Westside schools: Pike adds second kindergarten classroom

       Pike Elementary recently created a new “super-modified” second kindergarten class.
       The class is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is .6 of a day - slightly longer than a regular half-day kindergarten class, which is why it's gotten the “super-modified” nickname, according to Principal Manuel Ramsey. The extra .1 of time came out of the district's Title 1 fund, he added.
       A new teacher was hired for the class. Her name is Maren Blind.
       The class was added based on a district rule that 30 students is the most that should be in one kindergarten class. There were 32 students in the full-time class. The super-modified class now has nine of those students (with room for more), Ramsey said.
       Creations by Westsiders Karen and Paul Sucharski and students at the Westside's Bijou (alternative) High School will be part of a toy art show in Manitou Springs that will run from Oct. 22 to Nov. 23 at RetroMoto Toys, 738 Manitou Avenue in Manitou Springs.
       The show is titled “Toy Stories: The Art of Playing” and will open with a reception Saturday, Oct. 22nd at 5 p.m.
       The show features handmade toys, art about toys, and art from toys. Karen Sucharski will contribute a collage effort and her son, Paul, an oil pastel.
       The Bijou contributions, led by science teacher Nancy Wilstead, include KNEX pieces to create a sculpture that moves or represents motion.

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