Longer School Year Required For Hundreds Of Metro Students
by Aundrea Cline-Thomas
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Attendance is mandatory during this week of intersession for students at Napier Elementary.
"Our school day is 7:45 am to 3:45 pm," Principal Dr. Ronald Powe said. "And then we do after school tutoring."
Last year, when Intersession was optional hardly any students showed up.
"Anytime the children are out of an academic engagement then the likelihood is that they will regress," Powe added.
Regression is a possibility this school cannot afford as it continues to struggle to improve achievement. Napier is one of seven schools with a full day complete with meals and transportation. This week math, reading and language arts are the main focus.
"It's really important for students who may not have the opportunity to go somewhere to actually go during this time," Transformation Facilitator Kinita Love said.
She's ensuring that the curriculum leaves plenty of room for enrichment, so the concepts learned in the classroom can come to life.
"So it's not just come to school, do some math, do some reading." Love said. "Now you're going to Cheekwood. You're going to touch some things. You're going to see things I talked about in a science class, oh yeah we talked about these different plants."
This week, third and fourth graders are even going to visit a college campus. Experiences they may otherwise not have at such a young age. But first they have to hit the books.
"We hope to see greater gains because we have more time to work with our children," Dr. Powe said.
Because getting them to college starts now.