Lone Tree Community School
303 S. Devoe Street, Box 520
Lone Tree, IA 52755
Elementary Office: 319-629-4213
FAX Number: 319-629-4324 Elementary Principal - Mrs. Amber Jacque Elementary Secretary - Mrs. Colene Feldman
Write the Story of Our School......
Moving Forward..... During a time of change, people can question what they are doing and sometimes even become frustrated. As a leader, it is important to recognize these feelings and encourage people by pointing out or recognizing all of the positive things that are happening because of this change. The Lone Tree Elementary staff was given that opportunity to encourage one another before beginning our PLC meeting this week. Each teacher was given an envelope that had a statement about something positive happening as a result of our Wednesday early out meeting times. Below is a list that some may regard as minor statements, but rather are positives that need to be recognized in a time of change.
We have unpacked and learned new concepts in the math standards.
We have worked positively in a collaborative group.
We have worked with others outside of our grade level.
We have become better listeners to one another.
We have had the opportunity to speak in front of our elementary group.
We have shared personal classrooms stories with one another.
We have allowed our peers to plan and lead change for us.
We have asked good questions along the way.
We have become better teachers.
We are more focused on what our students should be learning.
We have read and used research to support our goals.
We are more focused in the classroom.
We have practiced building consensus.
We have learned the content of other grade levels.
We are working as a group and keeping an open mind.
We have practiced agreeing to disagree.
We are making progress and moving forward in the education of our students.
TESTS! TESTS! TESTS! Throughout the week, the students in grades 2-5 were participating in the Iowa Assessments. To prepare the students for these tests, teachers have worked with students on test taking strategies and have provided them with test taking practice homework. As part of the preparation, I also met with every student in grades 3-5 to talk about their Iowa Assessment scores from previous years. Showing students their performance scores in the areas of math and reading allows them to understand how close they are to meeting the grade level goals. These "Test Talks" are always fun to do with kids because we are able to have a conversation about how important the assessment is, where the students are in relation to meeting the goal, and identify all of the things that the student should do during the assessments to ensure they are able to score their very best.
The Lone Tree Elementary teachers working hard analyzing the FAST reading data.
FAST Reading Assessments............ Three times per year, the students in grades K-5 are assessed on their reading skills. The Lone Tree Elementary uses the FAST Reading Assessment as recommended by the State of Iowa. The teachers just completed the winter assessments and the results are in. Below you will find the percentage of students that were proficient (those meeting expected grade level benchmarks) in the fall compared to those in the winter. Fall Winter Kindergarten 73.91% 95.83% First Grade 81.08% 84.21% Second Grade 53.66% 54.76% Third Grade 56.67% 55.17% Fourth Grade 47.47% 59.46% Fifth Grade 52.17% 67.39%
The kindergarten and first grade assessments focus primarily on word parts and putting them together. Beginning in second grade, the assessment is a fluency passage that students must read in one minute. During that one minute, the teacher is checking for accuracy and rate.
Helping your child to become a better reader.......... Each night, the teachers send home reading passages or grade level practice work as homework. This practice work is just that; for practice. It is important to build their reading skills, endurance, and fluency with reading that they complete this every night. Additional ideas for students would be to read simultaneously with your child, read aloud to your child, model good reading skills,and ask questions throughout the reading for comprehension purposes.
Rocket Math.... Rocket Math is a math practice program being implemented in the elementary. The purpose of this program is to help students with math fact fluency and automaticity. Automaticity with math facts is important because the whole point of learning math facts is to use them in the service of higher and more complex math problems. We want students to be thinking about the complex process, the problem-solving or the multi-step algorithm they are learning — not having to stop and ponder the answer to simple math facts. So not only do we want them accurate and fast (fluent) but we also want them to be thinking about other things at the same time (automaticity).
Helping your child to become more fluent with math facts......... Students have math practice sheets they bring home each night. Remember, these are practice sheets. Each night these should be completed to help the child become more fluent with a specific set of math facts. Another activity would be to use flashcards with your children. When doing this, if the child gets the math fact wrong, it is imperative to tell the child the correct answer and then have them repeat the problem and the answer again orally. Playing math games is also another way to practice math skills.
Lone Tree Elementary
Respect, Responsibility, Citizenship and Safety
These are the social skills we practice at Lone Tree
Announcements: September 1, 2015 - Day 1
If you have yet to eRegister your child through PowerSchool, please do so today. Student fees ($30 per student/$60 per family) can be mailed to the MS/HS office.
Homecoming 2015 - Homecoming is September 11, 2015. Homecoming parade permission slips will be sent home today. Please remember that elementary students that participate in the parade must return a permission slip. It is the responsibility of each student to confirm if a specific team/organization/club is participating in the parade prior to returning the permission slip. Students that do not wish to participate or have not returned a signed permission slip will enjoy the parade with their classmates. Go Lions!
Today's Birthday's - Jade Gonzalez
Today's Lunch - Ham & Potatoe AuGratin, WG Roll/Butter, Green Beans, Diced Pears