• PSSA Time

    Posted by Melanie Reckner on 3/17/2014
    Hello parents of 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders. We began PSSA testing today. Even with a 2 hour delay this morning, I managed to get my first group of 5th Grade math (session 1) done in the afternoon. You should have the letter I sent to each family in grades 4 and 5 with their anticipated testing schedules. Just to go over a few reminders. Good night's rest and good breakfast is always important. Let's help your child do the best they can for the testing. Any questions, call me or email me. Thanks for the help.
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  • DI update

    Posted by Melanie Reckner on 10/17/2013

    Hello again....we are speeding along in this school year and here we are in mid October.  Time sure does fly.  My 4th and 5th Graders are progressing through Decoding B1 at a wonderful pace and increasing their fluency.  We will continue to work on improving comprehension too.  The 3rd Graders are steadily improving decoding skills and work identification.  They were each awarded a Red Raider character coupon recently for showing good responsibility with homework.  It was great that I didn't have to track any of them down to get their homework from them!  Kdg., first and second grade are working very hard at identifying sounds, blending into words and following directions (written and oral).  I am impressed with their diligence.  You will soon be receiving letters concerning Parent/Teacher conference day to be held on Thursday, November 21st.  I hope to see as many of you as I can fit into my schedule.  Quote of the day...

    “Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”
    Noam Chomsky
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  • October Readings

    Posted by Melanie Reckner on 10/8/2013

    October has begun and we are well into our reading programs.  Kindergarten has passed Lesson 20 of Language for Learning.  1st Grade is in Reading Mastery I and decoding words.  2nd Grade is decoding words, reading stories, answering questions and reading high frequency (or sight) words by the bunches.  3rd Grade has really gotten into Corrective Reading Decoding A and doing a fine job with the lessons.  4th and 5th Grade are enjoying the stories in Corrective Reading Decoding B1 and really improving on their timed readings and cutting down on those errors. 

    I must say things are off to a great start and rolling along very smoothly. 
    "We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."  Walt Disney
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  • I love reading books.

    Posted by Melanie Reckner on 9/25/2013

         Hello All!  I hope this finds all of you doing well this week.  We have been having a very productive week in DI reading.  Each of my reading groups have worked really hard this week and are making steady progress.  You should be able to see how your child/children are doing on Friday as report letters will be sent home. If you have any questions give us a call. 

         I have posted each of my student's ZPD (reading zone) for AR in my room.  They should each have a goal from their regular reading teacher to shoot for.  They may choose books from the school library, town library, or perhaps your own collections (check out my website links to find AR books on AR Book Find).  Their reading teachers have books to borrow and I, too, have some that they may use to help them reach their AR goal.  Encourage them to read each evening for enjoyment and of course, to keep up with AR.  Here is a quote from a prize winning children's author.  Enjoy.

    Children are made readers on the laps of their parents. 

    - Emilie Buchwald

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  • This is my very first posting....good luck to me!

    Posted by Melanie Reckner on 9/18/2013

    Hello All!  This is the very first time I have tried a blog.  Boy, I hope this goes well.  School is well under way at this point and we are all getting settled into a daily/weekly routine.  The students are all adjusting pretty well.  I am teaching Kdg. through 5th grade students for  Direct Instruction classes.  The majority of these are corrective reading, but also a language class.  I have been assigned to be case manager for 4th and 5th grade students.  That pretty much means do all the "paperwork" for each and keep tabs on their needs.  Hmmm "paperwork" now sure is different than it used to be.  This is enough for now and let me leave you with a pleasant thought for the day..."Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, 'I'm possible'!"  Audrey Hepburn

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