Why do we do this? Well, Literacy Week activities are taking place all over Florida. As a state, we want to get to a million minutes read outside of the classroom. SAA will turn their "minutes" in to the district at the end of the week.
We all know reading is so important. And the best way to improve is to read, read, and read more. Did you know that about 40% of the students who go to community colleges have to take a remedial reading class and 20% of students entering 4-year colleges do? We need our students to increase their reading ability now; we want that number to go down. But it takes practice... practice with words, with fluency, and with strategies to understand what is being read. Students are expected to be able to read texts at much higher levels than before. Again, the way to get there is to read. Start off with an easy book but choose one that's a little harder the next time. Students work on these skills every day during class time, however, it has to be continued outside of class as well. It takes all of us - teachers, parents, and students - to develop good readers. So, come take part in the celebration of reading this week!
Watch for information to come home about the end-of-year trips. They all take place within the last two weeks of school. Teachers should be sending out notices soon so you can put it on your calendars. We'll be doing several fund-raising events to help with the costs of the trips.
This week we have the science benchmarks for grades 5 through 8. These are the grade levels that will have the FCAT science and end-of-year exams in April and May. Please be on time each morning so we can get started promptly and move on to the Literacy Week activities.
Don't forget to turn in your registration forms for next year. The deadline is February 17, but we'd love to hear from you sooner.
Have a great week! Thanks for being a part of SAA!.