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New program to track student progress at Greencastle-Antrim

August 08, 2003|by RICHARD BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle-Antrim School District has a new computerized instruction program that will track students through the grades to help teachers know each student's strengths and weaknesses.

"We'll know exactly where they are," Schools Superintendent P. Duff Rearick said. "Teachers will have the information right at their fingertips."

For example, he said, a seventh-grade teacher getting a sixth-grader who's coming up will know where the student stands academically and will be able to customize instruction to the student's needs, he said.

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The system will enable teachers and administrators to see each student's progress from kindergarten on, Rearick said.

"We'll be able to assess each child's skill level as he or she comes into the system," he said.

One offshoot of the new program will be extended-day kindergarten for children who need the extra attention. If their parents agree, then kindergarten students who are found to be behind can go to school all day to give them an head start, Rearick said.

Greencastle-Antrim also is moving toward block scheduling in the middle school instead of the usual 50-minute class periods. It will give teachers more time to customize schedules according to the needs of each student.

The high school already is on block scheduling.

The administration at Greencastle-Antrim High School will change this year following the resignation of Principal Bonnie Cornelious this summer.

Jack Appleby, the former high school principal, is director of secondary education. He has been reassigned as high school principal while keeping his director's job. Melissa Parker is the assistant principal at the high school.

There are about 2,650 students and 186 teachers in four schools in the Greencastle-Antrim School District.

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