Classroom Practices

Heritage IGC is one of our newer Coweta Public Schools’ complexes.

It is located at 15286 S. 297th E. Ave., directly behind Southside Elementary School.

Heritage IGC has approximately half of the district’s 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students.  The remaining students are at Mission IGC.  The mission of both of our IGC campuses is to “bridge the gap” between elementary school and junior high school.  We are doing that at both schools by implementing the Great Expectations methodology and principles.

Heritage IGC has been a Great Expectations Model School and still practices these principles. You will see our teachers implementing the 17 classroom practices of effective teaching. They are as follows:

  1. The teacher models desired behaviors and attitudes such as those set forth in the Life Principles and the Eight Expectations for Living.
  2. Students and teachers speak in complete sentences and address one another by name, demonstrating mutual respect and common courtesy.
  3. Students are taught as a whole group, thoroughly and to mastery, with intensive and specific modifications insuring success for all.
  4. Lessons are integrated, related to the real world, reviewed consistently, and connected to subsequent curricula.
  5. Critical thinking skills are taught.
  6. A non-threatening environment, conducive to risk-taking, is evident. Mistakes are okay. Students are taught to learn from their mistakes and to correct them.
  7. Memory work, recitations, and/or writing occur daily. These enhance character development and effective communication skills while extending curricula. Recitations are exuberant and full of expression.
  8. Enriched vocabulary is evident and is drawn directly from challenging writings and/or wisdom literature. Sources should include classic literature, myths, fables, poetry, proverbs, quotes, and other genres.
  9. The Magic Triad, a positive and caring environment, and discipline with dignity and logic are evident.
  10. Every student's work is displayed in some form. Teachers provide positive commentary through oral and/or written feedback.
  11. Word identification skills are used as a foundation for expanding the use of the English language.
  12. Students assume responsibility for their own behavior. Their choices determine consequences.
  13. A school, class, or personal creed is recited or reflected upon daily to reaffirm commitment to excellence.
  14. All students experience success. The teacher guarantees it by comparing
    students to their own past performance, not the performance of others. Students are showcased, and past failures are disregarded.
  15. The teacher teaches on his/her feet, engages students personally, holds high expectations of students, and does not limit them to grade level or perceived ability.
  16. Each classroom has a student who greets visitors and makes them feel welcome and comfortable.
  17. Teachers and students celebrate the successes of others.

Eight Expectations for Living

Educators helping students achieve excellence guide them in adhering to the following expectations:

  • We will value one another as unique and special individuals.
  • We will not laugh at or make fun of a person's mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns.
  • We will use good manners, saying "please," "thank you," and "excuse me" and allow others to go  first.
  • We will cheer each other to success.
  • We will help one another whenever possible.
  • We will recognize every effort and applaud it.
  • We will encourage each other to do our best.
  • We will practice virtuous living, using the Life Principles.

We have self-contained 4th grade classes, so the teachers can help the younger students transition from lower elementary schools to the upper elementary environment.  The 4th grade teachers work together to meet each student’s individual needs and develop 4th grade curriculum to meet state PASS objectives and the common core standards.

Due to the high stakes testing requirements, 5th Grade students have a departmentalized program, and they have a different teacher for each subject throughout the day. Our class periods are 50 minutes long, along with a 5 minute passing time between classes for a short break, use the restroom, drink, and be in class on time. Students change classes after lunch, and since 5th grade students test in five subject areas, this type of scheduling allows all the teachers to have manageable lesson preparation time and teach in the areas of their greatest strength and interest.

Sixth grade students also have a departmentalized program with a different teacher for each subject throughout the day.  Our class periods are 50 minutes long, and they have a 5 minute passing time between classes to take a short break, use the restroom, get a drink, and be in class on time.

Punctuality is an important life principle that we work on at Heritage.

Music consists of learning instrument families, learning to read music and to sing in parts (harmonize), playing recorders and Orff instruments, researching composers, identifying different genres of music and preparing programs for our parents and community. Fifth graders at HIGC now have the opportunity to learn to play the ukulele, with our full classroom set of soprano ukuleles obtained with a grant from the Coweta Education Foundation. Sixth grade students now have the opportunity to learn to play the guitar, with our full classroom set of acoustic guitars obtained with a grant from Cox Charities Innovations in Education. One very special program is the annual Veterans' Day program the 5th graders prepare in cooperation with the 5th grade students from Mission IGC. HIGC students also prepare another special program for our community, which is the Colonial Day program.

Art classes include art history and cultural art from around the world. Mrs. Bradley shares her knowledge to teach the vocabulary of art and art skills to mastery. Individual styles are explored and improved upon. Art also offers home projects and the parent paint nights are exciting. The annual art show displays the year-long creations by our students, plus there is a silent auction of each class banner project. 6th graders have the opportunity to join an after school art club for advanced artists.

Physical Education classes provide opportunities for improved health and physical fitness. Mr. Collins makes PE very enjoyable with a variety of stretches and exercises, introduction of basic skills in team sports, and a good selection of lead-up games and activities to keep students active. The time students spend in PE activities and recess easily exceeds the minimum required time for elementary students. HIGC has been blessed to partner with the Creek Nation "Move it" Program. They come in and help do fitness testing, teach different lessons to the students on diabetes prevention and healthy eating habits, introduce new games and provide funds for new physical education equipment. Our PE students represent HIGC by competing in Archery competitions.

Coweta Public Schools has a phenomenal band program that has won numerous regional and state competitions.  We introduce beginning band to our 6th grade students, and they attend their band classes every day throughout the school year.  Students are divided into a woodwind class, and a brass/percussion class to allow for more individual attention and more efficient mastery of their music and instruments.

We look forward to working with all of our students at Heritage, as we help them prepare to be productive citizens, life-long learners, and successful students at Junior High and beyond.


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