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University of Puerto Rico at Humacao English Department EDPE 4018 (Practice Teaching)

Nucleus Study Elementary School Luz A. Cruz de Santana Cooperating Teacher: Percychel Torres

Name: Leslie Ramos Claudio Student Number: 442-08-6245 Supervisor: Dr. Aníbal Muñoz Claudio Date: August 24, 2012

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Table of Contents Background Information ................................................................................................................................ 3 Educational region and Regional Supervisor ---------------------------------------------------------------3 School district and School Superintendents ------------------------------------------------------- --------3 School, Level, and School Director -------------------------------------------------------------------- --------3 Cooperating Teacher ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ --------3 Group ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------3 Content ............................................................................................................................................................... 4 Brief Description of content and Sources of Information ---------------------------------- -------- --- --4 Purpose--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 Areas of Observation ........................................................................................................................................ 5 School Organization (chart) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 Curriculum Programs (subjects and extra-curricular) ---------------------------------------------------5 Sports Programs (intramural/extramural, organizations) ----------------------------------------------5 Facilities (classrooms, bathrooms, recreational areas) --------------------------------------------------5 School Diagram ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 Supervision (administration) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------6 Personnal (teachers, educational, professions, staff) -----------------------------------------------------7 Students (enrollment, places of orgin, attendance, organizations) ------------------------------------8 Reaction ................................................................................................................................................................ 9 School’s Strengths ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------9 Areas for improvements ( in relation to students and community) ----------------------------------10 Conclusion ...........................................................................................................................................................11 Reflection ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11

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I. Background Information Educational region: Humacao, Areas Service: Arroyo, Gurabo , Humacao ,Juncos, Las Piedras, Maunbo, Patillas, San Lorenzo and Yabucoa. Region Supervisor: Mr. Luis Eugenio Matta Donatiú School district : Las Piedras School Superintendent : Mrs. Maribel Hernández School : Luz A. Cruz de Santana Code : 35071 Level : Elementary Grades: Kindergarten to Sixth grade Physical Address: Calle 15 Urb. Villa Universitaria .

Humacao, PR 00791

Telephone: (787) 850-6460 Zone: Urban School Director : Arleen Alicea Cooperating Teacher : Percychel Torres Group: 6th Grade The Luz A. Cruz de Santana School is located in the middle of the urbanization Villa Universitaria. The elementary school is from kindergarten to sixth grade. This school is part of the educational region of Humacao and the school district is Las Piedras. This region areas of services are Arroyo, Gurabo , Humacao ,Juncos, Las Piedras, Maunbo, Patillas, San Lorenzo and Yabucoa.

The region supervisor is Mr. Luis Eugenio Matta Donatiú and the school superintendent is Mrs. Maribel Hernández. The school’s director is Mrs. Arleen Alicea. The cooperating teacher who is helping me with the practice is Mrs. Percychel Torres. I’m practice teaching with the 6th grade groups.

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II. A. Content The Luz A. Cruz de Santana School’s Nucleus Study includes information about the school structure, the student’s such as; enrollment, attendance, organizations, and place of origin, the educational professional and non-educational personnel, the curriculum, the school organization, and the additional services for students. The information was gathered from various sources; the school’s director, the administrative office, librarian, and the cooperating teacher. The purpose for the Nucleus Study is to become familiarized with my practice center. By gathering this information, I can have a wise opinion on the school organization, and function. This study is to have a better knowledge of the school surroundings and structure. This information is essential to be able to know students, teachers, all the staff in the school and the community. Being able to distinguish the school design and organization will help me arrange strategies to help students and the staffs. Here you will also find my reflection of the school weaknesses and strengths. As a practice teacher in the school, I need to have knowledge and understanding of the services that are being provided by the school. Having this information will also help me understand the school vision now and for the future. With regards to the historical background of the school, Luz A. Cruz de Santana was a very enthusiastic child with many future ambitions concerning the wellbeing of the schools. As she grew older she contributed in many ways such as implementing library clubs, organizations and orientating the school staff. She dedicated her life trying to motivate students to love reading.

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II. B. Areas of Observation School Organization

, Kindergarten: Double Enrollment 1) teacher 2) homeroom 2) schedule From 1st to 6th - Simple 1) homeroom 1) teacher 1) schedule Curriculum Program: Core Curriculum - Special Education- Self-contained classroom . .

Sports Programs: The school does not have any sport activities. The school has a general curriculum which covers pretty much the basic subjects like Math, Science, and Social Studies, English and Spanish class. This school is an Elementary school so it only covers grades Kindergarten to sixth grade. The kindergarten class has two enrollments one in the morning and another in the afternoon; first through sixth grade classes have all one homeroom teacher and the schedule is regular from 8 am to 3 pm. The school has program for special Education which provides a content classroom to the service special education children who need it. There are teachers who are resources to also give service to the students who are in the mainstream and need assistance in the classroom. Facilities: Number classrooms: _21 . .

Bathroom: Level I 2 bathrooms 1 - boys 1-girls Level II 2 bathrooms 1 - boys 1-girls Recreational area: There is a gazebo in the middle of the school playground.

School Diagram:

Figure 1

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Figure 2

In Figure 1 is the first level of the school and figure 2 is the second level. We can clearly visualize the school has 21 rooms in which include library and contained classroom. In the middle of the school, we can see a little recreational area for students to enjoy their recess. The school also has functioning 4 bathrooms two at the first level and two at the second level of the school; one for boys and one for girls. The school facilities are reasonable but the students need more area for recreation at lunchtime and a playground. The area around the gazebo is where students have for recreation. However, when it rain the area gets flooded. Some students will play around this area and their uniforms turnout muddy and dirty.

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Supervision:

Director: Arleen Alicea Administrative Assistant: Francisca Melendez

Social Worker: Debora Fontanez Secretary: Marisol Miranda

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Figure 3

According to Figure 3, that demonstrates the hierarchy of the school administration. This organization shows the level in which the personnel arranged. It start’s off with the director in charge, followed by the Administrative Assitant there after is the Social worker and finally the secretary. Teachers and grades distribution Sra. Madeline Donato Sra. Madeline Sra. Nereida Rojas Sra. Carmen Medina Sra. Gloribel Cintrón Sra. Awilda Navarro Sra Sonia Hernández Sra. Wanda Berrios Sra. Wanda Quinones Sra. Damris Rodriguez Sra. Wilmaris Rodriguez Sra. Amalin Beltran Sra. Obedilia Santana Sra. Percychel Torres Sra. Ana Rosado Sra. Betzaida Velasquez Sra. Debbie Quiñonez

(Contained Classroom (Kindergarten) (First 1-1) (First 1-2) (Second 2-1) (Second 2-2) (Third 3-1) (Third 3-2) (Fourth 4-1) (Fourth 4-2) (Fourth 4-3) (Fifth 5-1) (Fifth 5-2) (Fifth 5-3) (Sixth 6-1) (Sixth 6-2)

Table 1

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Teachers as Resources Sra. María Valentín Sra. María Valentín Sr. Pedro Santiago Sra. Ana Trinta Sra. Emelynda Rodriguez Sra. Miriam Rodriguez Sr. Ramon Rosa Sr. Luis Torres Sra. María Cruz Sra. Lissette Serrano

(English) (English) (English) (Engl. Ciud. Bil.) (Rec. E.E.) (Rec. E.E.) (Phys. Ed..) (Phys. Ed) (Art) (Librarian) Table 2

Non-educacional Personnel 1 – Security Guard 2 - Janitors 5- Cooks

Table 3

As we can see, Table 1 shows the distribution of the teachers and the grade they offer. On Table 2 are the teachers that offer resources and they do not have a homeroom class or a classroom. The school also has the non-educational staffs listed in table 3, which are composed of two fulltime janitors, 5 cooks and one security guard. Students Enrollment: _332 Place of Origin: Humacao areas are: Urb. Villa Universitaria, Vista Hermosa, Villa Humacao . Los Pinos ,Yabucoa, and Juncos. Attendance: The school has a 91% attendance. Student’s Organization: None. The school does not have any clubs or organization for the students. The amount of students enrolled in the school is 332, and most of the students live in the Humacao area such as Urb. Villa Universitaria, Vista Hermosa, Villa Humacao, Los Pinos and Patagonia. The rest of the students come from Juncos and Yabucoa. This is because some parents work in the area of Humacao and its convenience. The attendance is not a problem in the school.The overall student attendance is appropriate 91 % percent. 9


The enrollments for the 2012-2013 academic year in the Luz A. Cruz de Santana elementary school is 332 students; but the school maximum capacity is 350 students. In the Kindergarten class, the school has two groups, one in the morning, which has 23 students, and one at noon, which has a group of 22 students. The first grade classroom consists of 27 students for the first group and 26 students for the second group. The second grade has 29 active students in the first group; the second group is 30. The second grade is the class that has the most students. The third grade has two groups of 24 and 26 students. Fourth grade involves three groups of students. The first group has 20 students, the second group has16 students and the third group has 20 students. Just like the fourth grade, Fifth grade contains three groups; and all the groups contain 20 students. Sixth grade has two groups, which both hold 21 students in total in each class.

II. Reaction School’s Strengths This nucleus study has serve as a guide for the knowledge of the school staff, organization and the knowledge of how a school works. The importance of the schools staff and its students are the main components for this organization to work effectively and for the better future of the community. I believe that this school can give much more to its students; when it comes to afterschool programs. If I ever had an opportunity to implement my ideas I think my school will work much better. For example, I would have implemented an activity day to help out the students in being much more active. I would also give the opportunity to the graduating student to do their community service to the school by giving tutoring service to the

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small children; at least one hour every day. This, I would implement and more; if this opportunity is given in the future.

Areas for improvement One of the areas that need improvement in Luz A. Cruz School is additional drinking water fountain. For 332 students there is only one drinking water fountain and it’s inside the administrative office. This is something that should not be acceptable. The students that need water have to go on a journey. Some students that are distant from the office miss class time to go to drink water. This issue needs to be taking care of immediately Other issues are the clubs; students have no clubs to achieve or belong too. Teachers need to understand that clubs are benefit for students and the school. This implies that teachers need to get active with the clubs to help students progress in their potential abilities. From experiences and interviews with the staffs’ school, most limit themselves. They like to keep things simple and not organize or arrange different ideas. I also see this with the physical education teachers; students do not have sports teams, it’s just the physical education class and it ends there. Students do not get the opportunity to represent their school or participate in a club. Overall, the school is well organized and some problems are starting to progress. These improvements will help the students and the community to create a better enviorment. These improvements will also help the school to provide a better quality service.

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IV. Conclusion This nucleus study was very informative for me because it made me realize how important is to know the school staff and the organization of the same. It is important to keep in touch with your colleagues because the students that come to your classroom have gone through other classrooms with other teacher. This can help you as a new member because it will keep you informed of the students details; their strengths and weakness. This nucleus study has helped me see how together the school has to be in order to put together any programs or organizations. They need to be updated with all the information so there can be effective decision making. Studying the schools’ structure has also helped me realized the weaknesses of the school. For example the school does not have any playground for the students when taking thee class of physical education. Another thing is that the school does not have any water fountains for the students. These are just some weaknesses of the school. The school has much strength. I think the most important is the dedication that the teachers give to give their students a good class. The librarian is a very dedicated person to the students. She is much updated in her materials as well as her blog. The school is also very organized and clean.

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Nucleus Study