In what is potentially the last year for her building, Powers Elementary principal Debbie Waller is enthusiastic.
“I’m as excited about this school year as I was the first year I became a principal,” she said. “You get to see all the kids come in bushy and bright-eyed.”
Powers is “clean, sparkly, and ready for the doors to open,” she said.
Inside, students will find halls decorated with superheroes as part of the school’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports effort, which rewards kids for kindness and responsibility in the classroom, cafeteria, and on the playground.
Students are very motivated by the positive rewards built into the program and receive frequent praise and tangible rewards, making them feel good about themselves while learning to be good students and citizens, Waller said.
Enrollment at Powers is up. Waller said she is seeing new families moving in and economic recovery after the recession is playing a roll in the trend as well.
As a result, she is adding a new kindergarten class.
A new keyboarding program is also launching for all first- and second-graders to teach and improve typing skills. That’s especially important to prepare kids for proficiency on tests in the third and fourth grades.
Teachers have access to TumbleBooks, Spelling City, and BrainPop — which supplement the reading, spelling, and science curriculum using iPads and Smart Board presentations.
All students in grade kindergarten through second grade will have both science and social studies curricular materials in both print and through Smart Board instruction to help them master both curriculum standards.
Waller said students are highly motivated and engaged with these materials.
School fees this year at $16 for kindergarten and first grade and $23 for second grade. Families can make payment arrangements if needed.
And for the first time, students this year will host an art show at Powers for all grades to showcase their work. Parents will able to attend and purchase their child’s framed art work.