By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
Floyd Schools will be in for some exciting changes this year when school starts Aug. 21. The biggest change is implementation of a four-day school week.
School will be in session Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an added day off for students. Classes will know run from 7:55 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
“(The new time) adds 10-12 minutes for each class period,” according to Paul Benoit, Floyd Schools superintendent.
The new schedule will also add nine in-service days for the teachers and staff. At least once a month, teachers will be able to participate in a training workshop. Previously, workshops had to be attended on teacher’s own time.
Student registration is 7:30- 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 18. This will give students and parents a chance to see the new changes to the school. The annual Watermelon Welcome will also be held at 6 p.m. on that day. The Floyd Bronco cheerleaders will also be selling hamburgers and hosting a cake auction.
Benoit also stated that Floyd was able to meet the Adequate Yearly progress report (AYP) for 2006-2007. Scores were raised in all areas of the school, including a group from the middle school who raised their scores drastically.
Another change at Floyd, will be the addition of a new reading program in the elementary school. The Reading First program will target children from kindergarten through third grades. Each day will begin with a 90 minute reading block involving the whole class. If a student needs help, they will be pulled from the classroom later in the day and work with a reading coach.
Damon Terry, Floyd Elementary principal, stated that Floyd Schools was “One of six schools in New Mexico to receive funding” for the program. Floyd received $165,000 from the state to implement the program.
A new addition to the high school schedule will be a chorale class.
Students throughout the school will see 52 new computers .
“Technology has been the big thing as far as changes,” Benoit said.
Due to the schedule change, many extra-curricular and special activities will be moved to later in the week to better accommodate students and parents. This will enable the students to be in school more and miss less classroom time. A school calendar, with information on any school event, may be obtained at the school’s Web site
Parents are encouraged to come out and visit the school anytime.
“(We would) love it if every parent came through our doors at least once a week,” Benoit said. “Any opportunity a parent could be here, we would welcome and encourage it.”