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Register now for new extended learning time program

Flyer showing extended learning time courses in ELA, math and enrichmentA redesigned extended learning program being offered to all Poughkeepsie City School District students builds foundational skills in project-based classes.

All Poughkeepsie City School District students in grades 3-5 have an opportunity to learn how to create a graphic novel, write and/or star in a play, enjoy an escape room, solve environmental problems and more. And, they’ll learn necessary English language arts, math and other skills while doing it.

Supervisor of Elementary Education Janet Bisti said the district decided to change the way it handles extended learning time so that students would have fun while learning grade-level skills.

So, instead of English Language Arts as a class, they choose from Journalism, Comics & Graphic Novels or Theater & Drama, depending on their grade level. Math courses include NASA Sci Files and Math Escape Room.

In the Journalism class for example, students will read articles, learn how to write them and produce a newsletter.

Extended Learning Time runs Monday through Thursday after school for two hours. Parents will choose one ELA course and one math course for their child and two enrichment classes. One hour each day is spent on either an ELA or math project and the second hour is spent on an enrichment project.

Programs are held at Clinton, Krieger, Morse and Warring elementary schools and are staffed by district teachers who are all certified, Bisti said.

“They’ll have access to the students’ attendance records and iReady scores so that they can provide targeted help for students and track their progress,” Bisti said. Class sizes are being kept to between 15-20 students so that each teacher is able to provide such support.

Registration is open now and can be done online at or download the Extended Learning Time Interest and Request form and return it to your child’s school as soon as possible. Classes start Nov. 1 and enrollment is first come, first served.