By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
Webster County Schools’ sixth-grade classes are moving from elementary to high school campuses mainly to better implement a new system of student assessment, according to Superintendent of Education Jack Treloar.
He confirmed that the sixth-grade classes at Eupora and East Webster elementary schools will be housed at their respective high schools when the next school term begins in August. The elementary schools will, as of then, serve kindergarten through fifth grades while both high schools will be for sixth through 12th grades.
Treloar said the move did not require approval of the School Board but that its members were fully aware of it taking place. He released this statement about the changes:
“As many of you already know, the administrators of the Webster County Schools have made the decision to move sixth-grade classes to the high school campuses beginning with the 2013-14 school year.
“This decision was made with the best interest of our students being the sole motivating factor. Our schools are continuing to proactively make changes to address the implementation of the Common Core Standards, which have already been in effect in our lower grades and will be across the board in our schools at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.”
The Common Core State Standards are more in-depth objectives for classrooms that greater emphasize critical-thinking skills.
“The realignment of curriculum has shifted so that our grades are grouped K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 in how curriculum and instruction are based,” Treloar went on to say. “To best educate our children, our 6-8 grades need to be together on one campus. Together as a group, the administrators also agreed that giving students a transition year at the new campus before also having sports and extracurricular activities added onto them would prove beneficial for their overall educational experience.
“We feel confident that this new change will prove to be beneficial for our children and only enhance the great education they already receive as students in the Webster County School District,” Treloar said. “Thank you for your continued support of our schools.”
Before the end of the school year, sixth-grade students from Eupora Elementary School toured Eupora High School in preparation for moving to their new campus in August.
Eupora High School Beta Club students took the sixth-graders on a tour of the campus, then assisted them in scheduling their classes for next school year. Also touring the high school building were the fifth-grade students from EES, who will also be at Eupora High next school year.
“We at EHS are very excited about this change,” said a school spokesman.