Welcome to Fall! As we are beginning to see and feel the shift in seasons, we are beginning to feel the shift of students moving from the lazy days of summer into getting down to business with their learning.
This week we are finishing up our benchmark testing at all levels. These short tests screen our students for learning strengths and needs, so that we know how to direct our support of them. Much like taking a temperature or blood pressure, we use these screenings to do a health check on each child’s learning progress. We will do these screenings again in January and May to check progress toward learning goals. Our school goal this year is that 75% of our students will meet reading benchmark levels for their grade levels by the end of the year. We believe this goal is achievable, especially with the support of parents and the community.
This month I’d like to draw your attention to a few events that our students are beginning to get excited about. Children’s Book Festival is coming to Sheboygan County October 10-12, and our school has the very fortunate opportunity to have a guest author visit. Jennifer Holland will be visiting our school on October 10 to share her experiences with our students. She is a New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic contributing writer. She has authored several books, including Unlikely Heroes, Unlikely Friendships, and Unlikely Loves. We are looking forward to hearing Ms. Holland share about her non-fiction texts and her experiences working for National Geographic. You are welcome to join our all-school assembly the morning of October 10 at 9:30 a.m., when Ms. Holland will share with our whole school.
October is also Fire Prevention and Safety Month. Our students K-2 will have a visit from the fire department to discuss what to do in the event of a fire and how to prevent harm from fires. The fire department not only teaches students how to have a family plan in the event there is a fire, but they also show students what firemen look like in their uniforms and gear so that students are not scared when they see them. Many thanks to Tim Veldboom and his crew for taking time to teach our students these important prevention tips.
I hope you will enjoy the weekend, in both rain and shine. Go Pack Go!