Philomath to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten

PHILOMATH, Ore. — Parents have always had to pay to enroll their children in a full-day kindergarten program in Philomath, but starting this fall, all kindergartners will be able to enroll for free.  The state owes the district $300,000 from the previous fiscal year, a fund from which the district will use $185,000 to fund the full-day kindergarten program.  … Continue reading »

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Your child may be old enough to start kindergarten, but is he or she ready? It’s an important decision for parents, because kindergarten marks the start of a child’s formal education and their first school experiences can affect the rest of their lives. Most schools use cutoff dates. A child must be … Continue reading »

Local School Kids Ready For Firebusters

Eugene, Ore. — Thousands of kids across Lane County will soon learn more about fire safety. The Lane Fire Prevention Cooperative, KEZI 9 News and other local sponsors are teaming up for Firebusters. The five-part series is designed for school children in grades Kindergarten through five. Each class will receive worksheets which will go home … Continue reading »

Philomath Discusses All-Day Kindergarten

PHILOMATH, Ore. – The Philomath School District is discussing the possibility of offering a free full-day kindergarten program next year if parents want it. Last week, the Corvallis School District decided to offer full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools without charging tuition. Philomath Superintendent Dan Forbess says he is worried parents may transfer … Continue reading »

Full-Day Kindergarten Only in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Corvallis schools can say goodbye to the half-day kindergarten program come September. Thanks to expected additional funds, all Corvallis schools will offer full-day kindergarten classes next school year. “I also have a four-year-old who’s going to be attending here in a couple of years too, and I would love to have the … Continue reading »

State Starts New Kindergarten Assessment

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A new assessment is under way this school year for kindergartners. Lawmakers signed a bill in 2012 to develop a statewide kindergarten assessment. Last year, Fairfield Elementary in the Bethel School District, one of 16 schools across Oregon chosen to take part in the pilot. Now administrators in Springfield and 4J school … Continue reading »

Kindergartners Screened for Preparedness

EUGENE, Ore. — Starting next school year, every child entering kindergarten in Oregon will be tested on basic reading, math and even behavioral skills. A local school is already the pilot program for the tests. Fairfield Elementary in the Bethel School District is the only one in the area participating. School administrators say they’re honored … Continue reading »