Teachers feeling the effects of snow days

ROSSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) – Some news Rossville Elementary School students found out Monday night was the talk at school on Tuesday.

“Mrs. Oliver can you believe they are making us come on a Saturday,” Teacher Sheila Oliver said the kids asked her.

Believe it or not, Saturday school is coming to the Rossville Consolidated School District, at least temporarily. To help make up this year’s 10 snow days, the district decided to have school on three Saturdays.

Rossville Elementary School Principal Chad Dennison said the snow days have made him take on a different role.

“I’ve become more of a managerial type principal instead of the instructional leader type,” Dennison said. “I’m just trying to figure out logistics.”

Teachers said the snow days are affecting their teaching. Many are having to go back and reteach new concepts.

“Right now in math we are learning long division, which is a very new concept for fourth graders,” Oliver said. “It takes a lot of repetition, a lot of practice. So, we’ll work on that, and some of them do lose a little bit of it.”

Some students may not be fans of going to class on Saturday, but in a survey sent out to parents, going to class on Saturdays was the overwhelming vote.

“We asked on the survey, one solution was Saturday, the second solution was spring break, the third solution was actually to keep on tacking on the days,” Dennison said.

To make sure students can be prepared for ISTEP testing the Indiana Department of Education has extended the window an extra week and a half.  The ISTEP’s are making some teachers nervous.

“We’re all a little worried,” Oliver said. “You have a lot of concepts to fit in and a lot of standards to get in front of the kids before that test comes,” Oliver said. “That test is an important part of teacher evaluation.”

Dennison has not determined if students will begin the ISTEP testing later than the March 3 start date.

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