Ionia Public Schools Report - February 2019

SCHOOL REPORT February, 2019 Excellence Every Day

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Contents: Message from the

Roger Hull, President Robin Marhofer, Vice-President Sarah Gorby, Secretary Karen Balice-Gregory, Treasurer Ionia Public Schools Board of Education Superintendent ............... Page 1-2 District Calendar........................... 3 Board of Education. ..................... 4 Scholarship Endowment............. 5 Elementary Schools..................... 6 Middle School . .......................... 11 High Schools. ............................. 12 Spring Sports. ............................ 15 Food Service & Contacts........... 15 Guest Article............................... 16

From the Superintendent’s Desk — Dear Parents, In a previous School Report, I discussed the importance of early literacy. There is myriad research that suggest students who are not reading at grade level by the end of third grade are more likely to drop out of high school. In an effort to boost reading achievement, Michigan lawmakers passed Public Act 306 (3rd Grade Reading Law)

in October 2016. Many factors contributed to the development and passage of this legislation. I hope the information that follows will provide a better understanding of the new legislation. Michigan’s test scores on both the Michigan-based M-STEP ELA assessment and the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) reading assessment have shown a need for attention to early reading and literacy. During 2015, Michigan 4th graders ranked 41st in the nation in reading achievement. Public Act 306 hopes to help students be proficient by the end of 3rd grade and requires extra support for K-3 students who are not reading at grade level. The law also states that a child may be retained in 3rd grade if they are 1 or more grade levels behind in reading at the end of 3rd grade. Accordingly, Ionia Public Schools has established a plan to improve early literacy. The plan calls for intense monitoring of children’s reading progress in grades K-3. Part of the aforementioned monitoring will include NWEA (North Western Educational Assessment) testing. The NWEA test will be administered three times a year and will provide both leading and lagging indicators of growth and skill level. If a child is not reading where expected, a plan to improve reading will be created. This includes: • Extra instruction or support in areas of need • Ongoing checks on reading progress • A Read at home plan When hearing about the 3rd Grade Reading Law, my first question was how will this affect our students and parents? In grades K-3, schools will use tests to identify students that need extra help with reading. The M-STEP ELA and NWEA tests are two of several tools that will be used to evaluate if a Continues on Page 2

Margot Cook, Trustee Michael Keast, Trustee Jamie Meyer, Trustee

This is the February, 2019 issue of the IPS School Report. Copies are available on request from the IPS office, and available

on line in the form of a PDF file. The School Report is the official

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