The newly developed English Department is in its seventh month of implementation. Two of the three rounds of assessments have been completed. January assessment results reveal positive learning growth across grade levels. As we approach the Spring grading period, it has become apparent that the English program’s continued success will require more professional development for staff and allocation of planning time to assure the longevity of the program and teachers. On April 18 and May 9 students will remain with their homeroom teachers for one extra hour a month to accommodate professional development time. This extra time will allow the English department staff to plan collaboratively, develop lessons, manage program needs, and further develop the writing and reading curriculum used in the classroom. We appreciate the continued support for the English program, and the teachers.