ELIZABETHTOWN Five and a half year old Lucas Spilling is much like any other young boy. He loves soccer and playing with his friends, and dreams of being a pilot and he cant wait for school to start.
Spilling, who lives in Lincoln Pond with his parents and younger brother, Gavin, is one of many kids entering kindergarten this year, as part of the Class of 2020.
Focus on reading, problem solving
In Westport, teacher Julie Biselle is preparing for a class of 14. Last week the school held three partial days to orient students before the rest of the school returned.
The smaller school environment provides plenty of one-on-one attention, Biselle said. The school becomes familiar with the students and their families.
Biselle explained that the focus of kindergarten has shifted from preschool activities, since many students have already had that experience.
It's amazing what we expect of them at age five, but they're up for it, said Biselle.
Students at Westport learn through game play, building a good foundation of basic skills. The year focuses heavily on reading and problem-solving.
Educators hope that the decision-making skills acquired by the students over the years will aid the students toward the careers theyll desire when they graduate from high school in 2020.
I want them to be happy. Happy about who they are, what they've become, and have the continuing ability to make the best choices in whatever life decisions they make, said Biselle.
Technology changes the future
There are currently 22 children signed up for the Willsboro Central School kindergarten program, 17 of whom attended Willsboros pre-K program.
Willsboro Central School superintendent Steven Broadwell is as unsure as anyone what the world will look like when the class of 2020 graduates. But logically he convince that technology will be a large part of it.