• Dear Parents/Guardians,

             March has arrived, spring is just around the corner, and we are well into the third marking period. Students continue to work hard and are putting forth good effort in Literacy class.  Everyone has adjusted to the "Weekly Short Story" assignment and their hard work is paying off in a big way.  Students took their third Scholastic Reading Inventory Assessment (SRI) last month and I am thrilled to announce that EVERY child showed an improvement in their Lexile level! The students track their scores and seeing the bar graph go up really gave them all a boost in self esteem. It also sent them the message that with hard work and perseverance, they can achieve success. Please continue to stress reading at home as it will only strengthen their skills even more. 

    We continue to work on our unit of writing. Students are utilizing the R.A.C.E. format (restate, answer, cite evidence and explain the evidence). Students will be independently writing a response to an Open Ended Question based on a non - fiction article.  We have already practiced as a class and each section of the writing process has been modeled, now is their turn to show what they know!  Please continue to remind students to use punctuation and capitalization on a regular basis.  That will be stressed along with the skill of writing in full and complete sentences and expanding on the topic.  


              If you would like to donate a box of tissues,  that would be very much appreciated as they are always needed!  

             Good communication is vital, so please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  The best way to get in touch with me is via e-mail, at:  ekochis@jacksonsd.org.

    I will sign your childs planner each night and ask  you to do the same so jotting a note in your child's planner is another way to communicate with me.  Thank you in advance for your support as we work together to make this a successful year. 


    Eileen Kochis