Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Boasting a dedicated school administration, faculty, and support staff committed to providing Bache-Martin students with every opportunity to expand their minds and excel while at the school and beyond.

Message from Principal Mark D. Vitvitsky aka "Mr. V"

Bache Martin Families

Happy New School Year! The beginning of the school year always marks a time of excitement and possibility, and 2018-2019 is no exception!

With a talented staff and a supportive community, our students are poised to have another great year at Bache Martin Elementary School. We strive to make every single day a positive learning experience for our students. Our goal is to provide an environment that helps all Bache Martin students flourish, achieve academically, become emotionally and physically stronger, and grow their passion for learning.

I will be sharing our school goals for the 2018-19 school year in more detail during our Back to School Night, scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 5pm. I ask ALL families to join us in walking in our students’ shoes, meet our staff and build community.

Some highlights for this year include the launch of our PBIS program, which will focus on building a single school culture through positively reinforcing our students’ strengths, a Math enrichment class that will give students the opportunity to think more deeply about Mathematics, and our continued and expanded partnerships with CLI, DanceX and Give and Go Athletics.

These foci, among others, will ensure that our students have the skills they need to reach their academic goals. At Bache Martin, we want to empower all students to achieve their greatest potential.
 

School Information

Bache-Martin is located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. A fixture for over a century in the neighborhood, Bache-Martin serves portions of the Fairmount, Francisville, and Spring Garden communities and is among an elite group of schools included in the Center City Schools Initiative.

Students from Bache-Martin have gone on and gained admission to other elite academic programs including:

Julia R. Masterman High School
Central High School
Academy at Palumbo
Philadelphia High School for Girls
Science and Leadership Academy
Carver High School of Engineering and Science
Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)
Walter B. Saul High School

Campus and Facilities

The campus includes two buildings; the Martin Building holding the lower grade classrooms, and the Bache Building, where the middle school classrooms, and Bright Futures Program are located.

Both are magnificent historic structures, and are part of the National Register of Historic Places. 

The Martin Building (lower grades)

The Martin building was designed by Irwin T. Catharine, and was built in 1936–1937. 

This one story structure was built in the Georgian Revival style. It features a central projecting pediment portico with Corinthian columns, and a bell tower.

In addition to the lower grades, this building also houses the main office, our cafeteria, the Martin auditorium, gymnasium, and nurse's office. Hidden from plain view, and surrounded by classrooms are the school's recess yard, and the science garden. 

The Martin building was the first school in the Philadelphia school system for physically handicapped students.

Outdoor Learning Lab and Science Garden

In the Spring 2012, with the support of volunteers from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation , parents, teachers, and staff transformed one of the interior courtyards into an Outdoor Learning Lab and Science Garden.  This space provides students with the opportunity to experience and learn first-hand about conservation, the natural environment, and plant life-cycle year round. 

In September of 2013, we were the beneficiary of the ​​ Whole Foods Kids Foundation grant, where 5% of the day's sales went to our school.

Our school has used this wonderful grant not only for annual garden maintenance, and garden beautification, but also to purchase plant starting equipment, which is used along with curriculum in order to teach our students about plant development,  life cycles, the lives of insects, the importance of pollinators...
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...the enviornment, and how it affects our lives, and where their food comes from.

In addition to that,  Urbanstead , a youth urban farming program (located in The Francisville Urban Farm and Orchard), came to teach us about plant needs, identification, and how we use them every day!


But our use of the Outdoor Learning Lab and Science Garden doesn't stop there!


​​​Our kindergarteners have used the space for read alouds, and nature walks.

Ms. Gelb and her ESOL students, used the space for their Need Indeed Project in the spring of 2017, where they studied the need for calming and cool down spaces. In their research, they learned about therapy gardens, and researched mediation exercises, which then they taught to younger students.

Ms. Fiero has also brought her classes to the garden for music, and even guitar lessons have been held there, plus celebrations, of all kinds, including our first ever Bache In Bloom fundraiser!

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Interior Recess Yard

Protected from plain view, our second interior courtyard, last renovated in 2007 thanks to a Campus Parks grant, gives our students an inviting, and safe, playspace.

During that renovation a soft play-surface as well as extensive landscaping were installed. The space is used throughout the day for recess and recreation by all the Martin Building students.
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The school also boasts a newly completed cybrary, a state of the art research facility equipped with computers, book and DVD stacks, plus small and large-group instructional areas. The cybrary exists through a partnership between the District and the Bache-Martin Home & School Association, and forms a cornerstone of the new project-based learning program.

The Bache Building (upper grades)

The Bache building, designed by Lloyd Titus in the Romanesque style, was built in 1905–1906.

This three-story, L-shaped, stone building features a central projecting gable elaborate arched window.

This building houses the upper classrooms, the Bright Futures program, and the library.

It was named for Philadelphia native Alexander Dallas Bache, an American physicist, scientist and surveyor.

School Library

Located on the second floor of the Bache building, the school library was renovated a few years ago.

After a few years of it being closed, due to SDP funding, it is opening this year, thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Friends of Bache-Martin , and the hard work of countless parents, neighbors, students, and various groups of volunteers, who kindly have given us their time in this effort. 
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Bright Futures Program

In the Bache building you can also find the Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.

Parents interested in this program should visit the Office of Early Childhood Education's website for information regarding enrolling your pre-K child in school.

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Curriculum

The educational program at Bache-Martin focuses on preparing our students to meet the rigor of the Common Core Standards. The faculty does so by focusing on creating critical thinkers by focusing their questioning techniques to allow our students the opportunity to think about what they are learning, sharing their perspectives and coming to conclusions independently and in groups.

The Philadelphia School District’s Core Curriculum in Literacy, Math, Social Studies and Science is used in all grades from K-8. The Core Curriculum is a rigorous and dynamic curriculum that utilizes the Benchmark Testing Program and other assessment procedures to monitor and augment student instruction at regular intervals throughout the school year. The federal No Child Left Behind program requires yearly testing to assess the school’s overall educational quality.

The Special Programs at Bache-Martin have been developed over the last twenty years and best represent the unique educational experience provided by the school. K-8 Students receive daily/weekly instruction in the following programs:

Art
General Music Instruction
Instrumental Music (brass, percussion, strings)
Physical Education
Science Lab
Literacy Programs

Reading Enrichment for Advanced Students
Reading Intervention
Reading Olympics

   
Bache-Martin also offers a mentally gifted program and special education for those students who qualify.

In addition to the regular Education Curriculum, Bache-Martin has established partnerships with a number of local and national organizations to foster well-rounded students and instill the foundation for a life-long love of learning.