Student Growth and Achievment: George Elementary School students will continue to show growth in Math and English Language Arts (ELA) from Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 in STAR Assessments. 3rd 4th and 5th grade students will show continuing growth in Math and ELA on the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA). Students showed growth on the SBA from the Spring of 2018 to the Spring of 2019. Due to the COVID-19 school closures, students did not take the SBA in the Spring of 2020.
Partnerships: Maintain the high level of parent partnership and involvement in the Parent Volunteer Committee, and identify additional ways parents can support George Elementary students. Meetings begin in October and are held once per month. PVC plans for potential fundraising ideas, organizes monthly movie nights and Popcorn Fridays two times each month, and collaborate on ways the PVC can support the students of George Elementary
Communication: Maintain a high level of school to home communication of student events and school activities through social media: George Elementary Facebook page – two posts per week
Access, Opportunity and Equity for All: George Elementary will provide equitable student access and opportunity through Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). We will see a decrease in repeated major office referrals from the previous year due to the implementation of these two support systems. PBIS team meets twice each month MTSS team meets once each week
One constant in education is change. Change is not always easy or comfortable. The school closure this year caused a significant change in how teachers provided instruction to their students, but as a result of the work put in by all of the staff at George Elementary School and the support of George students and their families, we were able to work together to finish up the school year. Through a lot of planning, collaborating and work the staff provided educational instruction to our students through learning packets and Choice Grids. It was not how we wanted it to end, but through a great team effort teachers were able to check in with students using Zoom meetings, emails, text messages or phone calls. The paras did a great job a usual helping prepare for the distribution of packets and Choice Grids. Kitchen staff had meals ready for families to pick up each day. Chrome books and Hot Spots were provided to enable connectivity. Support for students and families were made avaialbe through the counselors office. Office staff worked to help provide support and answer questions. In the end it was a huge team effort and through it all we endured.
While we don't know what the 2020 - 2021 school year will look like, the committment, dedication, and passion that was shown by staff, students and parents will be a good foundation for whatever the future holds.
For updates and information related to the upcoming school year, please keep checking the Quincy School District website (qsd.wednet.edu) the QSD Facebook page (qsd 144) or QSD on Instagram (qsd_144) .
Thank you for your patience and your support through these challenging times of change. Have a great summer!
Are you taking steps to help your child avoid the summer slide? If not, don’t worry—according to Scholastic’s reading report, only 1 in 3 parents have heard of, read about, or received advice about the summer slide.
WHAT IS THE SUMMER SLIDE?
The summer break can lead to children losing or forgetting months worth of the skills they learned during the school year. To avoid the summer slide, it’s important to keep the learning process going throughout the summer so your child doesn’t fall behind. There’s no overstating the importance of reading over the summer. While all areas of learning can be affected by the summer slide, reading and comprehension skills are the foundation of success in every subject. And for children who don’t put aside time for summer reading, the reading skills learned throughout the school year are quickly lost. Making sure your child goes back to school at the same reading level he or she ended the school year at requires a bit of extra support from parents over the summer. Find out more about preventing summer reading loss and activities you can plan to encourage your child to get reading this summer break.
WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT FOR KIDS TO READ OVER THE SUMMER?
Reading is one of the best predictors of a child’s comprehension level, vocabulary range, and reading speed. The more reading a student does (whether it’s over the summer or during the school year), the more opportunity he or she has to build and strengthen these skills. So, what happens when students don’t put in enough reading time over the summer break? Children without a summer reading routine can lose one to three https://www.qsd.wednet.edu/index.php/george-elementary-schoolmonths of the reading skills they spent the previous school year building. This loss is a long-term, cumulative loss—once students lose reading ability over the summer, they rarely catch back up. By the end of Grade 5, this can add up to over 3 years of lost reading skills, leaving students struggling to perform well in the classroom. Actively engaging in summer reading reduces the risk of summer learning loss. It also helps kids develop better reading habits. As students develop better habits, they learn to be more excited about reading. They start seeing it as a fun activity rather than just another school assignment. Once reading turns into a fun summer activity, your child will be building reading, comprehension, and vocabulary skills without even knowing it.
THE BENEFITS OF SUMMER READING
Continuing to read over the summer months gives students a chance to engage their minds and improve their skills. In fact, children who read more than four books over the summer perform better on comprehension tests than students who read one or no books. Reading books over the summer also helps prepare students for the upcoming school year. By making sure their minds are engaged even after the school year has ended, students are giving their brain the workout it needs to stay in shape. When it’s time to head back into the classroom in September, avid summer readers will have the skills they need to come prepared to learn.
HOW TO GET KIDS TO READ OVER THE SUMMER
With endless summer activities calling, it can be a challenge for many parents to get their child to pick up a book and practice his or her reading skills. By incorporating reading activities into each day of summer vacation, you can encourage your child to read more—and have fun doing it. Getting your child to read doesn’t have to be impossible. Try these 10 ways to encourage your child to read over the summer.
1. FIND A TOPIC YOUR CHILD ENJOYS
Summer is the perfect time for your child to read something he or she enjoys, which makes reading less of a chore and more of a fun activity. Help your child find books that are related to an interest he or she has—whether it’s sports, animals, mystery, or something else.
2. INCORPORATE READING INTO EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES
Reading is all around us, and daily routines provide great reading opportunities. When you’re in the kitchen cooking, have your child read the recipe while you work. Plan a day trip and ask your child to read you the directions. Take advantage of the opportunities that pop up during your child’s day, no matter how small.
3. LISTEN TO AUDIOBOOKS
For children who are auditory learners, audiobooks are an excellent alternative to reading and can help them improve their comprehension skills. If your child prefers audiobooks, still encourage him or her to sit down with a book (even a short one) at least a couple times a week.
4. GET A LIBRARY CARD
Take a trip to the local library and sign your child up for a library card. Libraries have a huge selection of books that your child can browse to find one that he or she likes. And as an added bonus, your child can keep coming back for a new book as many times as he or she wants.
5. PLAN A TRIP TO THE BOOKSTORE
Visit a bookstore with your child and let him or her pick out a book as a special treat. Letting your child choose a book he or she wants will get him or her excited to get home and start reading his or her new book.
6. READ ALOUD
Make time to sit with your child to read aloud together. Each day, take a few minutes to read part of a book, or find a story in the newspaper to read together. For older students, let them read on their own and ask them tell you about their favourite part or what has happened in the book.
7. START A BOOK CLUB
Once you know what kinds of books your child is interested in, help him or her create a reading list. Set aside a regular time to sit down together (like once a week) to talk about what is happening in the book. Ask things like what your child thinks will happen next and his or her favourite parts.
8. READ BOOKS BEFORE YOU WATCH THE MOVIE
Find a book that has been made into a movie your child would be interested in watching, and read the book first. After your child has read the book, watch the movie and talk about how they are different, what your child liked, and what he or she didn’t like.
9. START A NEW BOOK SERIES
Help your child find a book series he or she will enjoy. Having multiple books that continue a story is a great way to keep your child interested in reading over the summer. You also won’t have to worry about what to read next. Once your child becomes involved with the story and characters, he or she will be excited to read the next book in the series.
10. READ GRAPHIC NOVELS OR COMICS
If your child is more of a visual student, try reading graphic novels or comics. These are much more visual, but still provide a good reading opportunity for children. Comics are a great way to make reading fun for children, so they’ll be building their reading skills without even knowing it.
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In an ongoing effort to help ensure the safety of all of our students, the Quincy School District has introduced the use of a new reporting system that you can use to report incidents to the school. The SafeSchools Alert system i set up and avialable for use. There are five ways that the system can be utilized:
This reporting service allows you to easily report bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism, threats of violence, or any safety issue you are concerned about through SafeSchools Alert. When you submit a tip, be sure to use our distric's identification code: 1522 in your communication.
Every SafeSchools Alert that is received about our district is immediately logged in the system and our adminstration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. Tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer.
Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to work and learn!