock.k12.nc.us, and provides users with an overview of the curriculum in kindergarten through fifth grade. It reflects the state's standards that teachers are required to teach at each grade level. These standards are a combination of the North Carolina State Standards (English Language Arts and Math) and the NC Essential Standards (Science, Social Studies, etc.). These are the standards that are assessed on the Literacy and Mathematics Assessments in kindergarten through second grade and on the End-of-Grade tests in grades three through five.
Below parents of Kindergarten, First, and Second Grade students can locate information regarding the standards-based reporting system. K-3 parents can also access information on Read to Achieve implementation.
We hope that this information will be helpful to you and that you will use it as a reference throughout the year. If you have questions, talk with your child's teacher or principal.
Our Elementary Schools strive to:
Integrate math and reading throughout the curriculum
Develop character and work ethics
Forge strong relationships with students and parents
Ensure a safe, orderly, and caring school environment
Utilize 21st Century tools and technology
Focus on development of the whole child
We, as a school district, appreciate you as our valued partners in the education of our children.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Office of Early Learning has developed and released a new virtual resource, Literacy at Home, to help support North Carolina’s youngest readers. Literacy at Home provides activities specific to each grade level from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. This online resource provides background knowledge on evidence-based literacy practices, as well as instructional activities for families and caregivers."
Read the full press release here.
RCS AIG Program
Below you will find additional information about our Academically/Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program. Click on the find out more tab for additional resources including CogAT Test, AIG Plan and student characteristics.
If you have questions or concerns about the AIG program or your child's AIG services, please contact Mrs. Lisa Miller, AIG Lead Teacher for Rockingham County Schools at 634-3209, extension 49221.
Each spring, the identification/placement teams at the elementary and middle schools review multiple sources of data to determine the best placement for current AIG students the next year and to consider new AIG placements for the upcoming school year. No student is exited from the program unless it is requested by the parent. Any parent, teacher, student, or community member who has academic knowledge of a student can submit a student's name to the school's Instructional Coach for possible consideration as placement in the AIG Program. In order for a student to be placed in the Rockingham County Schools' Academically and/or Intellectually Gifted Program, the placement criteria must be met.
The vision and mission of Rockingham County Schools' AIG program are in alignment with the district's vision and mission.
SORA Reading App
Rockingham County Schools is pleased to offer our eBook program on Overdrive. Our digital collection contains over 5700 titles available for checkout.
The web address for RCS' digital library is https://soraapp.com/welcome/login/201513. Please see your school's Media Coordinator for log in information.
To access our Book Catalog, use the https://search.follettsoftware.com/metasearch/ui/12937 site link.
Below are the clubs and after school activities available for students.
Information and applications for activities are available in the office.
Go Far Running Club
Bethany Community Basketball
Softball and Baseball Pearman Ball Park
Rockingham County Youth Football League
Below is information about annual field trips and events so that you can plan ahead. Check back throughout the year for updates and additions.
Our Kindergarten classes go to Carolina Beach each year. Our students engage in many activities including art, and science. For more information, contact Brittany Flynt.
Our fourth graders go to Betsy-Jeff Penn 4H Educational Center. Our students focus on predators v/s prey activities and games, fossils digs and making casts, pioneer days making candles and cornbread, and the Saura tribe of Native Americans that once lived here. For more information, contact Jennifer Rakestraw
Our fifth graders go to Washington, DC each year as a trip to learn more about our nation's capital. For more information, contact Dawn Schmucker.
*All of the above trips are overnight or up to 3 nights.
In addition to the May Day celebration, Bethany also holds a "Fall Festival" in early October. Students also participate in the "Christmas Angel" and food drives for the hungry.
Red Ribbon Week
Dress Down/Hat Days (for various charities)
Fire Safety Classes
Veterans Day Celebration
Read Across America
100 Day Celebration