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|Schools open parishwide next week|
Concordia schools may see a slight enrollment hike this school year, Supt. Loretta Blankenstein said this week as teachers and school personnel prepare for opening day on Monday, August 11.
Classes begin at Huntington on Wednesday, August 13.
Enrollment in public schools should be about 4,000 this year, while Huntington anticipates an enrollment of between 150 and 160.
Blankenstein said the public schools are "expecting the same number of students that we had enrolled at the end of last year, with perhaps a few more in the Vidalia area due to new businesses being opened."
Estimated enrollment by school is as follows:
Ferriday High, 300; Ferriday Junior High, 330; Ferriday Upper, 360; Ferriday Lower, 500; Concordia Education Center, 40; Ridgecrest Elementary, 140; Vidalia Lower, 520; Vidalia Upper, 480; Vidalia Junior High, 400; Vidalia High, 420; and Monterey High, 480.
"We still have openings in Pre-K and Kindergarten at both Ferriday Lower and Vidalia Lower Elementary," Blankenstein said.
Students should report to school prior to 7:45 a.m. to locate their homeroom classes, she said, adding that some schools may have an opening assembly.
She said parents should give their children "breakfast before bringing them to school as breakfast will not be served the first day. School will dismiss at 1 p.m."
Blankenstein also reminded parents that "students entering grades 3, 6, and 9 must register at their school by providing two proofs of residence prior to being placed in a class."
"This year our goal is to improve student learning as evidenced by gains in achievement," said Blankenstein. "Our focus will be on Teaching with Rigor and utilizing assessments with LEAP like questions. To aid in accomplishing this goal, we have made a few changes in preparation for the new year."
Some of those changes, she said, include "the addition of the Fast Math computer program at grades 3, 4, and 5 to improve competency in Math, and Science and Math camp for teachers in grades 3 and 4.
"Grades Pre-K and 4 will have additional reading support utilizing Literacy Strategies through our participation in the state sponsored program, Ensuring Literacy For All. We have also expanded the number of grades that will take district assessment tests and will provide training for teachers on the revised Comprehensive Curriculum which includes the addition of literacy strategies."
She said school and system administrative personnel "will spend more time in classrooms this year to be assured of the implementation of the Comprehensive Curriculum. An elementary guidance counselor has been hired in both Ferriday and Vidalia. We hope that utilizing these avenues, and refining others will improve student learning and improve test scores in all Concordia Parish Schools."
The superintendent said the School Board has completed renovation of the Ferriday High School Field House and has "completely renovated the main restrooms at Ferriday Lower and Monterey School. We invite the community to visit the schools to view the competed projects," and said the school system appreciates the community support of the schools.
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