Sheridan Elementary School is home to the Dual Language Program, a unique elementary academic program that is not available at other schools in Sheboygan County. The Dual Language program offers academic instruction in both English and Spanish to students beginning in four-year-old kindergarten or kindergarten.
Research supports the immeasurable educational benefits of bilingualism. Both English learners and English-proficient students are mixed in the same classroom and are held to the same high academic standards. Sheridan integrates technology into the classroom as an important tool for teachers and students. In recent years, the school has implemented the use of SmartBoards and Elmos in every classroom. Students have access to classroom Chromebook labs and iPads with apps in English and Spanish. The SmartBoard is used to bridge the students’ learning from their first language to their second language. The use of games, videos, and pictures introduce and reinforce vocabulary words. The lessons incorporate aspects of reading, writing, speaking and listening in both languages. The content of these lessons compliment the themes taught in the classrooms.
Parents at Sheridan are very involved, attending school events, participating in Parents Plus where parents and staff meet to discuss school issues and improve communication between home and school, and taking classes.
Sheridan Elementary School was recognized by Wisconsin PBIS Network as a School of Merit in 2011 and 2012, and a School of Distinction in 2013, 2014, and 2015. The school was featured as a PBIS success story on the PBIS Network website and also awarded Exemplar school status.
Sheridan offers an extensive array of after school activities: computer labs, Kids’ Gym, Girl Scouts, Homework Pals, Flower Power (a landscaping club), Chess, Student Council, Knitting, Scouting Activities, Lego Club, and periodic Sports Clinics.
The diversity of the students and staff at Sheridan is a key component of the dual language success and offers a rich multicultural environment in which children learn to appreciate the collection of cultures beyond the commonplace celebrations; they learn to value ethnic and socio-economic differences. Sheridan prepares the students to live in a pluralistic society by learning to appreciate and respect the similarities and differences between their culture and of those around them.