Travis district, teachers’ union wrangle over kindergarten program – Daily Republic

By Bill Hicks

Starting this fall, the Travis School District will offer full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary sites, broadening a long-existing option the district has had for extended kindergarten.

The plan will affect as many as 400 children within the district and is a move the district made in anticipation of ballooning enrollments expected in the coming years with developments of Fairfield subdivisions within the district’s boarders.

District officials and representatives from the Travis Unified Teacher’s Association are wrangling over some of the final details of the program, with about 50 district teachers, supported by some parents, attending the district’s Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday to voice concerns over the negotiations, according to union bargaining leader Sydney Lundy.

Source: Travis district, teachers’ union wrangle over kindergarten program

TUSD to offer full-day kindergarten in the fall – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

For some of the youngest Travis Unified students and their families, it will be a major change.

The district, which includes two Vacaville elementary schools, will offer full-day kindergarten for all kindergarten students starting in the 2018-2019 school year, which begins in August.

The district was able to make the adjustment due to newly available classroom space, district officials said in a press release.

“We are so excited to be able to offer a full-day kindergarten program,” said Pam Conklin, the district superintendent. “The drawback has always been facilities. We are working on the necessary logistics and partnering with our union to better serve our young students and provide equity to all.”

Governing board President Riitta De Anda noted many Travis parents had longed for the change.

Source: Travis Unified School District to offer full-day kindergarten in the fall

All-day kindergarten coming to Travis schools with new school year – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District will offer full-day kindergarten classes starting with the 2018-19 school year.

“We are so excited to be able to offer a full-day kindergarten program,” district Superintendent Pam Conklin said in a statement Friday announcing the program. “The drawback has always been facilities. We are working on the necessary logistics and partnering with our union to better serve our young students and provide equity to all.”

The program will go into effect at all five elementary schools. It will match the first-grade schedule at each campus. Transitional kindergarten will remain a half-day program.

Source: All-day kindergarten coming to Travis schools with new school year

Registration season continues at Vacaville’s Cooper Elementary – The Reporter

By Reporter Staff

Applications are being taken in the main office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.

For those families enrolling TK (transitional kindergarten) students, the child must turn five between Sept. 2 and Dec. 1, 2018; for kindergarteners, the child must turn 5 on or before Sept. 1, 2018.

Kindergarten class schedule will be as follows: 8 to 11:35 a.m. Aug. 16 to March 11. The schools kindergarten classes will become extended Kinder classes starting March 11, 2019.

The Kinder schedule will be as follows: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays.

Source: Registration season continues

Solano health services gets kindergartners ready for school – Daily Republic

By Ian Thompson

It was like one-stop shopping Wednesday for Dominique Lewis of Fairfield and her 4-year-old daughter Lavella to get the child ready for kindergarten.

The pair were taking advantage of the third annual day-long Kindergarten Round-Up, which was hosted by Solano County’s Fairfield Pediatric Clinic.

“I love that I am getting to learn about her learning ability,” Lewis said while her daughter answered questions from a social services worker.

Source: Solano health services gets kindergartners ready for school

Despite law change, few districts offer early kindergarten for youngest 4-year-olds | EdSource

By Ashley Hopkinson

Only a small number of California’s largest school districts are taking advantage of a state law that allows them to enroll more 4-year-olds in a pre-kindergarten program known as “transitional kindergarten.”

The state’s transitional kindergarten program began in 2012-13, for 4-year-olds who turn 5 in the first few months of the school year.

The state Legislature subsequently gave districts permission to expand transitional kindergarten to even younger 4-year-olds, but with only partial reimbursement from the state. So far only six of the state’s 25 largest school districts offer these programs, known as “expanded transitional kindergarten.”

Source: Despite law change, few districts offer early kindergarten for youngest 4-year-olds | EdSource

Travis district offers kindergarten, transitional kindergarten registration – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District begins priority registration this week for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten.

Registration will occur Monday at Foxboro Elementary, 600 Morning Glory Drive, Vacaville; Tuesday at Cambridge Elementary, 100 Cambridge Drive, Vacaville; and Wednesday at Center Elementary, 3101 Markeley Lane, Fairfield.

The time is set by the first letter of the child’s last name: A-G at 5 p.m.; H-L at 5:30 p.m.; and M-Z at 6 p.m.

Source: Travis district offers kindergarten, transitional kindergarten registration

Travis School District opens kindergarten, transitional kindergarten registration – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District begins priority registration for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten Wednesday at Scandia Elementary on Travis Air Force Base.

That will be followed Thursday at Travis Elementary, 200 Fairfield Ave., Fairfield; March 27 at Foxboro Elementary, 600 Morning Glory Drive, Vacaville; March 28 at Cambridge Elementary, 100 Cambridge Drive, Vacaville; and March 29 at Center Elementary, 3101 Markeley Lane, Fairfield.

The time is set by the first letter of the child’s last name: A-G at 5 p.m.; H-L at 5:30 p.m.; and M-Z at 6 p.m.

Source: Travis School District opens kindergarten, transitional kindergarten registration

Travis school district to begin priority registrations for TK and K classes – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Travis Unified schools will hold in the coming week priority registrations for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten classes for the 2017-2018 school year, it has been announced.

Priority registration guarantees that a spot in a child’s home school, noted Vince Ruiz, director of student services.

Source: Travis school district to begin priority registrations for TK and K classes

Travis district schedules kindergarten registration – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Travis School District begins priority registration for kindergarten and transitional kindergarten March 22 at Scandia Elementary on Travis Air Force Base.

That will be followed March 23 at Travis Elementary, 200 Fairfield Ave., Fairfield; March 27 at Foxboro Elementary, 600 Morning Glory Drive, Vacaville; March 28 at Cambridge Elementary, 100 Cambridge Drive, Vacaville; and March 29 at Center Elementary, 3101 Markeley Lane, Fairfield.

The time is set by the first letter of the child’s last name: A-G at 5 p.m.; H-L at 5:30 p.m.; and M-Z at 6 p.m.Priority registration guarantees a spot in a child’s home school. If parents and their child(ren) are unable to attend registration, they can attend any event date or time. A military identification or base pass is required for Travis or Scandia schools.

Source: Travis district schedules kindergarten registration

School Readiness Gaps Narrowing, Report Says, But Slowly – Education News

By Kylie Ullmann

Income and racial/ethnic gaps to school readiness have declined among kindergarten students over the last 12 years, a new paper on school readiness trends has found. However, children in kindergarten today may not see the gaps eliminated during their lifetime.

The working paper, titled ‘Recent Trends in Income, Racial, and Ethnic School Readiness Gaps at Kindergarten Entry’, published by the Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis provides new evidence on achievement gaps measured by numerous variables to identify if trends from previous research are present within the education sector today.

Sean F. Reardon of Stanford University and Ximena A. Portilla of MDRC discovered that school readiness between ethnic groups narrowed between 1998 and 2010 despite an increase to income inequality and segregation and differences in parental spending on children.

Source: School Readiness Gaps Narrowing, Report Says, But Slowly

5 Pieces Of Wisdom For Kindergarten Teachers : NPR Ed

By Elissa Nadworny

When you enter Marissa McGee’s classroom, the first thing you notice is her connection with her students. They’re delighted by her enthusiasm, they pick up on her sarcasm, and they often double over with giggles when she makes a joke.

And this is kindergarten. So McGee’s students — her audience — are 5-year-olds.

“They’re easy to please,” she says, laughing. “I’m not that funny. I wouldn’t even consider myself funny at all.”

Source: 5 Pieces Of Wisdom For Kindergarten Teachers : NPR Ed : NPR

A bill for kindergarten readiness standards to meet a need – or cause problems? | EdSource

By Jeremy Hay

An Oakland Assemblyman has proposed legislation to create new kindergarten readiness standards in state-funded preschools, saying the bill would give low-income students and those learning English an equal shot at academic success.

“It seems simple but we don’t have it,” said Rob Bonta, D-Oakland, author of AB 2410, which he introduced last month. “We’re the largest state in the country and other states have it and, frankly, we need it. We need to know what we’re trying to accomplish in early childhood education. The question should be, ‘How can we not have kindergarten readiness standards?’”

He calls it “a justice issue” that is long overdue.

Bonta’s bill continues a decades-long national debate about whether such standards succeed or, as critics contend, lead to teaching practices and testing that are unsuited to how preschool-age children develop intellectually, behaviorally and emotionally.

Source: A bill for kindergarten readiness standards to meet a need – or cause problems? | EdSource

Registration underway for some Travis Unified grades – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Registration Kick-Off Week is underway in Travis Unified School District, and sign-ups for students in transitional kindergarten, or TK, kindergarten, and new students are being accepted, it has been announced.

Registrations are being accepted at schools of residence from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. today through Friday, district officials said.

Otherwise, parents may register their child or children during regular office hours at the student’s school of residence.

Vacaville has two elementary schools within district boundaries, Cambridge and Foxboro. Three other district schools are just south of city limits, off Peabody Road: Vanden High and Center Elementary, on Markeley Lane; and Golden West Middle School, on De Ronde Drive.

Source: Registration underway for some Travis Unified grades

What Is Lost When Kindergarten Gets More Academic? | MindShift

By Elissa Nadworny and Anya Kamenetz

“What are some of the things that the monsters like to eat in this story?” teacher Marisa McGee asks a trio of girls sitting at her table.

McGee teaches kindergarten at Walker Jones Elementary in Washington, D.C. Today’s lesson: a close reading of the book What Do Monsters Eat?“They like to eat cake,” says one girl.“I noticed you answered in a complete sentence,” McGee says. “Can you tell me something else?”“Stinky socks!”McGee follows with a line you might not expect in a kindergarten class: “Can you show me the page where you found that?”

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Transitional kindergarten students are better prepared for school | EdSource

By Sarah Tully

Children who attended transitional kindergarten performed better on language, literacy and math skills when they started kindergarten, compared to their peers who weren’t in the program, according to a new report.

The American Institutes for Research on Tuesday released its first report that examines the impact of California’s transitional kindergarten program, which was created through the California Kindergarten Readiness Act in 2010.

Transitional kindergarten is a unique, state-funded program that allows children to get an extra year of schooling before kindergarten if their 5th birthdays fall between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2. Lawmakers added the new grade after they changed the cutoff birthdate for kindergarten, which required children to turn 5 by Sept. 1 in order to enroll. About 83,000 children attended transitional kindergarten, also known as TK, in 2014-15.

via Study: Transitional kindergarten students are better prepared for school | EdSource.

Kindergarteners: The most “truant” students? | EdSource

By Erin Brownfield

The recently released scores on the Smarter Balanced assessments underscore enduring achievement gaps that decades of previous reforms have failed to close. But one contributor to the achievement gap has recieved little attention: The fact that large numbers of the youngest and often most disadvantaged students are frequently absent from school.

In California, kindergarten students are the most likely of any elementary school students to be “chronically absent,” defined as those missing at least 18 days, or 10 percent of the school year, according to “In School & On Track 2015,” a new report from Attorney General Kamala Harris that looked at absenteeism rates in the 2014-15 school year.

via Kindergarteners: The most “truant” students? | EdSource.

Program helps youngsters hone skills for kindergarten – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

One-by-one, Eli Marrero added small seashells to the small plastic bottle. Eventually, there was no room left and he tipped the bottle upside down to release seashells.

Gabrielle Cassidy stood on the opposite side of the water table. She had spread her seashells out, putting them in a handful of different containers. There was still room for a few more seashells.

What looked like play inside the Joseph A. Nelson Community Center was actually part of the Suisun City Recreation Department’s kindergarten readiness program.

via Program helps youngsters hone skills for kindergarten.

Socially Competent Kindergarteners Have Better Outcomes Later In Life – Forbes/Education

By Sarah Hedgecock

When I was very young, my mom gave me a test to see how I would turn out in 20 years: she placed a marshmallow in front of me, saying that if I could wait 10 minutes, she’d give me two marshmallows. If I ate the treat before time was up, that would be the only marshmallow I’d get that day.

She was emulating a famous series of studies known as the Stanford marshmallow experiment (although the researchers in those studies also used other snacks), which used tests like this to learn about kids’ understanding of deferred gratification. Later studies found strong correlations between waiting for a second marshmallow as a preschooler and positive later outcomes like higher SAT scores. Since those initial experiments, scientists have continued to research how non-cognitive abilities in young kids impact how they do on measures traditionally associated with pure intelligence.

via Socially Competent Kindergarteners Have Better Outcomes Later In Life.

Groups plan next kindergarten readiness event – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

The year’s second Kindergarten Readiness Roundup will take place Saturday so parents can assess their children for the start of school.

Professionals will check each child’s vision, hearing and the health of their teeth; assess reading, writing, math skills; and gauge each child’s emotional readiness for kindergarten in the fall of 2015, according to a press release for the event.

Participants will receive a backpack with school supplies while supplies last and information on immunization, nutrition and recommended activities for young children.

via Groups plan next kindergarten readiness event Daily Republic.