Hawthorne Elementary School will hold its annual Kindergarten Roundup from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The roundup, organized and directed by Principal Becky Sorenson, is a program that gives prospective kindergarteners and their parents and guardians an opportunity to meet with future teachers and learn about the school they will attend in the fall.

This year, the University of Montana teamed up with Hawthorne Elementary to offer an additional service to pre-kindergarteners and their families. As part of the SHAPE P-20 initiative, a comprehensive grant funded by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, representatives from the UM’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction will administer an early literacy assessment of all incoming Hawthorne kindergarteners.

Each student’s early literacy assessment results will be provided to their parents and Hawthorne kindergarten teaching staff. The results also will inform a new pre-kindergarten literacy program that Missoula County Public Schools and UM will roll out this summer. The new program will provide electronic literacy resources to elementary students and their families, as well as targeted literacy interventions for students in need.

SHAPE P-20 is a partnership between UM and MCPS that strives to transform the relationships among classrooms, schools, and student and teacher experiences from preschool to the doctorate level.

For more information about the roundup or for a more detailed schedule, call Trent Atkins at 243-4978.

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