Known for its innovative K-5 curriculum and student achievement, buy cialis the award-winning J.B. Fisher Elementary School is poised to set the academic bar even higher for the 2013-14 school year. Located in the heart of the Stony Point neighborhood in south Richmond, patient Fisher will be one of two schools in the district to pilot a K-6 model with the inclusion of two sixth grade classes beginning September 2013.
The K-6 pilot will incorporate the Leader In Me model based on Steven Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. According to Dr. Charlene Brooks, generic Fisher’s principal, the school’s new sixth grade option will not only provide current Fisher parents with another choice, but will also help to increase the school’s student population while serving as a strong transitional grade to middle school.
“Through a parent survey, we discovered parents were looking for another middle school option for their transitioning students. Middle school can be overwhelming for both parents and students. This program allows students another year to mature in a familiar environment that will better prepare them for the 7th grade,” said Brooks. “In addition, I am excited about The Leader In Me concept we will be implementing next year. The Leader In Me schools have received national recognition for their emphasis on developing leadership in young children. This model complements our Talents Unlimited approach and will help us to continue to develop not only academic achievers, but students equipped to lead in this highly competitive global environment.”
The Leader In Me framework is designed to nurture 21st century leaders with a focus on developing the whole child—physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively. The program maintains creativity, cultivates self-worth and prepares students for active participation in the global marketplace. The goal is to see students exhibit such skills and characteristics as initiative, conflict management, goal setting, analytical skills, organizational skills, problem solving, self-motivation, teamwork, effective communication skills and self confidence.
Fisher will be able to accommodate up to 50 students in its two new sixth grade classes. Core subjects such as reading, math, history and science will be taught, as well as foreign language, health and physical education, and career and technology exploration. Students not only will have a wide selection of electives from which to choose, but also will be able to take advantage of supplemental courses specifically focusing on business and entrepreneurial concepts.
Sixth-grade registration will be open to current Fisher students through the end of January 2013. Any open slots will be filled through the district’s Open Enrollment process. For more information about J.B. Fisher’s K-6 initiative, please contact the school at (804) 327-5612. John B. Cary Elementary School will also pilot a K-6 model focusing on The Leader In Me concepts. For more information on Cary’s offering, please contact the school at (804) 780-6252.