It's hard to believe we're at the mid-point of this school year! With the colorful glow of the holidays behind us, winter weather arrived in full force to disrupt both school and work days. Then...came...the...germs! It seems as if everyone has experienced some of the negative effects. At JIS, we've seen respiritory infections, the flu, strep throat, and various intestinal bugs that seem to spread rapidly.
Of course, as we all know, the best and easiest strategy to reduce the spread of infection is to wash hands often. One of my favorite websites is KidsHealth. It offers lots of factual information for Kids, Parents, and Educators. I encourage you to browse the entire site for yourself. Here's an article to get you started!
Despite these wintertime intruders, our focus is always on student learning. I invite you to join us on Thursday, 2/15, at 1:15 for our 3rd annual "Learning Fun With a Loved One" event before our Valentine's Day classroom parties at 2:30. There will be some fun math and reading activities for you and your child to share!
All students have completed mid-year benchmark assessments in reading and math to measure progress and growth. Our teachers and coaches review the results and work together to ensure daily instruction targets individual and group needs. If you have any questions about your child's progress, please contact his/her teacher to schedule a meeting of phone discussion. You don't have to wait for Parent Teacher Conference dates to have a conversation about your child's learning. Contact us anytime!
Third grade parents will be glad to know the score reports for last fall's Ohio State Test of English Language Arts arrived from ODE and will be mailed home with a cover letter of explanation ASAP. This is one of three opportunities (fall, spring, summer) for each 3rd grader to satisfy the requirements of The Third Grade Reading Guarantee Law in order to be promoted to 4th grade in reading next year.
A score of at least 672 satisfies the law's requirement for promotion to 4th grade. If below 672, teachers will continue to target instruction documented in Reading Improvement and Monitoring Plans. Students will have another chance to meet the expected score in April this year. For more information on this topic, please click on the link below and scroll down the page to view the "Elementary School" section.
Together, we can support all children and ensure they learn and grow in a safe school environment!
Don't hesitate to contact us with any question or concern.
Carol Field, Principal