What is new at school Thursday Edition
Updated: Thursday, September 5 2013, 12:04 PM EDT
One local district is trying something new -- saving money -- and boosting classroom time by bringing all students to school, K through 12, with a single bus run.
New in Caledonia-Mumford -- buses are making a single run each morning for the whole district.
It saves money and means one common bus schedule for families. It also means more instruction time for elementary school students because they'll arrive earlier.
The concern is: one bus run means those younger students will ride the bus with middle and high schoolers. That's where student bus ambassadors come in.
"We will provide training for our secondary students to assist our younger students to be safe and have an advocate on the bus in addition to the school bus driver," said Cal-Mum Superintendent Robert Molisani.
Students will also be separated on the bus by age, with the youngest students up front.
A drop in enrollment made the single run idea possible.
In Canandaigua, board of education members are reporting to the district on issues before the board--via video. The videos are posted on the Canandaigua Schools website.
And, for students who need extra help at Fairport High School this year, there's a new option. Social Studies teacher James Goosey is one of three teachers assigned to the new RTI lab.
RTI stands for Response to Intervention. The idea is to get immediate help for students facing a challenge in a class before those problems get too severe.
"You get into teaching because you want to help kids,” said Fairport teacher James Goosey. “In the classroom you can do that, but with 30 kids, there's only so much you can do. This is smaller -- average of five kids per period as we can work on a more focused piece of work. Nice for me ...but also why I got into teaching--is to help kids."
Kids will not be pulled out of their regular classes for this extra help. The goal is to have them back on track within about 5 weeks.