The Meridian Public School District has introduced a new program to help sixth and seventh graders get back on par with their classmates. This is the first year for the Jump Start program, which is six weeks of intensive instruction in math and reading.
"This is the first year Meridian Public Schools has done this kind of program so it's a pilot, but we are really excited about it and we are really able to offer some great things to the kids," said Jonas Crenshaw, assistant principal at Magnolia Middle School, which is hosting Jump Start.
Teachers are using standard Mississippi curriculum, while focusing on the benchmarks of the state tests. Crenshaw said they will also utilize a new computer program.
"It gives the kids a more interesting way to learn reading and math," Crenshaw said. "The students were tested at the beginning of the program and they will be tested again at the end of the six weeks. The goal is to have them back on track for the next year. Hopefully, they will be on equal standing with their classmates. They will be prepared to work on their grade level benchmarks. And hopefully be prepared to do well on their state testing."
This is a pilot program for Meridian public school, but if all goes well, you can expect to see it again next year.