June 18, 2012

Last Day and Getting Ready for Screening - How Does Your School Handle Screening?

Friday was the last day of school for my students. I always have really mixed emotions this time of year. Although I am excited about summer and the thought of spending more time with my own children, even excitement about summer school, I for some reason never get the "count down" excitement that I feel like I should have this time of year. Instead, I often feel more anxious about the year ending. With feelings like "I need more time" "Did I cover everything" "Are they ready for first grade?" As I wrap up my 13th year of teaching, I can't help but wonder, "what am I missing"?  Where is my "whoot-whoot" summer countdown? Maybe next year...

I along with my co-teachers did receive a precious gift this year that I thought I would share. I thought it was priceless.

No matter how many times I rotate these - they are still sideways...ugh!!

Today was kindergarten celebration for our students.  Even though there is still one full week of school left, the kindergarten students are finished. Our school ends school for the kindergarten students one week before the other grades so that we can conduct our kindergarten screening. We have tried having screening at several different times of the year, but have found this to be the best that works for our school. This works best for us because we often have a difficult time getting enough substitute teachers to cover all of the kindergarten teachers and others that participate in the screening process. This way we do not have to worry about our classrooms having coverage and can focus on the screening process.


  1. We don't necessarily "screen" the students. Our county uses the first week if school for "flexible scheduling", which means each student just comes one day that week for testing with a group of 4-5 other students. We teach routines, assess and carry on like a normal full day with lunch and specials.
    We used to get two weeks, but it was shortened to one.

  2. Hi Jennifer- wow! That is a great idea! You aren't required to do any screening from your state? I really like that your district gives you time to bring the students in early. What a great transition!