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District Announcements
New program helping train student teachers
There is a new path leading to the front of the classroom. A new program being offered through a partnership with Educational School District (ESD) 105 and Heritage University is training education majors by putting them to work.

The program, HU105, is recreating how teachers are prepped. Mark Cheney with ESD 105 said the program is based on a medical model, using the idea of a residency.

“Instead of them being in dark lecture halls, we have them right in the classroom,” Cheney said.

HU105 is a program that started in 2010 when ESD 105 received a $9.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. While the program is in it’s fourth year, this is the first year it’s been in place in the Grandview School District.

This year there are several classrooms throughout the district that are using the HU105 system. The system takes college students who have finished two years of college, or those with their AA, and places them in a classroom with a core teacher. There are typically three teacher candidates assigned to one core teacher, which means that in classrooms using the HU105 system there are four adults in the classrooms helping students learn.

These teacher candidates spend Monday through Thursday in the classroom, and then on Friday then get together for their only day of theory. The teacher candidates do this for two years, and when they are finished they have their Bachelor of Arts degree in education with a K-8 certificate.

The program is also open to people who already have their bachelors degree and are interested in getting a Masters degree in education. These teacher candidates go directly into the classroom, but they are just required to spend three semesters – or a school year and a half – in the program before finishing with their Masters degree.

Cheney said spending so much time in the classroom gives teacher candidates a real grasp of what working in education is like. They get to interact with students daily and have a chance to work with an experienced teacher who can help guide them. He said it also gives the teacher candidates a chance to learn about everything that is happening in education. It’s putting them on the frontlines when it comes to being a part of the switch to Common Core and learning about new testing and benchmarks.

And because of the experience the teacher candidates gain, Cheney said they have a nearly 100 percent placement rate for their graduates.

Arthur H. Smith Elementary School has two HU105 classrooms under its roof this year. Principal Jared Lind said he’s enjoyed watching the growth of both the teacher candidates and the students over the year.

Superintendent Kevin Chase said after seeing the program in action in the neighboring Mabton School District he was interested in seeing it come to Grandview.

“It’s a great model for teacher education,” Chase said.

Teacher candidate Kara Duckworth takes the reigns in Gloribel Andrades’ first grade class. Duckworth is one of three teacher candidates who work with Andrade at Smith School.
School Announcements
March Students of the Month
The McClure Elementary School March Students of the MOnth are preschool students Mario Gutierres and Fernanda Alcaraz; kindergarteners
Elegianna Velcanin, Ethan Doss, Anthony Marin and Pedro Madera; first graders Agustin Ramirez, Desiree Perez, Jorge Calzada, Alondra Frias and Lizann Escamilla; second graders Samuel Greenman, Rudy Lua, Neyvelin Solis, Itzel Go’mez and Stephanie Gonzalez; third graders Emanuel Torres, Kassandra Arteaga and Cassandra Mendez; fourth graders Reicher Bussert, Ashley Orteaga, Julian Cena and Alyna Ramirez, fifth graders Diana Perez, Jared Román, Stephanie Leon and Eileen Román and specialist Jorge Marmolejo.

McClure Walk-A-Thon coming up soon
McClure Elementary School's seventh annual Walk-A-Thon is set to take place on Thursday, April 24, during recess times.

Parent permission forms for participating in the event will go home on Thursday, April 11, and will need to be returned before donations packets go home on April 14. Students will be able to collect money and return it to the school from April 14 through April 25.

The money raised through the Walk-A-Thon goes to fund the school's RESPECT assemblies and awards.
MSP testing coming in May
Beginning April 30 and continuing through May, our third, fourth and fifth grade students will be taking part in the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) exam.

The MSP measures student progress in math, reading, science and writing. Third grade students will take the math and reading MSP online, the fourth grade students will take the writing MSP using paper and pencil and the math and reading portions of the exam online, and the fifth graders will take the reading, math and science MSP online.

Click here for a complete schedule of MSP testing.
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