Summer school days not just for remedial students

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Parkview Elementary School offers a unique opportunity for students to get the jump on the school year.

Students entering grades kindergarten to third have the option to start early, keep their teachers throughout the school year and be part of model teaching rooms.

Parkview principal Anna Addis said the program is not to be confused with summer school or remediation. The extra days are part of the regular school year and focus on grade level curriculum.

“My goal is to have all ability levels in the classroom,” Addis said. “They just get 25 extra days, which will help with the academic results of the student.”

Parkview is able to offer this to its students because the school has been awarded a K-3+ Extended School Year Grant by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

“Research has proven the additional 25 days of school improves students’ academic levels and retention of prior learning,” Addis said.

All Parkview students are eligible for this opportunity. Students selected will remain with the same teacher throughout the 2013-2014 school year.

The K-3+ classes will be designed to be “exemplar” classrooms. The classes will become exemplary, or model classrooms for each grade level. The teachers for these classes have been chosen based on their desire to engage in rigorous professional development and support of current literacy research based on the work of Lucy Calkins from the Reader’s and Writer’s Project at Columbia University and work by Fountas and Pinnell and their Guided Reading/ Balanced Literacy model.

A total of 160 students will be selected to participate. There will be one kindergarten class of 20 students; two first-grade classes; two second-grade classes and three third-grade classes.

The three classes in third-grade will support and help prepare at least 50 percent of the students for the standardized testing to be given in March of next year. K-3+ classes will be held July 8 through Aug. 9. Transportation will be provided. Regular attendance will be necessary.

“Last year there were some misconceptions about the program,” Addis said. “Attendence will be very important — critical.”

The days will be full days and start and end times will be announced shortly. Pre-registration forms should be returned to the school by May 13. Call the school at 835-2962 for more information.