1204 E 163rd Street
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 - 816-540-3156
987-9203 (attendance line)
A note from the principal....
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Our parent-teacher conferences will be held October 24 and 29. If you haven’t already signed up for a conference, please contact your child’s teacher. Teachers will be sending out reminder notes to parents that signed up previously. Communication between school and home is a vital part of a student’s education; it is the perfect time to both give and receive information. Teachers will be sharing how your child is doing in school. You can ask questions and share information with teachers that will help them understand your child. You might also ask your child if there is anything that you should discuss with the teachers. As part of the conference, we are asking that parents take a short survey after conferences have concluded; we will provide the link to you at a later date. The survey provides information and insight regarding our school and district. We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete it, and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Also, as the year progresses, we are always available to meet and conference should you have any questions or concerns. Reminder: to help keep you informed, teachers will be emailing progress reports on the 1st and 15th of every month (hardcopies for those that do not have email). This will be a quick check on your student’s academic progress. Please look for these. If the 1st or 15th falls on a day we do not have school, progress reports should be emailed the first day back. We feel this will be a great communication tool.
Below is additional information regarding The Seven Keys to Comprehension. Teachers are using the 7 Keys in classrooms; we hope you will find these strategies useful at home as well. By reading, talking and sharing your thoughts with your child, you will be helping him/her develop a love of reading and become a reader for life.
The Seven Keys to Comprehension
How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get It!
By: Susan Zimmermann
Author of Mosaic of Thought And Chryse Hutchins
Sounding out or decoding words is part of the reading puzzle but falls short of real reading. If children don’t understand what they read, they’re not really reading. If they don’t unlock meaning as they read, the words are boring babble and they will never read well or enjoy reading. So, how is meaning unlocked?
In the 1980’s, a breakthrough occurred: researchers identified the specific thinking strategies used by proficient readers. They found that reading is an interactive process in which good readers engage in a constant internal dialogue with the text. The ongoing dialogue helps them understand and elaborate on what they read. By identifying what good readers do as they read, this research gave important new insights about how to teach children to read it and get it.
Good readers use the following 7 Keys to unlock meaning:
1. Sensory Images: good readers create a wide range of visual, auditory, and other sensory images as they read, and they become emotionally involved with what they read.
2. Use Background Knowledge: good readers use their relevant prior knowledge before, during, and after reading to enhance their understanding of what they’re reading.
3. Questioning: good readers generate questions before, during, and after reading to clarify meaning, make predictions, and focus their attention on what’s important.
4. Drawing inferences: good readers use their prior knowledge and information from what they read to make predictions, seek answers to questions, draw conclusions, and create interpretations that deepen their understanding of the text.
5. Determining Importance: good readers identify key ideas or themes as they read, and they can distinguish between important and unimportant information.
6. Synthesizing information: good readers track their thinking as it evolves during reading, to get the overall meaning.
7. Fix up strategies: good readers are aware of when they understand and when they don’t. If they have trouble understanding specific words, phrases, or longer passages, they use a wide range of problem-solving strategies including skipping ahead, rereading, asking questions, using a dictionary, and reading the passage aloud.
Good readers use the same strategies whether they’re reading Reader’s Digest or a calculus textbook.
There is nothing fancy about these strategies. They are common sense. But to read well, readers must use them.
Excerpt from: 7 Keys to Comprehension: How to Help Your Kids Read It and Get it!
Authors: Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins.
Three Rivers Press
New York 2003
Office Hours: 7:00am - 4:00pm
|Am Drop off
December 2 - 13: Ms. Gilman and Mrs. Myler's 7th grade ELA students will be collecting food and toys
Dec. 11: 5th grade honor choir to Summit Woods Shopping Center to carol to parents and shoppers between Macy's and JC Penneys, 10-10:30am
Dec. 12: 6th grade honor choir and year long groups to Summit Woods Shopping Center to carol to parents and shoppers between Macy's and JC Penneys, 1-1:30pm
December 20: 3hr Early Dismissal/Teacher Workday/End of Second Qtr./First Semester
December 23-Jan 2: Winter Break
January 3: NO SCHOOL/Teachers Workday
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Ronald McDonald House
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