Westside schools:
Parent-info talks start at Bristol

       Bristol Elementary, 890 N. Walnut St., will hold the first session in the free Title 1 Parent Lecture Series Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.
       The first topic title in the series will be “Assessments,” with Greg Wilborn and Jacqueline Law of District 11 talking and answering questions.
       All families in the district, whether Title 1 or not, are invited. Dinner will be served at 6, with the speakers afterward. Child care, including pizza and a movie, will be provided. There is no charge, but reservations are requested.
       The assessments to be discussed are those known as “the big three” among the tests students take during the year, according to Jan Berry, the Bristol literacy teacher who organized the event with District 11 support. The three are the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP), Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS).
       Schools use these tests to assess how well kids are keeping up with the work expected for their grade levels; if problems are revealed, intervention strategies are used to help them catch up in problem areas, Berry explained.
       Title 1 students are those who qualify for free or reduced lunches based on their parents' income.
       Upcoming series dates/topics will be Feb. 21/nutrition, March 18/how the brain learns, April 24/Internet security, and May 12/parenting skills.
       For more information, call Berry at 328-4038.

       Information meetings on the SAIL program at West Middle School are scheduled Thursday, Jan. 17 and Wednesday, Feb. 13.
       Parents and students are welcome. The sessions will be in the West auditorium at 6:30 p.m. The address is 1920 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       “The School District 11 Student-Centered Academic Interdisciplinary Lab (SAIL) program is a full-time gifted magnet program for fourth- through ninth-grade students and is housed at five buildings in District 11,” a district press release explains. “ The purpose of SAIL is to engage and challenge gifted learners, incorporating project-based learning, acceleration, inquiry thinking and integration of content. While the program addresses state content standards, the pace is typically faster and the content explored at a deeper level.”
       West is the only SAIL school on the Westside, although Whittier Elementary, 2904 W. Kiowa St., offers a district-approved gifted class for grades 4-5 called EAGLES (Exceptional Academic Gifted Learning Experience Site) which is also seeking students.
       The listed deadline for SAIL applications is Feb. 29. For more information, call 520-2464.

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