In the Classroom: Columbian Elementary School keeping kids engaged

Posted at 12:46 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 13:52:28-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - — We are always working, even if we're having fun they are learning something," Kara Morn said.

Morn teaches third grade at Columbian Elementary School.

She tells us, she likes to start her student's day with math.

Morn says, it wakes the brain up.

"It's something that these guys really enjoy because it's new in third grade as we start multiplication," Morn said. "They're excited about it, so we start our day with that we have a positive vibe going the rest of the day and science is a good hands-on class for the end of the day."

The structured school days help students achieve success.

As soon as they walk inside, students can grab breakfast and take it to their classrooms.

"We're true believers in bell to bell instruction," Principal Craig McGee said. "Making sure that as soon as we can get instruction started we do and we have it last until we need to go home for the day."

"If they come in and they get started right away they're more engaged and we have a variety of activities, and they know exactly what to do and we're able to get a lot more of out them," Morn said.

The nonstop learning earned the school a national blue ribbon award.

"Our test scores ranked among the highest in the state," McGee said. "And that's a reflection of the teaching staff here and the commitment to the big expectations that we have."

Principal Craig McGee says excellence is a part of their school culture.

"You'll be amazed at what students can accomplish if you expect it," he said.

And while McGee is pleased with the test scores, he says their goal is to help students continue to grow.