70 participate in Buffalo kindergarten registration

Roughly 70 members of the class of 2032 flooded the halls of Meadowlark Elementary School last month to show off their academic and social skills during kindergarten registration.

“It went really well,” Principal Laurie Graves said. “It was really fun to meet all of the parents and their children, and I think we’re going to have a great kindergarten class next year.”

Graves said that, with a few more students expected to filter into the school over the summer, she is tentatively predicting as many as 90 kindergarten and junior kindergarten students in the 2019-20 school year.

During kindergarten registration, which was held on March 15 and 25, students were evaluated on their academic, emotional, social and physical readiness for kindergarten, Graves said. Teachers will spend the next months analyzing the results and deciding on the best placement for each student. Junior kindergarten is available to kindergarten-aged students who are not academically or emotionally ready for the greater demands of kindergarten, Graves said.

“During the registration, we were looking at cognitive abilities and motor skills, among other things,” Graves said. “At the same time, we also interviewed parents, and we will take both the parental insights and the results of the screenings into consideration. We have also scheduled meetings with representatives from local preschools, who can give us more insight into each of these children. We will use all that information to compile a picture of each child and decide whether they would fit best in kindergarten or junior kindergarten.”

Kaycee School will have its kindergarten registration on April 26. Call the school at 738-2323 to schedule an appointment.

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