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Colton Pierrepont Central School to introduce Colts Days

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COLTON - When students return to Colton Pierrepont Central School this fall, they won’t notice many changes, at least right away.

Superintendent Joseph A. Kardash said this year will mark the beginning of a new staff development initiative known as COLTS Days. COLTS, he explained stands for Citizenship Opportunity Literacy Technology Safety.

“That’s our cool new addition for the year,” he said, adding each quarter will have its own COLTS Day, where the focus will be on either Citizenship, Opportunity, Literacy or Safety. Technology, he said will be intertwined in each of the day’s special activities.

While students in the high school and elementary school will be celebrating COLTS Days, their teachers will be in staff development.

“Teachers will be in staff development while the students are in alternative programming,” Mr. Kardash said. “We’re going to give the kids a memorable experience while giving our teachers a staff development day.

Mr. Kardash explained a typical school calendar includes four staff development days, where the students do not attend school that day. He said COLTS Days will not replace those four days, giving teachers at Colton Pierrepont twice the opportunity for staff development.

As for the “alternative programming” he was referring to, Mr. Kardash said he’s “hoping for hands-on lessons taught by local experts from the community.”

The introduction of COLTS Days though, is the only major change for the year.

“We did a lot of changes last year and with the new common core standards and APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review), we decided to give everyone a reprieve from the volume of changes.”

One minor change that actually builds off of one of last year’s major changes will be the expansion of the 1:1 laptop computing program to students in grades 8 and 9. Last year the computers were given to students in grades 9 an 10, meaning each students in grades 8 through 11 now have their own laptop.

Mr. Kardash said the plan for next year is to give the computers to students entering grades 7 and 8, at which point all students in grades 7 through 12 will have their own computer.

“Last year was definitely a success,” he said. “It exceeded our expectations.” The district will also be welcoming several new teachers this fall, including art teacher, Krystal Stowe and a new speech teacher, Kathy Sovay. A third new hire, a reading teacher, will be announced later this summer.

“We’re in the process of doing that right now,” he said.

Lunch prices for all students also increase 5 cents to $2.10.

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