|Elmwood considers summer school|
|Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor|
|Friday, 12 April 2013 08:56|
JERRY CITY - Elmwood Elementary is considering offering a summer school to help students going into grades 1-3 prepare for the state-mandated third-grade guarantee test given next school year.
In February, Michelle Tuite, elementary principal, talked about upcoming changes due to the third-grade guarantee, which goes into effect during the 2013-14 school year.
Every third-grader has to pass a state-set reading exam to move forward to fourth grade. Those who do no pass will be held back.
Tuite proposed to the school board at its meeting Monday to offer a summer school for about 100 students entering grades 1-3 to help with reading skills.
Service dates would be July 15 through Aug. 15, equalling 20 days of instruction at two hours each day.
Students will have a 30-minute rotation through four learning blocks: literacy level intervention program, story time and pleasure reading, snack and crafts to work on fine motor skills, and gross motor movement.
The projected cost would be $10,613 if she uses eight certified staff members, or $8,340 if she uses five certified staff members and three classified staff.
The cost to transport the students to school for the program would be $3,649 for two bus drivers.
"With your blessing, we can certainly extend this" beyond 100 students, Tuite told the board. "It can be as big as you want it to be."
She added, "We have more interest from parents of kids who don't need it than parents of kids who do."
Board President Brian King suggested Tuite also open the program to special needs students.
If there are any spaces left, she said she's not opposed to opening it up to students in grades 3-4 who might not be at risk.
She would like to do a survey among parents to determine interest in the program.
Tuite said in February her staff is using a reading and intervention monitoring plan for each student, to gauge their reading level throughout this school year.
She said the PTO has offered to donate snacks and a book for each student during the summer school.
Superintendent Tony Borton expressed support of the program, but wasn't as happy with the transportation portion. "But if that's the way to make it succeed," then offer it, he said.
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