Curriculum & Instruction
Our academic focus is on enabling our students to master our state standards and excel in all academic areas while developing strong writing skills. Our instruction is driven by student performance and is based on student ownership of the skills as they progress each year. Students are challenged to think outside the box and become problem-solvers.
At Northside, we focus on educating the whole child. We believe our students have talents, skills, and interests that go beyond the traditional academic setting. It is important for us to support students as they work to achieve their goals, to encourage them to step out of their comfort zone, and dream big for their futures. We seek opportunities to celebrate their successes both in and out of our school.
- 4-H for 4th and 5th grades
- Accelerated Reader program
- Presidential Fitness Awards (grades 2-5)
- Fire Safety Week
- Author and Illustrator visits
- Litter Prevention programs
- Red Ribbon Week
- College/Career Fair
- Read Across America
- Book Fair
- Field Day
Northside offers daily Physical Education (P.E.) classes to all of our students. Under the direction of a certified P.E. teacher and teacher assistant, students are given the opportunity to participate in a well-rounded P.E. experience On a weekly basis students participate in structured games as well as free choice play and playground play if and when the weather permits. All activities are rooted in the Tennessee Department of Education standards for Physical Education.
During Physical Education class, students in grades 2-5 are required to participate in the Presidential Fitness Test four times a year; once per nine weeks. The students participate in 5 categories: sit-ups, sit and reach, shuttle run, pull-ups, and the mile run. Goals are set for students based on the age and gender. Based on the attainment of their goals, students may receive a t-shirt. Students may earn 2 t-shirts per year based on the attainment of goals at the National and/or Presidential level. Students receive their t-shirts at the quarterly “Celebrate Success” assembly.
At the end of the school year, the students who participated in the Presidential Fitness Test throughout the school year have the opportunity to be chosen to attend the Hardin County Schools Olympics which takes place at East Hardin Elementary. The top scoring boy and girl are chosen in each of the five categories to represent Northside at the Olympics against representatives from the other four elementary schools. Medals are given to students with the highest score in each category.
Creative Dramatics is a collaborative class that is designed to combine all of the arts. Northside offers music, art, drama, and dance within our Creative Dramatics curriculum. These four subjects go hand-in-hand and lend themselves to student creativity and self-exploration. Students have a variety of opportunities to learn singing techniques, recite nursery rhymes, explore different types of art, and perform readers’ theatre selections. Preparing for our annual Veterans Day program as well as the Christmas and Kindergarten programs is a major part of our Creative Dramatics activities.
Northside has an exceptional staff that works diligently to meet the needs of our students. From the front office to the custodial staff and everyone in between, we have personnel who always go above and beyond for our students.
Faculty Honors and Awards
- WBBJ-TV Teacher of the Week
Shelly Stricklin and Sandra Williams
- Jones Motors Teacher of the Month
Kim Davis and Karla Cossey
- Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year
- Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching-Tennessee Finalist
- White Reinhardt Fund for Public Education Scholarship and National Excellence in Teaching about Agriculture 2015 National Award Winner