From the Principal’s desk…
Due to our four days lost to snow this year, the school year is extended almost to the end of June (Tuesday June 27th). Every one of these 180 days is an opportunity for powerful student learning. We will keep teaching students skills in reading, writing, math, history and science. We will continue to practice school-wide routines and make sure we teach the whole child, the heart, the head and the body.
We at East Hill are proud of the growth our student have made this year. As shown in the figure below, East Hill primary students have made remarkable progress in reading. At the beginning of the year, less than 15% of our Kindergarten students were ready to read. Now, over 95% of our Kindergarten students are reading at or above grade level. We urge parents to keep reading with their students all summer (see the information below about the East Hill summer reading program!)
One of the beliefs that guide us at East Hill is this: "If every student is reading at grade level by the end of third grade, academic achievement will improve in every area." You can see that in Kindergarten, 1st , 2nd and 3rd grades, students have made remarkable growth, with 80% of our primary students now reading at grade level according to our Independent Reading Level Assessment. At the beginning of the year, about one third of our students were at grade level or above. This is encouraging!
We know how hard it is to get kids caught up to grade level in reading as they get older. While a bit general, we often say that primary students learn to read and older student read to learn. We need to focus on closing those reading gaps for our older readers. We need your help by setting aside time every summer day for recreational reading!
It is a privilege to be one of the leaders of East Hill. I am inspired by the resilience of our students and their families and the dedication and caring of our staff. Have a great summer, everyone!
Dr. Brian Patrick, Principal of East Hill Elementary School
“Accelerating learning for every student and provide opportunities for growth, service and leadership"