1LT Charles W. Whitcomb School
The 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb enrolls 1,400 students from grades 5 through 8. We provide a strong academic program that enables each youngster to maximize his or her individual potentials through high expectations and current educational practices and to become valuable citizens in our community. We believe and value the importance of respect, responsibility and academic excellence. We have high standards of performance for both students and educators.
The 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb educates a diverse learning population, offering an array of supplementary programs for students with special needs, English language learners and academically advanced children.
Our curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, offering instruction for all students. Core curriculum areas (balanced literacy, mathematics, social studies and science) are enhanced and supported with art, music, health/wellness, physical education, library/media and integrated technology. The schedule is divided into seven 45-minute blocks with the core academic program. Differentiated instructional opportunities are available to all students daily in English language arts and mathematics. Whitcomb School programs are based on the most current research and data in the field of education. We are developing a wide repertoire of skills for teaching and assessing our diverse learners. Using data to drive and assess instructional decisions for all children allows us to maximize each student's learning potential.
At the Whitcomb School, licensed educators and support personnel are highly qualified. Most importantly, they love their work of educating our children. Our fine staff has received numerous awards and honors. After an extensive self-study, the school received the distinction of continued accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
We are proud to have families who are actively involved in their children’s learning. We have a committed PTO and School Council. We believe that successful schools have strong partnerships with families, community members and local businesses.
As part of the Marlborough Public Schools, the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb School values excellence as a standard for educational programs, services and internal operations ensuring that each individual child is successful. We offer advanced pathways and multiple pupil services.
6/7 Technology/Engineering - MA Curriculum Guidelines, 8th grade Science and Technology/ Engineering MCAS prep. This is a fully equipped facility with tools and machines that support learning standards.
6th grade: Students learn the engineering design process through the production of chosen design.
7th grade: Students take the engineering design process to the next level by designing, engineering, manufacturing, and racing CO2 Dragsters.
6/7 Modular Labs (10 stations): CAD software, Robotics, Energy/Power (small engines), Structural Engineering, Computer Graphics and Animation, Forensics, Alternative Energy, CNC (computer operated machines) Laser Tech and Flight Tech (hands on). Using the engineering design process: 6th grade students take the engineering design process to the next level by designing, engineering, manufacturing and racing CO2 Dragsters; 7th grade designs and builds a tape measure powered vehicle and 7th grade designs and builds a solar device. Corporate partner Raytheon and other corporate volunteer engineers provide general support.
Computer Labs – The 5-8 School has a total of three computer labs, one of which is located in the library for project research.
7th grade: everyday for one term. Students are taught keyboarding skills and are introduced to the essentials of word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet research. Classes also include in-depth discussions regarding Internet safety.
8th grade: everyday for one term. Students deepen their knowledge of word processing and spreadsheets, take a virtual trip to Japan, research current events, and seriously address the issue of plagiarism.
GAFE and Chromebooks: Whitcomb School partners with Google to provide each student with a Google Apps for Education Account. This account provides cloud-based storage for students to upload unlimited files, allowing access to these files from any computer connected to the Internet. Google Apps for Education affords students and teachers the ability to collaborate in a digital ecosystem. Whitcomb embraces a 1:1 digital environment providing students in grades 6 - 8 with a school-issued Chromebook.
The Downey Library contains a collection of more than 18,000 fiction and curriculum-related books, ebooks, audiobooks, DVDs, and VHS tapes. The library media specialist is knowledgeable about research skills and the research process and offers instruction and support to the students and teaching staff. There is a 24-workstation computer lab area with access to printing in black and white or color. Space is also available for visiting authors and book club meetings.
Cheerleading / Basketball / Baseball / Soccer / Softball / Field Hockey / Track and Field / Cross Country / Football