Why do we call Mozart students "Rock Stars"?
During the summer of 2012, Ms. Simmons -- our former second grade teacher -- attended a teacher development training and workshop on Positive Behaviorial Intervention and Support (PBIS). The goal of PBIS is to improve academic achievement and the school learning environment by teaching and re-enforcing socially appropriate behaviors. By identifying, teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors, our teachers are not only creating a more positive learning environment, they are also reinforcing behaviors that enhance social relationships.
At the PBIS training, teachers were encouraged to come up with a theme for the school in the form of an acronym. To reflect the Mozart’s focus on the importance of music in education, Ms. Simmons coined the term Mozart ROCK stars which stands for Respect, Openness, Cooperation, and Kindness. Using "ROCK star" as a buzz term also helps to re-enforce these important values.
Mozart School Mission
At the Mozart, we challenge and support all students to think critically, embrace challenge, and contribute positively to our community. We believe that academic, artistic, social-emotional, and physical learning are essential aspects of the education all students deserve.
Be sure to check out the Mozart "Rock Stars" Student ran website. They've been up & running and knocking it out of the park for over 15 years. You can check out all their hard work by clicking here.
About The Mozart School
The Mozart Elementary School educates about 175 students each year, boasts some of the finest teachers around, has a state-of-the-art playground and outdoor classroom, and convenes one of the most dynamic and productive parent councils this side of Jamaica Plain. We are a small school where everyone knows everyone. Because of that, we operate with the belief that every adult is responsible for the success of every child.
We partner with many organizations in the area to make sure that, despite our small size, we are able to offer students what they need to be successful and enriched. These partnerships help us deepen our work in the arts, enable intervention supports and counseling for students who need them, connect us to the broader community, and ensure that we keep our students active.
We love the opportunity to talk with prospective families about our vibrant and diverse community. Please come to one of our Showcase sessions or contact the principal to schedule a visit.
What makes our school special:
• The Mozart advances all students towards proficiency in a warm and nurturing environment
• Special education services for students with autism
• Home reading and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) programs sponsored by ReadBoston
• Computers in every classroom, including a mobile laptop station
• Science, physical education, art and music specialty classes
• Semi-private flute, clarinet, trumpet and violin lessons for students in grades 3-5
• School library staffed by librarian
• Active School Parent Council
• Safe, clean, respectful, nurturing learning environment for all students
• Renovated outdoor classroom and playground equipment
* K-8 Pathway: Mozart 5th graders are guaranteed assignment to the Irving Middle School grade 6.
Special academic programs:
• Special Education: Autism Program for K0-grade 5.
Our Highly Specialized Strand (HSS) for students with autism includes three classrooms that support students from K0 through grade 5. Each classroom is staffed with one teacher and two paraprofessionals who are specially trained to support the academic, social, and communication development of students with autism. We also have a full-time Specialist with over 30 years of experience working with students with autism and a part-time paraprofessional who supports inclusive opportunities for students in these classes. This year, all staff working in the HSS embraced a new curriculum from the New England Center for Children. This curriculum, using the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), focuses on preparing individualized programs that support students’ skill development in all domains. We also work with our general education teachers to develop their understanding of autism, how to support students when they are included in their class, and how to help all students in the classroom accept and support learning differences.
Before and after school programs in our building:
• Before school: Drop-in program; fee based, rates vary. BOKS physical activity before school program, a free, 11-week program offered in fall and spring sponsored by Reebok
• After school, 3:30-6:00 pm: program for K2-5 run by the West Roxbury YMCA; program for K1 run by Mozart School staff
Mozart School Uniform Policy
The Mozart School has adopted a uniform policy to promote "School Spirit", unity and a sense of community. We want our students to grow together and feel responsible for each other. We especially want to use the "school spirit" concept to help our older students (grades 3-5) to develop healthy relationships with our younger students (K-2) and develop a sense of responsibility towards them.
Boys: Navy pants or shorts with a white or pale blue button down shirt or polo shirt.
Girls: Navy skirt, jumper or pants with a white or pale blue blouse or polo shirt.
Uniforms may be purchased at J.B. Edwards or L&M Children's Stores in Roslindale. You can also find appropriate School Uniform items at stores such as Sears, Old Navy, Target, Wal-Mart, and Lands End.
Mozart t-shirts, long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts may be worn as part of the school uniform. These items can be purchased through the Mozart School Parent Council. See order form below.
Fridays are "dress down" days. Students are not expected to wear their uniforms buy appropriate school attire is requested.
Dress for Physical Activity
PE classes for all grades will be held on Wednesdays. Students should wear sneakers and clothing that they are able to run and move freely in. All students will participate in daily recess and will be expected to participate in active play. Their clothing and shoes should lend themselves to this.
236 Beech Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
Breakfast & Lunch are served daily. The cafeteria is open for breakfast each school day from 9:20-9:30am as part of the Free Universal Breakfast Program.
Students who walk or are driven to school, should report for breakfast upon arrival to school, but not before 9:20am. Students who ride the bus to school must enter the cafeteria for breakfast directly from their buses. Please encourage your child to eat breakfast; it is a good way to start the day.
Boston Public Schools now offer universal free lunch. Any student who plans to eat a school lunch needs to tell their homeroom teacher during the morning lunch count. Students may also bring their lunch from home, but must bring a lunch they can eat without access to a microwave. The Mozart is a nut free school.
To view school lunch or breakfast menu, click here.
9:20................Students Arrive & Breakfast
9:30................School Begins & Attendance
11:00-11:45.....1st Lunch/3rd Period
11:45-12:30.....2nd Lunch/4th Period
12:30-1:15......3rd Lunch/5th Period
1:15-2:00.......4th Lunch/6th Period
Mozart Elementary School: 236 Beech Street - Roslindale, MA 02131 617-635-8082 Eborthwick@boston.k12.ma.us