Area Teachers Prepare for First Day of School
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- With school starting in less than one week, students aren't the only ones getting ready for the big day.
All School District 51 teachers met on Wednesday at 4 different area schools, to brainstorm ideas and learn from one another, on how to better our local education.
“There’s comradery and learning together,” said Lesley Rose, director of elementary schools for School District 51. “We all hear one word, and one message.”
Rose says the curriculum from kindergarten through 12th grade will remain the same this year, as school officials continue to use a state stranded syllabus they locally built from the ground up.
“From Loma to Palisade, they are getting the same thing,” said Rose. “At times, we have up 50 percent mobility. Our kids need to be able to hook onto something and have the same kind of curriculum from one area to the other.”
But these teachers are learning more about new state assessments during these classes, like the Colorado READ Act. This ensures students are at an appropriate reading level by the 3rd grade.
“The identification process is the important part,” said Shona Trujillo, 1st grade teacher at Pear Park Elementary. “Then after we take STARS diagnostic test, so we can better pin point their needs and then address those.”
Trujillo is just one of many teachers implementing this new standard, and is looking forward to seeing the results.
“Watching the growth and the progress they make throughout the year, that’s the best part of it,” said Trujillo.
Rose says other state assessments that will change this year are in both social studies and science classes, which in the end, will help the Mesa County school district promote a stronger learning environment.
Teachers started this prep work on Monday in their own classrooms, and will continue to get ready through Friday.
School District 51 classes start on Monday, August 12.