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The K-6 Holbrook Elementary proposal

By Theresa Harrington
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 7:06 pm in Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Theresa Harrington.

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

Academic Schedule

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.

Location

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?

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  • Holbrook Dad

    This is a wonderful idea but unfortunately the “Trustees” (except Hansen) are not interested in hearing input from anyone but themselves. Tonight Trustee Dennler made a statement (during the agenda item concerning boundary options) about whether or not they were doing what is right for the students and if they had lost sight of that fact. Then Eberhart basically raised his fist through the telephone he was on and made it very clear that this issue(school closures)was decided and everyone needs to just get over with it and move on. He basically bullied the rest of the board into voting for the boundary options. There may not be anything else we can do to save Holbrook at this point but I sure can do something about the board when election time comes along and I will be sure to remind people about how poorly this whole process has gone. King Gary has become a little too comfortable in his chair and it is time for some new blood. Same goes for his little sidekick Whitmarsh.

  • anonamom

    This is a fantastic idea. It could eliminate one of the four receiving middle schools altogether, and save a treasured grammar school from closure.

    Unfortunately the District seems to be stuck on “You’ll close because I said so, that’s why”; and “don’t confuse me with logical solutions–my minds made up”!

  • Anon

    Does anyone know how much money is saved by keeping Holbrook open and having it become a K-6?

  • Theresa Harrington

    No one has presented this information, since it is something staff would have to determine. The board hasn’t directed staff to answer that question, since it doesn’t appear to be interested in pursuing this option.

  • Strategic Planning

    Assume Gary and Sherry don’t run next year. Plan ahead – who will run? Plan ahead – who will be board president and vice president?

  • anonamom

    I don’t think the point is how much it would save. The point is closing it isn’t going to save enough to execute the move! They want to shuffle neighborhood kids over to other areas, and then shuffle special ed kids into Holbrook. This equals cost added, not saved.

    This equals a relentless stubbornness and total lack of sound judgement on The Gary’s part and a side of femininity in the three that cower to him that I thought we had overcome decades ago.

    Just wait till they start digging into more Measure C funds for More Parking, More Buildings… Just because it’s Measure C doesn’t mean we aren’t paying for it!

    Holbrook parents need to get their teachers need to pull the trigger and Charter NOW.