August 1, 2008

School Starts Monday

By Kimberly Bellamy, The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, N.C.

Aug. 1--Students at three schools in Edgecombe County will receive the opportunity to improve their reading skills during a summer session next week.

Coker-Wimberly Elementary, Princeville Montessori Elementary and Stocks Elementary are all Reading First Schools, which expressed that students may need review on some reading concepts.

Director of Elementary Education Marylin Newkirk said that the schools used data from assessments given during 2007-08 to determine what the student needs are in relation to the five components of reading.

The five components of reading are phonics, phonemic awareness, comprehension, fluency and vocabulary.

Coker-Wimberly students will focus on phonemic awareness, comprehension and fluency. Princeville Montessori will target comprehension and Stocks will work on fluency and comprehension.

Letters were sent out to all parents at the schools to inform them about the program. The letters drew in about 23-25 students at each school.

School reopens on Aug. 25 but the summer session was scheduled close to the opening of school for a reason.

"We can go ahead and get some of those schools vamped up. We can go ahead and get them started," Newkirk said.

Teachers from each school will be handling going over the components with students under paid conditions.

The approach to going over these components with students hadn't been decided yet on Thursday.

"Teachers are meeting today to determine how they're going to setup," Newkirk said.

When the idea was presented as an item for information at the Edgecombe County Board of Education meeting on July 14, board member Teresa Bryant expressed concern about how students will travel to the sessions.

Students definitely have means of getting to and from the sessions now.

"Transportation has given us the schedule and the parents are being contacted," Newkirk said.

The students will be refreshed on these reading concepts from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting Monday until Thursday..


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