Superintendent, Dr. Kriner Cash, Visits School 61
Superintendent, Dr. Kriner Cash, Board President Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold, Vice President of Executive Affairs Sharon Belton-Cottman, Assosiate Superintendent Casandra Wright, and Elena Cala, Special Assistant to the Superintendent for Public Relations visited Principal Parette Walker at the Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61. A Gifted and Talented (GT) program will begin for select students in grades K and 1 with a GT specialist. Based on the School-wide Enrichment Model, all students will participate in exploratory GT activities throughout the year. Teacher Sarah Malczewski, who is setting up her GT room for tomorrow’s Kindergarten arrivals, points out the type of activities students will be engaged in, including coding and robotics building. Much to the credit of Principal Walker and her staff, school #61 is an example of how building aculture and mindset of excellence can influence the success of all children. The state data on this “little school that can” is embargoed for now, but you will soon see the effect of mindset on student growth at #61 that can and will be another district-wide model for student success. Music and the arts, with plenty of push-in artists, field trips, and hands-on learning also play a big role at School #61. The correlation between overall achievement at #61 and a balanced blend of arts and academics reflects solid education practice.