June 26, 2003
I am an involved parent at Searles Elementary School. Searles works hard every day on character education with last year's focus of Responsibility Begins with Me. Spirit Assemblies monthly, A student leadership council program, Fine Arts program, after school homework clubs, Healthy Start State preschool on site, Hot Breakfast and lunch program, busing, Kids First childcare program on site, wonderful teachers, a great principal and support staff. We also have a science, music, p.e., media, speech, reading specialist on site. We have a Severely Handicapped class, Autistic class and a mainstream program that is fantastic. We have a an active parent group too! Searles test scores are lower than they should be, but in my opinion, this due to the fact that part of our attendance area is lower income housing with Mexican Emmigrants that are english learners attending the school. But families at Searles are participating more than ever with their child's education and how they can make this community a better place. Last year we had 1 to 2 well attended family activites at the school each month. Searles families take educating their children as a partnership. The staff is also working hard for the children at Searles.
- submitted by a community member