Groner Transitions to a K-8 School beginning with the 2015-2016 school year
Groner Elementary School will begin its transition from a K-6 to a K-8 school, beginning in the 2015-16 school year. At that time, at least one 7th grade class will be added, possibly two if there is sufficient interest.
The K-8 model is a successful one in many other areas of the state and across the country, and provides an important option for families who feel their child may not yet be ready for a larger middle school experience.
Students attending 7th and 8th grade at Groner K-8 will receive the same content area instruction as their peers in the stand-alone middle schools: English language arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science. Elective options will vary, focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). Students will not have access to the extracurricular activities offered at their home middle school, but Groner K-8 will offer a range of after-school programs.
Transfers are available for students who wish to attend Groner K-8, whether they are incoming 7th graders or younger students who are ready to begin their journey toward a K-8 experience. Transportation will be available through a "hub" model, in which one or two "hubs" will be identified in the District at which students may be dropped off by parents to be picked up by a school bus. The hubs have not yet been identified; however, every effort will be made to ensure that they most closely align with where the majority of students are coming from.
The bell schedule will be altered slightly for Groner K-8 to better allow for transportation across the District. The start time in 2015-16 will be 8:00 a.m. and the end time will be 2:20 p.m.
Interested families are encouraged to fill out both the standard In-District Transfer Form (Español) and the Options Transfer Request Form (Español) and return them to the Communications Department (to Marleen Zytniowski at 3083 NE 49th Place, Hillsboro, OR 97124; Fax: 503-844-1557; Phone: 503-844-1771; firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible so that staffing and transportation can be determined.
Any questions can be directed to Scott Schinderle, Principal of Groner Elementary School (soon to be Groner K-8 School), at email@example.com, 503-844-1600.