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Raising Readers for 3 years running at Re-2’s Kathryn Senor Elementary

The staff at Kathryn Senor Elementary learned from last year’s Parent Survey that parents are highly invested in the Success For All program (SFA) and want to know more about the structure of the program and successful instructional methods to use at home. Teachers and staff are more than happy to have parents continue to be an important part of their students’ education.Parents of Kathryn Senor Elementary School students can participate in their student’s Success For All class at the Raising Readers Workshop on Friday, Nov. 15. The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments in the cafeteria. At 8:45 a.m., academic coach Barb Miller and principal Bill Zambelli will conduct an overview of the program. This year’s focus is to more thoroughly teach and model instructional strategies to parents. Parents can become involved in SFA workshops in their child’s class from 9:15-10:45 a.m. Between 10:45-11:15, there will be a drawing for door prizes in the gymnasium.This is the third year for the event, which is a requirement of the program which addresses acquiring literacy for all children in a positive manner. Parent and Family Involvement is one of the four components of the Family Support program.”My observation is that many parents of struggling readers attend,” said Miller. “We do a promotional blitz with three notices throughout the month and the kids wear a `bracelet’ home the night before. Many kindergarten parents attend since this is the first year for them to learn about SFA.””I’d also like to mention how empowering this event is to the kids,” Miller said. “Under the teachers’ direction, they show their parents the learning processes which they do in SFA every day.” Approximately 150-200 parents attended the workshop last year at Kathryn Senor Elementary. All teachers participate, including the counselor and P.E. teacher, both of whom have SFA classes. Para-professionals will provide day care during the event.Raising Readers is only one of many ways in which the school reaches out to parents. Teachers send home a weekly newsletter, a monthly article is sent out in the newsletter, teachers call parents to discuss homework, etc., parents are invited every month for “Second Cup of Coffee,” and the school has a weekly Family Support Team meeting to address specific concerns for students reading below grade level. All of these events combined do make a significant difference in increased student engagement and achievement.The Tuesday/Thursday Kindergarten Raising Readers will be held Nov. 14.Parents and community members are invited to Thanksgiving luncheons at Re-2 schools during special times during the month of November. Because the Esma Lewis kitchen cooks for two schools, on Nov. 14, the event will take place at Esma Lewis from 11:00-11:45 a.m. for the students of Esma Lewis, and from 12:20-12:50 p.m. for Rifle Middle School students. On Nov. 21 the special luncheon will be served at Wamsley Elementary from 11 a.m.- 12:15 p.m, and at Roy Moore from 11:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Kathryn Senor Elementary’s event will be Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.- noon. On Friday, Nov. 15, the luncheon will be at Riverside School 11:45 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., and at Rifle Middle School from 12:20-12:50 p.m. The price of the meal is $3 per adult. Please call your specific school cafeteria to let the cooks know you will be attending.Riverside School’s Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 11 honored the veterans in our community. The New Castle Lions Club organized the event and instructed students in the proper way to fold the American flag. In addition to this highly meaningful assembly, an American Literacy Night was held from 6-7:30 p.m. Students sang patriotic songs, shared their Veterans Day posters, and read their essays and poems about America. -Through a grant from the Tall Timbers Reading Council, Riverside students have had the opportunity to view and read numerous books about our American symbols, songs, and landmarks and immigration stories telling the reasons people from all over the world come to America.Rifle High School and Rifle Middle School also held their own Veterans’ Day assemblies to honor the veterans in a patriotic way.Several schools have reported first quarter honor roll numbers. These figures reflect the numbers earning a 3.0 or higher honor roll. At Rifle High School, 120 out of 262 ninth graders; 118 out of 253 tenth graders; 114 out of 205 eleventh graders; and in the Class of 2003, 117 out of 164 students earned a place in the 3.0 or higher honor roll.At Rifle Middle School, 68 out of the 175 student sixth grade class; 70 of the 171 seventh grade class; and in the eighth grade class, 41 of the 161 students made the 3.0 or higher honor roll.If you didn’t get to any of the PTAC or community input meetings, or if you have additional comments to make about the Re-2 proposed 2004-05 student achievement calendar, please e-mail your comments to calendar@garfieldre2.k12.co.us. The Re-2 School Board is interested in your perspectives and your input.


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