Greetings Kae Avenue Families,
Welcome to the Kae Avenue Primary Literacy Campus! We are excited to embark on another new school year in 2019-2020.
Wow, we have certainly come a long way since 2017 and made so many great gains! In the fall of 2017, 10% of our students came into the campus with the literacy skills necessary for Kindergarten readiness. We can now proudly say that 71% of our students have proficient scores in reading through the state-approved diagnostic assessment. Additionally, we have a C in K-3 literacy (about 5 points from a B) and our school has an overall B rating by the Ohio Department of Education. Even more remarkable, in the fall of 2018, we had 2 times the number of first-grade students score proficient on the state diagnostic assessment than had in the previous year (prior to the start of the campus). Yes, twice as many students!. The hard work of our teachers, staff, and students is certainly showing in the reading achievement of our students, and we will continue to work strategically and tirelessly until every Whitehall student has a love of reading and is actively engaged in the learning process.
Our overarching goal is still to ensure that each student graduates from the Kae Avenue Primary Literacy Campus as an active reader. This means that each student will have the foundational skills of understanding words, can have quality conversations about words, and can use those skills and conversations to move to independence in the comprehension of text for purpose and enjoyment. Ultimately, we want to inspire your young learner to love reading!
In order to accomplish this we agree to the following commitments:
- Every student will receive literacy instruction that moves him/her toward being at grade level and becoming an independent, active reader.
- Literacy instruction will occur in an uninterrupted literacy block, with daily word work, writing, reading, listening, and speaking activities.
- A timely response to a child’s learning needs will occur, as evidenced by purposeful, daily intervention ( for a minimum of 30 minutes for Kindergarten, and 45 minutes for first grade).
- The scheduled intervention class will be an “extra scoop” of literacy instruction, for every student, every day.
- Intervention will be provided by a certified staff member who knows the child’s specific literacy learning needs and is trained to specifically address those needs.
- An instructional framework will exist in all classrooms that establishes a balance between reading, writing, word work, and developing fluency.
I am proud to lead this amazing endeavour and confident we will see significant positive results in both the area of literacy and numeracy, as we work collaboratively to encourage, inspire, and motivate our children to be lifelong learners and difference-makers!