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Dustin Geiser, uses ­­­small-group activities to meet the needs of his combined fourth and fifth grade class. Elizabeth Huwe/FOCUS

Grades blend in NY Mills’ first ever combined class

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When planning for this school year began, administrators and teachers at New York Mills Elementary School faced a unique challenge.

There would be two class sections for the fourth and fifth grades, but with the number of incoming students, those classes would be crowded.


However, there were not quite enough students (or teachers) to create a third section for each grade.

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