Full-day program begins
By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer
The first week of a pilot full-day kindergarten program at Marshall Street School got off with no problems, according to school staff.
About 60 students from Winter Street, Bester and Salem Avenue elementary schools were chosen to participate but only a portion started on the first day of school. The Board of Education chose to stagger the enrollment, with all participating students expected to attend by Tuesday.
"It's going wonderfully," Valerie Kaufmann, head kindergarten teacher at Marshall Street said.
Kaufmann said the students arrive at school at 8:15 a.m. and leave at 3 p.m. A typical school day provides breakfast, lunch and instruction in a variety of subjects, including language arts, reading, writing, listening, speaking, physical education, music, art, health and science.
"We do the whole gamut of what you would expect to see in a school," Kaufmann said.
The students must also have 45 minutes set aside for rest time, as required by state law. Once the school year is over, the kids will return to their home school for first grade.