The school of innovation that resulted from combining Crawford and North Fork Community Montessori schools has a proposed name — North Fork Montessori at Crawford.
"Most people will simply call it Montessori, as they do now," observed Delaine Hudson, director of alternative schools for Delta County Joint School District #50.
She discussed the transition during a recent school board work session.
The school district will be getting the word out during parent-teacher conferences, accountability meetings and staff get-togethers. Barring strong objections, the name will be formally adopted at the school board's Feb. 27 meeting.
Enrollment is currently underway for the school of innovation, with the goal of having 100 students registered by March 1. The school will open in the fall.
Assistant superintendent Kurt Clay is working with Bill Eyler, NFCMS head teacher, and Doug Egging, Crawford principal, to draw up a transition plan. One of the suggestions is a transitional classroom, to help students from the traditional system ease into the Montessori style of education. "We want that school to be successful," Hudson said.
When asked if registration will be open to students throughout Delta County, superintendent Caryn Gibson said the Montessori option will be available to all elementary school students, although she has no intention of trying to draw students from either Hotchkiss K-8 or Paonia Elementary.
Classrooms have already been assigned in Crawford, where the larger building offers more opportunities for electives such as P.E. and music. The classrooms are divided into upper and lower levels based largely on age. Classroom teachers must be Montessori certified, which means that current Crawford teachers will be looking for positions elsewhere in Delta County. The school district is hoping those teachers — and others displaced through budget-tightening staff reductions — will be able to step into spots vacated by retiring and resigning teachers.
More fun to consider will be school colors and a mascot for North Fork Montessori at Crawford. Montessori has neither colors nor mascot; Crawford has embraced orange and black and students there are known as the Cubs. Students are expected to have a say in that decision.blog comments powered by Disqus