Grades shifting OK

Rosy Mound Elementary School's first- and second-grade students are sharing more than hallways this year. They're also sharing classrooms.
Krystle Wagner
Oct 4, 2012


The students are mixed together for language arts and reading lessons, but they are separated into grade-specific instructions for math and "specials" such as gym and Spanish.

The decision to combine grades was made after the Grand Haven Area Public Schools buildings underwent a grade reconfiguration that was implemented this fall. So far, the school year is off to a positive start for students and staff, Rosy Mound Principal Kevin Blanding said.

“We’re pleased with what we’re seeing so far,” he said.

Educators are noticing that second-graders are stepping up and taking on leadership roles in the combo classroom. Blanding said they hope to incorporate a leadership program and use Sean Covey's book, "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids,” as a resource.

When it comes to standing in front of her class of first- and second-graders, teacher Kara Vargas said it’s difficult to notice the difference in the room.

“It feels like a regular year,” she said.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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