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January 24, 2013

After-school program offers extra learning


MCS Principal Michael Miller said the program is going terrific so far.

“The kids are very interested in it and seem enthusiastic,” he said.  

Rhodes said students’ work will be kept in folders and assessed on a regular basis. 

“We want to be able to go back and look at what each student has done and see if they are making progress,” she said. 

Another goal of the program, according to Rhodes, is to increase parent involvement.   

“My first objective is to create learning experiences, which take the form of Family Learning Nights,” Rhodes said. “CROP and CLEAR worked together in December to host the first one. It was a positive experience with 17 CLEAR families and 15 CROP families coming in to share in the math, science and ELA activities.”

In collaboration with the district’s Kindness Revolution, the program will begin free family movie nights. 

“Mr. Miller and I thought Family Movie Night would be a nice, inexpensive way to bring more parents to the school. While these Movie Nights will only be vaguely educational, they will offer a positive experience for all involved,” Rhodes said. 

The movie “Wall-e” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at MCS this Friday. All are welcome to attend, and although admission is free donations for charity are encouraged. Before the showing, Rhodes said,an 11th-grade student will present in an effort to encourage the audience to donate to the relevant charity. All movies shown will highlight some theme and cause to be connected to a relevant charity, she said. 

Rhodes said an adult will be present to supervise if children are left unaccompanied for the showing.

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