Rector School Recipient of 21st Century Grant

Thursday, August 16, 2018
RES staff are updated on the new program
TD photo/Jane Gatewood

Rector Elementary School counselor Pamela Mills is part of the school committee which will implement the 21st Century School grant recently awarded the Rector School District. Elementary principal Anthony Dowdy, Heather Simmons, Christina Boyd, Chelsea Clark, director of the grant program, are excited to get the program going.

The grant is for five years. Under the program, it allows schools to use $150,000 each year to pay teachers for their extra work after school and for materials needed to accomplish their academic goals. The program will be in effect in September through early April and homework and tutoring in skills will be part of the program. In addition, programs like archery, robotics, storytelling and other high-interest activities are to be included.

The program director is Clark, a high school English teacher. Site manager is Kathy Fowler, retired elementary teacher and literacy teacher with years of experience in working with parents, students and teachers. She's been charged with insuring lesson plans and the after-school activities are aligned with the classroom curriculum.

The program’s goal is to improve academic achievement for each participant while addressing non-academic behaviors which keep students from succeeding – school attendance and behavior. The after-school program will be highly student centered and engaging. The enjoyment of learning will be stressed.

Evaluation will be ongoing, assessing how each student involved in the program is improving in skill development and in school attendance and behavior. If behavior is poor or disrespectful, students will not be permitted to attend the after-school session. Under the program, students must be attending school to attend the after school session.

Transportation for the students will also be provided and is part of the grant requirements written by the Rector teachers.

Additional information may be obtained from Clark by contactingher at caustin@rector.k12.ar.us. Brochures were also distributed at open house which was held at both the high school and elementary school last Thursday.

Dowdy, who also attended the week-long training in Little Rock with Clark and Fowler noted, “doing nothing will get you exactly that – nothing. Take aim at nothing, you’ll hit your target every time.”

Dowdy added he is excited to take action to address the academic needs of the Rector School District.

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