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While the students are away

By Roger Hulne

Prescott School Superintendent

PRESCOTT--During the heart of summer, many students are enjoying a break from the routine rigors of school obligations. But for some, when the students are gone, a different type of work begins!

The district uses the summer break to implement needed maintenance and construction projects. This summer, Malone Elementary is receiving a necessary heating system replacement to assure reliable warmth during the winter months.

The portable classrooms received a replacement roof as well, which was covered by the rental contract. A new roof is being installed on the transportation garage to help extend its usable life for the district. Parking lots are seal-coated and striped to provide a safe environment when students return.

In addition to those major projects, the maintenance staff is hard at work applying new coats of paint, cleaning floors and completing other repairs to keep the district buildings in excellent condition for the coming school year. Several high school students are working alongside staff, learning important skills and assisting with the effort.

Teachers are busy cleaning up from last school year and prepping for fall. Malone teachers will be training at various times this summer with new curriculum for reading and spelling. Last year, they spent part of their summer learning new math curriculum, which was implemented in 2012.

With changing core curriculum standards, teachers at all grade levels are actively assessing and adjusting lessons to assure compliance with these standards.

A team of 13 teachers attended a three-day training session this summer on Professional Learning Communities (PLC). PLCs provide an opportunity for educators to collaborate and develop common goals for strengthening student learning and improving outcomes.

The technology employees spend time in the summer updating student and staff computers. The district is committed to providing efficient and effective technology as educational tools.

You might see many students keeping busy at school throughout the summer as well. With summer school in session for three weeks in June, there was visible activity all around Malone early in the summer.

Drivers Education is a year-round program with a busy schedule throughout the summer months. Many athletes can be seen training and practicing in the hallways, and on the courts and fields in preparation for fall sports programs. There are also a number of programs available through Prescott Community Recreation and Prescott Community Education.

Student education is a year-round effort. While the break in classroom activity allows for more family interaction, it also allows preparation for a safe, effective and strong start to the next school year!