Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Education initiatives mean changes to the traditional school day

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

The Basehor-Linwood school district's administrative offices, and the school board meeting room, are located at 2008 N. 155th St.

October 10, 2012

The school day will look a little different not only in Basehor, but across the state and nation, after two new initiatives are implemented during the next couple of years.

Basehor school board members on Monday learned more about Common Core State Standards, which are being incorporated into curriculum this year, and Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports.

Replacing No Child Left Behind, Common Core focuses heavily on language arts and math and ties science and social studies education into reading and writing instruction. It will also emphasize technology education, and students will study more problem-solving skills than theory.

“It will change the face of education in our schools for years to come,” said Mike Boyd, assistant superintendent.

Common Core also will change how schools are evaluated and accredited, implementing Annual Measureable Objective, which will replace Adequate Yearly Progress, Boyd said.

Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports will focus on improving reading skills for all students, supplementing extra study for students who are falling behind. The tier system will split students into several groups with the highest-performing students participating in 60 minutes of reading instruction per day. Students who need extra study will have an additional 30 minutes of instruction and the lowest-performing students will have an additional 30 minutes on top of the hour and a half, Boyd said.

“If kids can’t read, it leads to failure in other areas,” he said.

Boyd said the district is still structuring the program, and it will take some reorganization of the school day to find time to allot to the initiative, but the district hopes to implement MTSS next fall, Boyd said.

In other business at Monday’s meeting:

• Linwood resident Spencer Fritz requested the district look into the playground at Linwood Elementary School. After it rains, water pools and creates a kind of moat between the school and playground, and children aren’t able to have recess outside, he said.

• Superintendent David Howard updated the board on capital outlay projects that will soon be under way. The wrestling room will be remodeled, additional lockers will be added in high school locker rooms and a new score board at the softball field has also been under revision.

• Board members voted to accept a $250 donation to Glenwood Ridge Elementary School from Wendy Bohnenkamp, awarded to her through the Employee Volunteer Fund at SAS, where she works.

• Band director Curtis Westbrook requested permission for the high school band to travel to Washington, D.C., for its bi-yearly spring trip. The board will vote on the issue at an upcoming meeting.

• Boyd awarded schools their certificates for the 35 Standards of Excellence the district won.

• The board accepted the appointments of Suzie Ashwell, GRES kindergarten aide; Katie Maize, food service; and Michelle Arnold, color guard. It also accepted the resignation of Beverly Batesel in food service.

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