Watson students participate in a wide variety of field trips during the school year. Examples of Field Trips include
Kindergarten - Green Meadows Pumpkin Patch, Legoland, the Northeast Texas Children's Museum, Dallas Zoo, and more.
First Grade - Sci-Tech Discovery Center, The Dallas Arboretum, Perot Museum, and the Crayola Experience
Second Grade - Heritage Farms, Heard Museum, Color Me Mine, and Frontiers of Flight
Third Grade - Texas Discovery Garden, UTA Planetarium, Trinity River Aududon, and South Garland Children's Play
Fourth Grade - Austin, InnerSpace Caverns, Elm Fork at UNT, and Fort Worth Stockyards
Fifth Grade - Perot Museum, Sky Ranch, Dallas Museum of Art
All of our field trips enrich the learning of our students and provide a real word connection to the curriculum.
Our Watson Wildcats stretch and grow their math skills through thought provoking games that will expand their problem solving skills and challenge their strategy techniques. We have competitive teams for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade who participate in tournaments throughout the year and have done extremely well in competitions.
Project based learning
Project Based Learning (PBL) consists of projects that are complex tasks, based on challenging questions or problems, that involve students in design, problem-solving,decision making, or investigative activities; give students the opportunity to work relatively autonomously over extended periods of time; and culminate in realistic products or presentations.
Our Watson Wildcats have the privilege of participating in three elective courses throughout the year through our STEAMschool program. On Fridays, STEAMschool provides our Wildcats with innovative experiences beyond our core curriculum that give students exposure to additional science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics content. STEAMschool allows students to engage with content and experiences that will stimulate creativity and connect to real world learning. We just finished session one for this year and look forward to beginning session two in January.
On Thursday afternoons, Our VEX Robotics team meets with Mr. Garcia and Mrs. Naughton to learn about the exciting world of robotics. Our Wildcats are provided with the amazing opportunity to design working robots that compete in competitions throughout the district and beyond. Our competitive group of fourth and fifth graders learn problem solving and team building skills, as they participate in each challenge.
Throughout the year Watson Students participate in many exciting programs and activities. Here is a small taste of what our Wildcats do.
Watson holds three Scholastic Book Fairs a year. One in the Fall, one in Spring, and one at the end of the school year. The final book fair is a buy one get one free sale!
Each Spring Watson has Buddy Day. Buddy day is a fun-filled day of games, activities and friendship. Every student pairs up with a buddy and spends the day with them. It is one of the highlights of the year and something teachers and students look forward to.
Camp Sky Ranch
Fifth graders at Watson are offered a unique, hands-on learning experience at Camp Sky Ranch. Students are provided the opportunity to learn outside the classroom in a new environment under the guidance of the outstanding faculty. Students learn by seeing, touching and discovering the world around them through our innovative courses. And thanks to the highly-trained faculty, the teachers and parent chaperones can participate and learn along with their students.
Watson students have access to a full size greenhouse on campus. There is no better way to take Wildcat learning to the next level than by experiencing the science for yourself.
STARLAB portable planetarium
The STARLAB system is a portable teaching environment that can be brought right into the classroom. It consists of an inflatable dome that seats 35-45 students, a projector and projection cylinders that cover a range of topics from stars and constellations to native american legends. Students and parents a like love the special activities in the STARLAB.
Watson honor choir
Fourth and Fifth Grade Wildcats may audition for the school's choir. There are two practices, before school, a week. The Choir performs at many competitions and functions during the school year.
Wii are very excited to have implemented a Wii into the PE program. Studies have shown that playing a Wii can enhance a student's hand eye coordination. The students are using the Wii in a station setting and are loving it!