Goal for teachers: Gather facts

At Creekside Elementary School, teachers will spend the rest of this school year figuring out why some students’ math and language arts skills are below grade level and not improving.

Parents, teachers and Principal Mark Heiden want more students whose families qualify for the free and reduced-price lunch program to be able to pass the ISTEP exam. For that to happen, Creekside’s teachers need to know more about students who aren’t keeping up with their classmates, Heiden said.

Heiden wants teachers to know more about what challenges or problems students are facing, such as whether any go weekends without eating or regularly come to school without completing homework. Then school officials can find a way to help those students, Heiden said.e curriculum.”

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