(Sentinel Photo by Kim Fickett)
Caitlin Clark, therapeutic teacher, sits in the new therapeutic classroom at Hinton Elementary. The district was able to fund the classroom thanks to a grant.
HINTON Hinton Community School students returned to the classroom Aug. 23 under the 2021-22 year theme, Were All In This Together.
We are looking forward to starting the school year closer to normal and being able to have all students in person, said Superintendent Ken Slater.
To help students catch up from the mix of no school, in-person and online classes, Slater said the district had extended summer school at the elementary level and credit recovery for high school students this summer.
Teachers will be taking on learning as well.
We are introducing staff to High Reliability Schools Instructional Framework and Professional Learning Communities. We are focusing on Level 1 of High Reliability Schools and that involves having a safe and collaborative culture, he explained.
The PK-3 elementary school is studying conscious discipline. We were also a recipient of a grant for a therapeutic classroom at the PK-3 building, he said.
Over the summer, Hintons TLC team has been reading books regarding high reliability schools and implementing professional learning communities.
Keeping up with technology is important as well.
Our teachers are being issued new computers to provide them with a much needed update based on the age of their computers. We are also purchasing new iPads to update elementarys offerings, Slater said.
New to the Hinton school staff are: Jay Pratt, 1st grade; Alex Black, middle school special education; Aaron Zyzda, high school science; LaDonna Deavers, high school special education; Braeden Weyhrich, 5-12 band; Jenny Claybaugh, TAG; and Sue Popken, school nurse.