K-5 Board Report

TO: RSU #74 Board of Directors

FROM: Jean Butler

DATE: January 29, 2020


Garret Schenck & Solon Elementary Schools

The Christmas season was busy and fun. Students enjoyed the holiday break but returned to school ready to settle back into their routines. We are now halfway through the 2019-20 school year, and teachers and students are immersed in their learning units.

During January and early February, we are administering the NWEA test to all students in grades K-5. Students took this nationally-normed test in the fall and will take it again in the spring. The winter assessment helps teachers to see how well each of their students is progressing toward his/her target goals in reading and math so they can adjust instruction if students are not progressing adequately.

For the fifth year the RSU #74 Literacy Committee is participating in the statewide Read to ME Challenge sponsored by the Maine Department of Education during the month of February. Inspired by the Ice Bucket Challenge, the goal of the Read to ME Challenge is to read for fifteen minutes to or with a child and then challenge people and organizations with whom we partner to do the same. We challenge all of you to find a few minutes to read to or with a child this month.

Solon and Garret Schenck will be holding a “Secret Cupid” activity in conjunction with Valentine's Day in February. Each student and staff member will draw the name of another student or staff member in the school and design a valentine for that person, writing something nice about the person on the valentine. All of the valentines will be displayed on a wall or bulletin board. The students will also play a game similar to Yahtzee called “Hearts” in multiage groups and will have classroom Valentine card exchanges on February 14th.

Both schools will participate in the Portland Sea Dogs' Most Improved Student Program this spring. Teachers will nominate students in their classes who have made the most improvement since September, and they can consider grades, study skills, behavior, social skills, or a combination of these. Nominations are due by February 28th. The Sea Dogs will give a certificate and a free ticket to a game to each nominated student, and they will be invited to an on-field recognition ceremony at that game.

Solon fifth grade teacher Terry Corson is running his annual Kitty Kats basketball program at the Solon School. Students of all grades K-5 participate in this program in which they learn basketball skills and drills while practicing sportsmanship and team work. On February 12th, students will demonstrate their ball handling skills to music for their families and friends at a Kitty Kats Basketball Fun Night from 6:00-7:30 PM.

When winter started, we realized at the Solon School that we had only a few pairs of mittens that students could borrow when they forget to bring a pair or their pair are wet. we put on the Solon Facebook page a request for mittens if anyone wanted to donate some. We were overwhelmed with the response! We got hundreds of pairs of mittens dropped off or mailed to us from local people and others from many locations including other states. We now have a mountain of mittens for students at our school and are very grateful to the generosity of all of these nice folks who supported our school.

If you have any questions about the Garret Schenck or Solon Schools,

please contact me.

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