ConnectEd Summer 2015 - Page 6

6 Striving to provide all students with a well-rounded education that includes school choice, GISD offers an array of specialized magnets. Currently, the district boasts 10 varied programs at 16 campuses. The addition of Montessori in 2016-17 will give families one more option to customize their child’s learning. Additionally, the locations of Herfurth and Luna elementary schools will extend GISD’s programs into the Rowlett and Sachse areas. Montessori offers individualized, integrated instruction with teachers acting as facilitators. The classroom environment contains multisensory materials rather than textbooks, and children move around the room at their own pace, studying geography, history, language, math, music, science, etc. at the same time. Montessori classes also group grade levels together, forming communities in which older children spontaneously share their knowledge with younger peers. Visit www.garlandisd.net/ montessori to learn more. On the C Attendance Awareness Month 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 7 Labor Day 15 College Day/Night 19 Healthy Living Expo 21-25 Cybersafety Week connected