Welcome to Carney Public Schools
Carney Public Schools Four-Day Week Information and Survey
Carney Public Schools is continually looking for ways to improve and make our school great for our students, staff and community! We are adding new technology, attending professional development, aligning curriculum and most importantly putting the very BEST teachers in our classrooms. Research shows that great teachers have the most impact on student learning and our teachers are AWESOME! As we continue on this road of school improvement, we are exploring a four-day school week.
We are exploring a four-day week for the following reasons:
If you look at some of the most profitable companies today, you find working conditions that are out of the “NORM”! We are interested in being the BEST which means sometimes we have to explore things that are outside of the box.
With a four-day school week, we would need to add 30-40 minutes to each school day. This will allow for longer class periods in which teachers will be able to cover material at a greater depth and breadth. We would also be scheduling some of our field trips and other activities on Fridays to protect class time.
When we look at the data we have the highest number of absences on Friday for both staff and students. By taking Fridays off we will alleviate this issue, allow students to participate in sports tournaments and other contest without worrying about missing class, and allow time for doctors’ appointments, personal business, etc. When students are present for classes they learn more, retain more, and will be more engaged which leads to academic achievement. Although it has been stated on the news and around the state that schools are going to four-day weeks because of failing budgets this is not the first reason we looked at a change in our schedule. Although we are tight, as are all schools in our state, we are managing well financially.
We are also looking at the possibility of having breakfast AFTER first hour, which has nothing to do with a four-day week but is thinking outside the box to better serve our students. Many of our students don’t eat breakfast when they get to school because they have not had time to wake up and breakfast is proven to impact academic success.
The concerns about going to a four-day week include child care on Fridays, nutritional needs for breakfast and lunch, and the impact on extracurricular activities. Although teachers have been surveyed and prefer the four-day week, we want to work collaboratively with everyone involved. We want ALL of our stakeholders (parents, community members, and business leaders) to have input in this decision. So, we are starting with a survey to see what our parents and community members think. Please take the survey and share your thoughts openly with us as we continue to look for ways to make our school the very BEST around!
Wewoka Headstart Enrollment
Please download the applcation for more details: APPLICATION
Please fax application info to 405-257-5737 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forward to the Headstart Enrollment Coordinator. If you have questions please call the Headstart Office at 405-257-2321.
Carney School and Mrs. O’Donnell are NOT part of the decision making process for applications.
FREE EDUCATION STATEMENT
Carney Public Schools believe that all children have the right to a free and appropriate education. This is mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), formerly known as Public Law 94-142. This federal law provides for all children with disabilities from birth to age twenty-one who may be in need of special education services. This may include children who are: Developmentally Delayed, Intellectually Disabled, Learning Diabled, Hearing Impaired or Deaf, Blind or Partially Sighted, Emotionally Disturbed, Autistic, Traumatic Brain Injured, Other Health Impaired, Multiple Disabled, Speech or Language Impaired or Physically Disabled.
Carney Public Schools is interested in locating and identifying children with disabilities who are not currently receiving services. We offer such services as educational and psychological evaluations, counseling, speech and language evaluations in addition to basic services provided by the schools. Services are provided at no cost to the parent.
If you have or know of a child who might benefit from our services, please call Brenda Moody at (405) 865-2344.