FHSD Class of 2032 Participates in Kindergarten Summer Success Program

Posted on 05/30/2019
Kindergarten students participate in craft activity

Many members of the FHSD class of 2032 began their academic careers this week in the Kindergarten Summer Success Program. Every elementary school in the District provides this opportunity for kindergarten students to make new friends and to familiarize themselves with their new school.

Kindergarten students participate in craft activitySince a new school building can be big and overwhelming for our small (but largely enthusiastic) four and five-year-old scholars, the three-day program provides the opportunity to take a tour and learn where the classroom, office, learning commons, and restrooms are located. “I think it’s great for the kids to come in and become familiar with the building and such. It takes the pressure off the first day of school and helps them feel a little bit more comfortable,” said Fairmount teacher Becky Bee.

In addition, the students had a chance to get to know fellow classmates, teachers, and principals. The students were able to make friends before school even starts, and the teachers had a chance to get know the colorful personalities of each incoming student. “Whenever we’re making class lists for the older grades, we already know those kids, their personalities, and what would be good fits for certain teachers,” shared Bee. “This program helps us make classes that are a better fit for each student.”

Kindergarten students participate in class activityCarrie Trask, who has been a kindergarten teacher in the District for twenty years, appreciates the benefits of the program. “I think what I like most about the week is the opportunity to get to know the students on a personal level and make them feel like they’re ready to come to school in the fall.”

Aubrey, a future Kindergartener at Fairmount Elementary, commented on the variety of activities that she and her classmates were participating in throughout the week. “We ate snacks and made headbands and wrote our ABC’s.” The students participated in various reading lessons and crafts and also engaged in “getting to know you” activities to learn about their classmates.

Kindergarten can be a big step, and the program helps to take the uncertainty out of the first day in August. Welcome to FHSD, class of 2032. We are happy to have you!

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