School bells will ring an hour later on Wednesdays next year in the Monmouth-Roseville School District.
Students might see it as recreational time. Superintendent Paul Woehlke said teachers will be hard at work. They will spend the extra time collaborating to make sure they are all on the same page when it comes to common core standards. The state has adopted the standards with testing of students to begin in 2014.
The Monmouth-Roseville School District is committing to improving the literacy of Spanish-speaking students over the next few years.
The district will add a second bi-lingual kindergarten class next fall.
Superintendent Paul Woehlke said the goal is to help Latino students with both their Spanish and English language skills.
He said, ”Both (classrooms) will be teaching literacy in Spanish to the Hispanic students so they learn their native language literacy first. And research says that's the better approach to a bi-lingual program.”