Pinnacle Classical Academy Hosts Cookout for Incoming Kindergarteners
School doesn’t start for more than a month, but the staff at Pinnacle Classical Academy opened the doors Friday to the families of rising kindergarteners to give students and parents a chance to meet and greet before the start of school.
The school hosted a cookout with hot dogs, chips and cookies, as well as bounce houses, a hot-air balloon, sidewalk chalk and other activities for students and their parents.
The event gave parents a chance to meet with school staff, learn about the parent-teacher organization and meet with other families getting ready to start school.
“We know there is a lot of anxiety about starting school for some families. Even for kids that have been in Pre-K, the first day of kindergarten is their first experience at ‘big school,’ and that can be kind of scary,” said Shelly Bullard, dean of elementary education at Pinnacle. “We wanted to bring that anxiety down and let the parents know we are going to take care of their babies and treat them like we would our own.”
The cookout was also a chance for students to get a jump on meeting teachers, which Bullard said can help make them more comfortable when school does start, as well as get a jump on making new friends.
“This is a really good thing, especially for him,” said Aaron and Alyssa Edwards, who will send their son, Caleb, to Pinnacle later this summer. “He is really shy. If you were to just throw him in a classroom, he’d be terrified. If he can find somebody here or make some friends now, we can remind him ‘hey do you remember playing with them’ and he’ll be nowhere near as scared.”
The new school year starts at Pinnacle Classical Academy in late August. The school is expecting 127 new kindergarten students.
Pinnacle Classical Academy does not plan on offering Drivers Education on-campus. Students will need to contact a school in their LEA (local district) and sign up for Drivers Education through that school.
LAWS RELATED TO DRIVER'S TRAINING
To access the full text of General Statutes related to Public School Education including Driver Education please go to: http://www.ncleg.net/Legislation/Legislation.html and view Chapters 20 and 115.
NC SBE Policy GCS-R-002 requires Driver's Training be taught outside the instructional day.
NC Driver Handbooks
Driver Handbooks are now available online at: http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/driver_services/drivershandbook
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements for a Driver's Training course in North Carolina's public schools?
Students must complete at least 30 hours of classroom instruction and at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. 16 NCAC 05E.0301(4)
Can Driver's Training be taught during the school day?
The Driver's Training program shall not be provided during the regular public school instructional day. 16NCAC 06E.0301 (a) (10) SBE Policy GCS-R-002
What are the state standards and requirements for local boards of education providing Driver's Training?
Driver education is provided to students attending school within the State of North Carolina. The local education authorities, which includes Pinnacle Classical Academy, have the option of charging up to $65 in fees per student. Local boards of education determine the amount of instruction per day, and class size (with the exception of behind-the-wheel instruction limited to between two and four students per car). 16NCAC 06E.0301 (a) (1-10) GS§20-88.1
What are the procedures for providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and Exceptional Children who enroll in public school Driver's Training?
Principals should collaborate with the IEP team and coordinator of 504 Plans to ensure that all reasonable accommodations are provided to students who qualify for Free and Appropriate Public Education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.