NEWS RELEASE # 78
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2012
WHAT: Fifth Block of Instruction
WHEN: June 21, 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Rangeview High School, 17599 East Iliff Avenue 80013
APS Superintendent Checks Out “Fifth Block of Instruction”
Approximately 4,000 students accepted an invitation to stay in school a bit longer this year in Aurora Public Schools. The group is taking part in a program called “Fifth Block of Instruction.”
Fifth Block is much different from summer school. Fifth Block is voluntary and is offered to students who have shown academic growth during the school year and could benefit most from additional learning time. Fifth Block provides 23 additional days of instruction for students who are making progress in math and literacy (reading and writing) but are not yet considered proficient.
This is the fifth year of the successful program. Last year, overall attendance rates for Fifth Block were greater than 90 percent. Analysis of CSAP growth data for students who participated in Fifth Block during previous years shows that program participants tend to make better progress than non-participants.
Superintendent John L. Barry will visit Rangeview High School at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 21 to check on the progress of Fifth Block. Media are welcome to join the superintendent during his visit
Fifth Block is going on now through June 28. Transportation, breakfast/lunch and nursing services are available to students.
To learn more about Fifth Block of Instruction, visit fifthblock.aurorak12.org.
Interested media may contact APS News Media Specialist
Paula Hans at 303-326-2755 for more information