Greetings Parents/Guardians,

 

Lighthouse Elementary is a school that is committed to supporting your child’s academic and social-emotional success so that they will be prepared for college and careers in the future.  To do this, we believe that reading is truly fundamental, and being able to read well, builds students’ confidence in all subject areas and provides them with access to unlimited possibilities towards being productive citizens in society.  That is why we constantly monitor your child’s reading progress and identify ways to support him/her in reading at higher levels so that they will experience success in and out of school. 

This past February, we implemented an additional layer of foundational reading support using two programs called Sound Sensible and SPIRE in order to support students who are having challenges with essential foundational skills such as phonemic awareness which focuses on sounds in spoken words and phonics, which deals with the relationship between sounds and written words.  Because we are committed to your child’s reading success and want to ensure your child receives high levels of early reading instruction, seventeen (17) teachers and/or paraprofessionals have already been trained on how to use the program with fidelity.  In addition, there are also teachers who have been attending a Reading Institute training throughout the school year in how to provide Specially Designed Instruction in Reading.             

I like to update you on the progress that students at Lighthouse Elementary are making in improving their reading skills.  Prior to spring break, we completed the third cycle of the “STAR” Reading Program. During the program, approximately 160 students in grades K – 5 receive an additional 40 minutes of targeted instruction in reading, writing, and word study. They are continuing to make amazing gains in their reading abilities.  We are proud of your child’s reading accomplishments, and we look forward to seeing continued growth as Cycle 4 of the “STAR” Reading Program begins the week of 5/6.   The chart shows the results from both Cycle 3 and the progress made since October for all grades.

                                                                                                                      

Cycle 3 (February – April)                                                       

“STAR” Student Growth in Reading

Year-to-Date (October – April)

Overall “STAR”  Student Reading Level Gains

Kindergarten = 36%

Kindergarten = 40%

Grade 1 = 60%

Grade 1= 86%

Grade 2 = 66%

Grade 2= 91%

Grade 3 = 76%

Grade 3 = 94%

Grade 4 = 81%

Grade 4 = 100%

Grade 5 = 77%

Grade 5= 88%

Great things are happening at Lighthouse Elementary for your child, and we invite you to be a part and celebrate with us!  We are currently planning three BIG EVENTS that you will not want to miss!

  • Our annual Science Fair is on Wednesday, May 15, held during the last Parent-Teacher Conference, from 4:30pm – 7:30pm.  Come out, be a part of, and see your child’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) projects, along with our Grade 2 art display.   

  • The Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday, May 29, during two performances at 9:30am and 6:30pm. Stay tuned for information regarding specific grade performance times.

  • Our end-of-year June Celebration/Dance Festival is Monday, June 17, at Eisenhower Park, located in East Meadow, NY.  Parents are encouraged to join us, as transportation will be provided for students and parents to travel together on coach buses.  Be a part of the end-of-year celebration and see your child’s musical/dance performances and compete in sports. You do not want to miss this fun-filled day of music, dancing, games, and food at our end-of-year celebration!  Please plan now, by scheduling the day off from work so that we can come together as a school community to enjoy the fun and festivities as we prepare to celebrate and close-out the 2018-19 school year.  Buses will depart promptly at 8:30am!

Last, there are approximately seven weeks left in the 2018-19 school year.  Although the end of the school year is drawing near, please know that daily instruction is still taking place, and it is very important that you continue to send your child to school every day and on time for the remaining days.  We are still preparing them to enter the next grade-level strong!

 

Sincerely,

Rachelle Legions

Principal    

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