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Art Show To Showcase S.T.A.R.S / Math Summer Program

An art show, highlighting the works of Plainville students participating in the S.T.A.R.S. / Math Summer Program at Linden Street School will be held on July 28, 2011, from 11:00AM " 11:30AM. This year, more than 70 Plainville elementary school aged students honed their reading and math skills, showed off their artistic talents and forged new friendships, as participants in the Plainville Community Schools S.T.A.R.S. (Strategies to Accelerate Reading Success) / Math Summer Program. The four week program, coordinated by Wheeler Elementary School second grade teacher Tawana Graham-Douglas, was held Monday through Friday during the month of July, at Linden Street School. "This has been another successful summer in the program, thanks to the efforts of our dedicated summer team, supportive parents, motivated students, and our community partners," explained Graham-Douglas. "Through the process of progress monitoring, we have seen student growth in their targeted areas of intervention. We fully expect students to flow seamlessly into the new school year more prepared than they would have been had they not participated in the summer program."

Again this year, the S.T.A.R.S. Summer Program collaborated with the Plainville Wheeler Regional YMCA, which provided after program childcare for participating families. In addition, Gnazzo's Food Center once again provided snacks for students in the program.

Students entering grades 1 " 5 in September were recommended based on their individual need for literacy and / or numeracy support. The session began with a pre-assessment to determine the particular areas of focus for each student. Based on the outcome of the pre-assessments, students were placed in small groups. Children received instruction based on the Reading and Math Workshop models that highlight differentiation. Each day featured engaging mini-lessons to introduce concepts and skills, independent practice, small group instruction, individualized conferencing, and cooperative learning. "We are working to show students the joys of learning as well as how to problem solve and think critically," noted Graham-Douglas. This year, intervention teachers were added to provide targeted instruction and progress monitoring in mathematics and reading.

The summer program also featured art integration as a primary component. Linden Street School Art Instructor, Barbara Friedman, designed literacy and numeracy based art lessons using a variety of artistic mediums that were appealing to students and allowed them to express their creativity. The primary focus of the art integration was to connect art to literacy and numeracy based instructional concepts utilized in the program. Art projects included the creation of ladybugs by kindergartners to support counting and symmetry concepts, while others created three dimensional clay animals generated from their own imaginations based on facts they learned through a study of non-fiction texts.

The S.T.A.R.S. Program will resume with the start of the school year, providing literacy support to Plainville elementary school students district-wide.

"Each year our program grows as we seek to become more efficient and effective. We all work together towards the common goal of increasing student learning and achievement. This summer, with the addition of our intervention teachers, we have been able to set clear, measurable goals for each student, and regularly assess their progression towards their goals. The effectiveness of our instruction and targeted interventions has revealed students achieving or making positive progress toward those goals. We look forward to their continued success when they return to school in September," said Graham-Douglas.

-Posted on July 25, 2011 at 09:46 AM

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