Sunday Scoop 1/28/18

Posted by Patrick Wallace on 1/28/2018 12:00:00 PM

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Introducing another club to West Elementary, Girls on the Run! This club is for all girls in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th. If you are interested, please see our main office for more information! 


ABCs of Student Success 

R is for Reading!

Simply put, reading to or with your children is one of the most effective ways to increase their learning and academic achievement. As parents and guardians, I would encourage you to read with your students for 20-30 minutes every night. The simple act of reading to or with your student for this amount of time daily has shown significant positive effects on students ability to read, speak, think, and learn. According to The University of Melbourne, Austrailia in their study Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life, the frequency of reading to children at a young age has a direct effect on their schooling outcomes regardless of their family background and home environment.  Their study found:

  • Reading to children at age 4-5 every day has a significant positive effect on their reading skills and cognitive skills (i.e., language and literacy, numeracy and cognition) later in life.
  • Reading to children 3-5 days per week (compared to 2 or less) has the same effect on the child’s reading skills at age 4-5 as being six months older.
  • Reading to them 6-7 days per week has the same effect as being almost 12 months older.  
  • Children read to more frequently also achieve higher scores on national assessments.  

Neuroscientist Sally Shaywitz form the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity presents statistics about the benefits of reading a minimum of 20 minutes/day in her book, Overcoming Dyslexia. Her case for why a child should read 20 minutes a day is outlined in the table below:

This is what is referred to as The Cumulative Effect. By the end of sixth grade Student “A” reads the equivalent of 60 whole school days. Student “B” reads only 12 school days. It takes Student “C” a year to read as many words as what another reader does in two days. Student “A” develops a wider reading vocabulary that continues to expand and improves comprehension skills. Books offer almost three times as many interesting or complicated words outside the general vocabulary. Simply relying on conversation to increase vocabulary falls short of what can be gained through reading.

So in summary, reading to our children is incredibly important and there are great benefits to reading just 20 minutes a night!


Attendance Update

Average Daily Attendance Data= 94.50%

% of Students Present 90% of the Time= 86.8%

Goal= At least 90% of Students Present 90% of the Time

We are close, we can do it! Everyday matters!


The Weeks Ahead

Save the Date!

Father-Daughter Dance, Friday, February 9th 6:00-8:00 PM at West Elementary 

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