The extended kindergarten hours for the 2009 school year will be from 8:10 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:10 a.m. to 1:25 p.m. Friday starting Aug. 12.
According to Lammersville Principal Samy D’Amico, research has shown that full-day kindergarten benefits students and leads to better grades. The extra time in class is designed to prepare students to master math and reading and help develop their social, emotional and behavioral skills. Many schools in California have already made the switch to full-day kindergarten.
“In doing some research, it has shown that students are much more successful in a full day of kindergarten,” D’Amico said. “They are better adjusted to school, test scores are higher and there are more academic achievements.”
Lammersville has 27 students enrolled in the extended kindergarten, and officials look to add at least 13 more students to round out two full classes.
D’Amico added that the new schedule could give working parents an easier schedule when it comes to making sure their children are looked after.
“... For some the only choice is to do a half-day kindergarten and then put them in day care,” he said. “That whole piece of after school day care would be taken care of.”
The full-day kindergarten will be the only kindergarten class offered at Lammersville.
For information or to register: Lammersville School, 835-0138 or school district, 836-7400.