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April 12, 2019

posted Apr 15, 2019, 7:35 AM by Christine Roman   [ updated Apr 15, 2019, 7:39 AM ]
Dear Parents and Guardians,

Why is it, that some of the shorter weeks seem to be the longest? Great things happened this week at our community school. Students and families were able to shop at the Book Fair. We had a great turnout for our Family Bingo Night. Parents, students, and teachers celebrated students’ success and talked about areas of focus for the remainder of the year during conferences. Students in grades 3-5 signed a banner (which is hung proudly outside of our school) to say that they would try their hardest on the upcoming state testing.

As we know, reading is the most crucial academic skill because it is the foundation for learning. Students in the primary grades learn to read and then students in the upper grades read to learn. Research shows that if students aren’t proficient readers by the end of third grade, they struggle far more in school and have a greater chance of dropping out. At NHCS, we know these statistics and strategically provide high-quality research-based instruction. We also know learning to read comes easier for some students than others. Our instructional model addresses the five components of essential reading instruction:


From our data, those students that need additional support are provided additional instructional time through our RTI model. Our advanced students are provided with other opportunities such as Read Works, individualized research projects, and small group reading using chapter books.
We use various assessment tools to guide our instruction. These assessments include; DIBELS, NWEA, End of Unit Balanced tests, DRAs, high frequency checks, and spelling inventories.

Our entire staff believes that each person is a “teacher of reading” and values the importance of this work!

Have a great long weekend!
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