North Baltimore Local School District - Powell Elementary Principal, Scott Lockwood filed the following report with the Board of Education
Extended Learning Opportunities:
We are in the planning stages of writing a 21st Century Learning Grant in partnership with the Wood County ESC. I will be working with Warren Fauver to complete the grant writing process. We are hopeful in our efforts to fund a North Baltimore Community Learning Center that will provide after-school academic support for students, family involvement programs and summer student learning opportunities. We will be seeking to establish partnerships with community and business organizations to support this effort.
Our Planning Committee is currently working on a draft master schedule for next year. Our main focus will be to increase instructional time and provide 90 minute blocks for English Language Arts and Math Instruction. We will then shift our focus to planning for instructional programing such as special education, gifted education and core curriculum instruction. In addition, we will create an elementary school homework policy.
Kindergarten screening will be conducted between the hours of 5:00-7:15 PM on April 22nd and 23rd.
3rd and 4th grades will test the week of May 5th through May 8th.
5th and 6th grades will test the week of April 28th through May 2nd.
New Kindergarten Readiness Assessment:
The State mandated KRA will be replacing the KRAL for our kindergarten students next year. The KRA assesses six important areas: language and literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical well-being and motor development, and social foundations which include social and emotional development and approaches toward learning. It includes both direct questions and classroom observations. Our kindergarten teaching staff members are required by the State to attend 2 full days of training in April become certified to conduct the assessments next school year.
The elementary staff has put together blizzard bag assignments to make up three calamity days. After receiving input from parents and teachers, we have decided to print and send all assignment materials home with all students. This will help our families who may have difficulty accessing the internet or printing the assignments. We will still post the directions for the assignments on our website for parents to access.
Last week, Julie Iannantuono our School Improvement Specialist, met with the grade level teachers to begin the process of examining our current curriculum in an effort to plan our alignment with the next generation PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments. Next school year, these assessments will replace the current OAA tests. These meetings provided the teachers with an opportunity to examine the PARCC framework and compare it to our current instructional practices.