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About Northpoint Elementary School

Northpoint Elementary School
50800 Cherry Road, Granger, IN 46530

Phone: 574-271-8598

Fax: 574-968-6003

dwirth@phm.k12.in.us (Diane Wirth), principal

Barb Colborn, secretary/treasurer

Lynn Killelea, Office Aide

History  
Northpoint Elementary School, offering state-of-the art facilities and educational opportunities, opened in August 1998.  A building addition, consisting of 16 classrooms, two music rooms and a large group instruction area, was added in 2001.

Overview
Kindergarten through fifth grade
Enrollment 2014-2015: 575
Classroom Teachers: 20
Special Teachers:  4 full time, 3 part time (music, physical education, special education and speech/hearing)
Teacher Aides:  5
Media/Technology Aide:  1
Learning Lab Coordinator:  1
Program Assistants: 19
Custodians:  3
Classrooms:  22
School day:  7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Special Facilities
Instructional Materials Center (Library)
Two thirty station computer labs
Large Group Instruction area
Two music rooms
Five extended learning areas, with mini-computer labs
Television Broadcast Studio
Gymnasium
Enclosed courtyard with amphitheater
Outdoor classroom with seating for 40 students      

                                                            
Academic Programs
Northpoint Elementary School follows a block schedule, which provides flexibility in scheduling academic activities and common planning time for teachers.  All students receive instruction from specialists in the areas of general music and fitness.  Each class visits the Instructional Materials Center (IMC/Library) on a weekly basis where students are encouraged to borrow books for recreational and informational reading.  Each class visits the computer lab once or twice a week for structured lessons using keyboarding and other software programs that provide for skill remediation, skill development, skill practice, and/or enrichment.

Classes are organized as looping or traditional classrooms.  Looping allows students to experience the security and stability of having the same teacher or team of teachers for two years.  Looping also promotes close relationships between children, teachers, and families and encourages team teaching, providing greater opportunity for one-on-one time, exposing the learner to more different teaching styles and skills, and enhancing assessment by providing multiple perspectives on a student’s work and progress.

Northpoint provides an inclusive environment where students with special needs are placed in the regular classrooms. Support services are provided for students with learning disabilities, speech and hearing deficiencies, and other areas of exceptionality.

ISTEP+ Spring 2016 Results­­­­–Percent of students passing ISTEP+

        English/Language Arts  Math       

Grade 3       97.1                96.1

Grade 4       97.0                93.2                

Grade 5       91.0                92.0                                         

Parent Involvement

A parent-teacher organization (PTO) sponsors and supports a variety of student activities and projects.  Parents and patrons serve as volunteers in the classrooms and the Instructional Materials Center.

Honors and Achievements

Northpoint was named a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.

Activities

Academic competitions for students in grades 1-5           
School-wide enrichment opportunities, including
After-school Adventures
Art Smart                                                                             
Fifth grade environmental camp experience
Intramural Basketball                             
Stars in Service-Student Council
Student Learning Celebrations/Performances
Television broadcast studio
Wee Deliver
Kids Club childcare
Mission Statement 

The Northpoint Elementary School mission is to provide all students with a positive and challenging learning environment that empowers them to become responsible and productive citizens of the 21st century.

Northpoint Elementary students will attend Discovery Middle School and Penn High School.

Colors:  Navy blue, silver, and white         Mascot: Stars  Motto:   “Where every child can reach for the stars”

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