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Thursday, March 7, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Elivia is served by Shannon Chase. Skittle toppings were a big hit! Josh, Trinity and classmates celebrate their DIBELS reading successes! Photos submitted. The importance of educating the whole child is noted in the Oviatt Elementary Mission Statement: At Oviatt Elementary our primary mission is to work collaboratively to develop the academic, social, emotional, and physical self of the child so he or she is a self-directed, life-long learner. Two Oviatt Elementary articles highlight examples of Oviatt children's academic and social development: 1) fall semester reading achievements; and 2) how chil- dren responded to an opportunity to practice the stu- dent learning goals of personal and social responsibili- ties. See Leigh VanderHolt's article on the children's donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Fall Semester Reading Achievements In the fall, the teaching staff wrote the following building-wide goal for our Oviatt students" reading O achievement: By May 2013, 90 of the elementary students at each grade level will achieve at or above the benchmark goal of the DIBELS Next Composite Score. Once the above goal was established, the teachers wrote subgoals for the fall semester that addressed spe- cific essential reading skills for each grade level. The largest percentage of our children's school day is focused , on reading/language arts. Ninety minutes are set aside for explicit or direct instruction opportunities. An ad- ditional thirty minutes each day are devoted to spelling and grammar skill development. , The children participate in whole group and small group reading instruction. It is in the small group set- ting that lessons are targeted to the specific skill level of the child. In addition to our in-class instruction, some children participate in the Title I Reading program which is available for students who benefit from addi- tional daily small group instruction. From August through mid-Januar36 teachers kept their 'eye' on the winter benchmark scores of the Dy- namic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy (DIBELS) As- sessment, which is a criterion-referenced reading skills test that is administered individually to each Oviatt child to measure gains made throughout the fall .semester. If gains were not evidenced in the weekly or biweekly monitoring assessments, teachers would revise instruc- tion with the intent to better meet each child's literacy learning needs. Fall DIBELS group achievement results follow: Kindergarten 100% of the children demonstrated benchmark skills in identification of first sounds. 98% of the children were proficient in segmenting letter sounds. First Grade 83% of the children achieved benchmark skills in identification of correct letter sounds in a nonsense word. Thirty-nine students demonstrated exemplary gains by moving to the benchmark level of correct letter sounds when compared to their fall scores in the inten- sive or strategic levels. 14% of the students made move- ment from below and well-below benchmark to bench- mark. Second Grade 85% of the children read passages with 96% accu- racy. In the fall, this same group of students was expected to read passages with 90% accuracy. Not only did the percentage of children achieving at benchmark increase from fall to winter, these children also increased their accuracy by 6%. In the fall, 34 children did not achieve the benchmark expectation of recoding a minimum of 13 nonsense words in one minute. Knowing this is a foundational skill for reading fluency and accuracy, the teachers con- tinued to progress monitor the growth of these 34 stu- dents and all were successful. Second semester goals are set and the work for all continues. We appreciate our parents and family mem- bers who listen to their children read at home, practice spelling words, encourage children's writing and read to their children! Working as partners benefits our chil- dren in so many ways. We thank you for your efforts, too! Celebrations! Included with this article are a few photos taken during the PTO-sponsored celebration of the children's reading achievements! The PTO treated the students to a scoop of ice cream on which they could add two toppings of their choice. We believe it is im- portant to celebrate such great accomplishments and thank PTO for making this possible. Our Watch D.O.G.S. pitched right in serving the ice cream alongside PTO members! What's Next in Reading? Second semester reading goals are set and the work for all continues. We appreciate our parents and family members who listen to their children read at home, prac- tice spelling words and encourage their child's writing and reading at home! We also thank our Watch D.O.G.S. and community members who volunteer to listen to our children read during the school day. Working as part- ners benefits our children in so many ways! Now Accepting Applicatiors NORWALK 2 APARTMENTS 1, 2 Bedrooms, Newly Remodeled Community Center, 24-7 Maintenan Rental Assistance Available 515-210-8983 wmnN.NationaI-Management.con This institulJon is an Equal Opportunity Provider and w NORWALK SERVICES BOOSTER CLUB MINUTES Concluded from p. 9 only had two seniors on more are important to the 14-person varsity line- * have. up. Right now they are just Work is getting ready asking for groups to con- for spring sports, sider contributing to the Sam George was nomi- purchase, so those dollar nated for the All-Shrine amounts can beinserted in Bowl. Allison Taylor and the grant, which will dem- Courtney Maher were onstrate community sup- nominated to cheer at it. port for the AEDs. That Public Relations grant is due March 7. The Nancy LaVellereported group discussed a $900 that she sent congratulato- contribution but will hold ry cards for participation a formal discussion and in the Shrine Bowl and she vote next meeting. will send out cards as win- There was initial dis- ter seasons wind down. cussion about creating a Old Business Norwalk Athletic Hall of No old business Fame. Further in-depth New Business discussions will follow. Dianna Duffy and Adjournment Laura Johnson gave a brief Motion was made by A1 presentation on AEDs, au- Lammers to adjourn the tomaticexternaldefibrilla- meeting, seconded by tors. They, along with oth- Nancy LaVelle. Motion er school nurses, are writ- carried. Meeting was ad- ing a grant to purchase two journed at 7:55 p.m. additional AEDs to house The next NABC meet- at Eastview/Performing ing will be held Wednes- Arts Center and the new Feb. 27, 2013 at 7p.m. stadium. They cost $1,800 at the Norwalk High. each. The school has four School Library. now, near each gym, but given the size of our school Respectfully Submitted, and accessibility challeng- Lori Vaske es of those AEDs, two Activities at the .... NORWALK 1,IBRA 1051 Noah Ave. 981-0217 Monday, March 11 Tiny Tots with Debbie Doo Wop, 9:30 a.m. Mon- days until April 8, we welcome Debbie Doo Wop back to the library to lead the Tiny Tots Music Class. Join us for songs, instruments and fun! Ages 1-5. Registration is required (space is limited). Tuesday, March 12 Pre-School Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For 3-6 year- olds, join us for stories, finger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents, expect some interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is also a good fit for parents attending with several children and for daycare groups. Norwalk History Project, 6:30-8 p.m. Join us in ex- ploring the history of Norwalk and the surrounding area. Bring your own photos, documents or artifacts to share and help us design a virtual museum. No techni- cal skills required - we will do all the website work. We do need your input for what kinds of historical areas we want and we need volunteers to help us find arti- facts to scan, photograph or record. We also need sto- ries and memories of the area. Feel free to join us or at the meeting March 21. Wednesday, March 13 Wee Ones Story Time, 10:30-11 a.m. For infants to 18 months, join us for lapsit stories, finger plays and songs! Parents: expect full interaction with your little one and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. This storytime is designed for a one- one or one-two parent to child ratio. Thursday, March 14 Toddler Time, 10:30-11 a.m. Join us for stories, fin- ger plays, songs and flannel boards! Parents: expect lots of interaction with your little ones and some helpful tips on early literacy skills you can use at home. American Girl Club, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Join us for crafts, games and stories. Second grade and up. (Participants do not need an American Girl Doll to attend.) Friday, March 15 Breakfast & Books, 9-10:30 a.m. Join us on the 3rd Friday of each month for this fun activity. This is a chance to simply share what you have been reading, learn about new and upcoming titles or best-sellers and enjoy a breakfast of donuts or muffins on us.