The Gazette offers a nine-month series about local education in the 21st century. Gazette reporter Frank Schultz will spend time in Amanda Werner's fifth-grade classroom at Janesville's Adams Elementary School throughout the school year and write about the challenges and changes of a modern classroom.
The end of the year. Time to look back and forward. "Fifth grade can change your life," said Annika Leverson when asked last week to consider what has happened over the past nine months.
JANESVILLE -- Janesville School District statistics show a huge increase in families that qualify for federal meal programs, nearly half districtwide, about 52 percent at Adams.
JANESVILLE -- The Janesville School District is working with students to help them recognize the control bullying behavior.
JANESVILLE -- Like Ms. Frizzle from "The Magic School Bus" series, Amanda Werner wants her students to get involved in learning.
A discussion in Amanda Werner's class got out of control last month. Children began chattering excitedly. Werner could have shouted. Instead, she lowered her voice.
JANESVILLE -- In Janesville, as in most of America, diversity has grown in recent decades.
JANESVILLE -- Teacher Amanda Werner’s fifth graders were among the students across the state in grades 3-8 and 10 who took the WKCE tests this fall.
JANESVILLE -- Savannah Bennett's family sits down with her each school night to help her do her homework. If Savannah doesn't keep on top of things, she falls behind, said her father, Chuck Bennett.
JANESVILLE -- An old weather vane decorating Adams Elementary School features an iron boy and iron girl happily running, being pulled by an iron dog on a leash. Some things about kids haven't changed much since the vane was placed atop the school in 1939.
The Gazette today begins a yearlong series of articles on teacher Amanda Werner's class at Adams Elementary School and how the school is doing its job.