In an effort to prepare kids for kindergarten, FLY (Five Learning Years) was developed. FLY's Mission is to ensure all children arrive at kindergarten academically, socially, emotionally & physically ready to learn. FLY aims to prepare kids for learning success. Beginning in VPK, students are assessed for learning readiness. Those in need of intervention are placed in small groups.
We envision a holistic community endeavor coordinated by INK! leveraging organizations and resources to improve children’s overall well- being and school readiness. Success will be demonstrated by lasting improvement in academic, cognitive, social, emotional and physical domains.
In late 2012, members of the INK!’s Executive Committee met with Dr. Joyner to discuss areas of focus INK! could impact within the District. During that meeting, Dr. Joyner indicated there are children entering kindergarten unprepared. INK! began discussing how we, as an organization, could have an effect on early education and school readiness. Committee members began researching the topic and reaching out to community resources.
A task force meets regularly to develop a strategic plan. Prior meetings have consisted of determining what is currently being done to prepare children for kindergarten as well as what needs are not being met.
"I have a student, Zoe, who last summer was struggling with letters and sounds. At first, she did not want to attend my small group meetings. But then when she found out that she could have fun while learning a whole change of pace started to happen. I am so proud of her, as she only knewsix alphabet letters in the beginning and now has mastered 44 upper and lower case letters. I see her and sound improvement every day! The FLY program is a success for her!"
-Deborah Coates 38 years retired SJC teacher and FLY Teacher.
"Thank you for the support-the children have always been very excited and motivated. With the success of this program I NEVER see any behavioral issues and smooth transitions…GREAT GAINS!!!" - Otis Mason Elementary School teacher
"I cant thank you enough for the support that has helpe our students make so much progress with phonemic awareness, reading, and writing concepts. THIS PROGRAM WORKS!"-Osceola Elementary School teacher