2017-03-19 / Community View

LakeVille officials encouraged by turnout at kindergarten roundup

BY NICHOLAS PUGLIESE
810-452-2601 • npugliese@mihomepaper.com


Kelsie Schisler, 4, who will be attending Otisville Elementary in September, stamps her name during the school’s kindergarten Round-Up on Wednesday. 
Photo by Nicholas Pugliese Kelsie Schisler, 4, who will be attending Otisville Elementary in September, stamps her name during the school’s kindergarten Round-Up on Wednesday. Photo by Nicholas Pugliese OTISVILLE — Fourand 5-year-olds living in the LakeVille Community Schools district got their first look at school life on Wednesday.

LakeVille’s Kindergarten Round- Up, held at Otisville Elementary, is an annual event where next year’s kindergarteners and their parents receive kindergarten readiness bags filled with parent information containing kindergarten expectations and student readiness activities and items.

“Genesee and Lapeer County birthrates have been declining in the past five years, meaning less students enrolling in kindergarten,” said Otisville Elementary School Principal Stephanie Stiles. “We were very excited that we actually had our best round-up turnout last night for the past seven years. We gave out more than double the kindergarten packets that were given out at this time last year.”

Parents and the future kindergarteners were given an introduction to the Otisville staff and a presentation of kindergarten expectations by Stiles. Stiles informed the parents of state and district curriculum expectations.

“We have first grade level expectations for students,” Stiles said. “The state sets high expectations and we hope we can get the kids prepared.” The parents were given assessment checklists that will help them determine at what level their child is in different educational areas.

“We try to get the children as far along as they can be,” said Stiles. “And as successful as they can be.”

Children entering the kindergarten level are generally required to be five years old by September 1 of their first year, though parents who believe their child is prepared to enter kindergarten can sign a waiver, allowing the student to enter kindergarten at four years old, provided that they will celebrate their fifth birthday by December 1 of their first year.

Afterward, students and their parents visited classrooms for an introduction to kindergarten curriculum presented through hands-on experiences at four different stations by Otisville Elementary educators. Students rotated through reading, writing and math curriculum stations and a bus transportation station where “Buster Bus” from Genesee intermediate School District (GISD) read a story and talked to prospective students about bus safety rules.

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