Principal's Message

Dear Horace Mann Community,            

During our 40-minute reading intervention/enrichment time each day (often referred to as “I/E Block”), students work in groups at their own reading level—in addition to the regular reading instruction they receive in the Common Core Standards at their grade level every day.  All classroom teachers and many interventionists work with the reading groups, providing instruction targeted to kids’ needs.   When students have more intensive needs, the group size is smaller.  We assess students’ progress very frequently, so groups may change during the year.   During this time, your child may be working with someone other than his or her classroom teacher.  Please contact your child’s classroom teacher if you have any questions.

Although all students work in small groups at their reading level each day, this instruction is part of Lakewood's plan to meet the requirements of the Ohio Third Grade Reading Guarantee.  School districts must develop plans to ensure that students performing below grade level who are not “on track” to pass the state tests in the spring, receive the support needed to improve literacy skills.  These plans are called Reading Improvement Monitoring Plans (or RIMPs). If your child qualifies for a RIMP, you will receive more information at Parent-Teacher Conferences in November.

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 4-6.  Plan to meet with your child’s teacher then to discuss progress, strengths, and areas for improvement. [Wednesday (11/4) 4:00-8:00, Thursday (11/5) 12:30-8:00, Friday (11/6) 8:20-10:50]  If you have not yet signed up, please call the Office to schedule a 20-minute conference.  As always, you are welcome to call 529-4257 if you would like a meeting prior to Parent-Teacher Conferences, or if you have questions, comments, or information to share.

Thank you for your attendance and participation at school events.  Your involvement at school is vitally important to your child’s success!

Warmest regards,

Dr. Merritt F. Waters


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