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Highlights from Van Buren Elementary

As the winter season winds down, Van Buren Elementary would like to highlight some of the events and activities students and staff members have been participating in this school year.

Academics

Academics come first at Van Buren Elementary School. Principal Terry Bick said the school is creating a community of learners, providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in elementary school and beyond. "Everything we do is valuable because it is connected to learning," she said.

In November, fifth-graders took the New York State Social Studies Assessment. 92.1% of the students achieved a 3 or a 4 on the assessment. A 3 indicates that a student meets the state standards, and a 4 indicates that a student's knowledge of the subject exceeds the state standards.

At the end of April, New York State students will take the state's ELA assessment. Van Buren is preparing its students for this test by offering an ELA tutoring program before school. The school also continues to offer its peer-tutoring program, which provides students with an opportunity for extra drills and practice in certain subjects, under the guidance of an older student who has been trained to be a tutor.

Health and safety

Because student safety is a priority in the Baldwinsville Central School District, at the beginning of the school year, Van Buren instituted a new dismissal policy to ensure a safe environment for its students and staff. As of September, parents and guardians who are picking up their children at the end of the day must wait in the cafeteria and sign their children out before the students can leave. This must be done on a daily basis. Only students who have a note on file in the office are dismissed to the cafeteria for pick up. Principal Bick said this new procedure is helping to alleviate congestion as well as confusion in the hallways and the school's lobby at dismissal time. It is also easier for staff to monitor where each student is during dismissal.

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