Technology new focus for Socorro schools

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At the school board meeting Monday night, the superintendent and board members met at Sarracino Middle School to receive updates on the school’s improvement plans and progress.

SMS Principal Manuel Molina gave an introduction, and teachers from each grade level presented what they are improving and where they are at academically. For improvement, Molina said this year at the school he would like to see more parent involvement, and staff members at Sarracino will be trained on five Saturdays throughout the school year.

“I am a big believer in keeping teachers in the classroom and not pulling them out of the classroom and getting substitutes,” Molina said.

For these trainings, staff members will get paid and people specialized in improving instruction will train them, he said.

Staff will also meet with specialized trainers seven days during the summer to receive more training.

Molina said he would also like to have a standalone classroom computer lab and two mobile labs at the school. He wants the latest technology available to provide students with the best education, he said.

Seventh-grade teachers Catrina Lucero and Rodney Mayfield told school board members their students are improving. Lucero said students spend two to three class periods a week on the online program Study Island. With the program, students can work on different topics with lesson notes and receive blue ribbons so they see their progression, she said. Lucero also said the lowest performing students in reading and math have been identified. During their team meetings, teachers pull students out of classes and work with them in small groups and one on one. They also have independent projects and reading with the students, she said.

For sixth grade, Theresa Apodaca and Matthew O’Toole presented. O’Toole said teachers are working with students with objectives. The sixth-graders are using the online program Grad kits, which can be used at home or at school and is individualized for each student, he said.

Eighth-grade teachers Jeff Tull and Holly Mayfield spoke last. Tull said they are preparing students for high school. The eighth-grade teachers want students to have goals on what they want to do to guide them toward success.

 

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