The beginning of the 2013-2014 school year has brought many changes and the return to some well-loved traditions here at Kingfield Elementary School. Of course we started our year with the back to school ice cream social complete with parent information centers and family portrait sessions. It was so good to see the large turnout by our supportive community.
One of the biggest changes has been to the middle school schedule, which now includes a block of time for Response to Intervention (RTI) work three times a week, as well as a study hall period on Tuesdays and an activity period on Thursdays. We have used our RTI time to help students feel more comfortable with the state NECAP assessment. Teachers have worked with students on everything from responding to reading questions with clear restatements of the prompt to how to explain your answers and reasoning on the math section.
As testing has begun, we have shifted to read-alouds during this time with work on predicting and foreshadowing. Study halls have been a great way for those students with busy after school lives to stay caught up and to receive help from their teachers on assignments. Most loved by the students is the addition of a weekly activity period where they can craft, work on claymations, engage in computer programming, participate in drama, studio art, games, or even outdoor survival activities. In fact, the kids are excited to showcase their specific skills on November 26th. Overall, the changes to the schedule seem to be improving the spirits and focus of students and staff alike.