Keeseville Elementary students are college bound

Bobcat, the Paul Smith’s College mascot, greeted students at the assembly celebrating the schools involvement in No Escuses University, Oct. 4.

Bobcat, the Paul Smith’s College mascot, greeted students at the assembly celebrating the schools involvement in No Escuses University, Oct. 4. Photo by Katherine Clark.

— Keeseville elementary students are getting ready for college with the introduction of a new program called No Excuses University. School officials kicked off their program with a lively assembly on Oct. 4.

“Our job on the elementary level for students being ready for college readiness,” said Keeseville Elementary School Principal Kevin Hulbert.

Students from every grade level donned the colors and insignia of a particular college or branch of government service that classes were representing.

“For each class the teachers were asked to pick two colleges, and they were assigned one of them. We have a wide range of schools represented here. North Carolina, Paul Smiths, and Ohio State are just a few.”

As part of this initiative, each classroom adopted a college for the year. Many of these colleges, along with the Family School Association, have provided college T-shirts for every student.

Hulbert said by introducing the students to colleges now they can focus on what each school has to offer academically and get the kids thinking about what they want to study and where is the best school for them. Also for students who might not be college bound, some classes represented branches of military service and trade schools.

School Superintendent Paul Savage joined the assembly to talk to students about his own college experience.

In addition, the students were excited to meet the Paul Smith’s College mascot as the giant bobcat engaged the audience.

The assembly was the first step toward becoming a part of the No Excuses University organization.

“We will be officially applying during the first week of November. We should be notified of our acceptance in December,” Hulbert said.

No Excuses University is a network of elementary, middle and high schools across the United States. These schools actively promote a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students the moment they begin elementary school. Every No Excuses University has a well-defined process for identifying and creating the six exceptional systems of a culture of universal achievement, collaboration, standards alignment, assessment, data analysis and interventions.

In addition, every No Excuses University campus works diligently to expose students to powerful college symbolism. This symbolism is seen in the college flags and banners hung on every door, felt though the close partnerships forged between classrooms and universities, and heard in the college chants that exist at each grade level.

For more information about No Excuses University, visit www.noexcusesu.com.

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