Maryvale’s 21st Century Program improves student participants

CHEEKTOWAGA – The Maryvale School Board was recently briefed on the status of the school district’s 21st Century Program.

Intermediate Principal Elaine Crumb gave the presentation which highlighted statistics for the 2017-18 school year.

The program was implemented last year in Primary and Intermediate schools and the district has seen a total of 227 total participants; 134 from Primary and 93 from Intermediate.

  • 99.5% participating regularly, and averaging 126 days of attendance.
  • 93% of those improved on local Math assessments and 57% improved on state Math assessments.
  • 87% improved on local ELA assessments and 45% improved on state ELA assessments.

A multi-disciplinary approach is being utilized, specifically involving clubs such as Computer Club and Young Author Club, while also utilizing art, music, fitness and emotional health through available clubs and outside programs to create a more holistic approach to childhood development and achievement.

Future goals for the 2019-20 school year include expanding enrollment, continued recruitment of clubs and enrichment programs, hiring more teachers to staff, potentially offering a summer program, and considering expansion to 6th grade.

Also discussed at the board meeting were budget issues associated with the Community Education program.  There is an inadequate number of teachers to run programs and lower numbers of people enrolled.  The district is exploring options ranging from utilizing revenue from the General fund (coming out of K-12 budget) to turning over of ownership/funding to BOCES.

The goal is to maintain as much of program as possible even if that means removing from School Board budget entirely.  Also discussed was renting out space currently used by Community Education program as an alternate revenue source.

In other district news, the board recognized Nicole Floss.  Mrs. Floss focus is an ELA and technology teacher for 7-8th grade students.  She is highly respected and has proven to be a valuable asset to staff and students.

Finally, a member of the Community Volunteer Program discussed an initiative at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He has proposed Kindergarten classes make Holiday cards to be distributed to patients.

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