Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sparkle program returns for another year at Starside

September 27, 2007

Students struggling academically will get to stay after school starting Monday to work on their reading and math skills.

The Sparkle program at Starside Elementary School begins at 3:50 p.m. Monday.

Students are identified for the program based on their course work and assessments and they are then put into groups with a maximum of six students to one teacher.

Last month Starside received a $416,903 grant from the Kansas State Department of Education to be used over the next five years to help fund the Sparkle after school program and the district's summer school program.

Principal Paula Hill said the Sparkle program helps increase students' academic performance, which is important since the school did not make Adequate Yearly Progress in reading in 2006.

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