It's the final week of school for most districts in
the Coulee Region.
As classroom teachers get ready to wrap up their year.
they are busy finalizing report cards and assessments
for their students.
But there is one school in the La Crosse School District
that is assessing more than just students.
I bring you an update on La Crosse's *first* year-round
in my Assignment: Education report.
Unwinding at the end of the school day starts with
a snack for first grader Sebastian Nerud-Sersch.
He's worked hard at school all day studying his favorite
Math and reading.
Sebatian attends the La Crosse School District's first
at Hamilton Early Learning Center.
We have four main breaks, and because Hamilton's breaks
are short, we have a lot of hidden breaks.
This schedule has suited us beyond compare.
Sebastian attended all three intersessions and used
the available onsite surround care throughout the
school-year while his parents were at work.
I have no worries.
no fears about their day being filled and safe and
that they have a good time, but it's all people I
There is a pause but you never go backwards.
You just build from each time.
There is no doubt those children maintained over their
There is no doubt having smaller groups of kids working
with a qualified teacher for 3 hour blocks of time
There is no qustion that that was good.
Sebastian isn't the only student that has done well
with this year-round calendar.
The Developmental Reading Assessments or DRA.
given at the beginning of the school year.
show two students regressed in 1st grade.
four students regressed in 2nd grade.
and 2 students regressed in 3rd grade.
Hamilton's principal said last year.
those numbers were double.
It's reasonable to assume that if you shorten the
length of the summer, the students will remember more.
I don't think it's that profunctory in nature.
But it's nice to have that backing us up.
Supportive statistics were also seen when it comes
to student behavior.
We saw a 40% drop in office referrals from last year
to this year.
So, that was pretty remarkable and very enexpected.
Michaels credits the consistant routine offered by
the 45-15 school calendar for the improved behavior.
And for parents like Deborah.
the positive outcomes she's seen from this year-round
have encouraged her to re-enroll Sebastian and sign
up her daughter Beatrice.
Are you excited for kindergarten B?
Even though I'm not living right in that neighborhood
anymore, it's worth the drive and a few extra minutes
to make sure that they get there.
Because for the Nerud family.
the calendar has been a good mix.
In La Crosse.
Hamilton's Principal just released the end of the
year Developmental Reading Assessments.
Here is a look at how the students scored in reading.
94-percent of the students were at or above grade
In first Grade.
84-percent of the students were at or above grade
And in second and third grade.
80-percent of the students were at or above grade
Hamilton is currently kindergarten through third grade.
They will add 4th grade next year.
along with two new teachers.
Classes will begin July 17.