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2017 CLAS Schools of Distinctions and Banner Schools

State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Kilby Laboratory School

by Anita Reid | Jul 21, 2021

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies

School of Distinction AwardFlorence City Schools

Principal, Dr. Eric Kirkman

Superintendent, Dr. Jimmy Shaw

Kilby Kindergarten Buddies has been a successful program at Kilby Laboratory School as 6th graders helped kindergarten students acclimate to school and structured learning. From learning to tie shoes, to carrying a lunch tray properly, the 6th graders worked to make their kindergarten buddies feel more confident and successful. Kilby’s 6th grade students also learned about peer mentoring and how to assist their younger peers with reading and math skills. Kilby students interacted through constructive play, STEAM-related activities, and character development through guided conversations and "bucket-filling" sessions. The 6th grade students advanced to the middle and high school levels but continued to visit their Kindergarten Buddies through the years. The mentoring process repeated with the high school seniors acclimating their former Kindergarten Buddies to middle school and high school. This process proved to be effective in inspiring the 6th graders with more confidence to transition to the middle and high school settings with less anxiety. The Kindergarten Buddies program was designed to create student success, while promoting peer mentorship and the mindset of "giving back". Proof of this mindset came in the form of three former Kilby students, all seniors in high school, who completed Eagle Scout projects at Kilby which are now permanent fixtures of the school.

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