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Thursday, August 15, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine Welcome Back! I can't tell you how excited I am to start the school year. I still get the nervous feeling of excitement as the new school year begins. I'm excited for Chris Larson, Jill Martin and Kayla George to join the Lakewood staff! The staff have been working to- gether in order to understand the Common Core and develop more research based strategies. The teachers are piloting a new reading series, so that will be an op- portunity to evaluate new materials for the students. Classes: The class lists will be available on Infinite Campus August 16. If you have not registered for Infi- nite Campus, find the form on the website. Professional Learn., Communities: This summer, a group of Lakewooc.eachers attended a conference teaching them abou|e structure of how to develop PLC's. What is PLC?.mLC is an ongoing process in which educators work collab.oratively with the purpose of achieving better lCesultsor the students they serve. The focus of thegroup is n learning and the teams will develop structures to ensure staff members engage in job-embedded learning as part of their routine work practices. Building Goal: The building goal will be based on improving reading. Lakewood's goal is basically the fact that nine out of ten students leaving this building will be proficient in the core areas. A study to be released at the American Educational Research Association conven- tion in New Orleans presents an even earlier warning sign: A student who can't read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate by age 19 than a child who does read proficiently by that time. Add poverty to the mix and a student is 13 times less likely to graduate on time than his or her proficient, wealthier peer. As a building administrator, I do not take that re- search lightly. There are many things that the elemen- tary does as a system to address some of the deficits in our students reading. Some of them are: The classroom teachers and special educators are in constant contact analyzing diagnostic data fromthe students" tests, As an instructional decision making team, the teachers are constantly adjusting their instruc- tion based on the specific needs of all students. Lake- wood has worked tirelessly to align their instruction with the specific deficits of the students. They meet on a monthly basis and analyze what strategies are being used in order to address the skills that are necessary in order to become a proficient reader. All of the Lakewood teachers are receiving specific training in LETRS. This is the most diagnostiC aining that a professional can receive regarding reading. The next step in this trainingwill be working with the AEA reading staff in having an "outside pair of eyes', look at whether our current practices are appropriate for the students. Parking Lot Procedures: The PTO purchased flags to identify the drop off areas of Lakewood. We have expanded this area in order for the traffic pattern to move faster. In order to maintain efficiency and flow, be sure to follow these simple procedures: 1. Do not leave your vehicle unattended unless you are parked in a designated parking Spot. 2. Vehicles must be next to the curb to drop off stu- dents. Many of you parked and had your child run, across the street to come to school and that is very risky! 3. Once your student is dropped off, please DO NOT cut through the parking lot, use the intended area. 4. Have your children 'ready to exit the vehicle. Be- fore you reach the drop off area, have: backpacks on, coats zipped and hugs and kisses done so children are ready to leave the vehicleaWaifing to do all this at the drop off area really slows down the car lane. 5. When picking up students, continue to pull up as far as you can. If there is a gap between you and the car in front of you, pull forward before your child gets into your vehicle. 6. Right turns only exiting our parking lot. 7. Model the PBIS. Our children look up to us and learn how to act by how we act. Our adults on duty after school are there to keep everyone safe. Respect the work they are doing for all our children. Following these simple procedures will help every- OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Sensitivity to Differences Being "different" from other classmates is tough. Most children are taught not to pick on others because of physical traits or characteristics, such as weight, scars, birthmarks, or glasses. But less obvious differences can make children feel equally apart from their classmates. A growing number of children suffer from serious medical problems, particularly asthma and diabetes, but also seizure disorders, life threatening allergies, AIDS and childhood cancers, as well as disorders from retardation to hyperactivity. It is tragic when a child suffering with a disease or condition also is the victim of mocking and is excluded by classmates. Parents can do a lot to help make sure that their children are sensitive toward others, particularly those who may be targeted by classmates as "different." It is not catching. Children do not like to appear afraid in front of their class- mates. But a lot of them are. And being around someone with a serious disease can be scary unless a child understands that things like cancer or epilepsy are not conta- gious. Tell them that, not only will they not be harmed by being around the ill child; they will actually be helping that child feel better by being kind and sensitive. Give them the facts. AIDS is frightening, both to parents and to children. If your child is in a school with children living with AIDS, the school should have lots of information available for parents and children. Get it and share it with your child. The most important thing to remember is that people cannot catch AIDS from casual contact--either at home or at school. Children with AIDS have enough of a burden without being shunned by their peers. Teach them what is cruel. It is vital to understand that children with serious aller- gies really are at risk of dying. Classmates can be very insensitive, mocking those children, or complaining that the whole class cannot have peanut butter cookies be- cause of one child. Help your children understand just how tough it would be to have one of those allergies and to literally be in fear for their life. Concentrate on what is inside. Helpyour children choose friends for their per- sonality -- what is inside. Encourage them to get to know a whole variety of class- mates, including those who might have a disease or disorder. Talk with your chil- dren about what is important in a friend--kindness, a sense of fun, and shared inter- ests. Be honest with them about how it makes you feel to see children being excluded and talk to them about how important it is to treat everyone as they would like to be treated. Pity is a burden. There is a big difference between being sensitive to someone's differences and feeling pity for them. When you pity someone, you are singling them out and, in a wa excluding them. Instead, help your children simply accept that a child has a disease, a condition, a disability-- andthen treat them just like they would any other child. If it is your child. Information is power and it is already available. There is a national organization for almost every disease, condition, or disability. Contact these groups for child friendly handouts for the children in your child's classroom and school, explaining the facts of your child's difference. Perhaps the teacher would be willing to send parent-oriented fact sheets home with the students. Once your child's classmates understand, a lot of the mystique about the differences will disappear. one and keep our students safe. Keepn Track Security: Thanks to the financial sup- port of Fro, the elementary schools will be imtiating KeepnTrack for the upcoming school year. The main priority of this software is to try to increase the safety for the children within the building. However, you need to know that it will be an inconvenience for the adults as we implement this program. The procedure will be that the adult scans their li- ,cense in the foyer area prior to entering the office area. KeepnTrack records all visitor traffic detail, runs instant background checks and prints ID badges. The beauty of this inconvenience will be that it will also denies entry of unauthorized visitors and automatically notifies ap- propriate personnel. Understand that there will frustrations early in this process, but it is important for us to worked collaboratively to provide a safe learning environment for your child: There will be a School Tube soon to show exactly how it will be used at Lakewood. Important Upcoming Dates Frida Aug.16 Classes will be released using Infinite Campus Tuesday, Aug,20- Lakewood Open House- 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.21- First Day of School-2:30 Dismissal Thursday, Aug.22- 2:30 Dismissal Frida Aug.23- 2:30 Dismissal " This newspaper office will be closed Monday, Sept. 2, for | Labor Day. 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