Balmoral School students get head start on college
February 22, 2013 7:20AM
Updated: March 25, 2013 6:07AM
Third-grade students at Balmoral Elementary School in Crete already are preparing for college.
Assistant Principal Ghantel Perkins had an idea last year as a third-grade teacher to start her students on a path to college success.
With the help of reading specialist Sarah Machamer and Principal RaShone Franklin, Perkins designed and implemented a curriculum of five “core values” found in scholars. She titled the program CLASS: communicating, leading, advocating, (being of) service, and successful.
For a second year, all third-grade students, referred to as “scholars,” are encouraged to live those values daily and discuss them in a weekly meeting called “The Concilium.”
The weekly agenda includes College Cheers, Shout-Outs and College-Bound Messaging.
Scholars take an active role, cheering and encouraging each other’s efforts, as well as discussing with their peers the content of the weekly message.
“Our scholars are eager to show they understand academic success and character development are necessary starting now and through college. Scholars look forward to their weekly message and shout-outs. With the leadership of their teachers, this grade level promotes a vision for determining the future,” Perkins said.
The team of third-grade teachers includes Machamer, LeeAnn French, Lisa Manuel, Megan McClain and Nicole Plesha-Chism.