Accelerated Reader (aka AR) is a system of independent reading that allows students to select their reading materials within their prescribed reading range, read the selection, take a comprehension quiz and earn points towards their goal. Recently, Jefferson Elementary leased the full library of licenses allowing students a wider variety of testing materials. Reading selections will be increased on a yearly basis, encouraging student success in reading.
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Jefferson’s Reading First program has resulted in a high rate of success for many students. Named an “Exemplary Reading First School” in 2006, Jefferson has provided a comprehensive reading program using Harcourt Trophies core reading program in primary grades. Additionally, students designated as “intensive” or “strategic” in their reading skill levels may have access to many supplemental programs through a well-planned and implemented “double-dose” program designed to assist struggling readers develop their skills to achieve grade-level goals.
Based on the five “big ideas” in reading (Phonemic Awareness; Phonics; Fluency; Vocabulary; Comprehension), the program is designed to provide the appropriate level of support for teaching reading to all students.
Among the supplemental/intervention programs offered at Jefferson are:
Early Reading Intervention
Language for Learning
Language for Thinking
Student reading levels are assessed using DIBELS as well as using progress monitoring. Students are assessed for their reading skills and fluency a minimum of three times per year (more often if performing below grade level).
Jefferson staff members appreciate the support and dedication required to assist all students to read at or above grade level.
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Lessons for School and Life
Based on over 20 years of research and classroom application, the award-winning Second Step program integrates academics with social and emotional learning.
Children from preschool through eighth grade learn and practice important skills, such as anger management, cooperation, respectful behavior, and problem solving. These skills help decrease students' negative and violent behaviors—fighting, name-calling, and stereotyping—helping to return the focus of classroom time to where it belongs: learning.
Children also learn to recognize and respect people with different backgrounds, perspectives, and ethnicities. These essential life skills will help students in the classroom, on the playground, and at home.
Find out more about Second Step.