After-school program will focus on reading, writing, math

Oct. 5, 2005

After-school

program will focus on reading, writing, math

The Arkansas

City Public Schools after-school program will focus on reading, writing

and math, and recently approved state law allows the district to require

attendance. Sept. 12, the board of education approved after-school

acceleration programming.

Dr. Voss said up to 600 students in grades 1-12 may attend the after-school

program (ASP), with classes beginning Monday, Oct. 10. Classes will not

be in session during parent-teacher conference week Oct. 17-21, and will

resume Monday, Oct. 24. ASP will then follow the district calendar.

Grades 1-5 will attend classes from 3:15-5:15 p.m., Monday through

Thursday. Middle school students will attend from 3:15-4:45 p.m.,

Monday through

Thursday; and high school students will attend from 3:15-4:30 p.m.,

Tuesday through Thursday. The staggered dismissal times will

assist with transportation

routing.

Group learning will create acceleration of academics with maximum

group size of 15. Certified teachers will offer best practice

teacher’s

strategies, and aides are available to assist. A homework component will

be incorporated into ASP, and math and reading instruction will be offered

through NCS Learn and small group instruction.

Parents may voluntarily enroll their children in the program. Teachers

may also recommend students based on grades and test scores. Students

may enroll in ASP throughout the year.

Recently approved Kansas state law allows districts to require

students to attend after-school programming. The district will

enroll students

who need extra assistance closing their achievement gap, and

placement is made

on grades and assessment data. Attendance for any student enrolled

in the ASP is required once enrolled, and truancy may be filed

if students do

not attend as required by Kansas state law.

Dr. Voss said best practice strategies will be used to keep students

excited and engaged with their learning.

“The after-school program isn’t about a ‘program,’ it’s

about using instructional strategies that work. Our teachers

have demonstrated their passion for helping all students learn and are demonstrating

they

know what supports students’ success,” she said. “This

is about learning, not teaching. Data is going to drive what

we plan to do.”

Dr. Voss said assessment data will be provided for the ASP

coordinators throughout the school year so students’ progress is monitored in

both the regular and extended day classrooms.

The sole community partner for ASP is the Denton Art Center,

which will integrate art into the core curriculum.

A snack will be served, and transportation will be provided.

Point of pickup bussing will be offered for students

in grades 1-5; students

in

grades

6-12 will be transported home.

Attendance sites for elementary students are Roosevelt

and Adams Elementary Schools. IXL and C-4 students

will attend

Roosevelt,

and Jefferson

and Frances Willard students will go to Adams.

Joy Hunter, four-year-old preschool teacher at Adams,

will be the coordinator at Adams; and Luann Hoskins,

academic

coach at

Roosevelt,

will coordinate

the program at Roosevelt. Cheryl Carter, assistant

principal at ACMS, will coordinate the middle school’s program; and the high school program

will be coordinated by Tara Taylor, assistant high school principal.

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