September 16, 2009
Roosevelt public school is unique in that it is a small school in the midst of 2 larger towns. Now, when I say small, I do mean it. The school serves K-6 and there are approximately 100 students. At times, this means that some grades team up. This has the benefit of children learning from each other, as well as from the teachers. It also fosters a comraderie amongst the children which is seldom seen elsewhere. The principal knows each and every student by name and more importantly, has a connection with them. When I moved here 2 years ago, I was a little apprehensive about sending my 2 children there. However, I love it, the kids love it, and we have many new friends in the neighborhood. Because of the schools size, they are able to do so many things that other schools can't. For example, my daughter's class went on a field trip last year which allowed her class (9 students) to participate in seining a river to learn about the organisms which inhabit it, something that larger classes could only watch the volunteers do. They also take many trips and focus on experiental learning. One of my favorite programs is 'buddies,' where 6th graders partner with the kindergarteners once a week to work on special projects together. This gives the older kids a sense of pride and responsibility as well as allowing the little ones to glean knowledge, and form a bond with thier older conterparts. The school also has a special studio art class which runs after school for free, and is instructed by a very talented local artist. Foreign language and computer lab are another part of the enriching curriculum. As for special programs, they also offer speech, homework help and a variety of other services for children with varying needs. All told, I couldn't have asked for a better school to send my children to.
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