Despite the Mt. Diablo school board’s decision to close Holbrook Elementary in Concord, parents and staff members at the school are holding out hope that they can change the minds of trustees and persuade them to transform it into a K-6 campus.
Here’s their proposal:
“Plan for Proposed 6th Grade at Holbrook Elementary
6th grade students attending: 175
5th grade students attending: 50
(Based on Glenbrook 2009-2010 SARC)
Number of Classes:
5 – 6th grade classes
1 – 5th-6th combination class
1 – 5th grade class
This number is planning for 32 students per class. If School Improvement Funds were transferred from Glenbrook, the class enrollment could be lower. Of course, each class could go as high as 34 students.
The staff at Holbrook would welcome the 6th graders from Sun Terrace, Wren Avenue and Meadow Homes. We believe we can provide an opportunity for academic achievement and success for these 6th graders that they might not find elsewhere
The students’ academic day would be from 7:55 a.m. – 2:35 p.m. as it is now at Holbrook. The schedule would include 125 min. daily of Reading/English, 45 min. daily of English Language Development and Academic Language Development, and 55 min. of math daily, as well as 40 min. of Science, 40 min. Social Studies and 20 min. of P.E. four days a week.
Enrichment and Intervention
We also plan to continue our strong data driven academic intervention program during the school day and after school. We want to draw the students in by having “Tech Bridge” (a Chevron-sponsored science and technology program) for the 5th and 6th grade girls and Project SEED for the 5th and 6th grade boys. We also will continue intramural sports at lunch recess. We would like to add a fine arts component to the after school activities by offering drama and choral music.
Sixth grade ‘at-risk’ students would be assigned to mentor teacher. All staff members would help support this program.
We would have the 5th and 6th grade students housed in adjacent classrooms close to the MUR to give them a sense of identity (Rooms 27, 26, 25, 22, 23, 24, 20).”
What do you think of this plan?