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Welcome to Central Elementary School


Central Elementary School is a Preschool through Sixth Grade facility in the small, rural community of Burden, Kansas. It serves all of the elementary age children in a large, rural unified district, which includes the communities of Atlanta, Burden, Cambridge, and Grenola, along with the surrounding areas.

Central Elementary is housed in a new facility that adjoins the Central Jr./Sr. High School campus in Burden, Kansas. Due to economic reasons our school district switched to a 4-day school week beginning with the 2001-2002 school year.

The Central Preschool program is provided through the resources of the Cowley County Special Services Cooperative blended with the Cowley County Headstart Program for preschool children, three to five years of age. Children who are enrolled exhibit developmental delays or special needs in hearing, speech/language, social/emotional adjustment, vision, general development or motor skills. The staff provides appropriate skills for each child's individual developmental level. Peer models, who demonstrate age appropriate skills, are also enrolled in the program. The goal is to assist every child in reaching his or her maximum potential. The Preschool staff encourages parents to become actively involved in their child's program. The children attend school for a half-day, four days each week.

Instruction for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade is provided in nine subject areas: Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, Language Arts and Writing. In addition to the regular classroom activities, our students attend both Vocal Music and Physical Education classes on a daily basis. A special Art class is taught for a 45 minute period by our district's certified art teacher every other week. Instrumental Band is an elective offered to the Fifth and Sixth Grade students. Also available at our school is an all day, every day Kindergarten program. We offer students a fully staffed library complete with a computer lab. We also have a large computer lab that will hold a large class for group instruction. Every classroom and department has access to curriculum support software, a school database, and the Internet through a networked computer system. Reading and Math curriculum are enhanced with the Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math programs. Students also use SuccessMaker Mathematics software daily.

Central is a School-Wide Title I school. We have a full-time Reading Specialist who teaches a Success For All Roots Reading class. She is trained in Reading Recovery and Success for All Reading. We also have three part-time Reading paras, all who meet the Highly Qualified Para standards set by the federal "No Child Left Behind" act.

We have an Interrelated teacher and para who serves our Special Education students. Other special classes, such as Speech/Language, Physical Therapy, and Adaptive P.E. are provided through the Cowley County Special Services Cooperative.

After much research, in August, 2002, we implemented the Success for All Reading program in grades 3-6. Since we were participating in a research grant, we continued the local reading program in Kindergarten through Second Grade. Kindergarten began SFA in the fall of 2003. Central PreSchool began Curiosity Corner, the Pre-K Reading program developed by Success For All during the 2004-2005 school year. In that same year First Grade began a Roots SFA program. Second Grade began in the fall of 2005. As our staff and students receive more SFA training we have seen our state assessment scores continue to improve.

Community and parent interests at Central Elementary and Central Preschool are represented by our Site Council which is composed of staff, administrators, parents, community members, and local business people.

Central Elementary also has an active parent-teacher organization, CPTO (Central Parent Teacher Organization), which sponsors various fund raisers, field trips, assemblies, and classroom grants each year. 

The Central Elementary's Safe and Drug Free Schools Team, made up of parents, staff and student representatives (TADPOLES), sponsor Substance Abuse and Character Education awareness curriculums.