Reading and the Science Fair

It’s hard to believe that the 4th quarter of the school year is upon us.  The year is just flying by as we have been busy learning at OMS. For those of you that follow this blog regularly, in a previous blog post, I stressed the importance of reading volume as students are learning to read fluidly, with accuracy and comprehension.  Thus, reading volume is a priority of ours. Students, through their literature classes, track the number of pages they read each day.

With this being said, students at OMS achieved great results once again in the number of pages read for the 3rd quarter.  Sixth grade read 137,842 total pages, or an average of 2,297 pages per student. Eighth grade read a total of 157,291 pages, or 2,383 pages per student.  This quarter, seventh grade read the most by reading an average of 2,495 pages per student or a total of 147,255.  So far, OMS students have read a total of 1,314,210 pages for the school year. Impressive reading results OMS!!  

By combining reading volume, along with intentional instruction around the reading standards at each grade level, staff and students are working hard to increase reading skills and habits that pay direct dividends in student learning in all areas.  As a school our goal is to increase the reading achievement of all students. We set this goal based on Fall assessment results, checked progress mid-year, and will be doing MAP testing again in May to formally assess the progress students have made in their reading this year.

On another note, the 6th
Annual O2C Science Fair will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Students will be presenting their displays to a panel of
judges that morning from 8:30 -11:00.  That evening, we will be having a
Parent’s Night from 5:00 – 6:00. Please take this opportunity to come and see
the hard work your child has put into making the fair a success. We are looking
for parents interested in helping us out by becoming a judge for that morning
from 8:30 -11:00. If you are interested, please contact us at 564-2383. Ask for
Mr. Ring (ext. 2222) or Mr. Nyenhuis (ext. 2219). This year, Oostburg Christian
School will be hosting the competition. Participating schools will be Cedar
Grove-Belgium (6th Grade), Oostburg Christian (6th
Grade), and Oostburg Middle School (6th and 7th Grade).

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Stengel