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By Forrest Hershberger
Publisher, Sun-Telegraph 

North Stars Open the House


October 6, 2021

North Elementary School was a hive of activity recently when staff and students welcomed the public, specifically family and parents, to visit their learning environment.

North Elementary hosted “A Night Through the Eyes of Your North All Star” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27. The concept is the result of North Elementary staff brainstorming a way to invite parents into the building and sharing the educational process with them.

Staff estimated about 70 families attended the event. The event is also tied to the Title 1 program. North Elementary is a Title 1 School. The school receives federal funding for all students, but especially for students whose education data indicates the need for more assistance with reading and math, according to Principal Nancy Rowlett. The funds are used for specialized teachers, technology and supplemental reading and math materials.

The Title 1 framework includes “Strategies to Increase Parent and Family Engagement,” or how to encourage families to be involved in the education process.

“This is always our goal andwe continue to strive for improvement,” Rowlett said.

The event provided an opportunity for third and fourth grade students to show parents and siblings what they do in class. Students and parents checked into the computers used at North Elementary with students showing parents the programs available. Teachers were on hand to help students and parents with passwords and understanding the programs.

Upon entering the school, parents and guardians were encouraged to take a “bingo sheet.” The bingo sheet is a check-off for the tour of the school; parent signs at the office, the teacher signs the sheet when the student and parent visit the homeroom class, the teacher signs the sheet when the parent and student goes through the “How To Look At Grades on Powerschool” stage and several other room visits.

Some of the presentations included • What happened to spelling tests, • learn about the Zones of Regulations, and • How to access the On-Line Library.

The tour included a prize for attending and a prize drawing for a completed bingo sheet. Rowlett said the school staff hopes to schedule another open house in fall 2022.


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