For parents who want to give their elementary-age children an education boost, they now have the option of an extended school year.
Hagerman Municipal Schools will be offering the K-3 Plus Summer program, a state program which extends the school year by 25 days, for grades Kinder through 3rd grade.
Statewide statistics show that if you have a student who is at grade level in the third grade, then that student will continue to be successful throughout their school career. It is a good opportunity for kids to get 25 additional days and explore reading and math. It is also a great opportunity for teachers to gain an understanding of the individual needs of the students.
The K-3 Plus Program was written into legislation in 2012, and NM public education department officials released an annual report stating that the program has not only helped disadvantaged students in reaching competency levels, but boosted testing scores in literacy and math in participating schools. The K-3 Plus program, gives an additional 25 days of instruction to incoming Kindergarten, first, second and third graders. The program was designed to give a jump start primarily in the areas of math and literacy.
The program will run Monday through Thursday each week. Instruction will follow state mandated common core standards. Like a regular school semester, attendance is an essential part of the process, not only for student success, but because state funding for the program is attendance-based. Students with Perfect and Near Perfect attendance will be eligible for drawings for great prizes.
The extended school year for Hagerman students will begin June 18 and run through July 30. Each grade (K-3) will accept up to 20 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program is open to students of all skill levels free of charge, and offers free breakfast, lunch and transportation. In addition, students who participate in the program will in many cases remain with that teacher through the upcoming school year.
If you have any questions feel free to contact John D. Cook, Elementary Principal and K-3 Plus program coordinator at 575-752-3279