• Class will serve kids who need a little more time before first grade
BROOKINGS – A new junior kindergarten program at Hillcrest Elementary this fall will benefit all kindergarten students and the school as a whole, Hillcrest Principal Gary Thomas told the Brookings School Board Monday.
Thomas and teachers Kate Mogard and Annie Borns presented the Jr. K program to the board, which already had the blessing of Superintendent Roger DeGroot and is planned to serve 17 or 18 students for the 2013-2014 school year.
Thomas said in the five years he has been principal of Hillcrest, it seems the school “retains” more kindergarten students each year, to repeat kindergarten. Repeating kindergarten is the parents’ decision, Thomas said, but even if they meet the age requirement, some kids just aren’t ready to move on.
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