Time flies when we are having fun? It is hard to believe we are ¾ of the way through the school year. We are looking forward to homecoming events and the end of the 1st nine weeks. Please encourage your students to monitor and communicate with their teachers about missing work and ways to improve their grades.
Reading with your student builds warm and happy associations with books, increasing the likelihood that our students will find reading enjoyable in the future. Reading at home boosts school performance, it also increases vocabulary, raises self-esteem, builds good communication skills, and strengthens the prediction engine that is the human brain.
I believe we can all agree that a majority of our students are struggling readers and behind at least one grade level if not more. In 2022, the average reading score at both fourth and eighth grade decreased by 3 points compared to 2019. At fourth grade, the average reading score was lower than all previous assessment years going back to 2005 and was not significantly different in comparison to 1992.
“The more you read, the more things you know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” This is a famous quote by Dr Suess. And it’s 100% accurate. The importance of reading skills cannot be stressed enough. Reading is fundamental in helping students find and convey information. It’s an essential skill that needs to be developed and practiced often.
Please continue to support your student academically. It is truly our pleasure to serve your student and love each one of them for their unique personalities. We also are grateful for your input and communication to make our school better. Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you!
Dr. Sheila Honeycutt