School starts early at two campuses under new calendar

More than 1,000 students at Cerbat Elementary School and Palo Christi School will begin school Monday.

"This is Kingman Unified School District No.

20's first venture into a 45 on, 15 off calendar," assistant superintendent Betsy Parker said.

"Teachers and staff are excited about the learning opportunities."

The students, who are in kindergarten through sixth grade, will attend school for 45 days, which is equivalent to a regular nine-week grading period, and then take a three-week break.

The three-week breaks, or intercessions, will be used for remedial instruction and enriched academic classes.

Research has shown that students retain more knowledge when there are shorter breaks between instruction, Parker said.

Administrators predict improved test scores and a decrease in absenteeism, according to information from Cerbat Elementary School.

"We anticipate improved academic performances and a higher level of energy for the students and staff," Parker said.

School hours for Cerbat and Palo Christi have changed this year.

Classes begin at 8:30 a.m.

and end at 3:15 p.m.

for all kindergarten through sixth grade students at the two schools.

All KUSD kindergarten students will attend full-day classes, rather than half-day classes this year.

Cerbat Elementary School has a "Meet the Teacher" program from 4 to 6 p.m.

today.

Students and parents are encouraged to come to the school to meet the teachers and administrators and to confirm bus scheduling for their children.

This year's school theme is "Achieving Success One Star at a Time."