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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 - 15 Back to school: Cape district starts year with fresh perspectives By Kerry Kester and Trish Vernon The Cape Henlopen School Dis- trict schools will open on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Students will find enhanced learning envi- ronments with new programs, im- proved facilities and other fresh changes. New on a district-wide level is an upgraded mathematics curricu- lum, said John Kreitzer, director of instruction. Although some of the curriculum will not be in full use until later in the year or until the fall of 1998 because of teacher inservicing, teachers will have the option of phasing in the curricu- lum throughout the year. Kreitzer said the district is also implementing a new program funded through Title I that pro- vides for two teachers to work as community liaisons. Their duties will include working not only with children, but with families as well. Kreitzer said the aim of the pro- gram is to teach parents how to become more involved in their children's education through de- veloping improved homework 'and reading development strate- gies. Most of the families qualify for Title I services based on their so- cio-economic status. "Research is clear that there is a direct relation- ship in many children between so- cio-economic status and achieve- ment in school," said Kreitzer. Title I programs target mathe- matics and reading in particular, he said. This year's Title I grant was $546,412, said Kreitzer, and the district wilt use the bulk of the funding for staffing, including paraprofessionals and teachers. Waynne Paskins and Jackie Artis will serve as the community liai- son educators. Kreitzer said that another im- provement in the district is the teacher mentoring program. The teacher mentoring program pairs veteran teachers with new teach- ers, he explained, :and is proving very successful. The district has invested time on plans to improve achievement in the middle schools, he said. Sev- eral inservices for teachers were held over the summer and will continue through the fall. Part of the inservicing has included work- ing with a consultant. OFFICE & ART Secondary school changes Cape Henlopen High School, Ron Burrows, principal - School will begin later; instead of the day beginning at 7:52 a.m., school will start at 8:11 a.m. "All educational research shows that high School kids do better if they start the day later - many of them are involved in after school activities and work," said Burrows. Class peri- ods have been lengthened from 45 to 47 minutes in accordance with state requirements, and some teachers will participate in a mod- ified block scheduling concept for even longer class periods. The high school will begin its first year as Chan- nel One sub- scribers. Channel One is a high ener- gy 12-minute per day news program all BURROWS students will see. At no cost to the school, classrooms were equipped with television monitors and the school now has Satellite equipment. In addition to the news opportunity, teachers may record educational programs for individual classroom use. Milton Middle School, Hu- bert "Mike" Mock, principal - Going to block scheduling this year, Milton Middle School is us- ing an interdisciplinary team ap- proach, with every student re- quired to take physical education each day, along with an explorato- ry period, when the students focus on art, music, computer keyboard- ing, career guidance or other spe- cial topics. The school is changing its marking periods from four nine- week periods to six six- week periods ....... in an effort to "keep better MOCK tabs on each student's achievements," said Sara Wilkinson, assistant princi- pal. With a six-week marking pe- riod, it will become evident if stu- dents are faltering before they fall too far behind, she noted, adding that an achievement team will monitor students whose names are submitted as needing extra atten- tion. The team will be responsible for finding the appropriate inter- vention, whether it's a mentor or a tutor or some other outside help. An exploratory team is also being established to get an idea of where particular students fit into the en- tire system and ensure they re- main on track. The mentoring process, Wilkinson noted, with its one-on-one approach, can do wonders in improving a student's outlook. Lewes Middle School, Peg Menear, principal - Much of the inside of the middle school has a fresh look. Funds allocated through the building budget pro- vided for most of the school's in- Continued on page 16 ARTISTS We Heard You! To better meet your needs we are greatly expanding our Art Department OPEN 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon. through Fri. 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