AMHERST- Powers Elementary in Amherst is a state recognized “Excellent” school and now it has been named a Fox 8 Cool School. This was the first year for all-day kindergarten and it had great results with students learning how to read and write.
The fundamentals of learning here is based on positive behavior in the classroom.
"Because if you have positive behavior students are going to be on task, responsible, respectful and that will only make their education grow," Kindergarten teacher Jen Brown explained. Students are recognized and rewarded when they follow school rules.
The use of technology is incorporated into the curriculum. There are smart boards in all the classrooms. And, you are just as likely to find an iPad in a student's hand, as you are to finding them sitting at a computer.
"The teachers have fun activities to help us learn -- like apps on the computers and iPads," second grader Alaina Alflen said.
As part of the 'Read to Achieve' program, one first grade class read more than 300 books.
“The teacher read books and we've been listening. And, when we are done with stuff sometimes we like to get books from our classroom library," first grader Sophia Collins said.
The Habitat is unique to Powers Elementary. They take their classroom outside where it can be a peaceful place to work and learn. "Our class raised a monarch butterfly and then we released it into the Habitat," first grader Cole Lugar said.
With so much happening at Powers Elementary, students find many reasons why this school is cool.
“This school is fun. This school is exciting,” Sophia said. “And, our teachers are amazing," Cole added.