Patrice Tronstad, principal of Evergreen Elementary School, and Neal Janssen, principal at Sand Lake Elementary, presented the proposal to the board at its Jan. 14 meeting.
...Tronstad anticipates a teacher student ratio of one teacher for every five students.
The program has a total capacity for 45 students from each of the three schools.She
said there will be nine teachers per school.
Students will be selected if they scored basic or minimum levels on writing prompt tests, do not meet district benchmarks for Measures of Academic Progress or get teacher recommendations.There are additional eligibility criteria for third graders.Tronstad
said the program is needed because there is not enough time in the school day for teachers to help some students in the way they want or in large class settings.
"The interventions are geared toward specific needs," she
said."It's direct instruction, based on areas of weakness demonstrated."
Parents are being notified now so sessions can start on Jan. 29 or as soon as possible after that date.The program will be voluntary, though strongly recommended for the specific students identified, and families will have the ability to opt out of the program if they wish.Tronstad
said if a student gains the proficiency needed to be at grade level midway through the program, the student would continue the sessions but get help to move to an even higher skill level.
"It's possible they might even get skills to move a grade higher," she