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MacMillan McGraw-Hill Language/Language Arts Program – Our reading program’s web site is chock full of interesting information about reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking. The Macmillan McGraw Hill Reading Program is used in grades kindergarten through six. Reading and writing skills are developed as part of an integrated approach to the communication arts. Overlook enjoys the services of reading specialists who work with students and teachers to promote student success in reading and writing.

Everyday Math– Provides a detailed description of the Everyday Math program, gives resources, and also provides information about manipulatives. The University of Chicago School Mathematics Project, Everyday Mathematics, is used for mathematics instruction in grades kindergarten through six. This program is among the best of the new generation of mathematics programs developed to address the standards and curriculum guidelines established by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

MacMillan McGraw-Hill Social Studies Program – Our new Social Studies web site has a multitude of activities to help parents and students ‘tune’ in to classroom activities, be sure to check it out. The Macmillan McGraw Hill Social Studies program is a textbook based program that offers instruction in culture, civics, economics, geography, and history. It focuses on people and places from across Pennsylvania, the United States, and the World.

STC Science Kits– Provides information about learning through the STC program, benefits of the program and correlations to national science standards. The Science and Technology for Children Program, developed by the National Science Resource Center at the Smithsonian with the support of the National Science Foundation, is used in grades one through six. Kindergarten will use curriculum developed by FOSS. These hands-on science programs are articulated with the national science standards and Project 2061 standards

Health Promotion Wave Program – is an interactive, skill-based, comprehensive curriculum for students in grades PK-12. It follows CDC guidelines, is research based, follows current trends in education, and has been proven to be effective at changing the attitudes and behaviors of students participating in the program. HPW’s website has a vast array of resources for students and parents.

Communication Arts

ThinkCentral is the main hub for all online resources that are a part of our Journeys communication Arts curriculum. Please use the below PDF to familiarize yourself with parents access to ThinkCentral.

Journeys for Parents PDF


Library and Informational Services

Library and information services are provided through our school librarian, programs, and dedicated facilities for all students at Overlook. Online sources and the internet are available.

Health Education

Health education is taught in all elementary grades and includes age appropriate instruction on the consequences of tobacco, drug and alcohol abuse. The DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program and AIDS instruction are offered to students in grade six.

School Wide Positive Behavior Support

The School Wide Effective Behavior Support (SWEBS) Program and Character Education Curriculum are designed to enable students to make good choices and to develop positive character traits.

Instruction in the Arts

Instruction in art, general music, library and physical education is provided on a weekly basis through instructional specialists. A choral music program is offered to students in grades five and six.

Instrumental Music Program

A developmental program of instrumental music instruction is offered to elementary students. Instruction on string instruments begins in grade three and instruction on brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments begins in grade four.