About 110 graduates moved on to kindergarten last week, but what made it extra special was the fact that it was the first-ever set of graduates to come out of the South Haven Early Childhood …
About 110 graduates moved on to kindergarten last week, but what made it extra special was the fact that it was the first-ever set of graduates to come out of the South Haven Early Childhood Center in the South Country School District. The center, which opened to students last September, is the district’s home for the pre-kindergarten program.
Led by principal Brian Ginty, the school focused on a whole-child educational experience since its start. The building, the former site of the South Haven School, was completely renovated inside, with new classrooms with optimized setups for the program. The curriculum is based on state standards and guidelines, and Ginty said they aim to give students joy in learning. Though the year didn’t go exactly as planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the staff was still able to establish a foundation for the school, and moving forward, will work to build on those best practices. Ginty added that the expertise of the staff was a major factor in having a successful first year.
The evidence was shown in the excited reactions from students when seeing their teachers for the first time in months during the moving-up ceremony. Students and their families traveled by car through the driveway of the school, where teachers and support staff were lined up to share congratulations and good luck in their kindergarten journey. The school PTA was also present to hand out T-shirts and goodies.
“I think we’re going to be in good shape to make it even higher standards and optimal delivery of instruction [next year],” Ginty said.
For parents of future students, Ginty suggested getting as familiar as possible with the school and staff to make the transition easier. For more information,
visit www.southcountry.org or call 631- 730-2180.