Young provides 4K update

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Interim 4K principal Colleen Young updated the Board of Education on the District's 4K program at its regular meeting on Monday, March 12.

"I'm really excited to head the 4K program. There's a lot of really good things to share,'' said Young, who took over the role in early January.

She said the 10 community-based sites along with the one school site at Elm Lawn are focused on the social and emotional growth of 4K students. They  use the Second-step learning program, with awareness of interactions and emotions. She has also visited sites and is excited about what is taking place.

4K teachers are also incorporating yoga and movement into their classes. They utilizie reading and writing workshop, while three sites are also piloting the creative curriculum, which has students learning through play and exploration while focusing on one theme at a time.

She said 372 enrollment students are enrolled in 2018-19, an increase of nearly 30 students from a year ago. Another 256 have already enrolled for 2018-19 and she expects a big jump after spring break. Assistant Superintendent Sherri Cyra noted UW-Madison Applied Population Lab projections are based on birthrates and as a result projected enrollment at that level is more volatile.

Young has been working to promote the 4K program at District  schools, such as when she attended Reading Night at West Middleton recently. She also shared that the program holds a monthly event at Northside for parents who may have concerns about speech and language issues.

I've been thoroughly impressed with the program, especially the teachers,'' Young said.

In other news from Monday's meeting:

The Board unanimously approved a change to the 2018-19 school calendar. The staff professional development day will be moved from Feb. 18 to 22 to allow for ACT preparation. Students won't have school now on Feb. 22. Freshmen, sophomores and seniors also won't have school on Feb. 20-21, while juniors take the ACT, Superintendent George Mavroulis said.

* The Board unanimously approved some changes in wording of their goals. The Board reviewed progress on their annual goals at the regular meeting on Feb. 12.

* The Board approved a donation of clothing worth $41,995 to MHS from New Threads of Hope, a non-profit organization located in Wauwatosa. MHS staff member Jennifer Bien initiated the efforts and said New Threads of Hope will be donating 579 items.

* The Board unanimously approved a payment to Godfrey & Kahn.