Elmwood wraps up summer camp PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:05
Elmwood first grade teacher Brittany Baightel works with elementary students Carlie Instone (from left) Jack Hummel, Payton Joseph, and Dakota Rader during a summer reading camp. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Elmwood Elementary's summer reading school is coming to a close today, with positive results.
Michelle Tuite, elementary principal, told the school board Monday that every child in the program has grown at least one reading level.
Reading skills are becoming so important because of upcoming changes due to the third-grade guarantee, which goes into effect during the 2013-14 school year.
Every third-grader will have to pass a state-set reading exam to move forward to fourth grade. Those who do not pass will be held back.
The summer program was geared toward children in grades 1-3, but others attended as well. About 100 youngsters attended each day.
Service dates started July 15 and end today, equalling 20 days of instruction at two hours each day.
Students had 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.
Tuite praised both parents and teachers for their support of the inaugural program.
"We had so many parents who drove every day," said Tuite about parent support of the program.
"Teachers were amazing" as well, she added.
She suggested a possible change for next year, scheduling a break around fair week.
"It took a lot of time, it took a lot of energy, but I wouldn't change it for the world," she stated.
The PTO donated snacks and a book for each student during the summer school and older elementary students volunteered their time helping in the classroom.
Also at Monday's meeting, the board
•    Hired three teachers for the 2013-14 school year: Ashley Weickert for fifth-grade language arts; Kathryn Deeds for elementary special education; and Amy Satterfield for preschool and kindergarten.
•    Heard district Treasurer LuAnn Vanek report that real estate tax collection was up 1 1/2 percent over this time last year, and income tax collection was up 12 percent.
•    Heard Superinten-dent Tony Borton explain plans for technology upgrades. This year the district is spending $53,000 to buy three laptop carts, one each for the elementary, the middle school and the high school. Each cart holds 30 laptops.
To update all computers in the district would cost $200,000 to $300,000, he said.
Board member Ryan Lee said the district needs a long-term plan for technology upgrades.
"We continue to do what we need to do to just get by," he stated.
Borton said a technology committee will begin working on a plan this year.
•    Accepted $1,400 from the Shinew family to purchase a new 20-foot enclosed trailer for the band. The band boosters also are contributing to the cost of the trailer.
The former 16-foot trailer was traded in for $3,000.
•    Learned that First Night at the high school will be Monday.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 11:29

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