Kindergarten Screening Information for the 2023-24 School Year

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The William Floyd School District is excited to welcome incoming kindergartners for the 2023-2024 school year! The district will be holding Kindergarten Screening beginning on Monday, June 26 through Thursday, June 29 and on Monday, July 31 through Thursday, August 3. Appointments are between the hours of 8:15 am and 3:15 pm.

All Kindergarten Screening appointments for the district, regardless of where students will attend, will be held at Tangier Smith Elementary School. All incoming kindergartners, including students that participate in the UPK program, will be screened this summer. This screening is not appropriate for students attending Tangier Smith; students going to all buildings should attend!

Families should contact Lourdes Rivera at (631) 874-1518 to make an appointment for their child. Ms. Rivera is bilingual and able to assist Spanish-speaking families with appointments and other information as well. Appointments will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Please be prepared to stay and wait for your child.

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California transitional kindergarten: Quality varies by school

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California is rolling out its transitional kindergarten program, with the goal of offering it to all 4-year-olds by 2025-26. While some schools have had programs in place for years, others are just starting to create teaching guidelines.

Thanks to TikTok videos, billboards and other creative marketing techniques, enrollment in transitional kindergarten in California appears to be climbing. But advocates are keeping an eye on how those 4-year-olds are spending their class time — which they say will be a key factor in whether the $2.7 billion program is a success.

“Quality is top of mind for us. Some districts are treating it like a second year of kindergarten, which we know doesn’t work,” said Benjamin Cottingham, with Policy Analysis for California Education, an independent, nonpartisan research center. “To be effective, kindergarten needs to be a play-based, developmentally appropriate course of study.”

Transitional kindergarten, which California first launched in limited capacity in 2010, is meant to ease 4-year-olds into the rigors of elementary school. Ideally, it combines the carefree fun of preschool with a hint of structure and academic know-how, so children are better prepared for kindergarten and beyond. In a high-quality kindergarten classroom, children learn to share and

Ferrara: Mr. Drainville, this is what a kindergarten teacher does

How is it that the Quebec education minister seems to have no idea what goes into teaching a kindergarten class?

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The first month of school has ended after a great struggle to fill vacant teaching posts.

We have plugged into schools individuals with no teaching experience who are not qualified to be in a classroom. Education Minister Bernard Drainville said he believed these inexperienced teachers should be put in kindergarten classrooms because it’s simpler and less demanding. They don’t have to worry about homework. All they must be present for is free play and nap time.

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