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Medford School District Launches First Ever Kindergarten Jumpstart

June 18, 2019

Dozens of incoming kindergarteners are spending a week of their summer learning about life as a student as part of the Medford School District's first ever Kindergarten Jumpstart at Jefferson and Oak Grove Elementary Schools. 

Teachers and staff are teaching students typical routines, procedures, and literacy skills through the program, which is free for up to 20 students at each location. Students will receive a free book daily as well as lunch for themselves and a parent.

“This is a great opportunity for kids to get ready and feel more confident on their first day of school,” said Jeanne Grazioli, Director of Elementary Student Achievement. “The first day of school can be intimidating and this will give students kindergarten readiness skills in a small environment before the real deal in August.”

While the students are in the kindergarten classrooms, parents are receiving training on how to use a “Ready for Kindergarten” literacy kit. Families can keep their kits to use over the summer.

"We were anxious about kindergarten because we didn’t know what to expect," said Jefferson mom, Sherri Zucker. "I’m more prepared now and my son is so much more excited and able to focus on learning. It eliminated tons of stress."

Students who did not have a preschool experience were given priority for the program.

“The kindergarten teachers from each site are very excited to get to know these students and parents before the school year starts,” said Grazioli.

The district hopes to expand the program to more schools next year.