Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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DPS Lego Robotics 1Students in Jennifer Adams’ fifth grade class at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School teamed up in small groups Monday to build robots. They assembled and programmed an airplane with a moving propeller, an alligator that opened and closed its jaws, a leg that swung its foot and a monkey that drummed its arms using LEGO kits and laptops.

After the robots came alive to move and make sounds, the students wrote short stories about their creations and presented them to the class.

DPS LEGO Robotics 2“They’re building, they’re coding and they’re writing, so it’s an integrated way of learning,” said Kandis Freer, senior resource educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County, who led the program.

Every class in DPS experienced the robotics program during the last six weeks.

“It was an impressive program for all of our students in kindergarten through grade five,” said DPS Principal Jack Alvey. “Our boys and girls truly enjoyed being introduced to robotics, engineering and programming utilizing LEGO blocks and laptops provided through Cornell Cooperative Extension.”